I appreciate this book's return to the Mistborn mythos, though I felt it was a bit heavy-handed on the God theme. While I like that he's exploring theI appreciate this book's return to the Mistborn mythos, though I felt it was a bit heavy-handed on the God theme. While I like that he's exploring the concept of gods being fallible, I'm hoping it doesn't become the most important part of this series. What else? Wayne still annoys me (though I do like how knowledgeable he is about accents and imitating people) and Marasi has become slightly more boring to me. (view spoiler)[ I wasn't expecting Bleeder (such a dumb name) to be Lessie all along, but I'm not sure if I care for her death being used twice to further man pain. However, I sort of like how Wax is getting closer to Steris, so there's that at least. (hide spoiler)]
Going back to Wayne again and reading the majority of reviews on here, I can see I definitely have an unpopular opinion of him. Even less enthused reviews credit Wayne as being the only bearable character, when in fact, I find him to be the most unbearable. I just hate how he thinks and talks (the whole philosophizing about "the crapper" was so cringeworthy and deeply unfunny). Plus, I hate how shitty he is towards Steris. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let me preface this review by saying Mistborn's original trilogy is easily one of my favorite series of all time. That being said, I pretty much hatedLet me preface this review by saying Mistborn's original trilogy is easily one of my favorite series of all time. That being said, I pretty much hated Alloy of Law. When Sanderson originally wrote this he says in his acknowledgements that this is not intended to be a true sequel to the Mistborn trilogy, but rather just a side series that adds a bit to the world overall. Now that three books are out I've heard a much different story, which is that this standalone is actually now the second series, which is the biggest reason I gave this book such a low rating.
The original series was so complex and imaginative- every detail was paid immense care. However, Alloy of Law reads more like a bad fanfiction capitalizing on steampunk's popularity, with a boring, slowly-paced plot and very one-dimensional characters. Wax is your typical lawful good character with a very rigid code of honor who will punish anyone who works outside the law, even when they're seeking justice for the lower class. For some reason he has no problem turning a blind eye to the plight of those beneath his station and even thinks how Miles, the main villain would have been more heroic in another time. He seems relatively untroubled by the obvious class inequality that plagues Elendel and doesn't even seem to consider how his privilege makes him complicit in their oppression; something tells me Kelsier would not have cared for him at all.
But perhaps one of the weakest parts of the book lies in its comic relief, Wayne. I for one, hate Wayne. He's sexist, immature, and deeply unfunny, even though Sanderson seems to think he's the height of wit. His abilities are interesting and I'm definitely here for the evolving of the world and Allomancers/Feruchemists within it (honestly, that's the only thing that made me keep reading) but it doesn't make up for how unlikable his character is. Marasi was okay other than her kind of dismissive comment about self-actualized women, but she was the only one who to me, was even kind of interesting.
Based on the high rating of this book I know my opinion is unpopular, but I just expected more from Sanderson after seeing how amazing his first series was. I don't want it to be a carbon copy, but neither do I think this is a worthy successor of the Mistborn line considering how shallow its plot and characters are.
I will say that the ending intrigued me enough to continue reading the series if only to see how characters from the prior trilogy involve themselves and learn more about the history of this new setting. ...more
I'm going to continue reading this series for the inclusion of a poly relationship where two of the three are men and because I appreciate POC being rI'm going to continue reading this series for the inclusion of a poly relationship where two of the three are men and because I appreciate POC being represented, but it didn't wow me. The reveals seemed pretty cliche and unexciting while the plot was a little vague and plain. I didn't dislike it enough to stop reading the trilogy but I'm really hoping the next two are better....more
Oh, what to say about this book. I was thrilled beyond measure that Robin Hobb decided to continue the story of The Fool and Fitz, but the end result lOh, what to say about this book. I was thrilled beyond measure that Robin Hobb decided to continue the story of The Fool and Fitz, but the end result left me with mixed feelings. First and foremost (view spoiler)[ The Fool doesn't show up until nearly the end and he is messed up horrifically. The book is primarily about Fitz's daughter Bee, who he shares chapter POVs with (not sure if I like that gimmick) and is concerned largely with her feelings/thoughts/etc. Considering I viewed this book as a return to my favorite fictional character (Fool) and his Catalyst, I was not prepared for it to be co-opted, if not completely taken over by this new character. So I'm not entirely happy with that. (hide spoiler)]
In addition, this book suffers from what a lot of Hobb's first books do, which is too much exposition about a lot of nothing. We are treated to chapter after chapter of the day-to-day existence of Bee and Fitz with little emphasis on a larger plot. This is definitely a weakness of the book, unfortunately.
