Meh. While I really enjoyed the idea of the Iron Fey and how fey in general worked in this book, I didn't really like the main character enough to giv...moreMeh. While I really enjoyed the idea of the Iron Fey and how fey in general worked in this book, I didn't really like the main character enough to give a mess about what happens to her later. Don't get me wrong, the author tried really hard to make her relatable to "normal" or "smart" even "geek" girls, but she just didn't work for me.
I mean, at the beginning she was wishing she at least had a nice pair of jeans so she could look nice, but then later she was all, "I never complained about not having fashionable clothes, I flaunted my poorness, blah blah I'm so humble". Sort of negated anything relatable I had with this girl.
Also I don't really like love triangles that include a serious chance for the cold prissy dude that the girl wouldn't want to be with.
One thing I was okay with was that she didn't really seem Mary Sue. She has plenty of faults and wasn't just immediately able to use her powers and stuff.
Anyway, maybe I'm just too old for this book. Some books can cross the age gap and perhaps this isn't one of them. I would rather my future daughter(s) read this than Twilight, in any case. At least this had, you know, a story. With stuff happening. And a talking cat. I approve of those.(less)
While I don't think the Circle of Magic series is Tamora Pierce's strongest work, I really do find it refreshing how different it is from the various...moreWhile I don't think the Circle of Magic series is Tamora Pierce's strongest work, I really do find it refreshing how different it is from the various Tortal books (including Beka Cooper, though that series is also different from the other Tortal books).
I enjoy how the POV switches between four different characters so we get a sense of everything those characters go through, and I really like that even though the storyline of each book is focusing quite a bit on the title character, that character needs the help of all the others to get through their personal trials and do something fantastic.
The lack of romance is really nice and would make this series more appropriate for younger audiences, and that coupled with the inclusion of a main male character might appeal more for a boy than the Tortal books since those usually follow a girl from youth to coming of age to awesomeness in adulthood and all the romantic thoughts and feelings that would imply.
I think that the world and magical system of the Magic Circle books are intriguing enough on their own to make reading these books worth it, and on top of that, the children, their magical exploration, and how they grow as characters are equally as intriguing.(less)
It loses a star because I was a bit uncomfortable with how young Tamora starts up romance stuff with Kell. As in, people seeming to be attracted to he...moreIt loses a star because I was a bit uncomfortable with how young Tamora starts up romance stuff with Kell. As in, people seeming to be attracted to her. I guess in older times it was common, but it bothered me a bit anyway.
Also, why is this the first time in this universe that we heard of noble dudes raping servant women all the time? Why would noble dudes need to rape servant women when apparently there are all sorts of willing servant women who'd do it for a bit of extra money? Bleh.
But I love Kell's character and her strength and her determination. So there. Four stars.(less)
I really like that this series is really focused on gathering intel and tactics and character development, showing the importance of planning before y...moreI really like that this series is really focused on gathering intel and tactics and character development, showing the importance of planning before you get down to the actual action and battles. I know a lot of people find it to be a bit boring, but it's actually the reason I enjoy this series so much. It's the same with the Honor Harrington series, really, but I follow this better because there's no long paragraphs describing technology all over the place. :)
I was a bit surprised at the direction the end of this book takes. I'm really interested to see where it leads, since the over-arching storyline isn't what I thought it was going to be through the series.(less)
I liked this book almost as much as the first one! References to traditional fairy tales still abound, parodies, spoofs, and homages all.
I had a harde...moreI liked this book almost as much as the first one! References to traditional fairy tales still abound, parodies, spoofs, and homages all.
I had a harder time relating to Mendenbar than I did with Cimorene in book one, because he is trying to take care of all of the problems in his kingdom on his own and is completely ignoring all of his social obligations, which he thinks are stupid, but are actually very important for relations with other kingdoms. And that sort of irked me.
He grows through the series though, and realizes some of his shortcomings with the help of Cimorene and a knowledge-hungry magician whose name I cannot spell since I listened to the audiobook. Not a wizard or a witch. A MAGICIAN.
Which brings me to the other interesting aspect of this series - how magic works. There are many types of magic in this world that Patricia has created, and how each works ends up being pretty important to the overall series. I hope the next 2 books expand on this a little bit more.
