I consider the above rating generous and I only gave it because I've enjoyed Nick so much throughout the rest of the series. In all honesty it reallyI consider the above rating generous and I only gave it because I've enjoyed Nick so much throughout the rest of the series. In all honesty it really should be ranked lower because this book doesn't even come close to the standard of Kenyon's work. Not only that there's no real forward moving plot. To have a book you're supposed to have a plot, not just a couple of forward moving scenes for the series and lots of pages filled with flashbacks into characters that don't appear to have anything to with any sort of plot arc for the book or the series. I've got background info on some characters now, stuff that would have probably been better used in ebook shorts or tantalizing blog posts, not as the bulk of what it supposed to be a book. It's almost like Kenyon didn't even write it, it's that far below her usual level of work. If that's all she can come up with for forward movement of the series then it's time to put the series to bed before it becomes that limping animal that everyone knows they should put down, but can't bring themselves to because of sentimental reasons.
The scenes between Xev, Caleb and Jaden were so sappy and just cheese they were ridiculous and unbelievable. No real communication occurs between them but they bury the hatchet on previously festering wounds and are now one big happy family. There was no real explanations given, nobody told their version of events and asked to be believe. It was like some crappy sitcom "family values" moment.
Pretty much all the major battles occur "off screen" so there's none of that to save the story. Simi pretty much tells Nick who her Akri is and he doesn't blink as if he's known all along. There's this twist at the beginning where Nick and Xev are talking about being related that they never bothered to explain in any book. It's like when you're talking to someone and they think they told you something so they're talking to you like you know all about it, but in reality they only meant to tell you and hadn't actually got around to the doing of it yet.
And then there's the new big bad, who is supposed to be Nick's son from the future come back in time to destroy him. Do we even need to begin on how absolutely stupid that idea is? Killing your parental units before you've been created is tantamount to committing suicide and gives new meaning to the term idiot.
There were a couple of decent scenes here and there, but the book served to do nothing but lower my opinion of the series. It's mostly a combination of boring and irritating all served into one book that you have to read because each book in the series builds from the last but don't actually enjoy reading. I put it aside multiple times just because I was bored out of my mind.
On another note, listening to the audio version, Simi's new voice in this one, which is not the same as the one used in the previous titles, sounds like nails being dragged over a chalkboard so while her presence normally makes me smile in these books, in this one I was just wishing she'd stop talking to so I didn't have to hear that grating tone anymore from the narrator.
Definitely not Kenyon's best title, hopefully the next book in this series is better, if not I'll probably leave the following of Nick's journeys to other more patient readers than myself....more
I keep giving these four stars when I probably could be a little harsher because each contains at least some scenes that have me pacing with bated breI keep giving these four stars when I probably could be a little harsher because each contains at least some scenes that have me pacing with bated breath wondering of the outcome. Kenyon is a master at creates suspense and stunning fight scenes. That said the book was not without his issues.
I've completely given up on wondering how this fits with the Dark Hunters and I've just come to expect contradictions even within this series. Those are just facts of the Chronicles of Nick, it's irritating and if you can't handle that this isn't the series for you. I've resigned myself to remembering it's fiction, it's about the ride, not the perfection of that ride. In each of these books Kenyon has put forth one hell of a ride.
The plot moves quickly taking course over little more than a day, or maybe it's all the same day, I'm not sure because I didn't feel that part was clear. The main thing that bothered me about this one other than my usual series complaints is the villain or villains are clear as day from the first couple chapters. You know who's for real and who is the betrayer in his midst. Even Nick knows it though he doesn't admit it himself until much, much later in the book.
Another thing that bothered me was that they made a point in a previous book to have Bubba ask Nick to date his mother and all we get from that is a casual mention that the two had been on one date and no real clue as to if it will be more. I kind of wanted to see more than that. I'm also wondering if Nick ever actually goes to work because he's sure got a lot of free time for adventures considering he's supposed to have a job, be on the football team and be in a difficult private school maintaining top grades while taking care of his Mom. His schedule is kind of impossibly full so I don't know as much as I love the suspense and the action of the stories it would be nice to have logistics of how everything works in Nick's life if an interesting way could be found to do that.
Overall it was a page turning addition to the series and I look forward to the next one....more
I loved most of this book, though like always as I'm a person that could see flaws in perfection, there's a few things that bothered me.
One of the thI loved most of this book, though like always as I'm a person that could see flaws in perfection, there's a few things that bothered me.
