I'll admit it. After a couple of pages, my creepy-barometer started going off, and I was hesitant to read as quickly as I usually do, because I am (ad
I'll admit it. After a couple of pages, my creepy-barometer started going off, and I was hesitant to read as quickly as I usually do, because I am (admittedly) a wuss. So when people just starting dying every where and there's freak WOW demons running around (I used to play world of warcraft. My imaginary corelings were taken from that game), and incestuous neighbors, plague, all before maybe 100 pages goes by...
Thankfully, Arlen helped me get past that fear. For a while, at least. Bad ass little knucklehead.
Well, after seriously getting into Arlen's story, I start reading the next page and realize, "this isn't about Arlen"
New Character! And she gets her own badass mojo thing going on like she's on steroids!
And after reading about Leesha giving the business to her mom and the psycho beefcake Gared, and learning to be Leesha:Herb-Medicine Woman
We meet Rojer. And the musketeers are complete.
I really wish I had Arlen's story in the Krasian desert warding himself up (view spoiler)[am I the only one who wondered if the warded/naked/fighting man had tattooed his... manly bits? he's supposedly *completely* marked (hide spoiler)]becoming a dark, twisted hero- completely opposite of the Arlen we watched grow up.
The only surprise at the end was Leesha's spare time experimenting. And it's really fucking sick when you think about it, but it just makes her so much more awesome!
In closing- I love this book. If you like fantasy, you'll probably like this book.
After the crap load of very, very bad books it was nice to come to one that made me dance with happiness!!
This was a great followup to LOLL, somehow b After the crap load of very, very bad books it was nice to come to one that made me dance with happiness!!
This was a great followup to LOLL, somehow being able to go back and forth between past and present pretty flawlessly, as in the first book.
I loved how the *exact right* amount of time had passed between the prologue, and when that scene finally took place (it was repeated word for word as well! I liked that!)I was at war with myself. When I realized I had reached the scene of the prologue, so much had happened that I had kind of forgotten about that scene (where as for the first 200 pages or so I kept envisioning that scene right around the corner), and then BAM! It's happening... and with all the drama I was all, "Will he? Won't He? No he wouldnt... but he COULD!"
Brilliant! Just Brilliant! Almost had a panic attack, but I liked it, little masochist that I am.
And then... when the book ends...
and I realize there's no 3rd book yet, and that said 3rd book has been on the last 5 years of "can't wait for book of.." Lists.
Dear Scott- if you happen to come across this, as a loving fan teetering on the brink of crazy...
Everyone else loves this book- so I'll keep it simple (stupid).
1. The beginning doesn't jive with the end. I have no clue what great lesson was to beEveryone else loves this book- so I'll keep it simple (stupid).
1. The beginning doesn't jive with the end. I have no clue what great lesson was to be learned by publishing Abe's journal, other than you should definitely keep a journal if you're Night time BadAss but a daytime Whiny-Sissy Mary Poo.
2. I felt the Whine to Violence/Action ratio was way off balance and in favor of the Whine category.
3. I'm kind of bothered by the "slave owners were just crazy vamps" story line, for the same reasons most vampire fiction in a small way rubs me the wrong way. It's always implied that Vamps are "animalistic" and "predatory" and that this makes them evil. I'm sorry- but only humans are capable of true evil, animals follow the laws of nature.
There was just way too much hype, especially with the movie, I kind of thougth I was going to get a Civil War era Nathaniel Cade type book (Blood Oath/Nathaniel Cade series). But instead I got a Woe is Me Lamentation of Not so Honest Abe.
I don't know what I thought I was going to expect from this book, but what I got wasn't what I thought, and I'm perfectly happy fo
She meaning me.
I don't know what I thought I was going to expect from this book, but what I got wasn't what I thought, and I'm perfectly happy for it.
It's beyond Oceans 11, as the synopsis says.
I love how the past is interwoven into the present conflict. It kept me trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Half-way through the book I was still going
Now, I wouldn't say this is literary genius, or something completely apart from the ordinary in fantasy fiction. In fact, alot of this world's religious aspects reminded me alot of A Song of Ice and Fire series. But it was still wildly entertaining and kept me guessing. ...more
I know- odd its in my almost favorite shelf, but also best action and best bed boy (TYRION!! WHAT A G!! And Arya/Harry/She Wolf... bad ass!) but...
thiI know- odd its in my almost favorite shelf, but also best action and best bed boy (TYRION!! WHAT A G!! And Arya/Harry/She Wolf... bad ass!) but...
this book was like being on the weirdest roller coaster of my life- there were parts where I felt almost bored- I guess lulled would be a fitting word. And then there were other times (like the red wedding) where I was so shocked and horrified and antsy and so much was going on so fast I felt as though I might get a nasty case of the shaking sickness like Robert.
What is it- 5 or so (?) main characters bite the bullet in some sorts, there's 3 weddings and all 3 are tragic, some bad characters start showing a good side, some good ones (well, you kind of forgot they were snotty-snob-nosed b*tches i.e. Cat) show their true colors again, and... they crazy turn the crazy on full blast...
I can't really recall the blah moments... I'm still reeling from all the "OMG WTF!!" moments, but there were definitely more than a few, and....
I'm starting to wonder where this series is headed.... is this a series about the game of thrones, or a song of ice and fire? ...more
So the first book- I liked, but not *LIKE* liked, and first books of series are usually like that. so I go onto thHOLY SMOKIN COWS!!!! Just....
So the first book- I liked, but not *LIKE* liked, and first books of series are usually like that. so I go onto this one not knowing what to expect, and its freakin NUTS. The first book, I felt as if Mr Martin was daintily spoon feeding his story to me, bite be leisurely bite, where as for this one, he's propped my jaw and is shoveling the damn thing in. I don't know how many times I had to stop, and just... "WTF!" and let the info/action/deceit/fantasy sink in. NUTS. Good nuts :)...more
Phedre's time in dasangaa and what happened with Imriel almost made me put this down forever. It was brutal, and awful, disgusting.... the worst thingPhedre's time in dasangaa and what happened with Imriel almost made me put this down forever. It was brutal, and awful, disgusting.... the worst thing I've read in my life. Thank God that part didn't last a paragraph longer than it did, because I don't think I could bear it.
I love all the characters- even Melisande's villainous ways. Its hard not to love Joscelin in this book (in the second book he was a little irritating). I just am not a fan of Phedre. I don't see her as strong (I have little respect for a woman in any time period who idly stands by in "sheer horror" when her man's about to get slaughtered, like a spectator.) and for someone who's a masochist and submissive to other people's wills and desires she's pretty damn selfish. In three book she's asked Joscelin to break every vow, every religious belief, and yet when it was reversed, she couldn't rarely even compromise. Alot of times, it just seemed like it was her way or no way. And I hate characters that are like that.
the historical/mythical blending of the ancient religions is utterly fantastic. The serious is great if only for the world it's created and to hell with the characters lol but you do (or at least I did) start to like them after a while.
I'd say this series is a favorite, besides the horrific parts. ...more