This is one of the books that the reason of reading it was purely because of the synopsis and not the cover, which, between me and you...moreReviewed by Nina
This is one of the books that the reason of reading it was purely because of the synopsis and not the cover, which, between me and you, is awful. The book was part of a tour, and I was supposed to review it a month ago, but due to studies I couldn't.
The book is written by two point of views: Lennon's and Ginx's. The characters themselves have difficult background, that you understand fully, by the end of the book. I liked that the characters were complex and not the simple ones I tend to read. Also, in this case, both characters had something to hide, reveal and accept by the end of the book. In other words, grow up and become more mature.
The main problem I found on the book was, that because the author was a woman, there were some things from Lennon's point of view that seemed slightly off and weird for a woman to write, even though the author tried and kept in the sense of reason. I think I started looking the book in a different aspect when I learnt that the author was a woman and not a man that I thought in the beginning. Also, because I have to put it on the negative paragraph, I didn't like the flow of the story, during the end. Something happens, and the whole thing is written in a very fast and sad way. And as a result, the end of the book, leaves you with a bittersweet taste.
Bottom line, I liked it. It was intense, amusing and you could actually see the change of the characters through out the story. It had a more mature language and descriptions, but that was actually a plus. I couldn't understand why the book had to be a trilogy, but the author makes it clear at the author's note, and now, I have to admit, that I'm anxious to read the next one too. (less)
I'm always a little sad but at the same time happy for the conclusion of a series. And the Dragonslayer's series came to an end with the Dragon's Egg....moreI'm always a little sad but at the same time happy for the conclusion of a series. And the Dragonslayer's series came to an end with the Dragon's Egg.
I enjoyed the three books before and this is not different! Resa Nelson's writing is still compelling and straightforward but still beautiful in a way that shares with you the magic of the book. The story is progressing with many surprises and with tons of action. The fact that even in the fourth book there was a place for getting the story a step forward and not just finishing it was something that i really liked. It was like the story still had secrets to reveal and grow and not just answer everything. Though there are no lose ends on some serious matters in the end which is good.
Astrid was one of my favorite characters at the previous books and of course she still was amazing, and even in the end we see how she shapes herself but it was another person that i loved to read about in this book. Drageen. He is different, changed and you get to see the world through his eyes and understand him way better than before. He is quite an interesting character and really different than Astrid even though they are brother and sister. His story in this one, was my favorite part to read following later Trep. Trep, a character who i didn't really pay attention before came to steal all the glory from Astrid. I liked how you could follow different people and see how the story changed them and actually connect with them.
The book does not have the perfect happy ending because it's life. It feels real. And the closing scene is one of the most beautiful scenes i've ever read, creating a sad smile but still a smile at my face. A wonderful series about dragons and humans and most importantly the change of people and the world. Enjoyed it to the core and i actually wish there was a little more. I will miss those characters. (less)
I'm all in for epic fantasy so i really couldn't say no to this one.
I'll admit that when i started reading A Cast of Stones, it tired me. For some rea...moreI'm all in for epic fantasy so i really couldn't say no to this one.
I'll admit that when i started reading A Cast of Stones, it tired me. For some reason i felt it was going really slow and i was craving to be at the center of the story. At the same time though, the story and Error are so compelling that i couldn't stop reading. I'm pretty sure i would have stop if it was another book, but this one..it was just too interesting and clever to stop. The slow introduction of the slow, even though it was not my favorite part of the book, it definitely helped to remember and get accustomed to the author's world.
There is a scene at the first chapter where we see Errol read the stones for a first time. That scene reminded me so much of how Pug reads Kulgan's ball for first time at The Magician from Raymond Feist that actually made me happy? I think from that moment on, i knew somewhere inside me i will enjoy the book and of course i did.
As for Error, at the first scene i thought i will probably hate him but as the story grows you see not only how he changes and how he tries but also what an honest man he is. Even as the drunk town of a small town, he is a man who cares and has it inside him to help.
Another great book i started the year with. If you are into epic fantasy and you want something that starts now and not one of those huge epic series, A Cast of Stones is a good option.(less)
I cannot remember exactly why I picked this book. I guess it looked cool and I had available dates on my journal and I thought that it...moreReviewed by Nina
I cannot remember exactly why I picked this book. I guess it looked cool and I had available dates on my journal and I thought that it would be a great book to finish this year's tours.
Starting the book, you feel a melancholic atmosphere. The way the author writes and expresses Mia's feelings and private thoughts in her journal. It doesn't take you long to enter the book, to become part of it and understand everything that is going on.
The author writes on the third person and what made this book different is that she doesn't focus only on Mia and Mia's problems, but also on the other characters too. The memories and the mistakes of the past. Except maybe Denise's, but there is a reason for that.
The author explores the hard side of life. Diseases, addictions, lost, everything that no matter how difficult they are, when they are over, they make us stronger and transform us in a way that we become different on the inside.
Bottom line, I liked it. It was one of those books that after you finish them, you have a voice in your head pointing at you which characteristic and decision of yours, you have to change or look in an alternative perspective. I liked how it ended, though slightly sad. It was a ray of light in a cloudy day.(less)