WOW! What a fulfilling read! I rarely ever like a book in a series as much as the first book, and while this is no exception this one brought me as mu...moreWOW! What a fulfilling read! I rarely ever like a book in a series as much as the first book, and while this is no exception this one brought me as much plasure that the difference is negligible. I would say this is the best middle of a series type book I have read since catching fire...(and blasphame) I might even say it has surpassed the Hunger games for me in terms of enjoyment (Although it is probably to close to call).
The 3rd book in the series was a mild let down for me, as compared to the first 2 books. Now in hind sight I would have to agree with another poster who said it served as a great set-up this book and in that light book 3 suceeded.
The plot development was very enjoyable with Will finally breaking out of the grasp of his addiction, and the ultimate reunion with long lost friends. The war with temujai is one of the most detailed and brilliant that I have encountered in the YA & fantasy genres. The development of characters and their relationships to one another was very rewarding (with one exception that i will get to.) to watch unfold. Evanlyn's growth and maturity was as well as her depth and substance (I know I should not compare every female heroine to Katniss Everdeen, but Evanlyn/Cassandra is very close for me) was a nice addition to the story. Will's progression from addiction to begining the journey of rediscovering himself was very moving as well. Hoarce's continued moral and ethical maturity as he continues to live what he believes (A code many real life people could learn a lesson from) was a very nice coponent. Halt's brillant leadership and courage continue to evolve make him alongside of Tanthalas/Tanis Half Elven one of the most moving and likeable leaders in fantasy epic lore. The minor characters such as Erak and his values were a refreshing addition to this story as well.
The battle scenes and tactics and startegies of warfare were some of the most vivid and descriptive that I have encountered in some time. You could almost hear the the clangs of metal, smell the horses, taste the fear and machismo that were in the air.
The conclusion was most fulfilling...unlike book 2 and 3 there was little left undone or accomplished and I can rest easy knowing that it will be four days before I can get time to sit down and read the next installment..which I am sure will become a one day venture as these books have not allowed me the peace of mind to set them aside and wit for tommorow. My only disappointmen, is probably an unavoidable aspect of life. Although Will and Evanlyn/Cassandra developed a very close bond of trust and friendship where they had to rely on one another was bound to disipatate as they returned to their normal stations of life. I guess part of me wants to see a romantic type relationship bloom between them, but alas even so it would likely be doomed to failure because of who they are respectively. I was probably no less disappointed than Cassandra by this turn of events but I can see the inevitability of it even if I don't like it.
This is just a great read, that should rapidly move to must read status of all YZ/Fantasy fans out there! I don't know how this flew under my radar for so long, but I am glad that i discovered it! (less)
What a good ending to the year! I don't get to read as much in December as I do in other months just due to buisiness. This is the kind of book you ca...moreWhat a good ending to the year! I don't get to read as much in December as I do in other months just due to buisiness. This is the kind of book you can read in a day (Much like the first one), although it took me over a week.
The book picks right up where the previous one ends, and the development of characters is done expertly. My 14 y/o son likes it better than the first because it has more action while I am drawn to the first (But that is how I am in most series as well), due to liking the background development and dialouge. The continuing adventure of Will & Halt in their respective trades as apprentices should be enjoyed by most lovers of the fantasy genre.
I am so glad I didn't discover this book (Kinda like Hunger Games), when it was first written. The ending is one of those horrible cliffhanger endings, much like catching fire. The author should be beaten for leaving us hanging like this. Fortunately I have the 3rd and 4th books already checked out from my library. And although I have one book ahead of them on my list I hope to devour both of them the week after Christmas.
This tops my list of books that I have read this year: Hunger games The Rangers Apprentice series The Last Spymaster
It is in good company, and I would recommend it to anyone 13 y/o and up who loves fantasy.(less)
This series is on par IMHO w/ The hunger Games & The Rangers Apprentice perhaps just a hair below The potter seies. this should be enjoyed by anyo...moreThis series is on par IMHO w/ The hunger Games & The Rangers Apprentice perhaps just a hair below The potter seies. this should be enjoyed by anyone who likes teen/tween/y/a , fantasy, action, adventure, quest type of stories.
This is an awesome series, every bit on par IMHO w/ The Hunger Games series, but for a slightly younger audience.
Gregor is a cool protaginist, and his...moreThis is an awesome series, every bit on par IMHO w/ The Hunger Games series, but for a slightly younger audience.
Gregor is a cool protaginist, and his co-star Luxa is equally enjoyable...Boots and her cockroach friends may be the coolest supporting charcters that I have encountered in years. I love discovering more of the Underland on each visit that gregor makes, and the excitement generated by watching the prophecies unfold is the work of genius.