When i started this book I wanted to set sales and leave home, for a journey into distant countries full with magic, fantasy, and a lot of words. Now I...moreWhen i started this book I wanted to set sales and leave home, for a journey into distant countries full with magic, fantasy, and a lot of words. Now I'm back and I can't say I'm disappointed. But I'm not totally thrilled either. I can't tell you the exact reason why, but this book didn't get me as hooked as other fantasy books before. Maybe my expectations for fantasy is always a little high, since I grew up with the Lord of the Rings.
Dawn Cook, who you might know as Kim Harrison is able to write a book in this genre without making the reader think "Oh, we already had that", half a dozen times. This plot seems to be new and thrilling. New lands, a new kind of magic and even more important new creatures await you within these books. The setting is a place where magic still exists, but most people think it's all just a legend. People called the Keepers learn to use magic in a secret place in the mountains called, the Hold. I really like the two main characters Alissa and Strell and how they're fighting all the time :) They are threedimensional and really funny. And i even liked the villain a lot.
Though it did not get me hooked as much as others, I'm definitely reading the rest of the series. The cliffhanger is interesting but not to "cliffy".
I can’t tell you more, simply because I do not know what else to say. Something in this book didn’t work with me. And I can’t remember what. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good but light fantasy read. (less)
Eines der besten Fantasy-Bücher, das ich seit langem gelesen habe.
Bei den Herren von Winterfell geht es um Könige und Königinnen, Intrigen und Loyali...moreEines der besten Fantasy-Bücher, das ich seit langem gelesen habe.
Bei den Herren von Winterfell geht es um Könige und Königinnen, Intrigen und Loyalität, um Familie und Hoffnung. Aber vor allem geht es um ehrbare Männer, die um ihr Leben kämpfen. Oder auch nicht. Die Herren von Winterfell ist atemberaubend und spannnend auf die beste aller Weisen. Man folgt jedem Schritt, den die Protagonisten gehen und versucht vorrauszusehen, was vielleicht mit ihnen passieren wird, aber das kann man einfach nicht. In Büchern wie diesen weiß man die meiste Zeit über was passiert und wie das ganze Puzzle zusammenpasst, denn man weiß etwas mehr als die Charaktere und beobachtete sie, wie sie langsam die Teile des Puzzles zusammentragen. Aber dieses Buch ist viel interessanter da man, obwohl man die Szenerie aus sovielen verschiedenen Perspektiven sieht, die Teile einfach nicht zusammen passen wollen. Man versucht die Wahrheit zu finden, dabei ist man doch genauso hilflos wie die Protagonisten. Das ist der Grund, warum dieses Buch hervorsticht aus der Menge von Fantasybüchern über Drachen, Prinzen und dem Kampf um die Krone. Die Charaktere sind liebenswürdig und man kann ihrem Charme einfach nicht wiederstehen, dabei macht es keinen Unterschied, ob man gerade den Antagonisten oder den Handlanger betrachtet, sie sind alle gut entwickelt und ihre Motive und Emotionen sind gut nachvollziehbar. Doch manchmal fragt man sich schon "war das denn jetzt wirklich notwendig?". Die Herren von Winterfell ist ein wunderbares Lesevergnügen, dass einen mit einer Lust auf mehr zurücklässt. Es ist ein Fantasybuch, das alle Stereotypen erfüllt und gleichzeitig so anders ist. Eine Empfehlung für jeden. (less)
A new twist to an old tale. We all know that the battle between good and evil ended on the fields of Camlan, where King Arthur Pendragon was wounded by...moreA new twist to an old tale. We all know that the battle between good and evil ended on the fields of Camlan, where King Arthur Pendragon was wounded by his son Mordred. We know that both are waiting to meet again and make clear once and for all who wins this century old battle. But what happened after that? What happened after the isle of Avalon disappeared in the mists, what happened after Lancelot betrayed his king and friend? The Author Kinley MacGregor answers this question in a wonderful writing stile. She takes us into a world where the old battles are still fought and time travelling is normal. She is able to entwine old elements of medieval stories with modern pieces. In this story the bad guy is easy to spot but not easy to judge. The twists are unforeseeable and the atmosphere as well as the story telling is good. You can see that Kinley MacGregor knows what she is doing. A recommendation for fans of Arthurian legends with modern twists. For fans of stories about love and friendship and for people who like reading about the old battle of good and evil. Definitely not the best book in this genre but a good read after all. (less)
One of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time.
Game of Thrones is about kings and queens, intrigues and loyalty, about family and hope. But m...moreOne of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time.
Game of Thrones is about kings and queens, intrigues and loyalty, about family and hope. But most of all it is about honorable men fighting for their lives. Or maybe not. Game of Thrones is breathtaking and exhausting in the best of all ways. You follow every step the protagonists do and you try to forsee what may happen to them, but you just cannot do that. In books like this most of the time you know what's happening and how the puzzle fits, because you know a little bit more than the protagonist and watch him or her collecting the pieces. But this book is far more interesting because, though, you see the scenery from so many different point of views the pieces just don't seem to fit. You struggle to find the truth and you are just as clueless as the Protagonist. That is what makes this book stand out from the majority of fantasy books about kings, princes, dragons and the game for the crown. The characters are lovely and you can't escape their charm, it doesn't matter if you talk about the antagonist or any sidekick, they are all well-developed and you understand their motives and their motions, though you sometimes ask yourselves "Gosh, was that really necessary?" Game of Thrones is a wonderful read, that leaves you wanting more, and it is a wonderful fantasy book, fulfilling all the stereotypes and being totally different in the same moment... A suggestion for everyone :) (less)