As usual, I enjoyed reading this book by Jacqueline Carey. Her writing is just so good, which is refreshing. I never get dropped out of the story by pAs usual, I enjoyed reading this book by Jacqueline Carey. Her writing is just so good, which is refreshing. I never get dropped out of the story by poor grammar, odd vocabulary, or poorly constructed sentences. This book does have a few typos/editing issues but they are very minor.
The reason I rated this book a bit lower than Carey's other books was the plot. It was too easy. If Moirin had a choice to make, she just did what her diahdanm (sp?) tells her what to do. Also, she's the only one with magic and her magic suits the situations perfectly. Too easy.
Also, the sex just turned routine rather than being a plot point like it was in her earlier series. Moirin sleeps with anyone she meets just because. It seemed like when Phaedre or Imriel slept with someone, it had a point. Moirin just does it because she thinks that's her heritage. I dunno...it just didn't work for me.
I also didn't care for the characters. I know the rest of the series has her chasing after Bao but I'm honestly not interested in reading about that because I didn't find him to be a particularly likeable character. And why is everyone in Terre D'Ange a manipulative asshole? I wasn't attached to any of the characters in this book, which is so different from how I felt about her previous works.
I like the idea of a main storyline out of the Maguin Dhonn but this just wasn't what I expected or was looking for. I doubt I'll finish the series....more
I've seen the name Garth Nix listed amongst lists of some of the great of SF/Fantasy but in all honestly this series was average at best. The writingI've seen the name Garth Nix listed amongst lists of some of the great of SF/Fantasy but in all honestly this series was average at best. The writing was mediocre. Some of the words used were odd choices, while some were just wrong. At times it seemed as if the author just picked a word from a thesaurus without really understanding the proper use of the word. There were also issues with subject/predicate disagreement, which is pretty elementary.
As for the story, the idea was fairly unique but I don't think it was executed that well. Some of the decisions made by the characters didn't make sense, and certain plot details weren't explained very well. I still don't understand why Sabriel and Touchstone leave their helpless kids to do the bulk of the fighting. Lirael doesn't even go into death until she HAS to at the end. She could have stopped Hedge way earlier if she'd just gone into death earlier. it's not like what she did there in the end was something she learned along the way. And the kids couldn't have accomplished ANYTHING without Mogget and the Dog. Those two were the ones knew and did everything important. The kids just stumbled along...thanks to being left to deal with everything by Sabriel and TS. So much just didn't make sense.
These books might be suitable for a younger audience but they fall apart when read by adults. And that kind of writing is not on par with the greats....more
I gave all the other books in this series 4 stars but this one got a 5. The bulk of the book was on par with the rest and was ready to get 4 stars butI gave all the other books in this series 4 stars but this one got a 5. The bulk of the book was on par with the rest and was ready to get 4 stars but the end BLEW ME AWAY. I feel like a lot of authors have trouble ending books and either end them to quickly or drag them out too much. This was one of the most perfect endings I've ever read. That alone bumped it up to a 5 because it was truly remarkable.
This is a solid series. I read all 6 books in a row, which is odd for me. I usually get bored and therefore am not much of a binge reader. But these books were good and not repetitive, which kept my interest. The humor and sarcasm were at a nice level--not too in-your-face. There were a few issues with the writing, mostly homonym errors that weren't picked up by a copy editor but not enough to be a real issue.
I'd recommend this series for both adults and teenagers....more
This was a quick read. The plot moved pretty quickly and the writing was excellent. But I found the big plot twist to be totally predictable and thereThis was a quick read. The plot moved pretty quickly and the writing was excellent. But I found the big plot twist to be totally predictable and therefore the last 25% or so of the book was redundant....more