Brandon Sanderson has managed to give the book the ending it deserved; not necessarily the ending I wanted but a twist that I didn't see coming. ThougBrandon Sanderson has managed to give the book the ending it deserved; not necessarily the ending I wanted but a twist that I didn't see coming. Though I would have wanted an epilogue, the ending really ran with how the Wheel of Time turned. There are no endings but that would have to serve as an ending.
The best part about this book was the road to the ending. "The Last Battle" was truly an epic and glorious chapter. It was a joy to read Mat Cauthon and Demandred's moves and countermoves as they contented for the Field of Merrilor. It deserved a whole of to itself.
It was great to have Sanderson close all the hanging threads and bring some of the characters of the earlier books. It provided a sense of closure of this long time reader. I was sad to see some of the stalwarts go, but that is war; the butcher will always take his price, whether you're a prized steer or a lowly goat.
It has been a great ride; I've read the Wheel of Time books since 2000 starting with The Dragon Reborn. Someday, I'm going to have to reread them all but for now, I would savor every moment of this after-reading glow....more
Castle of Wizardry sets up the last book of the Belgariad perfectly. We still have the continued character growth of Garion. He is no longer the sulleCastle of Wizardry sets up the last book of the Belgariad perfectly. We still have the continued character growth of Garion. He is no longer the sullen and whiny child. He matures, especially once he realizes his role in the Prophecy that guided their journeys so far, and decides that he may be the only one who can do it.
Ce’Nedra has also grown, especially once she realizes her title as an Imperial Princess means little among her companions. To get what she wants, he uses her smarts and charm to get into the good side of her friends. Except for Garion, though she may have feelings for him, she still intends him to suffer.
The two needed to mature, as the final book approaches; they need to step into larger than life roles. The final book would still revolve around the triumvirate of Garion, Polgara and Belgarath, now joined by Ce’Nedra.
This volume is thicker than the preceding books but you still end up wanting more. Fortunately this is my third re-read, the last book is on hand and I could instantly fulfil the need to turn to the next page. But if you have to wait, you will find that unbearable....more
The doom of Mat Cauthon is at hand. The penultimate chapter to the Wheel of Time epic has one the three linchpin characters face the fate foretold manThe doom of Mat Cauthon is at hand. The penultimate chapter to the Wheel of Time epic has one the three linchpin characters face the fate foretold many books . Debts are paid at too high a price a beloved character thought long dead returns. The forces of the Dragon Reborn, the Shadow, the Aes Sedai and the Seanchan prepare to make their moves as the final chapter approaches.
As much as I am glad that the seeds planted in the preceding books have sprouted, it is the harvest that I feel wanting. Brandon Sanderson, the write handpicked by the estate of Robert Jordan to continue his unfinished saga, is at a disadvantage as the characters are not his own. True, he is an admitted huge Wheel of Time fan, but longtime readers miss the way Jordan would have written this book. It feels flat, like soda left opened for too long, the acidic bite is gone.
I admit that I really need to try a true original Sanderson work. Maybe he does it better with his characters. But in this case, I find his take on the Wheel of Time universe wanting. I still enjoyed the book, but the experience is not the same....more
If there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none ofIf there is one thing that I like about David Eddings’ fantasy work, its his ability to add humor to the mix. It is almost his signature, and none of his characters personify that more than the quick wit and dry humor of the weasel faced Drasnian spy and thief, and occasional businessman Silk. He is probably the most important non-lead character and has the most interactions with the three leads of the Belgariad so far. He gets the best lines and his sarcastic wit gets under the skin of Belgarath and Polgara. This book, the third volume of the Belgariad, Silk gets to have a showdown with his nemesis, the Dagashi agent known to Garion as Brill.
The third book picks up immediately where the second ended. I’d say that the first three books can fit into one tome seamlessly. All the traveling of the first three books leads them to the object of their now at hand. We’ll see two duels here, the first I mentioned earlier, with Silk and Brill and another one with Belgarath and a disciple of Torak that ends with devastating results. No spoilers here, but all combatants were tested to the limit of their endurance.
Another exciting read, with the stakes already high and it is still the third part of a five book epic. One could hope that the last two books be as good as the first three....more
Elric of Melnibone is an interesting character. Michael Moorcock’s antihero is a different sort of literary character, truly unlike any traditional faElric of Melnibone is an interesting character. Michael Moorcock’s antihero is a different sort of literary character, truly unlike any traditional fantasy hero I’ve encountered so far. He is a study of a contradictory character. He behaves in ways that sets him apart from the ordinary and it is his intent to always go against the grain. He is a physically weak albino who needs drugs to sustain him, yet he rules a nation without peer. He elects to show mercy to a traitor, if only to go against his and his people’s more bloodthirsty tendencies. He wields and masters dark magiks, yet he is a vassal to his patron Chaos Lord. He wields a magical runeblade as much as it wields him. He values friends, but he is often so quick to betray them.