I've got no idea what these books could possibly be about because I'd originally thought (view spoiler)[Cimorene wouldn't get married until the 4th book (hide spoiler)], but I'm going to read them before the year is out because I just love snickering at all the little parodies inserted in the story as I read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I loved this book much more than I thought I would! It's sort of like a fairy-tale parody, with mentions, lampshading, and parodies of many existing f...moreI loved this book much more than I thought I would! It's sort of like a fairy-tale parody, with mentions, lampshading, and parodies of many existing fairy tales, fables, and stories that mesh easily in with the setting and give you a fresh (and often amusing) perspective on these tales we've all heard before.
Cimorene is not a "proper" princess, and she is tired of people telling her that her interests in fencing, magic, latin, and cooking just "aren't done" for a princess. Her parents decide to do something about Cimorene's lack of interest in princessly things, and they arrange a marriage for their daughter to a prince who is equally uninterested in the marriage but too "proper" to tell his parents that he's uninterested. Fortunately for Cimorene, she gets a tip from a talking frog and ends up volunteering to be the princess of the dragon Kazul.
Being a dragon's princess is nothing to laugh at in this world since they get all the best marriages, so Cimorene is able to settle in quite nicely, make use of all of her traditional and not-traditional skills, and only needs to convince knights and princes not to rescue her every so often. Oh, and she also needs to figure out why those darn wizards are doing, snooping around like that!
I love this world where families are expected to invite soothsayers and evil fairies to their children's christenings so they might get a good curse or prophecy and end up with a great marriage. I love that dragons are allergic to wizards, and that wizards are a huge pain in the arse while witches seem to be not so bad, really. And I really love Cimorene, the un-ordinary princess, who is not innocent and helpless like most princesses. She knows herself and she knows what she wants, and is unwilling to conform to the "norms" (if you can call it that, haha) of this world and carves out her own path to happiness.
I'm downloading the next book from the library at this very moment! I can't wait. My library's got all four of them on audiobook. (less)
I can see why other people think this book is slow because there really isn't a ton of action until the end, but I felt that all the events in this bo...moreI can see why other people think this book is slow because there really isn't a ton of action until the end, but I felt that all the events in this book were important to shape Will's character into someone who can handle what's to come in the future books in the series.
I had a bit of trouble with the beginning of the book because it was in Morgarath's point of view and it wasn't particularly interesting, but once it switched over to Will I had no problems at all getting into the book, and I genuinely wanted to follow Will and see what was going to happen to him and how he'd grow over time.
There were a few plot points which I had guessed were coming up, but that didn't make reading about them any less enjoyable for me like it did for some others. I loved the way the book was written and I am definitely going to pick up more books in this series.(less)
This was a fabulous sequel, getting down into the nitty-gritty of the changes wrought in Kendra from the last book. We get to learn more about the Eve...moreThis was a fabulous sequel, getting down into the nitty-gritty of the changes wrought in Kendra from the last book. We get to learn more about the Evening Star group and how it works, and what they're after.
This book is full of betrayal at every turn. Some questions from book 1 are answered, but at the end we're left with an even bigger question. I would not be surprised to see our villain from this novel released in a future book to help the Fablehaven group if the information they provided to Kendra turns out to be true.(less)
When I saw the blurb on the back that compared this book to Harry Potter, my first thought was, "Everyone compares books to Harry Potter and that does...moreWhen I saw the blurb on the back that compared this book to Harry Potter, my first thought was, "Everyone compares books to Harry Potter and that doesn't make it even the least bit true. Just look at Twilight."
But you know what? It really IS similar to Harry Potter in that it is a very quick and easy read, but the story is captivating and you want to keep reading to find out what happens. It is definitely a book that adults will love just as much as children.
Another way Fablehaven is similar to Harry Potter is that it is a contemporary fantasy, but it takes place in what amounts to another world, secret except to a select few. The children have challenges to face, as well as the consequences of their actions, and I can see children learning a lot of lessons about morals and perhaps even wanting to look into the mythological origins of some of the creatures.(less)