Apparently I did not like this volume as much as the previous book. I found it at times to be very tedious and long winded. I wanted it to be a rip roaApparently I did not like this volume as much as the previous book. I found it at times to be very tedious and long winded. I wanted it to be a rip roaring fantasy fest. As the book takes place on numerous fronts the story is constantly changing character perspectives and just when one plot line gets going and you are caught in its trappings you are switched to another and possibly after that to a third. While this wash't terribly distracting I wished to continue with plot once I was involved in it. All told this was still an excellent book and an excellent series and I'm sure if you've read any of Sanderson's other work and enjoyed it, The Mistborn series will enchant you as well....more
Just finished this morning and enjoyed this more than the first of the chronicles.
Perhaps the difference being that the first chronicle was a little cJust finished this morning and enjoyed this more than the first of the chronicles.
Perhaps the difference being that the first chronicle was a little confusing and the overall plot of the book wasn't made clear until the conclusion. With the backstory from the first novel clearly laid out the second book was a much easier and enjoyable read.
The Black Company still in the employ of "The Lady" are trying to prevent the return of "The Dominator" .
With the same characters appearing in this novel I found that I was much more invested the plot and the outcomes of the intrigues which they found themselves in. The disappearance of some of the central characters was also welcomed, good does not always triumph.
The characters are beginning to question the good vs evil of the battle they are facing and there are shades of grey littered throughout the book which promises to only add to the storyline as the series proceeds(or one can only hope).
So far only two books in but I would recommend the series to anyone who would like a character driven story....more
Finally finished this series. It has taken almost three years and I have to say that I was really quite satisfied with ending overall. The final volumeFinally finished this series. It has taken almost three years and I have to say that I was really quite satisfied with ending overall. The final volume was one the best in the series, tons of action and and most of the loose ends were tied up. All the major characters make an appearance and play significant roles in the last battle. Perhaps my only complaint with the book is that with so much action on so many fronts the chapters jumped from scene to scene really quickly. I just seemed to get into a particular storyline and it jumped onto another over and over. If you plan to read this series settle in and buckle down it can take a long time and not all the volumes are stellar but you do get invested in the characters and the storyline. This series is definitely worth investing in and I don't think anyone who enjoys fantasy will be disappointed. ...more
Liked the book but found it a little difficult to follow. I got that the Black Company were a historied mercenary group but had difficulty in figuringLiked the book but found it a little difficult to follow. I got that the Black Company were a historied mercenary group but had difficulty in figuring out the who the various factions were throughout the course of the book. It is a little clearer at the conclusion who the Lady maybe, the role of the Taken, the Dominator, but who were the Circle and who is the White Rose etc..perhaps further reading into the series is warranted.
That being said the book is well written, the characters are engaging and the story promises to interesting with all the "grey" characters mentioned above. ...more
Really like this series. Where else could you find a research scientist, a Serbian mobster, a travelling freak show, and an unholy ancient creature alReally like this series. Where else could you find a research scientist, a Serbian mobster, a travelling freak show, and an unholy ancient creature all intwined in the same story.
This latest adventure has "Jack" up to his usual business, balancing his 'home' life with his 'repair business'. Jack takes on a Serbian mobster on behalf of two clients. One a newly hired researcher for a pharma company and the other a disgruntled citizen looking for a revenge killing.
In the course of the story some characters from the first 3 books in the series rear their ugly heads, including the mythical Rakosh, Professor Roma. Who is Roma, what is the "Otherness"? All questions that the series will answer hopefully
All in all a very good book, fast paced action packed, good story and plot line.
