This was a nice change and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. I tend to avoid the more 'religiously' based post-apocolyptic/dystopian...moreThis was a nice change and I am looking forward to reading the entire series. I tend to avoid the more 'religiously' based post-apocolyptic/dystopian reads as they tend to have a pendantic flavor. Not so here and I appreciate it. As opposed to feeling that I was being coddled by fiction in order to have Christianity served up to me, I found this very informative and began to enjoy the biblical references as much as the interpersonal stories. I felt, as other do, that the mage-heat piece was a bit forced. Mostly due to the fact that the reasoning behind it was not really explained. Those unanswered questions may solve themselves though in future books, so I left the stars in place.
A good begining to a series, and the descriptions were wonderful. I was able to draw elaborate and vivid pictures in my mind of the characters and the surroundings. The fact that I was left with many questions and wanting more, speaks well to the portioning out of information in the series. On to the next!(less)
I, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many au...moreI, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many authors have this 'Ivy' aspect in a series and it almost, without fail, drags on too long. The "I'm not sure, but I'll keep teasing at the relationship, but won't commit, but I'll beat myself up over it, then I'll embrace it fully, then I'll mess it up, etc." thing makes me crazy! Male, female, vampire, witch, demon, or rainbow-striped zebra, the indecision over Ivy had gone on for about two books too many and I expelled one gigantic sigh of relief to see it go. Finally!
I love many of the aspects that others do. The development of Trent's character and allowing him to interact in a way that portrays him as a man with individuality was a long time in coming. He has been the 'elf drug-lord' for so many books that I was begining to despair. He was allowed to become more in this book. (At last!)
Seeing the characters outside of Cincy was also a treat. Kim herself had mentioned that she enjoyed writing about this and I can see why. A nice change, both in physical and emotional scenery.
A few people have mentioned in reviews that they felt this book moved too slow and lacked 'action'. It should be acknowledged that since the majority of 'action' in this series has centered around Rachel fighting demons, this book would inevitably have considerably less action than others. This is the book in which she comes to terms, whether forced, implied, or chosen, with her biology, and she obviously won't be fighting as many demons if she IS one. Bad form to beat up your uncle at the family reunion you know. :)
The shift in relationship with Trent is also a welcome aspect in my book as it seems a requirement for the resolution of the series. When all the 'unknowns' come to a head in the series, the chance for history to repeat itself with elves and demons waring again is high. Having a leader figure from each camp, Rachel and Trent, become one on the list of partners, lovers, friends, etc. seems a vital aspect to take the story in a different direction. (My take on future action...probably wrong but it makes me happy!)
Overall I was ridiculously pleased with this book. It was a definite 'turning of a corner' and I look forward to the new landscape we will see in book ten.
Although the final installment of the Fever series was not my favorite, it was definately runner up!
The tempo for Shadowfever was different from the o...moreAlthough the final installment of the Fever series was not my favorite, it was definately runner up!
The tempo for Shadowfever was different from the others, more choppy, jumping around a bit. I enjoyed this change though as it kept me from getting tunnel vision on the resolution of the 'romance' and 'bad guy' plot lines. I was able to keep one step back and enjoy the enitre story. Very pleasant.
I had no objections to the inserts where Dani is publishing her flyers and how this 'interrupts' the story, but Dani's character in this book dropped IQ points and it seemed unfounded. It left me shaking my head a bit.
This was an excellent wrap up to a series. I came away completely satisfied with the end for V'Lane, Rowena, Mac, Barrons, and even Dani. The resolution to the Sinsar Dub issue was brilliant! I was thoroughly satisfied as well with the answers I received to my questions about the Seelie Queen, the Fey in general, and especially the Unseelie King. (Not giving away spoilers here!)
I usually have a 'oh I wish the author would have....' list a mile long after reading the end of a series. Even really well done ones. The Fever series was, in the words of Goldilocks, "Just right."(less)
I loved The Black Prism to an almost manic and unhealthy level. Knowing how highly thought of Weeks' Night Angel books were, I had been savi...more★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved The Black Prism to an almost manic and unhealthy level. Knowing how highly thought of Weeks' Night Angel books were, I had been saving them like one would a fine wine. Well, the special occasion that I was saving that particular bottle for has arrived and I finished The Way of Shadows last night. It was intoxicating...and 12 hours later I am still drunk. (metaphors...dead horses...beating....much, ya' think?)
The above paragraph is a spectacular example of why the best books that I encounter, rarely get a review quickly after I read them. I'm a mess. An emotional muddle. A wordsmith passenger on the U.S.S. Tartarus.
Chaos + brain = me.
Ugh! I'm sure it will take me days, if not weeks, to pull myself out of this gaping, awe-inspired incompetence to the point where I can write anything worth a damn. Until then, my best advice/review/reccomendation is...
READ THIS BOOK.
*Don't give me that crap about how you aren't much for fantasy writing, or how you can't see how an 'assassin book' would appeal to you. Even mentioning how you need something light and carefree with a HEA will make me want to slap you. Stop it. You resist the inevitable. The thought that this work of fiction is just the twisted and dark dreamspace of some genre writer, and that you need 'the real world' to ground you is tripe. No words between two covers are more based in the reality of emotions and motivations of people, than are the ones you will find in this book. Nay-sayers. Get moving. I'm watching you.*(less)
FrEEEEEk-in' fantastic!!! This is really all that must be said, but of course I will say more. Many people that review this book will take the time to...moreFrEEEEEk-in' fantastic!!! This is really all that must be said, but of course I will say more. Many people that review this book will take the time to recap the plot and give you some character intros, so I am taking the lazy man's road and skipping anything remotely informative about the book itself in my review.
Instead, I will tell of how I felt throughout the book. One of the main objectives in reading is to think and feel something, right? A good book will make you think in circles of confusion or starbursts of inspiration. The Black Prism had me thinking and feeling to such extremes that medication was called for; valium, lithium, and aspirin in turn.
I had a love/hate, bipolar friendship with so many characters in this book that I would have finished it out of self defense even if it had been 1800+ pages. You don't purely love (or hate) real people, and the best book characters are the same. Gavin, Dazen, Karris, Liv, and especially Kip himself, had me either disgusted with one of their choices, or cheering for them like a fool.
* My only real complaint was that the 'simple-minded Kip' thing recieved one or two references too many. It bordered on annoying right before it stopped.*
The best thing to be said of this book is about the ending. This was one the the most inspired, creative, and HOLY $h!t!!! endings to a story that I have read in quite some time. Some authors con, wheedle, or seduce you at the end with just enough of the cliffhanger aspect to get you to pick up the next book. Good ol' Brent black-jacked me in the side of the head with the substantial weight of the hardcover of this book, kicked me in the ribs while I was down, and then jumped atop me and bellowed in my face, "You will buy the next installment of The Lightbringer Series, or suffer my wrath!"
**Warning: If you find that the sci-fi-ish basis for the luxin concept is confusing to you, you have only yourself to blame because you didn't listen to your chemistry teacher in high school. The premise of the magic in this world is really easy once you have read about 4 key pages out of a 100 level Chem book. Take the time to read it and you will feel like a genius! ;)**
On a side note:
I took some time and read a few of the reviews by others and I am really, Really, REALLY sick of everyone comparing this book to Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy! My friends, it is a new series; new characters, different flavor of writing, and in reality it is even a different sub-genre of fiction. Jeesh! If you liked Night Angel so much, read that again. Don't deduct stars just because it wasn't Night Angel. I'm almost sure you were aware of that when you read 'The Black Prism' on the cover. :)(less)