The Stone Prince works for me on every level. I love Fantasy that borrows heavily from real world history. I was enamored of a world of absolute equalThe Stone Prince works for me on every level. I love Fantasy that borrows heavily from real world history. I was enamored of a world of absolute equality where men and women shared power without any sort of prejudice and where being gay or bi was considered entirely normal.
But what makes this book one of my absolute favorites is that it is a character's journey. We get a glimpse of Demnor as a child, happy and hopeful. And then we see him as a teen, broody, uncertain and entirely adorable. But the book focuses then on Demnor the man, damaged and warped by his psychologically abusive mother.
Interweaving the complex psychology of child abuse into a Fantasy novel is nothing short of brilliant. Through metaphor and allegory, Demnor is made to feel all of the shame and inadequacy that so many victims feel.
It can be argued that Kelahnus, his lover and Companion, is the real hero of the story. He has been waging a silent war against Demnor's mother for years, trying to keep his beloved prince from succumbing to her influence.
This Fantasy book is unlike anything I have ever read. I can't say that everyone will love it as much as I did, but it remains one of my all time favorite novels....more
There are a few books that I have read that affected me so much that they even changed the way I think. Kay's books all helped me become a better writThere are a few books that I have read that affected me so much that they even changed the way I think. Kay's books all helped me become a better writer, but it was this book that taught me nuance, subtlety and the beauty of prose.
It's not perfect. I have some issues with the transition from our world to Fionavar. Namely, I thought the characters were too accepting of the whole idea of magic and I also found the lack of a language barrier to be implausible.
The character of Paul touched me deeply. I was in a dark place at the time and his utter misery and self-loathing resonated with me. So, too, did the story of his best friend Kevin who cared so deeply about him.
The Fionavar Tapestry is about incredible acts of heroism and self-sacrifice. It's about the defiance of good in a world on the brink of falling into darkness.
And it is about five people who stumble into that world and are each changed at their core. ...more
I've seen a lot of reviews giving this book its proper due as the amazing epic climax of this series and talking about the humor and the heroism and tI've seen a lot of reviews giving this book its proper due as the amazing epic climax of this series and talking about the humor and the heroism and the simple wonderfulness that is Percy Jackson. So I will just say I agree and move on to other things I liked. :)
As with the rest of the series, Riordan successfully interweaves Greek myths with the modern day. What was particularly moving, to me, and heart-rending, was having the characters relive the tragedy of Achilles and Patroclus. I just love the way Riordan can bring in themes from these ancient stories and make them just as poignant and just as devastating.
Another thing which just impressed me was that he made more or less this whole book about the final battle. That's a hell of a long fight. But he makes it work. Every new challenge is interesting, every new threat is terrifying.
And through it all we have Percy's unique brand of snark and sarcasm that makes these books incomparable.
It sort of amazes me how little furor there is over the fact that young people, averaging in age from 13-16, die in droves in this series. For me, I think it was an amazing idea (and I am now cutting myself off from the word amazing) to say that teenagers, whom our world looks at as slackers, children, unreliable and what have you, to be saviors of western civilization.
One does wonder, surely there have to be demigods over 20. I mean, they don't all get picked off. Or if they do, that's really depressing. So what happens when you hit 25? Are you considered past your prime and no longer able to contribute?
Anyway, this book is everything it should have been. It was the perfect cap to a series that will go down in the history books. I just wish I could read more about Percy Jackson. I'll miss him. ...more
It's rare that I encounter a book where I say, "I wish I'd thought of that!" The Percy Jackson series is just such a case.
It's hard to review these onIt's rare that I encounter a book where I say, "I wish I'd thought of that!" The Percy Jackson series is just such a case.
It's hard to review these one book at a time, but I'll try. I got the sample of this book and I was hooked from page 1. Percy, the hero, sounded so incredibly real to me. He was the quintessential bitchy teenager, angsting about his life--only he has some really good reasons to be unhappy.
The first time Grover bleated like a goat, I just about died.
This is a young teen's book without the candy shell. Right off it is made clear that kids as young as Percy's own age of 12 are maimed and even killed by the monsters that hunt them.
The book successfully plays on the outsider trope, making Percy the odd man out just about everywhere he turns. And then it gives him a place where he belongs, "Camp Half Blood" and no matter how often I go through that in a story, it always makes me happy.
Annabeth is a strong female character, but she is still a child herself conflicted over her father's abandonment of her. Again, she is very real.
The plot is wonderfully complex and twisted, very reminiscent of the machinations of the Greek gods in the myths. I felt the way Riordan characterized Ares and Zeus was just spot on.
The only thing I will add is that if you saw the movie and based on that decided to give the series a pass, do yourself a favor and read it anyway. The book lost almost all of its charm on the big screen.