This book was a disappointment. The dialogue was off and seemed scripted. Wasn't natural. I don't see what's the deal with the Dark Guardians. Shouldn...moreThis book was a disappointment. The dialogue was off and seemed scripted. Wasn't natural. I don't see what's the deal with the Dark Guardians. Shouldn't all werewolves or "shifters" hold their secrets and guard the others from evil and harm? All it takes is for her to swear? Seemed a little weak. That the female shifters have to find a mate before their first change. They might not survive through it without a mate but a male shifter can? When Kayla does do the change, it's pretty fast and I think Hawthorne didn't put enough in it at all. The whole story is pretty uneventful. The big villain dies too easily. The tattoo is a little corny, but okay. The whole thing with Kayla figuring out what happened when she was five seemed like Hawthorne was trying too hard. When I could tell that Hawthorne didn't mean to put an ending to the human scientists in this book, though it was a problem that needed solving, it felt like Hawthorne just completely forgot about them and cut off their part in this book. The villain that did die in this book seemed like the real bad guy. I would have rather liked him to stay.(less)
The Well of Eternity is my fourth warcraft book. It was very interesting, especially because I played World of Warcraft for 3 or 4 years on and off. C...moreThe Well of Eternity is my fourth warcraft book. It was very interesting, especially because I played World of Warcraft for 3 or 4 years on and off. Currently off, but who can stay away from WOW when the new expansions come out? :) So I'll be going back on again. My brother also greatly encourages me to read them. He thinks it's the only worthwhile books to read. That all the other books I've read can't be better than the warcraft books. :D Well don't believe that, though being able to read a book and play a game on the same story is pretty awesome. However I go slow on reading these books because they don't match up to the other books I've read in excitement and keeping the reader glued to the book. I just have to read these books. I'm too connected to the story. I might even go on to read the Starcraft and Diablo books afterward.
Now onto the book. Seeing the different point of views was perfect because I care about all of them. You can't just chose one to go off of and the story revolves around two big parts: the war and the dragons. It would be hard to fit all the information from one point of view. This is the first book based around the night elves. We get to see their culture from before it got ruined and they had to start over. When they thought the world was a perfect place and had no idea to what was really out there. Korialstraz or Krasus has a hard time for being a dragon. Illidan, Malfurion, and Tyrande were the most interesting to me. We get to see the moments before the bad guys became the bad guys, which is always fun. :)(less)
In this one there wasn't as much action as there was in the others. It focused on magic, how it worked, the white city, and the history behind the rac...moreIn this one there wasn't as much action as there was in the others. It focused on magic, how it worked, the white city, and the history behind the races. The familiar Zane and Danica are just mentioned maybe a couple times. It sucked a little that we didn't even get that much of their child, the first mixture of serpent and hawk. Of course it is expected like that anyways with a little including falcon instead of wyvern. The falcon is the child of Andreios and Kel. So I had to put it one star down from the others, but I still really liked how Atwater-Rhodes presented magic and the falcons. Falcondance also adds some important information to the series.(less)
Oath of Fealty was not even close to the other Paksenarrion books. I kept on reading it because I like the story and the world. Paks takes a small par...moreOath of Fealty was not even close to the other Paksenarrion books. I kept on reading it because I like the story and the world. Paks takes a small part in this book. The other characters all seem to be getting some kind of promotion.
I'll probably be reading the next book as well.(less)
I think Armstrong got the whole pregnancy thing right, with how Clay and Jeremy are acting to Elena's feelings. However that was the only good thing....moreI think Armstrong got the whole pregnancy thing right, with how Clay and Jeremy are acting to Elena's feelings. However that was the only good thing. The story was all off. The bad guys were lame, we never get to really understand Elena's pregnancy and it's not much different than a normal human pregnancy, in the beginning when Elena steals the letter, Armstrong just cuts it out, unless if I just somehow skipped a page, and the story behind the letter and everything that's happening is just not as exciting as Stolen was, not even close. It Bitten was okay, Stolen was way better, and Broken was worse. The letter and other stuff felt like stuff to fill in the pages. Yea but don't get me wrong, I love Elena and the pack. I don't feel comfortable with the other "women of the otherworld". (less)
Okay, this was just a little too much on the side of weird for me to handle.
Mostly concerning the sex and other romantic affections, and the disturbin...moreOkay, this was just a little too much on the side of weird for me to handle.
