As expected from one of my favorite authors, it's another splendid book!
The story is about a man who has a LEGION (Oh, see what I did there? Hehehe...As expected from one of my favorite authors, it's another splendid book!
The story is about a man who has a LEGION (Oh, see what I did there? Hehehe...sorry) of aspects or hallucinations, each with a specialty. He uses them to help him solve mysteries that no one else can. Now he's been offered a case involving a time-travelling camera. Intrigued (eventually), he goes on to look for the inventor. If you couldn't tell from the summaries, Sanderson has taken a stab at something more urban. Do not fret, fans, as this has had no impact on his drool-worthy writing style.
I enjoyed the quirky aspects and how they have such distinctive personalities. Sanderson does a fine job of making them realistic and intelligent and yet not real. This is no mean feat. I don't think anyone else can get away with writing something so potentially ridiculous. Seriously, try writing about hallucinations that everyone, including themselves, know are not real and then have them still manage to interact with the world. And everyone still seems reasonably sane. If you manage that, I'll accuse you of copyright infringement.
Anyway! My only complaint is that, as with all good novellas, it's too short! The book is 88 pages. As much as I enjoyed this book, I do not know if it's worth the price. I personally think it was a well-spent morning read but I'll have to leave that for you to decide for yourself. It's your money after all.
I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of Brandon Sanderson or just anyone at all! Overall, this novella seems to be an introduction or a prequel to a hopefully future book. As such, it seems like he devoted a lot more time to fleshing out the various characters than the plot itself. So don't expect a deliciously intricate plot as you'd get from most of his works. The story also ends with plenty of questions that begs for a sequel. Still, this book is a refreshing change from the urban literature that litter the bookshelves nowadays. A writer who's willing to try new things and go beyond the standard is always welcome on my to-read list!...more
Although the story's setting resemble an apocalyptic Earth, there wasn't all that much focus on it. The story is told in the third person POV of DaveAlthough the story's setting resemble an apocalyptic Earth, there wasn't all that much focus on it. The story is told in the third person POV of Dave ( an apparently normal guy with a little magical talent), Ellen (Duchess and ruler of Minneapolis), and Larsen (ruler of Carness). When Dave saves a wandering priest, he is thrust into one mess after another which forces him to reevaluate exactly what kind of person he is. War is never an easy thing and the book explores the "difference between a good thing and the right thing".
I absolutely adored this book. The characters were fleshed out very well. I found a lot of the side characters to be very likeable. The minute Dave started talking, I knew he was going to be my favorite character. He went through more character development than any one else. Dave's sardonic wit made me chuckle even when they were in the midst of battle. Another thing I enjoyed is that the author stayed clear away from notable cliches. In a fight, winning and losing don't mean as much as surviving.
As much as I enjoyed the book, I felt a little put out by the ending. There was this big final battle and this and that happened and we're all eagerly flipping pages to see what happens...and then it ends with a brief epilogue. It was simply so abrupt that I didn't have any big response to it beyond a "that's it?". In addition, a character that I liked died offscreen (offpage?) and another important one was implied to have died. I was left feeling more confused than anything.
Overall, the book was written very well. I love how the characters interact with each other and with their own inner doubts and flaws. I would recommend this to any adult fantasy reader whose looking for a bit of wit in their reading and not too picky.
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I chose to wait until summer before reading this big boy and it was a good thing I did. The minute I started, there was no stopping me. It's quite anI chose to wait until summer before reading this big boy and it was a good thing I did. The minute I started, there was no stopping me. It's quite an ending to the series and worth a few sleepless nights. Many questions were answered so nice and neatly!
The characters are stunning, as always. In some ways, I'd say Sullivan did even better than before. I found it fascinating, watching (I guess I mean reading, haha) some of the characters struggle between who they were and who they want to be. It says a lot that I end up loving all the characters (well, except for a select few). Even the antagonists. They were trying so hard to do what they thought was right that I couldn't seriously hate them. I still think Luis Guy is a jerk though. Also, every single loss is heartfelt. And believe me, there WILL be losses. This was the only author, aside from Mercedes Lackey, that made me feel absolutely miserable...but in a good way!
I really appreciated how there was no wasted character. Everyone had a part to play in the story. I wracked my brain to think of anything even the most nitpicky reader might dislike and ,short of making stuff up, I got nothing. I can only say that you have to be absolutely bonkers to hate on this book. However, there are a few points that I was curious about. Perhaps I missed it but what happened to the boys in the end?
Pros: Great characters growth, plenty of twists and surprises, action-packed and has a good pace. Con:...Uhhh, whatever I read next is going to be compared to a very high standard.
Overall, a strong end to the best series I've read in a long while. This book was much more serious compared to the other two but there are still plenty of chuckle-worthy dialogue. I'm glad I was lucky enough to come upon this series (definitely need more love from the world, by the way). The journey was a blast and I really will miss Hadrian, Royce, Arista, Gwen, Myron, and the rest of the characters. Let's all cross our fingers and hope for more, eh? ;)...more
An absolute delight to read! The book is about a girl (Alina) who discovers she has a special power that can either save or end the world. She now hasAn absolute delight to read! The book is about a girl (Alina) who discovers she has a special power that can either save or end the world. She now has to learn how to use her power and its significance in order to decide the path she must take. Heard it before but told so well that you won't really care.
