Rescue picks the Ell story-line back up and manages to move it along quite quickly. I am as always impressed that the author continues with this serie...moreRescue picks the Ell story-line back up and manages to move it along quite quickly. I am as always impressed that the author continues with this series so quickly.
Mr. Dahners states that he tries to explore a single new technology in each book; but I am a little unclear exactly what was so novel about the new ports here. I guess I may just not visualize them in the same way that the author does but it seems he thinks the curved ports are significant.
Ell uses them to dispose of the device by the President it seems because it can dispose of more than a regular port would. This would mean that this curved port has a cutting edge that is always active almost. I don't see then how this is different from her open ended ports she can adjust the size on and maneuver. If the ports have to bubble out when they build with a charge then they can't be used on the eye contacts. If they are manipulated to grow/shrink in a bubble its no different than moving a port around.
While I enjoy the series I don't know where Mr. Dahners plans to take it from here. We have solved the world's energy crisis, possibly food production as well. Will soon have the ability to make cheap almost indestructible items on demand (including electronic circuits). This will end all manufacturing around the world and people can get anything sent to them at any time anywhere.
It seems to me that America would have Ell and her devices to stop any wars and they are destroying the energy/cheap labor that the rest of the world has provided. I also can't see all the world allowing Ell's tech into repressive regime's it would change their ability to exert control. The US is slowly releasing the tech but sooner or later they will reach the point where it will take little to no effort to provide the basic essentials of life to almost everyone.
I think that I'm starting to lose interest in this series. While the battle is moving we now have three theaters of war and we only really covered one...moreI think that I'm starting to lose interest in this series. While the battle is moving we now have three theaters of war and we only really covered one battle at each location.
While that is sufficient to move the story along I am not seeing an end in sight for the series. We had a clear goal after the first couple of books. However it keeps growing and growing and we still know very little about the scope of either of the two main enemies.
The author has now taken us to the end of the world as it were and we know nothing of the various factions and their territories other than the Alliance.
While it would be silly to believe a war could ever really be simple the way it has grown makes me wonder just where the author expects to wrap up the story. It seems we might have another 15 novels until everything gets resolved at this point and when that starts to happen I start feeling less inclined to rate books favorably since it seems the main story that drew me in always gets left to flounder through the various novels.
Honestly I don't know what to make of Ms. Spencer's series. This latest novel continues a fun fantasy series that I have enjoyed following....more2.5-3 stars
Honestly I don't know what to make of Ms. Spencer's series. This latest novel continues a fun fantasy series that I have enjoyed following. The only problem is that each book says its part of the series but as an author Ms. Spencer seems to rewrite items from previous novels as needed.
Between book 1 and 2 we somehow re-write the time spent at court so that Tinker as the pivot apparently gets shown everything she wants and it sounds as if the court catered to her every whim. When I thought she was simply hanging with Pony and the other guards. Her history is also rewritten so that her elf ancestor is now Stone clan doma cast. In addition her mother's heritage is also somehow special and unique; and she gains an aunt which we have to go back and explain why DNA testing from book 1 doesn't show a relation. I also don't understand after we get told about the viability of elfin gametes why there aren't a larger number of half elf children in Pittsburgh?
In the third book the dragon Impatience who we saw in the second book that is supposed to be sticking around to build a new gate we never see again. Comment made me double check this (and if we now know that dragons are sentient magic creatures what exactly are the skin clan created dragons from elfhome?). The third book gives us a couple of characters that are never really explained (even the short stories don't seem to match the info we are given). We suddenly meet Blue Sky introduced as a half-elf lifelong friend that we had never met before; and it is implied the evil villain is another figure that Tinker has always known but never was mentioned before. Also we learn that there are only a few hundred maybe couple thousand half-oni but yet they now have a hidden army of thousands waiting (which have all have been born on planet and not been noticed impacting the local area.) I also can't see them being smuggled in through the EPA no matter if they had infiltrated them that large a force would need to make them the dominate part of the border agents in which case they should have been able to just take over that organization. In addition we still don't know how the tengu moved so many thousand of their people through Pittsburg bypassing the EPA and the oni. Apparently the EPA is the worst border security agency in history despite what I would assume is a priority supply of resources and cooperation from all parties.
Now we reach book 4 and suddenly there are other Dufae children. (skipping completely over the fact that these are fetilized eggs and we know Leo donated his sperm years before Esme donated the eggs so we don't know if his sample is still around or not.)
But these were from the mother's side and yet now Esme who may never have met Leo and probably only met Timothy Bell (grandfater of tinker) once was able to secure and protect a copy of the Dufae magical codex. So does this mean that Tinker's parents were 2nd cousins or did Esme (whose family seems to be tied to the Skin Clan) just up and persuade the Dufae's to give her a copy yet Leo Never told his wife his history and the grandfather was a bigot. It also has an invisibility spell that seems perfect for their situation but yet Tinker never used it or remembered it when she needs to escape from the oni and had a copy of her own system.
Also the ending seems to stretch time oddly. Reading it would seem to indicate that these events happen within a week after the gate is destroyed. This means that they should arrive on Elfhome about the same time as Tinker fixes the Ghostlands. Except they come out and meet Gracie when its the end of the third book. And if that much time had passed I would have expected the shake-up of the oni being ousted from the Chinese ruling structure to be much more touched upon.
The timeline doesn't make any sense to me. They follow along for "plan b" the caves after the gate was destroyed. They wanted to move quickly to use the tengu children to make sure and bring them under control. This seems to suggest that they move the kids ASAP. But we are given to understand that the villain who is just on the cusp of reclaiming his powers and lands after thousands of years waits as much as three weeks so that both parties meet at the caverns so the timeline fits.
And while Esme and Lane's family was hinted at suddenly their step-dad is the Skin Clan Emperor and their mother is likely a part elf seer. We also have unexplained members of the family that we never see. Is the Chloe the same as the previous villain and then why didn't Esme recognize her when they confronted each other at the morgue? And if so she was supposed to be more human but could stand off both Pony and Stormsong.
True a lot of these are just minor issues that I am nitpicing on but they grow with each story. I was expecting a jump in the timeline where we actually start seeing this evolve to a grander setting and witness some of the fallout and consequences; instead we got a poor coming of age story that feels half complete (the kids never actually reached Tinker or have warned anyone in authority with their info.) It just seems that rather than building a story from the parts we already have our author is adding characters and back-story for the new scope of the series ipso-facto . While this is entertaining the more it happens the less it feels a natural progression for the series.