I could not resist and I'm not disappointed. I liked the story from the start to the end and there is not one thing that i'm not satisfied with. The fI could not resist and I'm not disappointed. I liked the story from the start to the end and there is not one thing that i'm not satisfied with. The five stars are as for this book as for whole Deverry act, because I just cannot rate this book as single. On the one side I could say that "nothing new in this book" but on the other side it's worthy end of an exceptional four-books cycle. (oh, I hope I used right words, I'm still slow with english) I'm glad that there wasn't past period, I liked that the characters' personalities were changing slightly, and a lot of other things. I'm glad there is an end where you can stop if you choose so. Or you can continue, because "when something ends, something begins", but you can look on the next part as new story and I'm glad for it. I'm sure that I'm not done with this series and someday I will pick the 5th book. ...more
I read the previous books long ago, so I was a little lost at the start. But only for short time, soon I could easily recall who is who and what happeI read the previous books long ago, so I was a little lost at the start. But only for short time, soon I could easily recall who is who and what happened. That means I liked the second book more than I thought :) And partly it was because the first, and not short part of book, is venture into the past - about 200 years back. So plenty of time to refresh the memory. Considering that it's story in story, it was long, but luckily interesting. Mostly thanks to Nevyn, who plays not a small role in the past and also in the present events. Well, there're also previous reincarnations of main characters, but to tell truth, I'm not very excited about them, they're like another story - good, but not center of my interest right that time. It feels far less separated, if Nevyn, as an anchor, is the same person in both parts. As for second part - it's quick ride and even more taking than the first. The story holds your attention, gets unexpected turns and ends in a way, that I just cannot wait when I will have spared a little of time for next book. I know, usually it's annoying, especially if you have wait year or two for continuation, but that isn't a problem now. And I like the story better than I dislike the absence of real end. I have read worse endings - in middle of scene or dialogue. But I'm glad that there will be one (talking about end) in fourth book, although that is not last from Deverry series. ...more
2.5 * The book was ok. And that is it. Some parts I liked; others didn't caught my interest. They weren't bad, just one of many similar scenes/settings2.5 * The book was ok. And that is it. Some parts I liked; others didn't caught my interest. They weren't bad, just one of many similar scenes/settings in other books, which will blend with time. For example - urbanfantasy + kickass heroine + cop/PI/Agent/Detective - I have lost count how many books contains this combination. Slowly I have grown an aversion, I'm sure I will not pick a book with cop-like heroine soon. And after I finished I have feeling there is just something missing and I cannot tell what is it exactly. Probably I have read too much similar novels :)
I'm at loss of words and not in a good way. No doubt, Kristen Britain is a good writer. She is writing slowly but good enough that I didn't forget thaI'm at loss of words and not in a good way. No doubt, Kristen Britain is a good writer. She is writing slowly but good enough that I didn't forget that there is an interesting and unfinished series I’m waiting for. Anytime I miss my favorite characters, I just reread some parts or one of the previous books… or the whole series. I was looking forward to the 5th book and I was utterly convinced that this BOOK must be good. Well, as a matter of fact, it is. The story is interesting enough; it flows quickly and contains interesting turns. I can't say one bad word about the execution. Yeah, I have a long way to go to become English language guru, but I can tell when there is something noticeable fishy with writing. (Heh, I do produce fair amount of flawed lines myself so I know one when I see it.) To sum it all up it is a well written and decent story.
My friend told me once, that everything that matters in a sentence comes after “but”. I’m not sure if that’s how it always works in English language, but it’s very true for my own language. And here comes my “BUT”. It is the story itself, from the viewpoint of the complete series, that I'm disappointed with. All my praise is fit, if I consider this as a standalone book, BUT the book is part of a series and I refuse to see it differently. The story is mostly set in the future some two hundred years forward with new characters and in the strange environment when the Sacordia is long gone. It even sound as a unrelated story except for the main and very important character – Karigan. Don’t worry, she is not two hundred years old, she was thrown into that era. The time travel is always tricky and the result here is just unsatisfying. Even in a standalone book I would be very dissatisfied if the root of the story just vanished after the main character travels back to her real time. It’s logical and reasonable, but still it feels wrong. All what had happened didn't happen at all, not even for Karigan, because she was forgetting it all. The whole book seems like a long side-story.
If the time-problem was the only one, I would ignore it. But… (See? Here it comes again) I didn't get what I was waiting for. I wanted to know about events in Karigan's real time. What I got were strangers, unfamiliar people, who were lost in the shadow of the main protagonists of the series. Curious and fishing for crumbs about what was going on with king Zachary, captain Laren and bunch of her riders, I just could not grow to like a strange professor and Cade. (I would be far more interested, if the glimpses were into the future and the main story in the real time.) Well, the focus was on Karigan so we got plenty of her. But… (See? – again) all the way through the book I had one question in mind: "where is my Karigan?" For sure I felt differently about her. It felt like I was reading a different story, with different character with the same name. "My Karigan" from previous parts is someone who bends the flow of events and not otherwise. Now it was more like if the events were dragging Karigan.
I know the people change in surroundings unknown to them and they don’t act as their usual self in certain extent. However, sometimes I was thinking if Karigan also got brain-damaged. She was so much more cautious in the first book than in the last. For example - she was mostly passive in professor Josston's house, overlooking Arhys, so obvious source of troubles. She really could pay more attention to her, especially in house full of secrets. But no, it was like she didn't exist for Kari. Or another example: The journey into the capital with Luke and Cade. They traveled through hostile territory, a great number of checkpoints, showing forged documents to suspicious guards. It went just too easy and they both noticed it, but surprisingly she did not get alarmed by this unusual lack of complications. Well, she was smitten with Cade and that is another strange part of the story. Mentioning Cade – the romance between the two felt just forced. I will try to explain this shortly. Cade, whose long-term goal was to become a Weapon (that meant living in celibacy) suddenly he didn't care anymore. And for Kari’s part – at first I thought that she saw Cade more as her brother, or comrade, for that is how Kari was acting around him. And out of nothing she was kissing him. I couldn't call that love, it was more like a desperate act after the situation with king Zachary and Alton. And desperate Karigan is not the one I want to read about. Well, desperate in this way :) The "romantic" part just felt so inept. At least I know why in the 4th book there were the sidelines with Amberhill. They are obviously a set-up for this book. Not that it’s going to save the story. I could rant more and then some more. That happens when something I was quite enjoying previously gets spoiled. Luckily, I ran out of steam.
I’m seriously considering whether I really want to read the next book, because obviously there will be one, and to risk another cliffhanger with the end in infinity.