It's hard to condense such a fabulous epic into one volume, but it was still really good. It did make me want to reread The Way of Shadows again, thouIt's hard to condense such a fabulous epic into one volume, but it was still really good. It did make me want to reread The Way of Shadows again, though....more
Initial thoughts: Can I just like this book for the first half of the story? The second bit got way too convFull review found at Story and Somnomancy.
Initial thoughts: Can I just like this book for the first half of the story? The second bit got way too convoluted and mired with characters I really didn't care about. But that first half. That first half was fabulous....more
This must be my second reread of this book and I don't think I've ever properly reviewed it. I might have to do a Retro-Reading Review of old favoriteThis must be my second reread of this book and I don't think I've ever properly reviewed it. I might have to do a Retro-Reading Review of old favorites, just 'cause this book in particular is so much love....more
Initial thoughts: Holy shitcakes in the oven, THAT WAS SO GOOD. I have nothing but good words to say about a high fantasy with men and w4.5 / 5 stars.
Initial thoughts: Holy shitcakes in the oven, THAT WAS SO GOOD. I have nothing but good words to say about a high fantasy with men and women with complex loyalties to a seemingly two-sided war. I have SO MUCH to say about the women, in particular, and the world of jinn and ghuls and a school of Spartanish-trained assassins. Just...omgah. So. Damn. Good....more
There was a lot of rich, Celtic background going on in this book, which I actually adored, because I loOriginal review posted at Story and Somnomancy.
There was a lot of rich, Celtic background going on in this book, which I actually adored, because I love reading about the fae folk and the Tuatha De. There was certainly a lot of research and folklore put into this book, evident in Aed’s stories throughout the text. So as far as worldbuilding went, I thought it was excellent, and the premise–a woman who used to be a tree tries to find herself amidst the beginnings of a massive war–looks to be interesting going forward.
That said, my feelings towards the rest of the book are lukewarm at best, and most of it has to do with the POVs. There were far too many, especially in such a relatively short high fantasy novel. I think at some point almost every single character introduced had a POV in the book, some only coming up as a couple of pages total and then disappearing again. I didn’t think every POV was needed; as much as I adore female characters, the book could have done without Liaden (because Kai kind of mirrors her viewpoint) and Branwen’s POVs (between Ander and Branwen, I thought Anders had a more interesting viewpoint. Personally, the only viewpoints I really paid much attention to was Finn’s, Iseult’s, and Kai’s (ironic, because I feel the oncoming love triangle between these characters, and I cringe at the prospect).
I didn’t think the characters themselves were fully fleshed out–though this being a series, I can understand withholding much of what makes these characters come alive. Still, I was a little put off by Aed (whose vocabulary later on boiled down to very few derogatory remarks to every. single. character who isn’t Finn). I didn’t see much point in Branwen and Ander until the very end of Ander’s POV. There were other random characters that came in near the last fifth of the book for some reason, which confused me.
The other part of my lukewarm feelings falls toward the pacing of the story. I liked the beginning fine enough: Finn transforms from a tree to a human woman, is picked up by a mystical man much older and wiser than his years, and she undergoes a journey to find out who she truly is. By chapter nine, though, where I expected things to pick up from introductory to action, there was still a lot of talk taking place. I still didn’t know where Finn fell in the grand scheme of things, and while I adored reading the description and stories surrounding Aed’s background and that of the surrounding area, I would have rather experienced those things by reading vicariously through Finn’s eyes.
Things did pick up at the Blood Forest, and I was finally getting some action, what with fae trickery and characters lost in a dangerous wood. That said, it slowed down again soon after, and by the end of it, things got too hectic and confusing, and I came off with many more questions than answers.
Tree of Ages had strengths in the detail and description, and perhaps if the story had been a bit longer, I would have been more endeared to the characters and more invested in the storyline....more
Normally at this point, me having issue with major character deaths would bring a book rating down in my mind. And I'd probably be crying a few tears.Normally at this point, me having issue with major character deaths would bring a book rating down in my mind. And I'd probably be crying a few tears. But this did not happen.
Because this book just sent every damn character careening into bouts of epicness that when the few who actually kicked the bucket did so, they finished things in full blown pomp and ceremony.
Sanderson can write action, and gosh, this book had a tremendously great deal of it. Admittedly, I glazed over some of (read: most of) Sazed's arduous need to find himself, but he's still pretty awesome.
