The perfect Halloween weekend read. I loved everything about this book. No complaints other than the obvious boohoo fest near the end. Horror, love, acThe perfect Halloween weekend read. I loved everything about this book. No complaints other than the obvious boohoo fest near the end. Horror, love, action, drama, survival, loss, hope, betrayal, you name it--it was there. Plus, Mary is the ultimate badass. In only one novel, she has secured a spot among my top five favorite protagonist. Most importantly, though, are the messages. It makes you think about your own life. Should you be complacent with the world around you? Or should you chase after your ocean? Can you truly be happy with just love? Can you truly be happy without it? Is an axe really the best weapon against a cannibalistic zombie horde? Which ties are stronger, those of the family you were born into or the ones you create? ...more
If you're an insecure, teenage girl you're probably going to like this book. It is, as was the author's blatant intention, a 21st Century, sexed-up veIf you're an insecure, teenage girl you're probably going to like this book. It is, as was the author's blatant intention, a 21st Century, sexed-up version of Wuthering Heights in which Cathy chooses Heathcliffe.
Lots of smarmy morals... Ugly ducklings can turn into the beautiful swans....We're all DUFFs in comparison to one another.... The way to guy's heart is through his dick...just classic stuff like that.
This was the most beautiful and fitting ending to one of the greatest trilogies I've ever read. These novePhew, and I thought the first book was epic!
This was the most beautiful and fitting ending to one of the greatest trilogies I've ever read. These novels were pure, heart-felt magic.
I was apprehensive at first that this novel was set a whopping 10 years after the previous; but I should have know better. In the end it made no difference. Phedre and Joscelin are just so..so ..kick-ass. Who was I to think that would change?! I'll admit, it had lots of up's and downs. I was convinced my heart was going to break in Darsanga, but not even those horrors could best the duo. And much like them, I certainly didn't expect to fall in love with Imriel like I did. To me, that was the most beautiful touch to the story. The fact that they finally found a true family in the end, and all of the scars of the past they were able to simply wash away through love. I had hoped that Kushiel would release Phedre in the end, but hey, not everything in life can be wrapped up in a pretty bow.
Overall, the novel was brilliant. A little slow at the beginning, then half-way through BOOM! it became fabulous. Wonderful, dynamic characters. At one point I put my hands over my eyes and thanked God Phedre and Joscelin are pure fiction, because no couple that crazy need ever to walk the earth. A priest and whore...The makings of a truly good read. ...more
Not as much action as the first but still pretty good. I figured this one out by accident so the big mystery wasn't really a mystery. Ah well...AssyriNot as much action as the first but still pretty good. I figured this one out by accident so the big mystery wasn't really a mystery. Ah well...Assyrian pirates were worth it. I actually cried during this one, which is something I haven't done in a long time and especially not over a damn book.
Of course, this is no simple book. This is the middle novel in one of the most planned out, epic adventures I've ever had the pleasure of reading. You fall head over heals for all of the characters, most especially Phedre. She is the ultimate female heroine. Beautiful, intelligent, lovable, and one of those characters that the reader can put their absolute trust in. Damn! I love these novels, they just take forever to read.
To me there is just one very big issue.... Melisande. I fell in love with Alcuin and Delauney in the first, then Fortun and Remy in the second. Each time she's responsible for their deaths, so It almost feels like a betrayal for Phedre still to be so conflicted over her. Just kill the bitch!! She's had several chances now and she didn't take them. If Phedre doesn't personally murder her in the next novel I'm going to be pissed. Enough said.
Anyway, to anyone who's started these novels-Keep Reading! I have a feeling this is a series I'm going to re-read many times in the future....more
...Actually one word isn't enough considering I just read a 1600 page novel. Yesterday, when I told my boyfriend that I had "naught toOne word- Epic.
...Actually one word isn't enough considering I just read a 1600 page novel. Yesterday, when I told my boyfriend that I had "naught to do with it" and recieved a half-mocking, half-incredulous glare, I realized that perhaps I should have divested the novel through a few more sittings rather that devour it through every waking moment for three straight days! And during final exams week, nonetheless.
Despite this, I have mixed feelings. Part of me couldn't put it down, but another (weaker) part of me found it to be tedious and much too detailed to keep reading. In the beginning, I couldn't keep all the names together and was a complete loss politically. Emotions are easy enough to understand usually, but even those Carey made immensly complex. However, as fantastical as this novel is, I would consider it to be more human and realistically written than most of the garbage I read. It is a beautiful world and story, regardless of the fact that I seriously doubt the ancient world in which the novel was set was anything like it.
This book probably has the most unlikely couple of all time-- a whore and a priest. How inventive. Of course, the romance aspect was a little lacking anyway. Plenty of death, politics, S&M, and intricate plots...but no true romance. Perhaps it will bud in the later novels. All I know is that I have to find out. And soon. Whatever Melisande has up her sleeve this time I'm ready to find out.
*One final note* I give this book props for containing the most disturbing scene I've ever read. I didn't think old Selig had it in him. Ugghh...I'm cringing just thinking about it. ...more
So I feel very satisfied and happy after finishing it. But of course there's a little bit of darkness mixed in too. One character completely and utterSo I feel very satisfied and happy after finishing it. But of course there's a little bit of darkness mixed in too. One character completely and utterly let me down but the ending was so good it *almost* made up for it.