I'll try my best to keep this review short and sweet.
This book is the 3rd book I've read by Khaled Hosseini. He never fails to deliver, even though Th...moreI'll try my best to keep this review short and sweet.
This book is the 3rd book I've read by Khaled Hosseini. He never fails to deliver, even though The Kite Runner is his first book. This book has shaken me to my very core, and I'll tell you why.
I believe this book to be an absolute masterpiece. There is pure honesty written in these pages, and I find it refreshing and sobering. The honesty that I refer is not the honesty between characters, but the honesty the characters have with the reader.
Amir, our narrator and protagonist, touched me in a way that I could hardly bear. There are too little books these days that tell of the difficuluties of life. Fortunately, The Kite Runner is not one of those books. Life begins easy for our protagonist, but turns into a storm after his first kite run with his servant, Hassan. Even though this book is a work of fiction, it sends a clear message of how life is unbias in how it affects people - rich or poor.
At the same time, however, there are relationships in the world that will help you get through those hard times that life throws. The honesty and faithfullness of Hassan, Amir's servant, is one that every reader will cherish. I clutched at this book and wept from the sheer clarity of Hassan's character and his love for Amir, and I wept for Amir's goodness in him, for his goodness gave him a conscience that readers become deeply involved in.
TL;DR, please, for the love of God, read this work of art.(less)
After finishing up this series, I can sort of say that I'm glad I stuck through it. I would rate the series, overall, 3....moreThis is a SPOILER FREE review.
After finishing up this series, I can sort of say that I'm glad I stuck through it. I would rate the series, overall, 3.5/5 stars. Here's why.
(TL;DR: I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romance and an above average plotline with superb character development and beautiful art.)
Plot: 3/5 stars. Honestly, it's not the most unique plot. If anything, it resembeled Twilight, with it's overprotective male and pretty useless female. The idea of the human mother dying while giving birth to her demon child is not a new concept. However, as the plot continued on, it did have some plot twists that I didn't see coming. If you can look past the plotline as well as Kyo's overbearing nature over Misao, this series isn't a bad read. To me, the ending was endearing and heartfelt, so it was an enjoyable read in the end. It left me feeling satisfied.
Characters: 4.5/5 stars. I love, love each of the characters within this novel. They develop quickly over the entire series, and each of their personalities shine through in the last book. When I was first introduced to the Daitengu, I sort of lumped them all together, not thinking that they would have much of a role within the series. I was wrong. Aside from Buzen, each one of the Daitengu has a well thought out back story. Even other minor characters like Ayame and Tadanobu had pasts that were very well tied with the plot. I was content with Misao's character development as well. In the beginning, I really did not like her because she was so incredibly clingy and useless. Demons were attacking her left and right and all she had for protection was Kyo, which them amplified his role as the superior male protagonist. Thankfully, the demon attacks dropped down to nothing and she began to stand up for herself against people who would take advantage of her. Her caring nature is something to be noted as well, which juxtaposed Kyo's brash one. Overall, I fell in love with the characters and there wasn't any one character in which I thought was underdeveloped.
Art: 4/5 stars. I'm sorry, but I'm a woman. Everyone was very well drawn, especially the men. *__* I thought that Black Bird had the proper amount of somber, comedy, and violence to satisfy me, at least. The art for each chapter is very good, and the author stays true to the traditional Japanese wear that the demon clans wear. My review for this section will have to be short, because I'm really not an expert in this category and I only really wrote about what pleased me.