Thus concludes my Mistborn Trilogy journey. I'm not sure how I feel about that....more
There's quite a bit of background that I felt might have been better expanded in the actual Wheel of Time series, but I also feel like this was a goodThere's quite a bit of background that I felt might have been better expanded in the actual Wheel of Time series, but I also feel like this was a good time to see what the series itself was about. This graphic novel adaptation seems interesting, so I might continue anyway....more
Two-thirds into the book, I'd initially thought about knocki**spoiler alert** What. Is. This. No. NO. Curse you, Sanderson, CURSE YOU.
And well played.
Two-thirds into the book, I'd initially thought about knocking my rating stars down to four, then to three, because the pacing had been going on at a turtle's pace. Yes, background needed placing, context needed writing, and the looming sensation of three effing armies remained throughout the entire book up until the bubble finally popped in the epically epic showdown.
Then I thought about knocking The Well of Ascension down to two stars because I hated Zane, and couldn't rationally bear with Vin's constant self-doubt and wavering decisions. Yes, I call this irrational on my part because without the need to fix herself, Vin would be considered a flat-ass character and no fun at all. But that still didn't stop me from guzzling down the hater-ade and despising the whole feeling of impending betrayal that could possibly come from one of the most awesome characters ever.
And then. And then. Shit happens. And Vin decides for the better, and I'm there breathing again, turning page after page to figure out how in the name of the Lord Ruler could things turn around for the better. And it did. And more shit happens. And now I'm sitting on the edge of my seat (well, bed, really) going: "OMFG. OMFG. HE SNAPPED. HE'S BURNING PEWTER."
And now I want to read the next book. Really badly. And that wasn't supposed to happen because I usually take a break between series to gather my thoughts about the epic awesomeness that just transpired. Only, only, only...I kept going back to...
"I'm sorry, I think I did something bad." "Oh? What is that?" "I made you emperor." "I noticed, and I accept that."
**spoiler alert** Lord, I didn't think this volume would ever end. Though, considering who's left to read about for the next volume, I'm not exactly t**spoiler alert** Lord, I didn't think this volume would ever end. Though, considering who's left to read about for the next volume, I'm not exactly thrilled either. In any case, there were more annoying things happening here than good.
This would have been a 2.5 had Cersei not gotten what was coming to her. Seriously, I was that annoyed with her inner mind theatre not to feel pity. I did laugh a few times at how badly she was screwing up King's Landing, but you know, things can only go worse until they get worst, right?
Also, the White Walkers must be walking really slowly, because even the Lord of Light got to a certain Lady Stoneheart faster than Sam could pee his pants. But that's again, another problem waiting to happen.
That said, while I didn't care about some of the new POVs (and I really didn't care about Theon for all of his appearances), I was interested with what was happening in the Iron Islands. Oh, and occasionally what was happening in Dorne. Actually, I was interested in most of what was happening that wasn't Cersei Lannister and her whorefest. But that's just me ranting again....more
Female wetboy point of view? Check! Logan Effing Gyre? Check Check! An army of female whores led by the Mistress of Pleasures herself? CHECK CHECK CHEFemale wetboy point of view? Check! Logan Effing Gyre? Check Check! An army of female whores led by the Mistress of Pleasures herself? CHECK CHECK CHECK!
I meant to star this book one less than the first because of the obvious absence of one of my favorite characters, and for the first half of the story, I was pretty much intent on doing so for a second reason; that Shadow's Edge was pretty much just a bridge leading up to the third and final book of the series.
But it wasn't just a bridge, oh no. In fact, the big problems posed at the beginning of the book pretty much took care of itself by the end, and while there are a lot more knots to unwind, suffice to say I wasn't super-annoyed by the cliffhangers like I usually am with second books.
Also! I got my strong female leads wish, which is awesome (I mean come on, Vi as a POV? YES!). I think I've got a semi-crush on Logan Gyre (poor man went through everything in the Maw). And Kylar is practically an extension of Durzo in his own weird, wetboy-y way. And and and that epilogue. Yes.
Uh. I swear I had a myriad of things to say about this 900-page volume, but I swear, all of it went scurrying in a million directions. Much like the SUh. I swear I had a myriad of things to say about this 900-page volume, but I swear, all of it went scurrying in a million directions. Much like the Stark children. Lordy.
So I'm just going to make this short. Familiar perspectives, more hilarity, a helluva lot of deaths (some more pleasing than others), some annoying character decisions (here's looking at you, Dany...), and many other interesting developments (what the heck just happened in that epilogue?!).
And now I'm two Game of Thrones seasons caught up! Go me....more
I don't think I've fallen so hard and so fast for a villain before. Makes me slightly regret that I should be rooting for the good guys. (lmao, screwI don't think I've fallen so hard and so fast for a villain before. Makes me slightly regret that I should be rooting for the good guys. (lmao, screw that.)