The long wait for this book was definitely worth it. If you haven't read The Name of the Wind, please do, then follow up with this. It's the best storThe long wait for this book was definitely worth it. If you haven't read The Name of the Wind, please do, then follow up with this. It's the best storytelling out there, period, until he writes the last book of this trilogy. I can't stand to give you a synopsis or spoil a single sentence of it for you; it's an experience you owe to yourself and I wouldn't dream of ruining a moment of it. Enjoy....more
Got an Advanced Reader's Edition and wow! Priest does urban fantasy every bit as well as she does steampunk! The POV is first person and the voice isGot an Advanced Reader's Edition and wow! Priest does urban fantasy every bit as well as she does steampunk! The POV is first person and the voice is quite different from her steampunk work, but it's excellent! Cheshire Red is an entertaining mix of paranoia, ruthlessness, and humor. I don't wish to give anything away; it's best to just dive in and enjoy the ride. Highly recommended when it comes out in January of '11....more
At first, I wasn't too sure the title was going to work out well. I couldn't think of it without David Bowie stuttering it in my head, and that didn'tAt first, I wasn't too sure the title was going to work out well. I couldn't think of it without David Bowie stuttering it in my head, and that didn't mix well with Harry Dresden—especially since we see him on the cover turning to face the strange ch-ch-changes. But as I read along, it became clear that this book couldn't possibly be named anything else. Harry has to deal with many changes to his life in this book, and one of the decisions he makes is going to have far-reaching consequences and potentially take the series in a new direction.
I don't wish to give anything away because that's just not fair, but Jim Butcher has upset Harry's apple cart in terms of personal relationships and domestic arrangements and well, pretty much everything. He's injected new life into the series while still giving us what we've come to expect—lots of action and quite a few moments of humor. In terms of entertainment Butcher always gives you your money's worth, but he's outdone himself in this installment....more
I really love this series, and I this is my favorite cover of the lot. It's a hot coyote woman WITH A BOOK, y'all. The cool magical doodads—the fae boI really love this series, and I this is my favorite cover of the lot. It's a hot coyote woman WITH A BOOK, y'all. The cool magical doodads—the fae book and staff—are intriguing and Briggs rations her little hints about their nature expertly to keep readers on the hook.
She also serves up plenty of pack politics here and tantalizing tidbits about the fae. For those tired of vampires, this is the book for you; they're mentioned in the book but never show up. The world-building is fantastically absorbing and I still want to know more about all things fae in this world. Zee reveals some additional abilities and I'm enjoying how this supporting character continues to get developed and fleshed out....more
No spoilers from me. And no summaries, either. For those, thou shalt have to seek elsewhere.
Instead, let me speak about the craft in this novel: I tenNo spoilers from me. And no summaries, either. For those, thou shalt have to seek elsewhere.
Instead, let me speak about the craft in this novel: I tend to read quite a bit, often into the night, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a book has made me exclaim aloud involuntarily, waking up my wife in the process. The Desert Spear is one of those.
Brett makes you care about his characters—and not just the ones you like. The villains are as richly drawn as the heroes, and I really care that they get what’s coming to them every bit as much as I want to see the heroes win. (I’ve never hated a character as much as Harl Tanner. He is more loathsome and vile than...anything. Eeeeeeeevil.)
Though the Krasian culture is repulsive in its misogyny and cruelty, the time spent dwelling on it is worthwhile; it prevents those characters from turning into cardboard stereotypes of a real world culture, and every so often something admirable is allowed to shine through on their side. Likewise, the heroes have their fair share of faults, creating complex shades of gray in the main conflict where so often we see simply black and white. I should add that the Northern, Thesan culture has its misogyny too—but on both sides, in these very patriarchal societies, we see examples of women secretly ruling behind the scenes.
It’s a towering accomplishment to weave multiple points of view and keep readers hooked on all of them, and Brett has managed it here. He’s heightened the conflict masterfully in this second book and promised us a ripping great conclusion. Waiting for the third book is going to be agonizing after inhaling the first two books so quickly, but it’s clear that Brett can deliver a magnificent read whensoever he chooses. ...more
This is a strong character-driven book with a fascinating magic system. Loved it, loved it, loved it! The wards on Peter Brett's website are fun to loThis is a strong character-driven book with a fascinating magic system. Loved it, loved it, loved it! The wards on Peter Brett's website are fun to look at and I have no doubt that someone is going to get themselves tatted up with one or more of them. But, to echo sentiments a friend of mine noticed about the wards: These Messengers are just hanging out in the open air, protected by nothing but wards that repel the corelings, right? That's a problem.
The corelings—especially the rock and wood ones—are supposed to be strong and are supposed to be pretty smart about attacking the wards in different ways. Why don't they ever pick up a rock and chuck it at the puny humans in the ward circles, knocking them out of there? The rock is just a rock, nothing magical about it, so it should cruise through the wards...and the corelings should have thought of it.
Still, there is time to address this in later books. The stories of these people are fascinating and I'm hooked. On to The Desert Spear! (Still geeking out that I got a copy early.)...more