It has problems and a good many of them are the build up due to melting stones/TWOTE. Another is that I'm growI don't want to give this a star rating.
It has problems and a good many of them are the build up due to melting stones/TWOTE. Another is that I'm growing up. I enjoyed parts of it but it didn't really live up to expectations for me - I feel it should have remained as back story.
Spoilers will crop up beyond this point.
My main issue was that it seemed to have been altered from the initial story line i.e. horrible war happens and Briar/Rosethorn are on the losing side. There is a bit of a magical hashed in explanation at the end but I kind of wonder if this was just edited to make it more friendly a book. There are moments of darkness but the book does not really commit to them. Evy and her cats certain was, The idea of someone casually ordering the burning of people for no reason certainly is, but beyond little beyond this was.
So I blame my dislike of parts of the book on me now being a grown up who will pick out these things and will be disappointed when something fumbles with a dark storyline but does not go through with it. ...more
I am not rating this as it didn't feel as though it were for me, so I'd probably mark it as lower than it deserved. I know that it is the first part oI am not rating this as it didn't feel as though it were for me, so I'd probably mark it as lower than it deserved. I know that it is the first part of a trilogy but I stopped at the end of this one after I found that it got a little too predictable.
What do I mean by stating that this book is not for me? The ending felt too much of wish fulfilment for a very different type of person to myself. It jarred me out of the book. Diplomacy rather than being upset about something not suiting me....more
Somewhere between a 3 and a 4 I think... hard to say. The author has taken a swag of russian myths and placed them in amongst world war two. I've rateSomewhere between a 3 and a 4 I think... hard to say. The author has taken a swag of russian myths and placed them in amongst world war two. I've rated it lower as the concept and ideas thrilled me a bit more than the execution....more
I found this book in peter sis's former house in Prague (Which is now a lovely tea house - the front door has been inscribed with "Tea is not dead") wI found this book in peter sis's former house in Prague (Which is now a lovely tea house - the front door has been inscribed with "Tea is not dead") which added to the magic if anything. At the time I read through it and considered picking up a copy (I don't even know if they sold them there and we had very few crowns on us).
The book evokes so much of prague, it's windy old town streets, the buildings that have been tacked on to buildings, the legends that have grown up in the city and even the confusion you first feel at looking at a map of the place.
Also annoyingly out of print at the moment so i can't buy a damn copy....more
I enjoyed enders game and speaker for the dead but there was something missing from this one.
Perhaps there was the fact that whilst the first two novI enjoyed enders game and speaker for the dead but there was something missing from this one.
Perhaps there was the fact that whilst the first two novels were complete in themselves this one was not. Perhaps it was the big threats were a carry over from the previous novel and that little if anything was resolved. Maybe it was the increasing mysticism that just threw me and made it harder and harder to connect.
At the moment I'm not planing on picking up any more of the ender novels....more
Less convoluted than many of his other novels (This one made sense pretty much from start to finish!) but damn fine none the less. Lyrical and cynicalLess convoluted than many of his other novels (This one made sense pretty much from start to finish!) but damn fine none the less. Lyrical and cynical I worry about reading Raymond Chandler as an introduction to hardboiled fiction as I don't know how anyone else could do it half as well....more
At the present I haven't put a star rating on this and I'm lurching between a 2 and a 3. That said, it did keep me up reading an hour past my bed timeAt the present I haven't put a star rating on this and I'm lurching between a 2 and a 3. That said, it did keep me up reading an hour past my bed time (which doesn't sound too long unless I add that I'd only had 2 hours sleep in the past 24 at that point).
So now in convinent list format....
What I liked:
An evolved fantasy world. Things change damnit.
Banter. There's some good talkin' in here.
Fast pace, good fix of action
Introduction - had a nice feel to it
Mysteries - I've recently got myself addicted to raymond chandler the investigation thing had me hooked
Magic systems that Sanderson make are pretty awesome. I just have slight problems with the fact that he goes out of his way to make hard magic systems and then
What I didn't like: Characters: seemed a bit thin at times I lost count of the number of times that a certain female blushed...
Second book syndrome, which is kind of odd in the first book for a series. To expand, I'm assuming that most readers are already broadly familiar with the world, even if a few centuries have passed, and the ending is clearly the lead to another book. There wasn't a great deal of resolution.
The Villain. Bleh. I'll give you that he's just a stand in bad guy for the moment and that he has a pretty cool and terrifying power. But his motivation, the way he acted (crazy and divine inspired?), lawful cop turned bad... none of it gelled for me, and to be honest I feel too much sympathy for someone trying to fight against a system of greed - which obviously isn't good to feel for a bad guy who's a dupe. Maybe that's an issue with me rather than the book.
The moral feeling that things are generally okay, that aristocrats are there to serve their workers families and do (the fancy outfits are just a type of uniform guys). If you want a person to feel that the world is generally right and that the trouble makers are out of line don't have scheming aristocrats, signs of extravagant wastage and splendor whilst talking about foundries (you know the kind of places that made sure the average life span staid low in the industrial revolution).
Overall I like it as an adventure but it felt like it lacked depth. To be honest I feel like I'm eating a chocolate and grading it on not being salty....more