So upon starting this book I was nervous. I had read some of the reviews and saw a lot of negative ones and very few positive. I have read many of LlySo upon starting this book I was nervous. I had read some of the reviews and saw a lot of negative ones and very few positive. I have read many of Llywelyns books now and have enjoyed all of them, but I started this one with cautious expectations.
Now this book may not be one of her best ones, but I'm not really seeing what people were complaining about. Maybe they don't understand how historical fiction books often work. They aren't necessarily action packed with a huge battle scene at the end. They are a look into the lives and cultures of the past. And yes, some historical fiction has that element, such as Llywelyn's books on Brian Boru (who dies at the end of a huge battle, thus end of story).
This story has a good pace and depicts the probable lives of two affluent people in Britain shortly after Rome leaves. These two main characters, who are vastly different but both trying to keep some semblance of their past lives, deal with their hardships and impossible situations the only ways they can deal with them.
Not a lot is known of how people lived during this time, since many of the educated people fled and the remaining people were either killed or all their works destroyed from the constant warring and invasions. That said, Llywelyn takes what is known and draws many possible conclusions on how things were, and how the foundations of many legends were started, including the Arthurian type legends, of the region.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and shake my head at those that failed to see the talent and master story telling that Morgan Llywelyn put in this story....more
This series was fantastic. Definitely one of the best fantasy series I have read. All the characters are strong and well developed. The writing is supThis series was fantastic. Definitely one of the best fantasy series I have read. All the characters are strong and well developed. The writing is superb. The story while predictable, is a fun fast past easy read. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys fantasy or young adult reading. I look forward to whatever else Michael J. Sullivan puts out in the future. ...more
This book was fantastic! It is a spin of history. A "what if Rome never fell?" Basically an alien virus takes control and starts feeding certain indivThis book was fantastic! It is a spin of history. A "what if Rome never fell?" Basically an alien virus takes control and starts feeding certain individuals new great technologies so that they can rule the galaxy. Now fast forward 1000 years. The human race has expanded on dozens of new planets if not hundreds. Problem is there are different viruses out there. So now Rome is no longer the only super power. And to top it off, the son of the emperor wants to defect. It is up to a Captain and his crew to dig out the truth behind the virus "gods" and what to do with this royal kid.
The book is well written and fast paced. It is a long book, but I flew through the pages. The characters for the most part are well developed. There are a few instances where the character development stalls out, but I'm assuming that these will be sorted out in the coming books. (view spoiler)[The ending also was a bit of a cop-out. I could tell the author had written himself into a corner, and his solution broke the science barriers that he had set up, along with make it overly easy to kill the virus but keep the host alive and unscathed. (hide spoiler)] That said, everything else in the book was fantastic. I loved the whole adventure and can not wait to read the next in the series. Thank you Goodreads for the book giveaway and thank you Rob Steiner for putting your book on it.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I so wanted to like this series. It had such a great concept and such a great start. And through out the whole series Anderson would capture those fanI so wanted to like this series. It had such a great concept and such a great start. And through out the whole series Anderson would capture those fantastic moments for a short while. But sadly they really were short moments. When he reveals that four of the alien species are in the book are just elementals, I was very disappointed for the cop-out. But I did my best to give him the benefit of the doubt and kept reading. But then the plot holes started to get overwhelming. Then the dialog started getting cheesier and bland and repetitive. And if that wasn't bad enough, Anderson felt that he had to recap basic plot points every character change. Sometimes multiple times on the same page. Though a fast read, this series was tough to get to. I feel that maybe a younger audience might enjoy these books as more like an introduction into the sci-fi genre, but these books were just too poorly written and poorly edited for my tastes. ...more
This book was great. Well really books. It is the first two books out of six in the series combined. The story is an old fashioned style adventure fanThis book was great. Well really books. It is the first two books out of six in the series combined. The story is an old fashioned style adventure fantasy. It's predictable and there are not a lot of last instant twists, but at the same time this is very refreshing in a world where most books now how so many unlikely twists and turns, it's just plain ridiculous and outlandishly impossible. This book instead is just really well written with good, well developed characters, world, and plot. I can't wait until I can read the next books in the series. I'd recommend this book to everyone that loves good fantasy. Thanks Kerri for the recommendation, you're welcome to recommend all the books you'd like to me. ...more
So this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a veSo this is the second book my brother wrote and has asked me to read. This is only like the second edition but already it was very cleaned up and a very entertaining read.
The story takes place somewhere in the distant future. It has a very Mad Max gone even worse feeling to it. A man walking through the desert looking for something called the "destroyer." He hopes that this device will be able to save man kind. Along the way he finds a female that has lost her child to the "children;" a zombie like group of beings that live in the oasis's, that are scattered around the desert, and can only come out at night.
As this pair of survivors go north they find the oasis that the child was taken at and are able to rescue it only to lose it again when they stumble upon an old bunker, where a group of survivalists have been hiding for several generations. This group of people decide that the child must be protected from its own cannibalistic mother and tests must be preformed to see how the child has survived so long. The mother and the character are then thrown out of the bunker and told to come back in several months so that they maybe be allowed to get the child back.
At this point the main character drags the female away to the bunker and tries to continue north looking for his "destroyer." The distraught mother ends up leaving the main character to try and find a way back into the bunker. But he hardly notices as he becomes more and more obsessed with his journey. He eventually makes it far enough north where it is cold and snowy. There a tribe of people take him in and take care of him. He learns that they possess the destroyer and that he is to become a sacrifice to it. He escapes in a blizzard and near death has a vision that he must return to the camp. When he does everyone is dead, killed by a roaming group of "children." The he finds out the the destroyer is only a Kiss album, and turns back to try and find the bunker and female again.
It was a very good story, and I hope that he continues refining it and can get it out there to the world. I look forward to reading his next creation. ...more