That being said, I'm still looking forward to the next one, particularly because of The Fool's late introduction and the cliffhanger. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Overall the book was interesting and(view spoiler)[ Ugh, Nighteyes dying! I forgot this was the book where it happened. It was so sad! (hide spoiler)]
Overall the book was interesting and though the pacing is fairly slow in the first half, the second is fairly decent. The ending was a bit neat and convenient for the characters but the losses were significant so it offset it somewhat. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
To be completely honest, I have never been a fan of dragons. However, I love this series and am willing to overlook their inclusion (especially sinceTo be completely honest, I have never been a fan of dragons. However, I love this series and am willing to overlook their inclusion (especially since they play a very big part in Hobb's series'). What all three of these books suffer from is something common to fantasy books, which is a lot of re-treading old ground and elongating chapters with unnecessary details. In this re-read I still adore The Fool, Fitz, Kettricken, and Nighteyes. I still loathe Starling and Molly continues to annoy me. I'm still sad about Verity and Kettle I'm mostly neutral about. My favorite part of the story is when Regal gets his well-deserved comeuppance, especially because it mirrors what Chivalry did to Galen.
All in all, I'm now done with this trilogy which admittedly, is not my favorite one. Looking forward to seeing Fool and Fitz taking center stage in the next one. ...more
This book should be re-titled The Long-Winded One In Between Everyone Has to Read To Get to the Good Parts because all the most interesting viewpointsThis book should be re-titled The Long-Winded One In Between Everyone Has to Read To Get to the Good Parts because all the most interesting viewpoints are in the next one. The only characters I really cared about were Arya and Brienne, though quite a bit happens in Cersei's POV. I really could care less about the Seastone Chair (or whatever the hell it was called) and find it annoying that Martin has to create yet another sibling rivalry for another random throne. I get that they're essentially Vikings and while it's sort of interesting to see what kind of shit they'll start for everyone else, it's not enough to warrant a whole new conflict with new POVs. Plus, it's boring. Wow, three men vying for a throne? What, another female character who has to act masculine to be taken seriously but still isn't no matter what she does to prove herself? I get it, Martin, men think women (no matter who they are) should shut up and open their legs, but god, it gets fucking old. I'm sure most people would defend this by saying it was just the time they were in and blah blah blah, but it's still alienating and disgusting to have every female character reduced to a sexual object by pretty much every male character in the story. Even Cersei won't shut the fuck up about all the women around her fucking and being fucked by everyone.
But I read on for some reason. For Tyrion? I just finished reading his first chapter in DOD and he was doing all of the above too. Maybe I just need to read some Daenerys and hope that she can be left alone for five seconds by the dudes surrounding her to do something cool. We'll see!
The biggest and perhaps most detrimental of the problems this book has is that a majority of the events that move the plot forward are told by MildmayThe biggest and perhaps most detrimental of the problems this book has is that a majority of the events that move the plot forward are told by Mildmay in a tone of voice that suggests familiarity with the calendar system, places, and towns that populate this world. Mildmay also mentions events but we rarely see them happening in present tense so a lot of the book feels like you're being told rather than seeing it unfold in front of you.
The parts with Felix I minded less but I quickly grew tired of how his parts mostly consisted of us being reminded how crazy/scared he is without further character development.
I wish I could have liked this book. I love the gay wizard idea. However, the flaws in this book outweighed the good parts (for me at least) and made me long for better developed gay fantasy like Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series. ...more
It's hard to say exactly what I think of this book. Honestly, I've read more fantasy than sci-fi so a lot of the books mentioned went over my head inIt's hard to say exactly what I think of this book. Honestly, I've read more fantasy than sci-fi so a lot of the books mentioned went over my head in spite of the fact that I love to read and am always reading. I like the fact that it's a love letter to books and libraries, two of my most favorite things in the world. I like less that the story wrapped up all the plot plots in the last ten pages, not unlike one of Mori's favorite authors (I'm looking at you, Le Guin- Wizard of Earthsea, anyone?). Honestly, I think it could have been better, I don't really understand the amount of hype its gotten.
All in all it had a few things I liked, but not enough movement within the plot to keep me satisfied. While I think it's cool and very authentic that she would discuss books without explaining anything about them the way a real person might, it still meant more than half the time I had no idea how brilliant or interesting her revelations were since I only had this, a book within a book, out of context from the original material, to guide me.
That being said, it was a decent enough read and I adore the line "If you love books enough, books will love you back." ...more
The best of the series so far, hands down. GRRM really shocked me with some of the things he did this go-around. I'm excited to get to the next part,The best of the series so far, hands down. GRRM really shocked me with some of the things he did this go-around. I'm excited to get to the next part, but not so excited to be coming up to the end of what's been published because then it seems it will be a 5-year wait from there!...more