I just cannot decide: 4 or 5 stars. For now it is 4 and one mark - worth to reread again. Sure I will try translated version sometime, after I finishI just cannot decide: 4 or 5 stars. For now it is 4 and one mark - worth to reread again. Sure I will try translated version sometime, after I finish at least the trilogy. (I just discovered 4th book is expected) I was surprised, for the book was much better than I expected. Well, the synopsis was so brief, that I could not realy guess what "lie ahead" except that darkness and demons are involved. My mind shelved it as "generic fantasy" - that means kingdom or something in peril, mighty warriors, some prophecy, some child with hazy backround, and other elements in these lines. I hope every fantasy fan have an idea what I'm talking about. Not that it's bad thing. But I wanted something different. And I got it. In matter of fact, there are "kingdoms in peril" - Cities; even some prophecy, but as subtle part of background. The characters are acting and making decisions because they want to live and not because "he/she is the only one who can save the realm". The focus is on ordinary mortals (more or less) and their daily struggles. Sounds easy and boring, but it is not. The life is hard and there is no guarantee that one will survive through night, when demons governs. While cities relatively are safe - guarded with wards, also maintained houses/villages to a certain extent, it's hard on the ways. So there is no frequent travelling - people are isolated and confined to settlements. This raised my interest right from the start. I'm not going into details, or I will not stop in short time, for there are more things I liked very much - the variety of characters, their stories, One-handed demon, etc. It was quick read, once I really began to read I could not put it down. And if you are curious why so much praise and 4 points instead of 5? It's simple - there were some minor parts/developments, where I could not agree with author, but I cannot say they were bad/wrong or so. Maybe next time I will change it :) ...more
Kniha je určená skôr starším deťom ako dospelým. Odhadujem, že by sa im mohla páčiť a dokázali by sa vžiť do role hlavnej hrdinky. Dej sa odohráva v aKniha je určená skôr starším deťom ako dospelým. Odhadujem, že by sa im mohla páčiť a dokázali by sa vžiť do role hlavnej hrdinky. Dej sa odohráva v akomsi pod-svete, ktorý je farbisto a živo popísaný, hýri zvláštnymi tvormi a magickou energiou a točí sa okolo detí, ktoré sa do toho sveta "prepadli". Kniha je trochu naivná, ale stále ešte čitateľná. Poznámka na okraj k obálke - trochu som bola prekvapená, že sa tam neobjavili žiadne vlko-idné potvory. Podľa obrázku, skôr než som prečítala zadnú stránku s obsahom, som bola presvedčená, že sa tam nejaký vlkodlak mihne a aj potom som čakala na čosi vlko-idné. A nič. Nie som expert na zvieracie chrupy, možno to vôbec nie je vlčia papuľa, no v kombinácii s oblúkom mesiaca mi toto napadlo ako prvé. Nech sa na to dívam akokoľvek - vôbec nevystihuje obsah, zdá sa mi, že má s ním pramálo spoločné. Až neskôr som sa dozvedela (na konci knihy), že autorka je mladučká - rovnako ako protagonisti príbehu. Na jej vek je to naozaj pekný výkon, klobúk dole.
I did it again. I've picked a book where the heroine is PI. Well the reason was very practical - it's the thinnest of all books in my reach. So I shouI did it again. I've picked a book where the heroine is PI. Well the reason was very practical - it's the thinnest of all books in my reach. So I shouldn't complain. And even If I don't like it, I can see why this proffesion is so popular in these books. It gives a reason to stick nose into things that are not related directly to the protagonist. It helps to solve the question why would be she/he looking for so many different peoples/stuff/incidents. So be it. From the first page the story felt familiar and soon I've discovered, that I read almost half of this book, the Czech translation, but left unfinished. I don't remember why. So it was quick scrambling over the pages. The story is good, but not exceptional - it's one of a lot. Contains all elements frequent in urbanfantasy books - kick-ass heroine, mister in distress, vampires, magic, ghosts... I found very interesting the idea of grey and greywalkers, I also liked the part with old parlor organ. But I've strong dislike for the heroine and her neverending "i don't want it". So I'm not sure if I'll continue reading. Maybe, but not so soon. ...more