This was a quick and enjoyable read. I'm a sucker for Norse mythology so this novel was right up my alley. I found the characters interesting and theThis was a quick and enjoyable read. I'm a sucker for Norse mythology so this novel was right up my alley. I found the characters interesting and the plot filled with the perfect combination of action, detail, and pace. Another plus for Gunther being from Manitoba!...more
I think my favorite thing about this book was that Bull didn't linger forever over small details. She got to the point and told what needed to be toldI think my favorite thing about this book was that Bull didn't linger forever over small details. She got to the point and told what needed to be told. I could definitely see other authors dragging the same story out to 800+ pages.
Anyway! Fantastic story and really interestingly created plot. I haven't read too much fantasy so far and this is one of my first urban fantasy books. However, I think any North American has seen their fair share of urban fantasy movies and War for the Oaks definitely has an original take on it. I know this was on of the first genre but why did pop culture move so quickly to shy away from the originality of the story? Oh well, sounds like a job for someone's research paper.
Solid novel with interesting characters. And I love the end battle, totally reminds me of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'... maybe that should have been the last chapter's title....more
I liked this book a lot. I think the story line is interesting and the characters are believable for the most part. One problem I have is that it seemI liked this book a lot. I think the story line is interesting and the characters are believable for the most part. One problem I have is that it seems like the editing wasn't thorough. Fairly often, there seemed to be paragraphs that were unnecessary because a previous paragraph had said the same thing or a section skipped around a bit and it was difficult to follow. However the book was still enjoyable and I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes fantasy books with dragons. As I said in my review of the first book of the trilogy, Hobb's premise of the dragons and Elderlings is interesting and different from similar books that I've read before....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as evident that I read it in 3 days. I actually stayed up until 3am last night to finish it so I could get the secondI thoroughly enjoyed this book, as evident that I read it in 3 days. I actually stayed up until 3am last night to finish it so I could get the second of the trilogy for the long weekend. I'm usually hesitant to just grab a novel I know nothing about off the library shelf, especially if it has to do with something as overdone as dragons but I feel that this book was worth my time.
Anyway, the plot is interesting. I always like to see how differently different authors portray dragons. Robin Hobb has an interesting take on them in that they start out as sea serpents then migrate to cocooning grounds to hibernate for the winter and 'hatch' as dragons the next season. She also created the intriguing culture of Rain Wilders. I believe these people are normal humans that have lived in the Rain Wilds so long that all of them eventually begin to 'transform' over their lifespans. These people all have some sort of reptilian mutation but they differ by degrees. The most heavily marked of the group are shunned. The notes between the bird-keepers between chapters are pretty amusing as well. I enjoyed Hobb's construction of her characters as well. None of them are archetypal. For the most part they're normal beings that have petty, greedy, or proud sides to go along with their good intentions etc.
I do think it is odd that the world of the book is so small. There are only a few major communities and a couple countries in the first novel, it may change in the following ones I have no idea. It just seems like a very closed off world. There are also a few redundancies in the book I noticed but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of the novel. Some aspects of the story are frustratingly vague as well but maybe she will flush them out in the rest of the trilogy.
Of note: the first book doesn't really end like a novel usually does. It's quite obvious that it is part of a series and from what I've read I assume that all three books could easily be one gigantic book and it wouldn't change the feel of the story (although it would be difficult to carry). Basically, be prepared to have the next book at the ready....more
Really great book. It's better than the first two. I had a hard time in the end when it seemed like another character was dying at the end of every chReally great book. It's better than the first two. I had a hard time in the end when it seemed like another character was dying at the end of every chapter but Martin certainly writes a very compelling read. His characters are fantastic, even the evil ones. And I'm always guessing what the next plot twist will be! Highly recommended to anyone who likes books with lots of strategy and mind games....more
Oh man, did it really take me two months to read this book? Well, regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had watched the first season of the show alreOh man, did it really take me two months to read this book? Well, regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had watched the first season of the show already so I knew what was going to happen but I was still drawn into the story (for a second time). I got a knot in my stomach when Sansa went to court and begs for Eddard. Plus a variety of other emotions that go along with other situations that I wont enumerate now. I love how Martin creates a story in a time of war and heartache without it being solely about war and heartache. The characters are believable and I don't think any of them (save Joffery... I hate him) are wholly evil. I think this is also a series that doesn't speak only to fantasy genre readers. It's not all about dragons, monsters, and magic but those things do play a part in the plot. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the second book (which I got for Christmas). I can't wait to see what Martin's books are like when I don't already know the story....more
I wasn't blown away by this book but considering that I read it in a week, a feat I haven't completed in years, it wasn't all bad. The novel is set duI wasn't blown away by this book but considering that I read it in a week, a feat I haven't completed in years, it wasn't all bad. The novel is set during the true events of Richard the Lionheart's (aka. Richard I) Crusade, or the Third Crusade which took place in the 1100s. The research done for the battles is good however the personal details are entirely fictionalized (obviously). Two of the main characters, Edyth and Rouquin are entirely made up. All in all I'm not very knowledgeable about King Richard's reign or the Crusades so I didn't pick up on all the inaccuracies.
Stylistically the book was solid. Holland's writing wasn't fancy but it was easy to follow and her descriptions were vivid enough. The novel was good, I'd recommend it for light reading, travel etc. and it's always fun to read about the Middle Ages, in my opinion!...more