This volume contains the first three novels of Elric. This is fortunate find amidst a pile of random hardcovers in a bargain bookstore. I’ve heard how Moorcock is a great influence on my favorite writers like Neil Gaiman and Walter Simonson that I just need to sample his work. This is just the book for that.
The first book, titled Elric of Melnibone, sets up the main character very well. It gives us his origin, a rival and love interest. It hints of a much richer history that goes beyond the immediate lineage of the character. It also gives us his patron, the Chaos Lord Arioch whose appearance would recur in these books and his most important companion, the magical runeblade, Stormbringer, which would be a blessing and curse to the wielder.
The second book, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, has our antihero on a great adventure, actually three of them that span space and time. The first novel introduced us to an alternate dimension, here Moorcock amps it up and gives us a multiverse of parallel earths.
In The Weird of the White Wolf, the third book, the writer completely changes his status quo. By removing his ties to Melnibone, he has become a true adventurer, with no roots to hold him and no safety net to fall back on.
This can be made into a great comic book and I understand how it influenced a lot of writers in the genre. There were a few graphic novels published some years back, and I would definitely be hunting for those and as well as books on the further tales of Elric. ...more
Queen of Sorcery continues the Belgariad of David Eddings with this volume, the second of the series. It picks where the first book, Pawn of ProphecyQueen of Sorcery continues the Belgariad of David Eddings with this volume, the second of the series. It picks where the first book, Pawn of Prophecy ended, with the group journeying to the southern kingdoms on the trail of the thief of the most important artifact of their world.
The cast here increases as the group travels more characters join them, apparently in fulfillment of the prophecy that is one of the themes of the Belgariad that spans the series. Eddings continues to develop his characters, adding depth to what has become an interesting cast. Time allotted to all of them, but with the three main leads, Garion, Polgara and Belgarath getting the lion’s share.
The cast is not neglected in its development, though it appears that the author favors the weasel faced spy Silk. Eddings gives him additional depth with the many references to his earlier adventures and his connections to the underworld espionage network which apparently is in every city in the western kingdoms. The Imperial Princess Ce’Nedra role grows as soon as she is introduced in this book. Being Garion’s age and with a very privileged upbringing, she definitely clashes with the former scullion. I see her role would only continue to grow as soon as their initial dislike grows into an attraction.
Despite that, I believe this is still Polgara’s showcase volume. Her development as a character here is obvious. Through the first two parts of the book, snippets of her hidden history are revealed which works to add depth to an already fascinating character. It would be best served if these snippets are explored further in the later books.
As much as the title refers to Polgara, it is applicable to her nemesis here as well. Salmissra, the queen of Nyissa interferes with Polgara for the last time and their conflicting agenda will come to a head, with one of them getting her heart’s desire at the end of the book....more
This is the first of a series of books by David Eddings that comprises his epic Belgariad, the story of a young boy thrust into the eternal contest beThis is the first of a series of books by David Eddings that comprises his epic Belgariad, the story of a young boy thrust into the eternal contest between two competing prophesies.
This is an important book if you follow Eddings’ work as he introduces themes here in this volume and the rest of the series that he continues and repeats in his other works. Eddings pens tales of Gods meddling in mortal lives and how the gods themselves are pawns in the greater scheme of the universe.
I found the book a light read but substantial enough, probably because I cut my teeth in fantasy with Tolkien and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. With those as my initial foray into sword and sorcery fantasy, I expected something heavy. I was pleasantly surprised as this was not the case. Tolkien often plodded in his narrative and Jordan’s later work in his books was a quagmire so I felt the pace here was fast but not so fast as to neglect characterization.
The book is highly recommended for enthusiast of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. This first book is something a young adult can enjoy and Eddings will only improve in the next books, growing along with his targeted audience and with the stories turning darker as well. I have already enjoyed multiple readings of this book. ...more
No matter how Brandon Sanderson tries to write like Robert Jordan, he cannot match the flair Jordan had with his own characters. The early part of theNo matter how Brandon Sanderson tries to write like Robert Jordan, he cannot match the flair Jordan had with his own characters. The early part of the book is almost Jordanesque but as the story moves on, I feel that Sanderson is decompressing much in order to write two more books, which will be instant bestsellers.
It is a pity Robert Jordan never got to finish his epic. He may have left an outline and ending, but a lot of the meat is being written by his successor. I feel that the publisher is raping a corpse by padding out an outline and a partially written novel into three books.
Loyal Wheel of Time fans like myself will still go out and buy the books, all but guaranteeing that the final two books will be bestsellers. The fans would really like to know how the story ends.
Robert Jordan may have finally joined the Pattern, but his work will live on, in the books and in the hearts of his fans. Brandon Sanderson still has two chances to prove that his worthy to continue the legacy. He has much to do and only time will tell, as the Wheel turns....more