**spoiler alert** This book was actually incredibly disappointing but it was so unique in the concept that I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. I just thou...more**spoiler alert** This book was actually incredibly disappointing but it was so unique in the concept that I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. I just thought that the story was executed poorly. I know some people complained about the actual climax of the story and I have to agree that if you blinked you might miss it. There was so much build up to the fact that King Leck was this dastardly evil villian and then after listening to him talk forever (which normally I would have hated just because it's such a cliche, but it made sense since it was his Grace), the actual fight was done in less than a paragraph. There was no fight. It was a non-fight in the style of Twilight. All that potential build up to a potentially good showdown and then it added up to nothing.
And the character of Katsa, who could have been a really been an awesome, strong female character was angry, bitchy and inconsistent. By the second half of the book Katsa, oddly, becomes teary at the drop of a hat. And one thing I have to say that I'm becoming sick of in novels is a strong female character swearing off marriage, love and children before they even reach a reasonable age and experience love at all. And Katsa was that new stereotype of the badass female. It's become overused as a way of saying that "hey, she's a serious character and totally cool."
This book was stronger for me in the first half and then halfway through I reached a point where I began to read faster not because I was so interested in the story, but because I wanted to finish and just get to the end so I could move on to a better book.
Maybe my problem with this book is that Katsa was a poor man's Katniss from The Hunger Games, maybe it was because I had just come off of reading two really good books (The Book Thief and The Passage), or maybe I never would have really been a fan of this book because of how it was written.(less)
In the sequel to The Iron King, Meghan Chase is stuck in the Winter Court as per her contract with Ash. However, when Iron fey sneak in to steal the S...moreIn the sequel to The Iron King, Meghan Chase is stuck in the Winter Court as per her contract with Ash. However, when Iron fey sneak in to steal the Scepter of Seasons and no one believes that the Iron fey exist, it’s up to Meghan to get the scepter back and stop a war between Summer and Winter. Along the way she finds herself with the unlikely ally of an Iron fey when she finds out that an imposter sits on the Iron throne.
The concept in general is interesting. The execution is horrible. I mean really, mind-numbingly bad.
There is so much about this book that I hated. As the book went on I despised Ash and Meghan more and more. And the love triangle feels so forced and annoying. There are so many cliches in this book too.
Grim is predictably still great. I really enjoyed the idea of Leanansidhe’s little kingdom in between the real world and Nevernever. And I enjoyed the Iron fey who joins up with Meghan (view spoiler)[which is why I’m so mad that Kagawa killed Ironhorse. Because I really only liked two characters: Grimalkin and Ironhorse. And in one fell swoop she reduced the characters I like by 50% (hide spoiler)].
I’ve officially given up on this series because if I have to read one more page of Meghan and Ash being the ultimate sad, emo couple I’m going to give up on reading altogether and George R.R. Martin hasn’t even finished A Song of Ice and Fire yet!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
As much as I loved this book, there was one thing that stopped me from giving it five stars: Guy Gavriel Kay needed some serious editing. This book ha...moreAs much as I loved this book, there was one thing that stopped me from giving it five stars: Guy Gavriel Kay needed some serious editing. This book has an amazing premise and the overall story, the characters and themes explored are very interesting and engaging. However, the middle of this book gets very muddled and boring and drags on. At almost 700 pages, Tigana could have been cut down by almost 200 pages and not have lost much, if anything. In particular, I'm thinking about the entire Night Walkers storyline, which plays such a minor role at the end that I felt like it should have been scrapped completely.
I wasn't a big fan of Kay's actual writing style. Partly this was because he needed to severely edit out the unnecessary details, history and world building that don't actually play into the story. But I also didn't particularly care for the way he would move the scene forward and then stop it to backtrack and cover something that had happened that morning or over the last few weeks and then jump back to where the initial scene had stopped to pick it back up. Using this technique once or twice would have been fine, but I felt like he relied on it too much.
But the ending of this book, when everything comes together, was done wonderfully and the last sentence of the epilogue took something mentioned earlier and sort of drops it onto three of the characters like an anvil.(less)
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book. It's actually a little embarrassing. I deliberately waited until after the first season ended to...moreI can't believe it took me so long to read this book. It's actually a little embarrassing. I deliberately waited until after the first season ended to read the book, and one of the things that I love about books like this (and Lord of the Rings) is the world building that you just don't get on screen. AGoT does a wonderful job of balancing a huge (and I mean HUGE) cast of characters and still managing to make it clear where most people's (not counting sneaky weasels like Varys or Littlefinger) loyalties lie.
However, having watched the show, I think it took away some of the suspense for me. I knew how things were going to turn out and because of that I skimmed through sections. And the many little tricks and turns and betrayals didn't affect me as much (view spoiler)[Ned's death wasn't as shocking. It's like going into Final Fantasy VII already knowing that (view spoiler)[Aeris is killed by Sephiroth (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Still one of my favorites even though the ending was more hectic than I remember (view spoiler)[ when they're chasing Lord Asriel and the witches show...moreStill one of my favorites even though the ending was more hectic than I remember (view spoiler)[ when they're chasing Lord Asriel and the witches show up, then the Tartars, then Mrs. Coulter. And the whole scene between Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel when the window opens between the universes was rather annoying, but then I don't particularly like either of them. (hide spoiler)]
Also, the explanation of Dust didn't make a whole lot of sense when I actually stopped to think about it. (view spoiler)[The theory was that Dust was basically original sin. That by severing the children from their daemons and thus preventing Dust from settling on them, they are saving children from original sin. Only, according to the Church, isn't original sin something we're born with because Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit? When we're born, we're born with original sin and baptism takes care of that. But then, I never did pay much attention in Catholic school. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
What's so great about this novel as compared to the first is how many different storylines The Subtle Knife follows. In The Golden Compass, we mostly...moreWhat's so great about this novel as compared to the first is how many different storylines The Subtle Knife follows. In The Golden Compass, we mostly follow Lyra with small tangents. However, in The Subtle Knife we follow Lyra and Will separately, as well as Lee Scoresby (view spoiler)[(the way he and Hester die gets me every time I read it!) (hide spoiler)], various witches and Mary Malone. I think this was a good decision because it's in this book that the trilogy really opens up to the bigger picture and the storytelling expanded accordingly.(less)
This book leaves me very torn. On the one hand it's epic and it's wonderful storytelling. On the other hand I kept wanting to go back to Lyra and Will...moreThis book leaves me very torn. On the one hand it's epic and it's wonderful storytelling. On the other hand I kept wanting to go back to Lyra and Will and every time the story focused on Mrs. Coulter or Lord Asriel I was impatient to get back to Lyra and Will. Of course, I think it was also because this was a reread and I really wanted to get to the parts of the book I remembered loving so much. Although I remember I had never been a very big fan of the world of the dead part.
Also, the ending is so heartbreaking, but I suppose it's perfect because of that.(less)