Rating raised to 5 stars. Glen Cook is a genius. The White Rose is the final book the trilogy involving the Dominator, the Lady and the reincarnationRating raised to 5 stars. Glen Cook is a genius. The White Rose is the final book the trilogy involving the Dominator, the Lady and the reincarnation of the White Rose. The Chronicles of the Black Company reads like a personal historical narrative rather than a fantasy novel. The experiences of Croaker, the physician of the Black Company (the last of the free Companies of Khatovar) is related through his eyes and through his position as the company's annalist.
Croaker is working together with the Lady to get at the true name of the Dominator, the purpose of which was only seen at the end, where the true name(s) is/are used with explosive consequences leading to...the end of the story! =P Almost spoiled it there. The ending isn't quite what I expected.
5 Stars. Wow just wow. It totally blew me away (don't read the summary of the 4th book if you don't want to be spoiled) when it finally happened, just5 Stars. Wow just wow. It totally blew me away (don't read the summary of the 4th book if you don't want to be spoiled) when it finally happened, just not in the way I was expecting it. It's just amazing and totally sets the pace for the fourth book, and I'm sure that there is no way the subsequent book can possibly top this one but I could wrong. Daniel Abraham is a fucking master....more
4.5 Stars. This was surprisingly well written and imaginative. Brandon Sanderson's writing has improved a lot since his first published work; Elantris4.5 Stars. This was surprisingly well written and imaginative. Brandon Sanderson's writing has improved a lot since his first published work; Elantris....more
5 fucking solid stars. If I could go any higher on the scale, I would have given it a 6. Hell, I'll go and do that. 6 stars. It's that good. I recomme5 fucking solid stars. If I could go any higher on the scale, I would have given it a 6. Hell, I'll go and do that. 6 stars. It's that good. I recommend to it lovers of Young Adult fiction and paranormal romance lovers. To the supporters of the underdog and nerdy hero who just can't cut a break in life, this is for you. This is truly awesomeness in word-form. I can't believe the author is self-published. It's amazing how good Sweet Blood of Mine is. It's funny, witty and downright touches your heart (my heart nearly stopped at one point where a major change in relationship status occurred). The romance is realistic. It builds up over time. It's not spontaneous like most YA novels. There isn't any "I want to be with you and I have no real idea why, but the author wants me to do it to further the plot".
So put down that shallow, and predictable mainstream love triangle crap you've been reading about angsty bitches who have it all and just can't see it. The one about the heroine who pines after that dark and mysterious new guy for no real reason other than good looks alone and a mysterious "attraction" she can't explain. Pick up this book instead. You have to read it to find out for yourself, and I assure you, you won't regret it.
Seeing as how this is the last book in the series, Michael Scott was probably under a lot of pressure to make it end with a BANG. He probably felt thaSeeing as how this is the last book in the series, Michael Scott was probably under a lot of pressure to make it end with a BANG. He probably felt that he had to do a GRRM and knock out a whole cast of characters, which he did. It was a fucking massacre. The whole process practically screams "I'm trying too hard!" Perhaps he was just trying to induce some sense of emotional response to the characters' deaths, but meh, I didn't feel anything. Especially considering how cheap he made them feel to me. It's like they were introduced into the story solely to be used as cannon fodder. Those are people's lives you're messing with! (not real ones but still =P)
Even though the characters were dropping like flies, the story did manage to be halfway decent. It finally answered the question regarding the role of the twins of legend and the identity of their parents. The book answered a lot of questions that readers may have had about the series as a whole, but along the way it stumbled by inducing several logic fails and deus ex machinas that were just mind-boggling to read. C'mon Michael, dude. The series is gonna end and you come up with this bullshit?!
It finally provided me with closure after all this while. I like to see my series through until the end and Michael Scott provided me with a satisfactory ending that was good enough even though it wasn't great. If you're a fan of the series, you'll definitely enjoy reading this book.
Personally, the only reason I'm still sticking with Sherrilyn Kenyon (SK) is because she has me addicted to the characters and their respective historPersonally, the only reason I'm still sticking with Sherrilyn Kenyon (SK) is because she has me addicted to the characters and their respective history. Jaden, Jared, Thorn and Nick to name a few. I wanna know their stories. Once I start something, I find it extremely hard to stop.
