Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in th...more
The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria: 3/5
Decent, but I gave up on this series after the fourth book. So no real connection or investment in the short story for the series.
Discworld: The Sea and Little Fishes - 4/5
I always enjoy a visit to Pratchett's Discworld and Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg are big favorites.
The Sword of Truth: Debt of Bones - 1/5
A short story from a series I really do not like. I can't stand the way Goodkind writes women (or antagonists, or protagonists, or humans) and I dislike the world he created.
Tales of Alvin Maker: Grinning Man - 1/5
I am no fan of Card's, but I couldn't even make it through this short story... and it is one of the shortest additions to the anthology.
Majipoor: The Seventh Shrine - 3/5
I can't say I really understood everything that went on here (as I have never read any his work), but the ideas were creative and strong.
Earthsea: Dragonfly -- 2/5
Confesson: I've never finished Le Guin's most popular series. I gave up early in book one, so this was not a story for me.
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn: The Burning Man - 3/5
Like most of Williams' work, this just leaves me cold. Ehhhh.
A Song of Ice and Fire: The Hedge Knight - 4/5
The first Dunk and Egg story. The whole reason I wanted to read this and that Danielle sent it to me. And I wasn't disappointed. So many infamous figures were shown - Aerion, Dunk, Egg, Baelor Breakspear, Maekar.... It was an entertaining read.
Pern: Runner of Pern - 3/5
Confession: I've never read Pern either. I am not coming off too well as a fantasy fan, huh?
The Riftwar Saga: The Wood Boy - 3.5/5
I have a lot of fondness for the Riftwar books and this was a nice, short reminder of why Feist's books are so fun to read.
The Wheel of Time: New Spring - 3.5/5
I'd read this before but it features one of my favorite characters (Lan) so it's always worth a reread. It's a bit long, but the story of Lan and Moiraine's meeting and friendship is a good one.
All in all, a very satisfying anthology and I look forward to reading Legends II.(less)
I have a hard time rating novellas - of any length - more than three stars. As fun, interesting or detailed they might be, I always find them to lack real depth, emotion or plot.
That said, The Assassin and the Empire, the last of the the four prequel novellas, deserves those full four stars.
I had read and moderately enjoyed the first full length Celaena Sardothien novel last year. I didn't love it - I wanted more assassinating, less love triangle; more strength and less indecision - but I was curious enough to keep my eye out for the sequel. When Gilly B said the prequels add to the experience of reading Crown of Midnight, I bought all four.
And I am glad I listened. These short stories, full of murder and betrayal, and exposition have helped me to like Celaena a lot more than I did at the close of Throne of Glass. I maybe even understand her better. I don't begrudge her her liking for fine things, or her arrogance, because now I can see there is more to the character than that. I can see where she has come from, what she has gone through, and what she has learned in order to become the person she is during the full-length novels.
The mystery angle is a bit obvious and predictable, and needs work. It's a consistent problem for Maas to write with subtlety, and it shows in all four novellas and especially in Throne of Glass. That said, these prequels, the last especially, show a marked improvement in Maas's writing ability, both in terms of plot and character. Celaena especially comes across more vibrantly, and the chance to see Sam as real character, rather than a memory, provided real depth and emotion to Celaena's grief for him.
I sped through all four ebooks in one day, and it was a great way to get pumped up and excited for Crown of Midnight.
There had just be copious amounts of Chaol. That's all I saying.