I can't believe it's taken me this long to read this. Twins switching places, a girl dressing up as a boy to become a knight - this is right up my all...moreI can't believe it's taken me this long to read this. Twins switching places, a girl dressing up as a boy to become a knight - this is right up my alley. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!(less)
I had been meaning to read this for a while, but decided I couldn’t put it off any longer when I came across the audio version and saw that it was rea...moreI had been meaning to read this for a while, but decided I couldn’t put it off any longer when I came across the audio version and saw that it was read by Tim Curry. I couldn’t pass that up, and I have to say I highly recommend it. A good reader makes all the difference with audio books.
When her father – the Abhorsen, charged with protecting the Old Kingdom from the Dead – disappears, Sabriel sets out to discover what happened to him and finds herself drawn into a quest to stop a centuries-old evil from taking over the kingdom. Along the way, she enlists the help of a cat (or a magical being in the body of a cat, rather) named Mogget, and a Charter Mage named Touchstone with a mysterious past.
This is a great book, with fully realized characters and an epic, good vs. evil fantasy plot. Though we only get a limited view of the Old Kingdom, one gets the sense that it is a complete and detailed world full of complexities that we will hopefully see more of in the second and third books in the trilogy.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so hesitant to finish a book. I took me longer than it should have to get through this because I didn’t want...moreI can’t remember the last time I’ve been so hesitant to finish a book. I took me longer than it should have to get through this because I didn’t want it to be over. I wanted to savor this, the tenth and last book in Gerald Morris’ Squire’s Tales series, for as long as possible. I have loved these books dearly since I started reading them ten years ago and to see the series come to an end is bittersweet.
With every book in the series, Morris has reinterpreted a classic story of Arthurian legend, building his own version of Camelot populated with characters both new and familiar but all lovingly, brilliantly real. The Legend of the King is told through alternate viewpoints, bringing together characters from all of the other nine books. Everybody’s back for one last hurrah, although if you know anything about Arthurian legend, you know it can never really end in happily ever after, which, if I’m honest, is partly why I took my time finishing it. I didn’t want to say goodbye. Mordred’s attack on Camelot comes into full swing in this book, as he and Morgause stir dissent among the court and try to divide the Round Table. Like every volume of the series, it is exciting and action-packed, but also thoughtful, funny, and heartfelt. And it ends in the best way possible: with hope.
I have to admit, I came close to giving up on this one early on. It was slow to start, and there was a lot of background information and nothing happe...moreI have to admit, I came close to giving up on this one early on. It was slow to start, and there was a lot of background information and nothing happening, and I wasn’t terribly interested. But I scanned through the Goodreads reviews and nearly all of them were about how this is the greatest fantasy novel ever, and I thought, “Well, I’ll try to push on through until the plot starts moving.” I did, and the plot did pick up and I made it through, and while it didn’t ever really grip me, it was an enjoyable story.
The Blue Sword has all the hallmarks of classic, epic fantasy and the land and culture of Damar are richly detailed and complete. I liked Harry as a character and a heroine – headstrong and capable, though unsure of her role – but I thought the romance aspect left a little to be desired. I also take some issue with the concept that all of the Northerners are evil, although I suppose it would take a whole other book for that issue to be dealt with. I may someday give the prequel a try, but I’m not exactly rushing to get my hands on it. I guess I just prefer a faster-paced contemporary story.