The Renegades of Pern has two plotlines. The first is a young woman, Thella, who gathers holdless people to her and raids to prowide for them. And the...moreThe Renegades of Pern has two plotlines. The first is a young woman, Thella, who gathers holdless people to her and raids to prowide for them. And the other is discovering ruins in the south. These two plots never really intertwine and as a result I never really cared about either of them. There were too many long periods with nothing happening and when something did happen it was often without enough build-up and over oo quickly, which again meant I really didn't care. I didn't feel like I really got to know any of the characters, they never seemed to be more than onedimentional.
In short I was quite disappointed with this book. I had expected a celebrated author like Anne McCaffrey who has writen so many books in this series to have more to offer, and also because I really liked the first book in the series. I wouldn't recomend this book to anyone unless you must read i to complete the series.(less)
The Swan Maiden is writen by Jules Watson, and is an interpretation of an old Irish legend about a young woman Deirdre, who was born with a curse. Nat...moreThe Swan Maiden is writen by Jules Watson, and is an interpretation of an old Irish legend about a young woman Deirdre, who was born with a curse. Naturely the king believes he can master the curse and so wants to marry her. The story is about Deirdres flight from him and her introduction to a world she has been denied her entire life.
I was very disappointed with the this book. About the first 100 pages were so promising, and I was sure this would be an interesting book. But then two things happened 1)Deirdre looses her backbone. She is a strong woman with a strong will in the beginnig, but suddenly she is a little girl who can't do anything by herself anymore. From time to time she does step up, but it is for very short periods of time before she goes back to being dull and depending. And 2)Jules Watson makes her change completely because of a pretty face. In the beginning of the book Deirdre is completely terrified of men, but suddenly and without reason this changes. And one might think that this was a good thing so that we wouldn't have to listen to her whing, but it is not a change for the better. Because she can still find stuff to whine about. Also the realationship between her and her man is a cliché, and the book hasn't been given the nessesary twist to make up for this. Futhermore Jules Watson has in my oppinion written to many unnessesary scenes, and a lot of the time while reading this book I was just waiting impationately for the next devlopment. And often this was a long wait.
The only reason I don't give this book one star is that the ending was very unexpected in a good way, I was really impressed. But then I imagine this was part of the actaual legend and therefore has little to do with the imagination of Jules Watson. (less)
For anyone who loved when Lemony Snicket, in A Series of Unfortunate Events, talked about himself The Beatrice Letters is a must have. It gives more cl...moreFor anyone who loved when Lemony Snicket, in A Series of Unfortunate Events, talked about himself The Beatrice Letters is a must have. It gives more clues about the mysterious Beatrice (which is probably clear from the title). The letters are writen in the cryptic style that Lemony Snicket always uses when he writes about himself, which is wonderfully funny. This book I definetly recomend to any reader of A Series of Unfortunate Events.(less)