I am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The IroI am not sure where to start. Its hard not to be biased. I guess the easiest place to start would be to say that I didnt enjoy this as much as The Iron Fey. I thought the first half of the book was far too slow, and it took awhile before something happened. And I am not entirely won over by Zeke. I liked him more in the end, once he finally got some courage and stood up for Allie. At first he was extremely kind, but he never really stood up for himself or anyone else. He was kind when he could be, otherwise he just did what Jed said. And I really couldnt believe how he let Jed treat him. But I started to like him in the end. He did a few very impressive things and started to become the man he woould have been without Jed's influence, so I am looking forward to seeing more of him, which I am sure we will. As well as Kanin.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story, even if I had some issues with the pacing. I like where I see this going and I cant wait for more action. Allie kicks ass with her katana. :P A zombie chopping vampire with a katana.
One of the most impressive things about this book imo, was the vampire lore. Being a vampire was not glamourized, and a perfect combination of vampire characteristics were kept that helped it feel real. Characteristics that could be explained with science fiction, rather than the supernatural. It was messy and gritty. Allie's struggle was both more desperate and more believable than other vampire books I've read. I see a lot of potential for this series. There were no issues that cant be easily overcome in the next book (pacing, Zeke manning up). I look forward to reading more, and growing to love the series as a whole....more
The adventure and humour in this are as great as ever, with so many fave characters back, and some new ones. But I think this suffered a bit for not hThe adventure and humour in this are as great as ever, with so many fave characters back, and some new ones. But I think this suffered a bit for not having Meghan. She was in only two scenes, both of which were great of course, but it wasnt the same without her. More importantly, Ash wasnt the same without her. I really missed the super sweet things he always said to her that made my heart race. My heart did no racing while reading this one. There was no space for romance with a missing Meghan. The ending was perfect though, so I that's what really matters. Pretty much everything I would have wanted in an ending is what we got, minus Ash's ambiguous condition. This is still my favourite series ever, but this would probably be my least favourite of the four. But I hope to reread them soon since I dont remember The Iron King as well as the others. I wasnt really disappointed though since the book is totally awesome. I just put more emphasis on romance than most ppl.
And I really didnt enjoy the tests, especially chapter 19 and 20. I knew they werent real but they were still so sad and I dont know why Julie felt like she had to put us through that. She could have made it much more brief and much more like a test. I am very glad that is not how things turned out, but it still left a little bit of doubt in me that I dont want to have.
I was surprised to read in the interview included at the end of the book, that Julie Kagawa prefers tragic endings, but her publisher insisted that Ash and Meghan be together in the end. OMG thank goodness! If not for her publisher I may have died! But now I am a little worried about Julie's two upcoming series. I hope her publisher is super stubborn. :P...more
There is so much about it that I love. Mostly, there is so much adventure! Action andThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
There is so much about it that I love. Mostly, there is so much adventure! Action and dragon riding! And I love the world and its history and mythology. Obviously I am mainly referring to the dragons and dragon riders, and Saphira as a character is awesome. I love how close she and Eragon are. She is almost motherly toward him even though she is only 6 months old at the end of the book and he is 16. It seems like she was born with some knowledge but it hasnt been made clear yet. I love the other characters too, but mainly Eragon and Murtagh. Brom was a typical mentor archetype and Arya was cool but we didnt really get to know her since she was unconscious for most of the book. But Eragon is super cute with her and I cant wait to see more of their relationship in the other books.
The story is far larger than the movie led me to believe, with so many more characters. I really love the movie. It is actually one of my favourites. But I knew the movie was not well received because of how much they butchered the book. But I had no idea. It is quite ridiculous really how much they took out of the movie. I dont really understand why since the movie was really short, they could have included so much more of the original content. The basic outline of the story is still there, but the events were completely rearranged chronologically and often altered and combined. And so, so much was left out completely. Mostly I wish they had kept more of the details of the story, and the intrigue and political maneuvering, so that the movie wouldnt have come across as just a simple adventure. But regardless of what the movie left out, the book had it all! ...more
The book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for mThe book was great from the beginning, but the second half was almost unbearably addictive. I read it in two days, and that is really impressive for me, I am a slow reader.
But I just have one little issue with the epilogue. Meghan and Ash have accepted the ultimate punishment for being together. There is nothing else left. When she went through the portal into the rain, it was the perfect setup for an amazingly epic The Notebook style kiss. Really, what are they waiting for?! Gosh, I am so disappointed. :P But I am still picturing that it happened that way in my head. :P...more
The whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But thThe whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But the characters were the greatest part. I loved them all, especially Ash, from the beginning. He may be extremely stoic, but really thats what I love about him. He is extremely strong, but when it really matters I'm sure he will do the right thing. Now I just cant wait to read The Iron Daughter so I can find out!...more
Wow, that was a lot to take in. It was so complicated! I could hardly wrap my mind around it. I cant imagine a lot of young adults who could keep up wWow, that was a lot to take in. It was so complicated! I could hardly wrap my mind around it. I cant imagine a lot of young adults who could keep up with it, except the very intelligent and very ambitious. I would most definitely not categorize this as YA, even if the author himself does, he must have a much higher opinion of young adults. It contains very complicated theories on time travel and space travel, a young protagonist who is almost as genius and difficult to understand as Ender himself, and such a large and complicated story and world of characters and ideas that I cant even begin to explain it.
Whenever I read a book I try to imagine it as a movie. What kind of audience would it attract, what movies it could be compared to, a possible cast, etc. But I cant really imagine this as a movie. If it was, it would most certainly not be a children's movie, or even a teen movie. It is so ambitious and confusing that I would dare to say it would most likely attract the same audience as Inception.
It reminds me of Ender's Game, as I already mentioned, but also of The Worthing Saga, one of Orson Scott Card's earliest works, which had some similar topics and gave me a similar sense of confusion (trying to stay spoiler free). Basically, they both give you very little information, a little bit at a time, that you have to slowly piece together as read, before you can even figure out something as basic as the setting of the story. If you've read The Worthing Saga, then you probably know what I mean. Not that there are any plot holes or inconsistencies. Not that I could detect. It just keeps your brain really revving the whole time, trying to keep up. This book is not what you want to read when you are looking for some down time.
I mostly gave this its 4 star rating because of the great accomplishment which was writing it, and I am a great fan of the genre, but it was perhaps a bit slow, or perhaps I should say steady. I am curious to find out what happens next, as it is a planned series, but its a bit dramatic, some adventure in there, but really no action. At no point was my heart racing, which can actually happen quite often for me. But it had a great group of characters I really enjoy. I look forward to reading more....more