I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
When I first started this book I was expecting something with the same impact of Derr'I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
When I first started this book I was expecting something with the same impact of Derr's Lost Gods series, which happens to be one of my favorites in the genre. I'm afraid to say I was a little disappointed, though. While the story started out very well, I soon lost a lot of my interest in it. The secondary characters never flesh out and remain flat for most of the story. Even the main character, Raffé, is unapproachable because he lacks emotional depth. It's a shame because Derr has created such an interesting fantasy world and I would have liked to have experienced it more through the eyes of the characters. I just didn't feel any emotion from any of them.
The plot itself is good, if a bit confusing at first. There was a of of worldbuilding and description which made me feel bogged down at times. That being said, the creatures and the different classes of characters were really cool. There were also some spelling errors which will hopefully be fixed in the final version.
I will still give the next book in the series a shot because I love the author's imaginative creatures and the world she has created. And because I am a big fan of Megan Derr. This one just missed the mark for me. ...more
I don't know how to even begin to explain how much this book touched me. It was beautiful and complex, often painful. There was no silver lining in thI don't know how to even begin to explain how much this book touched me. It was beautiful and complex, often painful. There was no silver lining in this cloud. So many awful things happen to these characters, but the awful things are necessary and I think that was the worst thing of all. Everything they went through and every evil, twisted thing they did was necessary in the greater scheme of things. The men who did the most evil were the ones that counted the most. It's no use trying to keep your distance and understand every bit of the intricate plot..just let it happen. This story forces you to feel the terror, the madness, and the desperation of characters stuck in a situation that seems full of choices but is always fated to fail. ...more
This was a wonderfully written book, as I expected it would be from my experience reading The Steel Remains. The world building is lush yet realistic,This was a wonderfully written book, as I expected it would be from my experience reading The Steel Remains. The world building is lush yet realistic, full of pain and filth nothing even close to rainbows and butterflies. I love it even more for that.
It starts off slow, a lot slower than The Steel Remains. For a while I was wondering where it was all heading until I decided to just go with it. I do prefer the faster pace of the first book, but the pacing in The Cold Command allowed for more character introspection and development.
Ringil is broken and cares for very little in the world except his two friends...and maybe his sword. He'll do anything and use anyone in order to get what he wants. Sometimes he walks a very thin line between honor and cruelty. Egar is sick of living a soft life, he wants a good fight and a good death. He wants a woman he can't have and to feel like he used to when he was younger. I don't think Archeth knows what she wants, except answers to where her people went and why she was left behind. It's not a pretty story, though the prose is beautifully written. The overall feeling of the book is hopeless and dark, with maybe a glimmer of light here and there. I love the characters Mr. Morgan has given us. They are world-weary and sick of everything and everyone. And bored. It's a bad idea for somewhat-heroic warriors to get bored. The result is a lot of bloodshed and some pissed-off officials. And lots of swearing. They have seen and done terrible things that would give weaker men (and women) nightmares, but they just shrug it off. Their age is fast catching up with them. Ringil and Egar both realize that their bodies can't put up with the abuse like they used to be able to, but they barrel through with grim determination. Both men are the very definition of anti-heroes. Archeth isn't much better, though her personality is usually held in check with an iron will.
I had a lot of fun reading this. I'd recommend the series to anyone who loves an anti-hero and some great fight scenes and gore. And very inventive swearing :).
I loved this book. The world was amazingly well thought out and seemed very real to me. Some fantasy worlds can be very two-dimensional, but Among ThiI loved this book. The world was amazingly well thought out and seemed very real to me. Some fantasy worlds can be very two-dimensional, but Among Thieves was very 'fleshy'. The description of the crime ring itself was interesting and I loved the different job titles like: Long Nose, Wide Nose, Oak, Arm, Ear, etc. I love any story where the main character fights against overwhelming odds and bends his own morals to succeed. Drothe is exactly the kind of character I love to read about and I can't wait to see what happens next. The fact that he wasn't a Gary Sue who got everything right appealed to me. He made a lot of mistakes and muddled through most situations without knowing exactly what was going on. This was a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and thieves, or criminals with noble hearts. ...more