Mostly concerning the sex and other romantic affections, and the disturbing and nonsensical torture and abuse.
I mean, come on. Enough was eventually enough for me, especially when on top of it all the plot seemed pretty non-existent. What I mean is progression was pretty slow and there were moments that seemed useless to the story, like when Daemon is riding a horse named Demon (really?! Like what a coincidence) I was thinking, "What is the point of this scene?"
Now let me throw some of this stuff out here.
-one guy trying to get a sexual reaction out of his brother and the brother feeling a little too much down in the nether regions because of it
-this more than a hundred-year-old guy having feelings for this seven-year-old or so little girl but then calling her the daughter of his soul
-the son of above mentioned guy saying he's the perfect lover of said little girl (though too give him some credit he didn't know her age at the time) and going crazy over just her scent
-mothers having sex with their sons, using threats if they didn't comply
-entertainment for the noble ladies being in the form of a random guy getting his balls cut off
-another poor guy getting his balls eaten off by rats
-the device called the Ring of Obedience that goes around a guy's thing and can be used to send a jolt of pain for however long as punishment
-the casual talk of rape, such as "spearing" a girl bad enough that she loses her powers as a witch or otherwise raping her, and just sex with everyone
-touching of the testicles
Oh God, I'm getting a little sick just writing this and remembering. I think this was most of it.
I definitely did not know what I was getting into with Anne Bishop.
And like another reviewer mentioned, the names are a little stupid.
Got through 47% of the book simply because I was hoping for some kind of turn around. I liked the basic idea behind the book, which is very original, and the little girl who was pretty much an innocent in all of it.
It's a matriarchal society of demons and witches. I couldn't help comparing Saetan to Al from the Rachel Morgan series. However, one disappointing thing is that these demons are poor little victims and even pretty friendly, not scary monsters in the least, though Bishop gives them bat-like wings and black, sharp nails. In fact, most of the time they are described as beautiful. There's also a jewel-power concept, different dimensions, and riding the winds as travel.(less)
In Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisoned...moreIn Bitten the reader could see the physically strong Elena, in Stolen we see the mentally strong Elena. More than half of it is about Elena imprisoned and unable to fight back. But of course Elena keeps fighting and trying to make an escape. Near the end and the very beginning you see the familiar Clay and Jeremy. Antonio and Nick never enter the picture, though I would have thought Armstrong would say something about Jeremy informing them of Elena's kidnapping.
I'm not completely sure because it has been more than a few weeks since I read Bitten, but I think in Stolen Armstrong included more of Elena's thoughts. Like after someone asked her something or even if they just gave her a look, she would come up with her own defiant thought before giving her own answer which was always far from her first thought. It became a little annoying after a while.
Armstrong did succeed in adding a whole new level with all the other supernatural beings. However I would have enjoyed more details on them and their history. We did find out a bit on witches, or teasers I mean.(less)
It was okay and all but I just don't like witches too much. They don't have that great abilities. They can be side characters but not main characters....moreIt was okay and all but I just don't like witches too much. They don't have that great abilities. They can be side characters but not main characters. They have to go dark to actually get some cool abilities. I also wanted her to be better at what she does. Like she made so many mistakes. Another problem was the main bad guy wasn't made good enough. He wasn't evil enough. It was like they were playing a game, the main character and him. Half of it wasn't that great. It was really slow in the beginning. It does pick up a bit afterward though. Since I don't have anything much better to read right now, I'll probably put the next Rachel Morgans book on my to read list. (less)
This one really out stands the others. I never expected to even like Hai, but I have to say she is probably my favorite of all the main characters. Sh...moreThis one really out stands the others. I never expected to even like Hai, but I have to say she is probably my favorite of all the main characters. She seemed to sacrifice the most, understand duty to it's limits, and is the most unrecognized for her accomplishments and endures the most.(less)
Agh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the read...moreAgh, I waited too long to read this. I immediately loved Kate. She's a powerful, mysterious, and daring protagonist. Andrews doesn't even let the reader know Kate's secret, though she teases us. Andrews creates an amazing world. Of course it's interesting that the series is written by both Andrews and her husband. I think I read somewhere that Andrews' husband does Curran and Andrews does the rest.(less)
Definitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, which...moreDefinitely had some laughs and it was interesting to see Percy actually use some of his water abilities. The author has a very wide imagination, which would probably earn him many children fans.(less)