The characters are all so sharp and witty! It's a great break from the usual confused protagonists. Granted, Alina still doesn't know what's happening half the time but she makes the best of the situation. I really love her strong personality. The author makes it clear that you can be feminine and still able to kick butt. Also, she is not the only one with witty one-liners. The whole cast of characters had such great chemistry that I can easily relate to how my own friends like to tease each other. The pacing of the story was nice and smooth. The shift between the mood was just perfect.
I found no big problems with this wonderful thing but I did notice some hiccups. For one thing, I really hope this book comes with a glossary. There is so much terminology like HeartRender or kefta that was difficult for me to keep track of. The characters were all introduced so quickly that it was also difficult for me to figure out who was who at first.
Pro: witty and realistic characters, engaging story, nice twist Con: lots of information in the beginning!
Overall, I would recommend this book to any lover of fantasy. It's not quite action-packed but there's still enough action to keep the reader from getting bored. This book was a wonderful addition to my library and I look forward to hearing from this author again!
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For me, sequels are read with some slight trepidation, as it might not live up to the first book. However, Riordan always managed to make the next booFor me, sequels are read with some slight trepidation, as it might not live up to the first book. However, Riordan always managed to make the next book just as amazing, if not even better, than the last one. And he did the same with "The Son of Neptune". He went above and beyond what I expected and wowed me once again!
It was a bit disconcerting not being in Percy's head anymore but it was also amusing to see how other characters see Percy. Because of his circumstances, Percy was a lot less of a lovable dork as he was in the previous series but he still has his moments AND he kicks just as much butt. The other characters, on the other hand, seemed a bit...weaker. I just didn't care about what happened to Hazel or Frank as much as I cared about Leo and Piper. Even so, there is a large cast of new characters, as always, and they're all unique and stand out in their own way.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read. You know a book is absolutely amazing when you find it difficult to describe in a few spoiler-free sentences :) With all the foreshadowing that goes on in this book, you'll finish the book and be impatiently tearing your hair out waiting for the next book before you know it!...more
Very well-written story by Sullivan! Everything was so complex, the characters, the settings, everything! Sullivan did a great job making all the charVery well-written story by Sullivan! Everything was so complex, the characters, the settings, everything! Sullivan did a great job making all the characters complex and believable. It was a nice change to read about characters who aren't defined by their characteristics. Take the prince for example. He's often a spoiled brat and a bit overly dramatic but he makes some smart choices every now and then. In a way, he's even the driving force behind the plot. I always feel that if you can't sum up a character in 1-3 sentences, then you have created a person. Another thing I liked was the well-placed twists Sullivan had written into the story. I could predict some of the things that happened but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the things I didn't see coming.
I found very little problems with my reading experience. While it's not really a big issue, a lot of characters are introduced in the beginning so it was hard to keep track of everyone. However, you will remember the most important characters since they stand out fairly well. Also, there were one or two moments where I wouldn't know where a character was. For example, Hadrian and Myron would be talking as they get off their horses and Royce would just pop in and start talking with them out of nowhere and everyone acts as if he's been there all along. No "Royce walks up to the group" or whatever. Another nitpicky thing I'd like to mention is that the "villains" in this book are your basic storybook villain variety. They're conniving, greedy, and always like to rant about their master plans. The charismatic and interesting "heroes" make up for it so I barely noticed but I thought I'd throw it out there to balance this review out.
Pros: Action-packed and engaging plot, large cast of complex and interesting characters, well-placed plot twists Cons: stereotypical villains, some awkward transition points
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure and isn't afraid of big books. I was very pleased to see how the book turned out. The main characters have great bantering moments and are fun to learn about but without giving too much away. My one big warning is to not read this book when you have an important exam or paper due soon. I do love it when books make me lose track of time (my grades aren't so happy about it though!)The book is pretty hefty but I bet you won't even notice it as you follow Hadrian and Royce's adventures!
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This fantasy novel is about the past and present of the elf Telion Steele. He is the mercenary captain of the Black Brigade and is set on protecting tThis fantasy novel is about the past and present of the elf Telion Steele. He is the mercenary captain of the Black Brigade and is set on protecting the Elfen princess who he's madly in love with. Unfortunately, she doesn't quite feel the same way.
The premise isn't all that original but Sawyer does a wonderful job of making it unique in the way he tells the story. It was interesting, seeing Telion the way he was when he was young juxtaposed with the older more cynical mercenary he is now. The question of how it happened had me completely hooked. Another thing that I approve of is the "band of friends" he had. They were all strong characters, with no two alike. The female characters were distinctively feminine but have their own admirable strengths.
Telion's past is told in a series of flashbacks that is interspersed throughout Telion's adventure. It didn't bother me enough to ruin the story but it does get a bit tiresome, having the characters pause in thought and thinking about the past every few pages or so. There HAS to be an easier way of telling Telion's backstory because this way feels pretty awkward and forced.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good fantasy. It's not perfect and might be easier to read if it's not all in one sitting but Telion's journey is a fantastic one and, if you stick with it till the end, you'll enjoy it immensely!...more