I warn everyone - this is a RANT of displeasure and spoilers. You have been warned if you read on.
Oh Paolini when did you forget to write!!!!!!!! :( I...moreI warn everyone - this is a RANT of displeasure and spoilers. You have been warned if you read on.
Oh Paolini when did you forget to write!!!!!!!! :( I sooooooooooooooo wanted to love this - after such an excruciating wait for the last god knows how many years I was all 'this will be brilliant' i even preordered a copy! And after finishing this last night my only thoughts are blah blah blah blah blah - what a bloody waste of time and effort on both mine and paolini's part.
First thing that irritated me was the general lack of anything that could break up the giant battle that raved for 800 pages that was not descriptions of mutated wildlife :| Yes I understand that this is the final battle and a culmination of the last three novels but I would have enjoyed a bit more character development or at least a few plot twists rather than the pretty straightforward battle stategy that has been used in every novel to date. i.e The troop of an army from city to city. I'd have liked a bit more character stuff and a bit less hard to follow battle descriptions that made me concentrate so hard on trying to build the imagery in my mind that I couldn't maintain the flow of the story.
Secondly, for some reason I just couldn't get into this book and it felt to me like a slog through a quagmire of over complicated phrases and expression. Where Paolini could have used 5 words he used about 20 and it just all got a bit stupid and bogged me down.
Thirdly, THE ENDING SUCKED ASS - Paolini could have at least tried to distance himself from lord of the rings (something he failed to do in his world building - elves, dwarves, lethrblaka = ring wraiths) by at least not having Eragon sail away with the elves on a boat. Though I did actually feel that Eragon leaving ws a suitable conclusion to the story. Arya as a rider - ppppffffftttttt anyone else see that coming?!?! and not only did I see it coming but it pissed ,me off no end! And whilst I was devastated in HP7 with all the deaths - I think that maybe one meaningful one - say Arya the ever irritating elf! or indeed Elva whom I still HATE - would have made a better impact on the story.
I also would have rather cut the crap with Nasuada and Murtagh and go straight for a bit of murtagh solo- more angst please!!!I wanted some deep introspection and then him to be saved. on this note - PAOLINI YOU SUCK AT ROMANCE therefore dont even try to make any. Your stupid hints that do not come to fruition are irritating SO JUST DON'T PUT THEM IN!!!!!
Next moan on the list - I missed the Saphira-Eragon moments where we see just how close they are to one another. I wanted a bit more of them together alone, a bit less of Nasuada and Elva and Angela and a bit more of them please.
Loose ends = a million in this book whether deliberate or not they are just stupid. The only thing that gets tied off and answered is Eragon's story which makes me think of the possibilities of spin offs in the future to deal with these - way to plug the corporate money machine for all its worth Paolini! If these do exist I would hope that Paolini learns how to write again!
I did read the book quickly - usually a sign that I like it but I think that this time it was more a desperate urge to finish the thing and get it over with or at least find something exciting within it. I would have edited the novel to the first few chapters and got rid of the rest - especially the ending which I believe I read with a noticeable snarl of disgust on my face.
Overall I was just upset with the predictability of this book and general decrease in quality from the previous books in the series. My disappointment at it at this time has perhaps led me to judge it overly harshly and my rating may perhaps change in the future. But for now I give it one stars as I enjoyed the rest of the series and therefore it still remains partially good in my eyes.(less)
Like many other people i'm marking this book as urban fantasy over paranormal romance. As the BDB story gets bigger and more intense the romance so ke...moreLike many other people i'm marking this book as urban fantasy over paranormal romance. As the BDB story gets bigger and more intense the romance so key to Wards books appears to take a little bit of a back seat- and what v v v v v little does occur is spread out across the book appearing in tiny little amounts - HELLO FRUSTRATION!!!! unlike the other sex scenes Ward produces I got none of the heart pounding she usually creates largely due to the fact that things between Phury and Cormia never really get anywhere for 2/3 of the novel. HOWEVER... that is part of the reason this book is so good and hard to put down - readers know P + C are meant for each other, its just them who must climb the various obstacles in front of them to get to each other and you keep reading thinking that maybe by the end of this chapter they'll make some progress. The ending was gorgeous!!! and i was sooooooo pleased for Phury to finally get some happiness. as usual Ward creates another winner - as far as i'm concerned shes yet to put a foot wrong!!(less)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book has seriously compromised my A leve...moreI LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book has seriously compromised my A levels in the best possible way. instead of using my study leave to revise I instead devoured this book in less than 12 hours. Rhage is an unbelievably sexy male lead. What Ward did beautifully was develop this character from a womanizing warrior to a guy worthy of a heroine like Mary and my all time drool list. For Mary's part I was pleased that she didn't fall straight into Rhage's arms due to his good looks but instead remained cautious and questioning like any woman would in such a sudden and intense relationship. I also enjoyed getting to know the other brothers in much better detail than we did in Dark lover. There quirks, fears etc and i love the banter they have with each other. Ward creates a fabulous sense of family that makes your chest ache. Ward has also brilliantly set up the next novel r.e Zsadist and Bella and personally i cant wait till i get my hands on a copy. All in all an amazing book, one that has thrown me into kerfuffle over which is better Kenyon or Ward??? major brain ache on that front! (less)
**spoiler alert** I have to say the hype and consequent smattering of negative reviews surrounding this book at first served only as a huge warning fl...more**spoiler alert** I have to say the hype and consequent smattering of negative reviews surrounding this book at first served only as a huge warning flag to me that a male aimed twilight had arrived on scene (god help us if such a thing were to come to pass). However having been bought the book for Christmas I have to say that i loved it. The main character Thomas Cale was intriguing and way more complex than i expected from reading guardian reviews. Hoffman kept me entertained with intriguing plot twists and the cliffhanger at the end sent me straight on line for the next books release date. This being said, i have a definite pet hate when it comes to books and that's really unnecessary foreshadowing!!!!!!! I quote: '...how different history would have been had Cale not encountered her inside the great wall that afternoon...'. this line is 183 pages into the novel and is already been revealed that this character Arbell Swan Neck (which is i might add a immensely stupid name) will play some massive pivotal role in Cale's future. Well geez Hoffman thanks for that... barely know the character but yet i do know now that she's central to the plot:| The same thing happened a couple of other times too, all equally annoying. This howeveer, was not enough to stop me loving this book and i'm looking forward to finding out some answers and a way down from this cliff Hoffman has cruelly left me hanging from. (less)
absolute classic but for me as i get older they're just too tempered and 'safe' for me to really want to re-read them again when compared to some of t...moreabsolute classic but for me as i get older they're just too tempered and 'safe' for me to really want to re-read them again when compared to some of the stories we read now. However, absolute legends and theres a reason they've lasted so long and will continue to do so.(less)