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Just for the record, I haven't read any of the other books in this series. I was very e...moreI received this book (CRA) via NetGallery for an honest review.
Just for the record, I haven't read any of the other books in this series. I was very enthusiastic when I read the synopsis to Severed Stone but I confess I am disappointed. At first, I thought that this would be a fairy-tale of sorts, properly enhanced so that it would constitute a novel. As I read on, I kept finding the characters terribly flat; as much as I love stories of princesses-to-be and sorcery, I failed to connect with Ciorstan. I could foresee where the plot was headed as soon as I had read 1/3 of the book, and I wasn't wrong. I enjoy being surprised, even mesmerized by characters' unexpected development or actions, but you'll find none of that in this book. I didn't particularly enjoy the author's writing style, either; it struck me as plain and rather colorless. The good thing is, I kept reading. I didn't give up so that's why I'm giving the book 2 stars. (less)
Laura Gallego es una fantástica contadora de historias, y este libro no defrauda. Tiene muchos de los elementos que la caracterizan, e incluso alguno...moreLaura Gallego es una fantástica contadora de historias, y este libro no defrauda. Tiene muchos de los elementos que la caracterizan, e incluso alguno sorprendente. Los personajes son creíbles y, la verdad, a una le dan ganas de ir a por pintura de bodarita y pintar portales... Este libro es imprescindible tanto para sus lectores de toda la vida como para quien no haya cogido nunca uno de sus libros pensando que "son para niños". No lo son, os lo aseguro...
I've enjoyed all the books of the Ranfamor the Recluse series thoroughly, and I'm quite obsessed with the story and characters by now. It never stops...moreI've enjoyed all the books of the Ranfamor the Recluse series thoroughly, and I'm quite obsessed with the story and characters by now. It never stops getting better, whereas in other sagas you can feel there severe ups and downs. The fifth volume deserves the five stars imho. The plots and subplots are intricate, the political intrigue is fascinating, characters seem to come alive and stare at you through the page, their fates intertwine and what at first may seem as different plot lines in different places which are unrelated to one another, ends up combining and forming part of one great story. It is hard to encounter a good fantasy saga in which m-m romance, sex, death and many uncomfortable issues such as rape, incest etc. are treated in such a bold and masterful manner; there is no excess, but there is also no scarcity of them, and Mr.Ashling throws them in at the exactly right moment each and every single time. It's so difficult to accomplish that. You've got to love these books, and crave for more. Just start from the first and keep reading! :-D (less)
I started reading this book as soon as I was finished with the first trilogy. I have to say I am a huge fan of the world Mr.Ashling has built. The sub...moreI started reading this book as soon as I was finished with the first trilogy. I have to say I am a huge fan of the world Mr.Ashling has built. The subplots, characters and twists overlap and may be a bit confusing to me at times but I've learnt to relax because I know that sooner or later it all falls into place. Although Anaxantis is still a central figure in this book, other characters come into focus and we get to learn more about the kingdom of Lorsanthia; Trachia, Rhonoma and other cities that have a part to play in the huge power struggle that the books are -ultimately- about. I clearly see that Mr.Ashling's plot-building skills have been developing for the better ever since book 1. The editing in this book is much improved, I must say. You should read the first trilogy, The Invisible Chains, before reading this book. Just read them all, and share in the many characters' hopes, ambitions and loves. Pick your favourites and see what becomes of them. The trip is worthwhile and full of adventures...(less)
This is the third, and probably the best, book of the trilogy. As I was reading, I kept wishing it would never end. (Fortunately, Mr.Ashling has writt...moreThis is the third, and probably the best, book of the trilogy. As I was reading, I kept wishing it would never end. (Fortunately, Mr.Ashling has written more books yey). There are many things that make this trilogy different from any other fantasy/m-m books I've read. The most important one is, the author has a plot. And he builds on it. The story is not an excuse to depict m-m relationships; instead, these add to a great story. He also handles an impressive array of characters, with their worries, unique personality traits, love and hate relationships. Anaxantis would deserve his own review; smart, brave yet full of shadows. The women in the trilogy are strong and resolute, although they are inevitably pushed to the background in the third book (and it's justified, I think). Mr. Ashling doesn't flinch when he describes brutality, gore, rape or insanity; he takes hold of these taboos and really uses them to improve the story. He also makes an excellent job of the description of the battle against the Mukthars, providing maps and all the necessary information you need to know what is going on. All his characters speak, and yet the silence of things unsaid is as important as words. These are only a few of the reasons why you, fantasy and m-m lover, should read these books. There are more, but those you'll have to find for yourself. Now I'll go and read the second trilogy, because Mr Ashling certainly left me craving for more. (less)