Liked this novel more than the previous ones I have read. The story seemed to move along more quickly, there were fewer characters to follow which allLiked this novel more than the previous ones I have read. The story seemed to move along more quickly, there were fewer characters to follow which allowed for more engagement with them. As with the previous novels I have read I enjoyed the small glimpses you get into both the Jedi order and the Sith. The appearance of the "Emperor" was also a highlight. Is it the EMPEROR or just an emperor from a long line. The novel also concludes with an air of mystery regarding Revan & Lord Scourge. What happens to both and where do they end up? Revan is a prisoner of the Emperor and Scourge is transformed by the Emperor into an immortal and promoted to the Emperor's second in command and responsible to carry out executions and mete out punishment. Perhaps there is a conclusion to the saga somewhere in the vast collections of novels. ...more
This is quite possibly the best in the series so far. I am quite disappointed that there is not another in the series to read right away. Once again JiThis is quite possibly the best in the series so far. I am quite disappointed that there is not another in the series to read right away. Once again Jim Butcher has left a cliffhanger as to what happens to the main characters. Hopefully he won't wait too long before the next instalment is ready. Harry now the new winter knight, Molly the new summer lady, Murphy & Harry still deciding on their relationship status. What's up with Mac? What is the significance of Demonreach and how does it play in the mortal world? What of the "parasite" that is afflicting immortals and far? The more questions that are answered the more questions are begging answers. Once again read this series in order for a thrill ride of a story. ...more
Really not as good as the first three in the series. Pace was much slower until the end, too much of the lovelorn teenage angst for my taste. Will reaReally not as good as the first three in the series. Pace was much slower until the end, too much of the lovelorn teenage angst for my taste. Will read the final book however to see how the series will end....more
I didn't think I would like this book as much as his previous work which I had read, but thanks to a another Goodreads "enabler" I stuck it out and waI didn't think I would like this book as much as his previous work which I had read, but thanks to a another Goodreads "enabler" I stuck it out and was pleasantly surprised. I thought this book was more whimsical than the others of his I have read. Once again Brandon Sanderson creates an unique world and magical system unlike anyone else. It is a little slow getting started but that its mostly due to his need to set up the back story and characters. Once that is out of the way the book is quite entertaining . I particularly like how there are three plot lines going at once and he switches between them all keeping your interest peaked throughout the book. The character development is quite good and I found myself rooting for the "good" characters to triumph from the get go. If you want a good story with likeable as well as despicable characters, a classic good triumphing over evil tale this one should do nicely....more
As far as fantasy books go this one is a little disappointing. It started out well enough but just didn't grab my attention and drag me into the storyAs far as fantasy books go this one is a little disappointing. It started out well enough but just didn't grab my attention and drag me into the story. I however held out to the end and still was disappointed. The basic plot line is that the world/worlds (as the characters know them)are being plauged by savage demons. It has a rather large cast of characters who all have to be introduced and a little bit of their backstories told in order to build the plot line of the series. I was a little thrown off by the sic-fi twist of different planets from which certain races were and are able to travel to, however it wasn't over the top unbelievable and seemed reasonable within the plot line. Despite my indifference for this book I will continue on with the series as this is only the first instalment and the author could have easily strung the story out to produce a thousand page monster. Hopefully the series will get better now that the character introductions and basic plot line has been established and the author can get to the meat and potatoes of the story....more
I really did enjoy this book. It can best be described as a politically charged fantasy. By that I mean it has all the earmarks of a fantasy novel( magI really did enjoy this book. It can best be described as a politically charged fantasy. By that I mean it has all the earmarks of a fantasy novel( magic, demons, kings, queens, horse, wars etc..)while the characters are a collection of powerful aristocrats, rulers, would-be rulers, various military types, a bastard son, a jaded lover etc...
Two powerful brothers sixteen years previous had fought a bitter war for the title of Prism. The surviving brother Gavin Guile is now acting Prism in the twilight of his leadership. He has 6 goals which he wishes to achieve before his power fades and new Prism must be selected. Gavin Guile has a terrible secret however, he is not who he appears to be and the discovery of his bastard son in the burned out village of Rekton begins to start the unraveling of the secret which he keeps.
The magic system reminds me of Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker which relied on colors as well. Although Mr.Weeks uses colors it is in different manner. Excellent world building and the historical backstory was weaved into the book without a drawn out history lesson and proceeded as the story unfolded.
At around 750 pages it could have done with a little more editing but it was still an engaging read I will continue on with tale. ...more