I loved King of Thorns. Another amazing cover by the way. The story centers around one major event with about half of the book being backstory. I had...moreI loved King of Thorns. Another amazing cover by the way. The story centers around one major event with about half of the book being backstory. I had trouble getting into it at first because of this format. There are a few chapters in some of my favorite books, including Harry Potter, I haven't read because they're all backstory. I don't like it when authors break from the story with a chapter of backstory. With King of Thorns, I couldn't skip section because I'd miss half the story.
What kept me going was the voice. I love Jorg, the protagonist. He's got a whole lot of attitude. I've never come across a character like him. It's awesome. Had to break out the highlighter. I tried to resist since I don't like writing in books. Makes rereading them a bit irritating. But, I couldn't help it. Some books have the one liners that make you roll your eyes. Jorg's one liners make me so happy.
King of Thorns was a brain work out. It's been a while since I read a book that had me thinking so much. It's written backwards almost. You see the results before you find out how the character reached this point.
Writing this way could go wrong. Just like his first book, the author explains nothing. As the reader, we are simply taken along for an intense and sometimes maddening ride. This story is a puzzle but no matter how many ways you examine it, the tale never turns out quite the way you expected it. It's unpredictable without the ending coming out of left field.
Now that I've finished King of Thorns, I don't know what to read next. Everything on my shelf pales in comparison. Wish there were more books like this one. (less)
I love a good anti-hero. Geralt was fun. He spoke his mind no matter who that person was. The blurb at the back of the book got it wrong though. He's...moreI love a good anti-hero. Geralt was fun. He spoke his mind no matter who that person was. The blurb at the back of the book got it wrong though. He's not "a merciless assassin" or a "cold-blooded killer". He does his job and only his job. He sometimes suffers from the things he's done but Sapkowski wrote those scenes in such a way that they weren't annoying and over dramatic.
The language wasn't over the top either. The author described what needed to be described and let the readers' imagination do the rest. I don't think he spent more than a sentence or two telling us what each character looked like. From the witty and entertaining dialogue, I easily pictured how they looked. Sapkowski relied on what was not said too. He didn't give the reader all the information. You have to read between the lines. This was frustrating sometimes but in a good way.
The book is pretty much all backstory. Geralt spends the majority of it at a temple healing from his injuries. It's written like a short story collection only the main character and the world is always the same. This threw me off at first but, after a while, I saw what the author was doing. I'm not saying this is my new favorite form for books but it was creative and done very well.
There was nothing predictable about any of the stories. The ending of the episodes seemed to come out of nowhere but they fit perfectly in the story. I liked how the things that looked like monsters weren't while the beautiful people were anything but on the inside.
He had to inject some, I guess you could call it romance, into the book. I could've done without it but that's just me. The story itself was interesting enough. But when Geralt started saying "he'd never desire any lips but hers" and "he knew that, from that moment, only she would exist" I was like really, can we get back to the story please? Overall, though, an enjoyable read.
This was an enjoyable read. The world building was brilliant. I liked how the author separated the book into the three perspectives and how they all c...moreThis was an enjoyable read. The world building was brilliant. I liked how the author separated the book into the three perspectives and how they all came together in the end. The story itself was dark but wasn't all doom and gloom. It was about how people found light within this darkness. Who knew such an old fashioned sugary notion could make a great book. The author injected some sweet without making it sickening.
That being said, I lost interest towards the end. The injection of the "romance" threw me off. I don't mind romance in my stories but I didn't care for the one the author seemed to throw in at the end. It had me rolling my eyes going, Really? At that moment, I pretty much lost all interest in the book. And I didn't care for Leesha, the female protagonist, probably because I don't like characters that are so gorgeous every person of the opposite sex falls in love with them instantly. Overall, though, a very good- well written book. (less)
The cover is not that impressive but the story definitely is. I haven't been this excited about a series in a long time. The world building was brilli...moreThe cover is not that impressive but the story definitely is. I haven't been this excited about a series in a long time. The world building was brilliant. You'd think Weeks literally spent his entire life living in this world. I'm trying to imagine just how much research he had to do for this book. The amount of details he gave was staggering.
Sometimes though, he gave too much detail. It was easy to get lost in it all. In those intense scenes, I found myself skimming past a lot of it. They were in the way of me finding out what happened next. Then, there were the history and geography lessons packed with names I couldn't pronounce. I wasn't sure, at that point, why I should care about them. That being said, I liked that those details existed.
I'm on the fence about the epicness of the plot. On one hand, I enjoyed the story immensely the way it is. On the other hand, I would've preferred it if Weeks had stuck to the POV of the Kylar/Durzo circle. The depth and development of those characters was excellent but the others were like minor seasonings. Their perspectives didn't add much to the story. I'm thinking their roles will be explained later in the series. (less)
I like an abstract story as much as the next person but I couldn't follow this one. I couldn't get a handle of why the events were happening and how o...moreI like an abstract story as much as the next person but I couldn't follow this one. I couldn't get a handle of why the events were happening and how one was related to the other. It felt like the story jumped around a lot. (less)