Now about the book, it feels extremely rushed. The plot is thin at best. It explains some things and then dumps in a few new characters (Grim) and implies a few things about Casey and co. but it doesn't add anything substantial to the story. I felt disappointed somehow that instead of furthering the story, Invincible is rehashing some concepts of the first book while vaguely reiterating that there's more to story than we realize (duh). Bubba's history was kinda...nice to know. It explains why he's so screwed up and why he acts the way he does. That was one of the few high points in the book.
Overall, it doesn't really deserve a 4 but since I'm a fan....meh. SK needs to STOP doing so many series at ONCE and focus on her main books; DH and Nick. Stop it with the League (no one really cares, it's just DH in space) or the Belador thing (just epic fail). The main reason why she's so successful and has a huge fanbase is because of DH and that's what she should be focusing on. Doing too many books at once is diluting the quality of her overall writing and a lot of fans feel that she's starting to lose the plot of her original and most successful books....more
In reading the third (and hopefully final) installment of the Kane Chronicles, I'm reminded as to why I loathed the other two books. They st3.5 Stars.
In reading the third (and hopefully final) installment of the Kane Chronicles, I'm reminded as to why I loathed the other two books. They started out great. Then the awesome-factor started going steeply downhill until the very end where it sputters to a stop. To put it simply; it's like a bottle of coke that slowly loses its fizz. But The Serpent's Shadow did somewhat make up for the shortcomings of the second book.
Before I proceed with the rest of my review, I have to ask this question: Why are these beings even called Gods? They're some of the weakest fantasy creatures I've ever read about. Hell, even a mortal magician can overwhelm a so called God in one to one combat. Bes, the dwarf god of speedos' best weapon is screaming out...*drum roll* "BOO!" Apparently it works most of the time...on mortals. If it it doesn't then well...he has no other special powers. He's basically useless. In fact, when I was first introduced to his power in the second book, The Throne of Fire, I nearly died out of embarrassment (on behalf of Rick Riordan). This was the best he could come up with? It was almost lame enough to make me drop the book entirely.
That's another aspect I'm going to go over in my review. His sense of humor (or lack of). If you're like me, then you've read his previous series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I was a die-hard fan from the first book on because it was hilarious. In fact, just reading the chapter titles alone had me laughing out loud (earning me quite a few frowns and raised eyebrows from passersby). But eventually something happened to change all that. Either I gradually became immune to Riordan's brand of humor or *gasp* it just wasn't funny anymore. Every time I came upon a joke or tongue-in-cheek humor, I recognized it for it was: an attempt to be funny. But at best my response was: "Meh." Maybe the pressure and the past precedence of being funny is getting to him. Maybe he's just trying too hard to continue what he started, and that is causing the quality of his jokes to drop drastically. Or maybe it's just me.
Despite the lameness of the jokes, the plot progression and background are quite impressive. Riordan is very good at researching background on Egyptian mythology and combining it to fit in with a modern interpretation. While I couldn't visualize it as well as the Greek mythology he used in his previous series due to lack of personal exposure to the former, I could picture enough of it in my head to make it enjoyable to read about. The ending of the book is very interesting since it hints at a possible spin-off involving the two different series he's created. Will I be reading it if it comes out? Hell yes. ...more
The beginning was seriously slow, the pace didn't really pick up until the nearly halfway mark into the book. We're left wondering who everyone is, whThe beginning was seriously slow, the pace didn't really pick up until the nearly halfway mark into the book. We're left wondering who everyone is, what their relation is to the two main characters and who their parents truly are. The author spent a lot of time building up the plot and setting up a nice background story, by reinventing certain mythological aspects to fit into this "universe". Gods exist and they're not exactly what you would think they'd be. The evil counterparts to the "Good" Gods are the Fallen Angels and not "dark gods" or even Titans. This is where it gets a little confusing since the author mixes up a bit of classical Greek/Egyptian mythology with aspects of Christianity. Apparently there was a war in heaven and the "Bad Guys" are the Fallen Angels who rebelled against (The) God, lost and were banished to the mortal realms. These Fallen Angels are referred to as Infernals and they end up ruling most of Hell. Now there's a BIG problem resulting from the Angels' Fall from Grace. The Earth already has a ruling class and they're not too happy about sharing the already limited space with a bunch of super-powerful, immortal beings that used to be "Good".
Contrary to their name, Immortals can actually be killed (as seen from the deaths of a Titan at the hands of one of the main characters, an attempt at killing a God by the same character and the death of a Fallen Angel by the "God-killer". A lot of things happen throughout the story after the slow start and it makes the wait worth it. There are a lot of battles, revelations and along the way the parents of Fiona and Eliot are finally revealed.