All I can say is: I'm sad it ended. Hale has a way with characters, she knows her characters, she knows how to make them act to feel human. And you geAll I can say is: I'm sad it ended. Hale has a way with characters, she knows her characters, she knows how to make them act to feel human. And you get attached to them, you feel for them, you love them, you hate them, you get annoyed by them, you understand them and in the end you're sad the book had to end. I liked the fact that the world is detailed, down to customs and traditions. Well ok, I liked a lot of things about this series, but if I start writing them all out I'll probably still be here in a few hours. Suffice to say that the series is good, the characters are well defined and the world is well constructed. ...more
Dialogue is definitely Ginn Hale’s strong point, followed closely by action scenes.
“Lord of the White Hell” was a pleasant read, although I have to saDialogue is definitely Ginn Hale’s strong point, followed closely by action scenes.
“Lord of the White Hell” was a pleasant read, although I have to say that the twist was predictable. The last chapters boosted the books’ rating for me. I was a bit disappointed by the “twist” and wanted to rate it a 3 star but the last chapters made me reconsider and give it a 4. They also had me reading without pause, so that’s saying something.
I'm not saying that the book didn't have flaws, like the constant reminder of Javier's perfect, god like body, and there were others that escape me at this moment, but towards the end they didn't really matter. The book was good, that's what matters.
If there's one thing I really love about this author, and the book of course, it's the way the characters interact with each other. Wicked Gentlemen wIf there's one thing I really love about this author, and the book of course, it's the way the characters interact with each other. Wicked Gentlemen was a first insight into her writing and this book is the second and in both of them, I loved the way characters talked.
The world is interesting and, unlike my previous read, "Wicked Gentlemen", well described. I liked the fact that the author took some time to let us know about their religion and way of life because that way, the reader understands the characters and their actions a bit more. Like the brothel scene for example. I read that some people found it a cheap way to start up a fight between the main characters, but I didn't see it that way. Javier's behavior, him being used to living a certain way and under certain rules, was on spot in that moment. Kiram as well. He was used to people being free to chase their desires, be it a man or a woman and the fact that he couldn't explore his relationship with Javier the way he would have liked, came crashing down on him. Because the way I see it, up till then, he was still being a kid about it and maybe thought that a secret romance was thrilling. When his feelings for Javier grew, he realized it wasn't that easy. Both characters acted the way they should have.
Picking up the next part, and honestly, I can't wait to read it....more
The book feels like it's been cut in half, or at least some important parts came missing. The world could have been a bit more explored and describedThe book feels like it's been cut in half, or at least some important parts came missing. The world could have been a bit more explored and described and the characters could have had a bit more development. But, as it stands and besides that, the book was a good read.
The story was interesting, although the ending seemed a bit rushed, and the characters had an interesting chemistry between them, which I loved.
I don't think there's much to say about this book other than it was good and I somehow wished it went on a little longer than it did. But the author has definitely caught my eye....more
Well, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting as a sequel but it was damn good. Different, in a very good way. In a way, it wasn't exactly a sequelWell, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting as a sequel but it was damn good. Different, in a very good way. In a way, it wasn't exactly a sequel, but more of a tangential story, an autobiography of Harry Ransom, part inventor, part charlatan and part mad-man. But he was a mad-man with a plan. He had dangerous ideas in a world where The Line stretched its hand to capture everything it can. His flaw was his youth and what came with it, and maybe things would have gone differently if he was older. But he learned from his mistakes and in the end, he was only human.
The story was interesting, told through the perspective of one man, thus not accounting for the war and the major battles, since he hadn't participated in them. He heard stories, which he related. It was somewhat off putting that Liv and Creedmoor weren't more present in the book, but Mister Ransom made up for that along the way.
The ending was fitting. It wasn't grand, it wasn't tragic, it was just fitting. The fact that Mister Ransom remained an optimist throughout the book, despite everything that happened, makes the reader hopeful that in the end, he will achieve his dream. And I chose to think he had. It's somewhat of an open ending.
I was surprised how fast I finished this book. The pages poured freely and I didn't even notice when I read about half of the book. It's captivating,I was surprised how fast I finished this book. The pages poured freely and I didn't even notice when I read about half of the book. It's captivating, it makes you wonder what sort of mischief our friend Locke has planned next and how will he get out of the mess he's gotten himself into in the end. Reading on though, you realize there can't be a happy ending, or at least, that's how I felt about it. I was disappointed when I found out I was right, but at the same time I realized that any other way of ending it would be far fetched in this universe.
The torture scene, for me at least, felt like it was there just for the sake of being there. Sure, it showed how much the Capa degraded and how afraid he was, but that was easily shown by the fact that he just killed 8 of his loyal people because they couldn't give him an answer. However, the Bondsmagi torture scene felt well deserved and not at all out of place. He had it coming and Locke delivered in full.
All in all it was a fun experience, a wonderful book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. The book easily became one of my favorites....more
Now this...this was a refreshing read. The world in the book is most intriguing, not yet finished and divided by the on-going war between The Guns andNow this...this was a refreshing read. The world in the book is most intriguing, not yet finished and divided by the on-going war between The Guns and The Line. While neither side seems more honorable than the other, I found myself allying with The Guns and rooting for Creedmoor. He easily wiggled his way in my heart and made himself comfortable there. And he still refuses to leave.
Lowry was the second most interesting character in the book, more interesting than Liv, I might say. Towards the end though, I started having doubts that his pursuit was because of his loyalty. I stared wondering if he kept going because he was afraid to come back empty handed, not necessarily failing his Masters, but himself, or maybe he just wanted to feel like he had a purpose in life.
All in all it was a really good book and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more