*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio versi...more*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio version of this and frankly, I was blown away.
I am traditionally not a fan of short stories. Epic fantasy is my favorite and is at the opposite end of the spectrum so to speak. I have always felt that short stories are the 'commercials' of writing. don't get me wrong, some commercials are better than the show you are watching, so this is not a statement of quality. I just usually want a bit more heft to my story and shorts don't deliver. To each his own.
This story however was magnificent. It is no wonder that it received professional accolades. It is beautifully done, sensitive to what is a difficult and painful situation for the characters, and most importantly, completely realistic. True to the time and percieved mindset of the character choices, I never had a moment of "well that just doesn't track" and felt thrown out of the story.
Two thumbs up, 5 stars, and a deafening round of applause for Brokeback Mountain.(less)
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to...moreWell, wow...just wow.
This is a great trilogy. A wonderful weave of post-apocolyptic fantasy and an original take on Christianity. I'm going to have to come back to this one to detail out my review. I'm a bit gobsmacked right now.
OK, feeling better, whew!
Quick-cap: Thron St. Croix has discovered that she is the 'omega mage' that has been foretold of for years. Her sister, Rose, was lost to the Darkness 4 years ago but Thorn believes her to be alive. After being outed as a mage in hiding, Thorn now has been accepted by the citizens of Mineral City, but her own kind have turned against her. In Mineral City, she has drawn to her an amazing circle of friends, made alliances with Seraphim, caught the attention of the High Host, bound the energy of a cherub to her bidding, and is the center of three different prophecies. She will need all her allies and newly acquired power though in the upcoming battle against the major Darkness that has been unleashed within the nearby mountains of the Trine.
What a detailed book/series this has been. Host, the final installment in the trilogy was as strong if not better than the works before it. Answering almost all questions posed in previous books, it takes you on a whirlwind ride of Thorn's battles and subsequent loss. This world is absolutely epic in its fine detail and depth of plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish the series could keep on going! Full five stars!(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)