**spoiler alert** I really loved this book but . . .
I had one major problem with it. First, I readily admit that a friend emailed me a copy**spoiler alert** I really loved this book but . . .
I had one major problem with it. First, I readily admit that a friend emailed me a copy of the UK ebook. I'm not sure whether this ebook was a bootled, an ARC, or the actual released version, so my problem may be moot when it's released in the US. Let me start by saying, yes, I plan the buy a copy of this book once it's released in the US, but this friend knows I've been a fan of Feist's Riftwar Saga since the 80's.
In Chapter 4, we encounter Pug, Sandreena, and Amirantha on the Island of the Snake Men. We learn what has been going on there and encounter a non-Priest population of the Pantahians. The Pantahian leader of the city Pug and gang help save acknowledges Pug by name.
Later in the book, when the POV changes back to the Island of the Snake Men, Magnus is there and there is no reference to Pug or how Magnus got there. I was majorly confused how Magnus was now there and Pug was nowhere to be seen.
Still later, back on Sorcerer's Isle, Pug encounters Sandreena and Amirantha and is told of their story of the newly discovered offshoot to the Pantahian Serpent Priests and how Magnus is still in their city. Pug is very interested in the new discovery and eager to go there and meet up with Magnus.
I assume that instead of Pug being the character in Chapter 4, it really should have been Magnus, but that is just my assumption.
Other than that, it was a good read for longtime fans of Midkemia!
And with a HOWL, Anne Rice shows us why she is still the Queen of Paranormal/Gothic fiction with the release of “The Wolf Gift.” This is the first RicAnd with a HOWL, Anne Rice shows us why she is still the Queen of Paranormal/Gothic fiction with the release of “The Wolf Gift.” This is the first Rice book I have read since the release of “Blood Canticle” years ago. It does not disappoint!
Obviously, there are other authors in the field of Paranormal Fiction these days, but none that writes so elegantly and as enthralling as Rice. Where some of the new authors rely on the unending sexual antics of their protagonist to propel their stories, Rice writes a story that is engaging, one that fires the imagination without the bad porn one has come to expect in the field.
Reuben is an engaging character who I would actually like to know. The hardest thing for me to digest about him is that in 2011 he is a 23 year-old white male actually named Reuben. Perhaps in other parts of the country this is not so unusual, but I do not personally know anyone named Reuben in the South. He is an engaging protagonist whom I found compelling.
Stuart and Laura are likable characters about whom I long to discover more. The supporting characters were excellent! I cannot wait to read a sequel – I’m hoping there will be one!
With Rice’s lush writing style, this is a book that should satisfy her longtime fans! This is Rice at the top of her game! ALL HAIL THE QUEEN! ...more
This is one of the best series out there if you like Military SF. Totally addictive read! I started reading the book around 11pm on a Saturday night aThis is one of the best series out there if you like Military SF. Totally addictive read! I started reading the book around 11pm on a Saturday night and it was 4am Sunday morning before I could tear myself away from the book. I read roughly 200 pages in that one sitting....more
Well, it didn't suck like a lot of her Anita books since Obsidian Butterfly! It was good to see an actual "mystery" even if the conclusion seemed rushWell, it didn't suck like a lot of her Anita books since Obsidian Butterfly! It was good to see an actual "mystery" even if the conclusion seemed rushed/forced.
Sadly, the sex scenes are still bland and unimaginative. I don't see much hope for the series in that regard!
It was great that Anita's penguins finally returned! Sad that one of my favorite characters, Jason, did not make an appearance, but I imagine it's hard squeezing supporting characters in since Anita's harem seems to have grown to unmanageable portions. ...more
**spoiler alert** Serious spoiler below if you haven't read the book:
Perhaps the book deserves better than two stars, but I struggled reading this boo**spoiler alert** Serious spoiler below if you haven't read the book:
Perhaps the book deserves better than two stars, but I struggled reading this book. Not for any fault of the author, but because one of those jerks we all know proceeded to send me a simple tweet as soon as I started reading the book that Magnus and Alec broke up. I could not enjoy reading the book because I kept waiting for that scene. I was hoping that he was pulling my chain, but sadly he was not.
For the love of God, please don't be one of those jerks that spoils a book for anyone without any type of warning....more
This was an amazing debut for Lawrence and a very welcome one. I now understand why I have seen this book listed as one of the best and must-read fantThis was an amazing debut for Lawrence and a very welcome one. I now understand why I have seen this book listed as one of the best and must-read fantasy novels of 2011. Having been a fan of dark fantasy for several years, I can readily see why people are comparing this novel to Richard Morgan’s “The Steel Remains.” It’s often difficult to pull off a likable anti-hero protagonist, but Lawrence does it extremely well. Usually, I do not like novels with such young protagonists as Jorg, so I read the book with the understanding I would have to engage in some heavy suspension of disbelief if such a young kid in an ultra-violet adult role was not going to annoy me to death. By the end of the book, I have a deeper appreciation of why the child was behaving in such an adult role; however, I am not sure that my interpretation was the author’s intent or my own overly analytical mind. Suffice it to say that when you play the Game of Throne’s there are puppets and there are masters, and there are even those that are oblivious to the hands that move the game pieces about the board.
Speaking of Game of Throne’s, it was readily apparent that Lawrence was heavily influenced by Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” due to the several times he used the “game of thrones” phrase. Sure enough, after having finished “Prince of Thorns,” I began researching Lawrence and discovered that he acknowledges Martin as an obvious influence.
“Prince of Thorns” is a book that stays with you after you set it down. As I began reading this book, I assumed it was set in a typical fantasy realm. Much to my surprise, Jesus, Plato, Nietzsche, and others were mentioned. I have not determined if this is an alternate future or post-apocalyptic world following the “Day of a Thousand Sun.” Whichever it may be, the world is set in a seemingly medieval setting that I found intriguing. One day after finishing this book, I long to have a better understanding of this world and how it came to pass.
I highly recommend the book to lovers of dark fantasy, but I must caution that it is not for the faint. This book excels in ultra-violence with an amoral, some might even say evil, teenage, anti-hero protagonist.
It is my hope that “King of Thorns” can match the first novel in the series! ...more