This was a great series, and I liked how it wrapped up at the end. Clearly Sanderson had an end vision, and he planted seeds all along so that the endThis was a great series, and I liked how it wrapped up at the end. Clearly Sanderson had an end vision, and he planted seeds all along so that the end made sense. Everything was so subtle, though - which preserved the surprise at the end.
Here's what I liked so much about the series: it is thoughtful. Sazed's journey in this volume is one of loss and faith, and loss of faith, and then rediscovery - I found his journey to be so much like my own, I just was captivated by him. Not that I expect to have a similar ending to Sazed's... but it made lovely sense in this conclusion.
Also, it touches on very human emotions. Not the expected "reluctant hero" emotions of Vin and Eland, but the emotions of the one who WANTS to be a hero, is consistently overlooked, and then becomes the hero... all very quietly, in a way that nearly nobody is aware. Spook is a wonderful character - in his angst, in his effort, in his trying to be the best Spook he can possibly be. I was touched by him.
I liked this series. I did volumes two and three via audiobook, and I liked the narration. I still hear Sazed's voice in my head, especially his "I think" tic. Sazed is so... beautiful.
So yup, I like this a lot. I won't read the many, many spin-off novels (I've learned my lesson by reading to much in a world I initially loved but ended up disliking due to overuse....). But I'm glad I did this trilogy....more
When I downloaded this audiobook, I (for some unfounded reason) thought it was fantasy. It is not.
Well, it IS fantasy, in that things wrap up all niceWhen I downloaded this audiobook, I (for some unfounded reason) thought it was fantasy. It is not.
Well, it IS fantasy, in that things wrap up all nice and neat at the end, but this is fiction by the way. Lots of tidy ends make good work of many pages. Something like that.
The is an oddly named novel, since none of the sisters is especially weird. It's supposed to be a play on "wyrd," but this novel doesn't have much to do with destiny. Shakespeare plays heavily in this novel, so I see how she chose to focus on the wyrd/weird thing, but I think, in the end, the novel doesn't support the title. These young women aren't displaying a drive toward some destiny, and they certainly aren't odd, unusual, or, well, weird.
That said, this was an interesting story of three sisters, how their lives all tank at the same time, and how they come home to small-town America and, therefore, figure out their futures. It was heartfelt and had some compelling.
This novel was told in first person plural, which was interesting, distracting, and, well... interesting. Paying attention to how Brown did this was well worth the time with the book, pleasant story aside. This POV was very ... weird ... but worked. It took me awhile to realize that "we" was a collective we, the three sisters, but never one individual. This created an odd, unsettled feel. Who the heck is this "we," and how does this "we" know so much more than any of the sisters?
Like I said, interesting.
So: a good read. 3.5 stars. Bumped to four because she did a weird thing with POV that worked even though my mind wanted to revolt against it....more