**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this. I listened to the unabridged audio version, and if you like gritty realistic medieval stories you'll like thi...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this. I listened to the unabridged audio version, and if you like gritty realistic medieval stories you'll like this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the 26 hour romp. It was a great story.
There were times, I felt the author spent too much time on the subjects of falconry, and I didn't like either of the two female characters. One was just sort of generic, and the other was a spoiled female 'princess' who cruelly steals an old woman's life savings. I wanted the hero to dump her, but sadly he loves her- she's beautiful of course! Bah. Kind of boring.
Two of my favorite characters die in this, and their deaths seemed kind of pointless to me.
Interesting history, and shades of gray. Characters are both good and bad. Hero himself is a murderer. Despite this, very gripping and entertaining read.
I can't wait for the sequel- out in January.(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, although the death of the heroine's friend was disappointing. I thought Jane was...more**spoiler alert** Okay, I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, although the death of the heroine's friend was disappointing. I thought Jane was one of the better character in the story.
However about halfway through the book, I felt the writer just sped up and wrote a plot outline. The story lost a lot of intimacy. There were also major issues that I felt never got resolved like the situation with the heroine's father possibly molesting her sister, her brothers who went off to war (and never were seen again), the butcher who was in love with her, and the doctor likewise.
Seems like plot devices were introduced and yet, never went anywhere. Just not enough closure to me.
The ending and romantic reunion in the last few paragraphs felt weak and sort of tacked on.
Overall, I liked the first half, but the second half felt like the author ran out of steam and it lacked a lot of the fun and emotional intimacy of the beginning.(less)
This has an interesting premise. I love post apocalyptic fiction, I just felt that the characters were so bland. Hero loves heroine, and is trying to...moreThis has an interesting premise. I love post apocalyptic fiction, I just felt that the characters were so bland. Hero loves heroine, and is trying to get to her. Heroine knows despite zero evidence hubbie is alive and well, and is waiting for him. That seemed to be the sum of the characters personality traits. I was bored. Happily Married characters are sort of hard to pull off in action anyway, but when you do, you at least need to make them something more than ciphers with empty personalities. This is the end of the world as we know it! At least make the characters ones we want to root for.(less)
I liked this book. The story revolves around a young Sime who becomes caught up in reading fictional sime fanfic, which has an adverse reaction on his...moreI liked this book. The story revolves around a young Sime who becomes caught up in reading fictional sime fanfic, which has an adverse reaction on his intil. He and his sime girlfriend must work hard to uncover the author who is making members of their small campus community ill. This was an entertaining- but too short book, and I liked Vret... although I personally prefer reading about the older sime characters, his experiences on the campus were fun and believable.(less)
**spoiler alert** I like Hugh & Klyd, so I was pleased to get another story featuring them. However, the story is a multiple POV between Hugh and...more**spoiler alert** I like Hugh & Klyd, so I was pleased to get another story featuring them. However, the story is a multiple POV between Hugh and Risa, and well, I would've preferred one or the other. The relationship between Hugh & Klyd was rather strained in this one. I would've hoped after 15 years the boys would have reached some common ground, but they are having some problems and this is affecting their ability to transfer.
There was a lot of time spent discussing politics which of course is important, but at times the story read like a plot outline. Gone was the intimacy and closeness of the House of Zeor. Instead we get lots of infodumping, and two sets of characters.
I was hoping for a bit more detail into how Klyd & Hugh had been doing since the House book. I mean Klyd and Ayisha and a baby? And what's up with the transfer and Hugh collapsing while ill? How does Hugh find the time to run Keon, while he's Klyd's top companion and how could they work so long together and still have such issues? How could such a strong empath like Klyd not believe Hugh is having issues with his selyn and such, when he should surely be able to zlinn his feelings? How can Klyd not know how to manage Klyd and vice/versa, given how closely both work together and the intimacy of Companion/Channel bond?
Seeing the story from only Hugh's persepctive sometimes, we miss out on the inticacies of how Klyd thinks, what he's really up to, and how the incongruous things he does have purpose, even though people around him are irked by his mannerisms. This is partially touched upon, however, I would've loved more insight into Klyd's views.
Sadly, we may never know, since this is the last book with these characters, and from what I read they die tragically in the future.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was an interesting story, about the life of Delri, and elderly channel who works at Fort Rimon, a place where Simes and Gens ca...more**spoiler alert** This was an interesting story, about the life of Delri, and elderly channel who works at Fort Rimon, a place where Simes and Gens can go to live together in peace. He is joined by Solamar a talented foreign Sime with channeling gifts and a few obscure hidden skills. The drama centers around a group of Freeband raiders who capture a channel, and some internal fort politics, and whether to help a young sime dis-junct.
While I liked Farris Channel I didn't love it. At times I felt the story read a bit too much like a history text, and I didn't care for Solamar. Solamar kept too many secrets for my taste, and I didn't much care for his romance which seemed bit predictable and cliche. I did however like Delri and Bruce, especially Bruce who was just really sweet.
I didn't like the end at all. Too many deaths, and Bruce died off screen! bah! IT made me sad. There were just too many deaths overall for me. And worse still, I had to hear about the major characters from Solamar's dad. .Bah. I would've at least liked to have seen Delri/Bruce etc's final moments.
While I enjoyed this one, I didn't like the ending.(less)