One of the things I noted in reading the Septimus Heap series was that more often than not the adults were idiots too wrapped up in their own pride or former teaching to make smart decisions or to trust the children that had proven their capability time and time again. I never liked the way that most of the adults were portrayed as idiots, in fact I can't think of a single adult in the series that was never portrayed as an idiot at some point or other. Now in this series, Septimus, Jenna, Nicko, Snori and Beetle are adults too and like their predecessor adults each has a bit of that clueless about them. Well not so much Snori and Beetle who are more passing background characters than anything else, but Septimus who is extraordinary wizard doesn't even know that someone in his care is kidnapped. He's too caught up in flirting, after being dumped by Rose, the relationship that was just sparking to live at the end of his own series and had apparently ended when Rose decided she was more interested in Foxy, to pay attention to things. Jenna acts almost territorial of Septimus, less like a sister and more like a jealous ex-girlfriend in some scenes. She's dating Beetle, but still her behavior with Septimus is a bit weird. While they weren't nearly as bad as the adults in the prior series I can't help but be concerned that Sage portrays adulthood as in part losing sight of what's important in exchange for more trivial concerns. While we all have a trivial concerns both in childhood and adulthood, growing up doesn't mean becoming an idiot. So I'm kind of hoping there's less of that soon because there are intelligent adults that actually listen to children and consider what they have to say too.
Sage continues on with her this is occurring in a far distant future take on the world she's created. The main character Alice-Toddhunter Moon is part of the Pathfinder people who are descended from what sounds like genetically altered astronauts. They're ostracized by many people because they're different and they guard their secrets closely. I guess I kind of get why Sage decided to date the world in the final Septimus Heap book because of the origin of the people at the center of her spin off series. However, it still seems jarring to me considering how many old fashioned traditions these people have and how little technology seems to exist that this book takes place in a time yet to come.
There was still the issue of contradictions between what has previously been established, but because of the shift in character focus, there weren't as many, or maybe because Sage is paying more attention to her own pre established rules in this series, I couldn't say for sure.
This new series doesn't meander nearly as much or have the charming after passages that tell of what has happened to each character as the series before did, but it still presenting and interesting and enthralling story that I highly recommend. ...more
While I really enjoyed this story, it's only a small slice of a larger story and unlike many series where the books are linked, it doesn't really offeWhile I really enjoyed this story, it's only a small slice of a larger story and unlike many series where the books are linked, it doesn't really offer any sort of conclusion to the first novel in the book. The ending felt more like an opening scene in a book setting things up for further conflict. I gave a lower rating than I otherwise would have because I personally feel even a series novel should offer some sort of feeling of conclusion to each installment.
That said I really enjoyed being introduced to the characters of Alek and Deryn and look forward to learning more about them. Deryn is a girl masquerading as a boy in order to fulfill her dreams of flying. She holds her own among the men who don't know that a girl is among them and demonstrates the all too real struggle of a woman of her time with so many career choices blocked to them due to their sex. I love her emotional struggles as she not only tries to keep her secret, but to match her moral compass to her loyalties and determine which is more important to her. Alek is the son of an assassinated Archduke and the secret heir to the Austrian throne running for his life as the Germans and others attempt to assassinate him. I love watching as he learns not only how to be a leader, but how to become one of instead of apart from the people. The inner turmoil he faces between what he's being told he should do and what his heart tells him to do is definitely interesting to read about.
The book is filled with action and both metal and animal creatures that demonstrate Westerfeld's vast imagination as he brings these machines and creatures to life. I liked that he took the time to really bring the world alive for the reader as he introduces them to his creations.
The secondary cast is filled with intriguing characters who have more secrets than truths and I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses.
Overall I'd recommend the story, but I also recommend borrowing or purchasing the entire series before reading it....more
The ending on this surprised me but I really did enjoy this story as Alek and Deryn came to terms with their own feelings for each other and their feeThe ending on this surprised me but I really did enjoy this story as Alek and Deryn came to terms with their own feelings for each other and their feelings for their place in this world.
The story was packed with battles, explosions, secrets and excitement sure to keep readers turning pages from beginning to end.
I'm not sure what all to say about this one. I enjoyed it that's for certain and would recommend it. The mix of war, class ranks, fantastic beasts and great machines was intriguing to read. But like I mention in the first book's comments it's more than this trilogy is all one book than three separate books. At least that's how it read to me. When it ends I'm left wondering about what comes next in the journey of these characters but I enjoyed the part of their story that I was allowed to join them for.
I loved how the book wasn't geared toward either gender and instead just told an engrossing story of love, war and duty that didn't target any stereotypes of either gender. I think because of this, it's a story that all readers will enjoy....more