There were some things about this book that I liked less than Finnikin and some thingsThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
There were some things about this book that I liked less than Finnikin and some things that I liked more. I don't know that it is actually worse, but the fact that it is so much longer makes its faults more obvious and gives them more focus.
I think my biggest complaint about this book, besides the length itself, would be the writing. It seemed really chopping and hard to follow. In particular, I remember one scene where Lirah slaps someone, and then just continues to talk to Quintana as if the slap never happened, no one acknowledged the slap, the person who was slapped did not protest, nothing. It felt like the slap had been cut and paste from a different scene. And a lot of times a scene is just abandoned and the next line says, "The next day Froi went to..." or something of the sort. Even if the previous scene seemed incomplete, ended in the middle of a conversation, or with a question. A lot of time was skipped and I felt like I was missing stuff. It had no flow.
I also had a lot of trouble understanding the characters. Their behaviour was inconsistent and after 600 pages I still feel like I don't know any of them and I don't understand their motives. I still don't know who to trust. One minute Froi loves them, the next minute he hates them, and they have never really did anything to deserve either sentiment. They were just in the way. I really couldn't care less about any of them. They could just die for all I care. Except for Quintana because Froi loves her and I want Froi to be happy. Froi is the only good character in this whole series. I remember thinking that even while I was reading Finnikin.
So, as with Finnikin, this book only gets stars for the story. The story of Charyn is very interesting and deserves to be told. I only wish it had been told differently, and written differently. But it is a very unique story, I will give it that. And I enjoy Froi and seeing how far his life has brought him, and everything he has accomplished. I will read Quintana eventually, but I am not making it a priority....more
I enjoyed this book more than the last one. I suppose I may have simply gotten used toThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this book more than the last one. I suppose I may have simply gotten used to the Aiel, but I think that it is because they weren't focused on as much, even though they are always there. The Wise-Ones are by far the worst thing about this whole series, and trying to tolerate them is a chore. Also Aviendha and Egwene, although I am beginning to hate Egwene even more than Aviendha.
The women in this series are all ridiculous. They seem so hateful. Its not quite hate, but they just don't seem to like anyone. I can't stand any of them except Min, Moiraine, and Nyneave. Min is kind and brave. Moiraine is refined and strong. Nyneave is unrepentant and a force to be reckoned with.
But the men! Goodness the men! Perrin is a true hero. Mat is a reluctant hero but he is so charming he makes me tingle. :P And Rand is magnificent. There really isn't a better word for it. He is magnificent! Although unlike Mat, my feelings for him are completely platonic. I love him like I love the adult Ender and Colin Morgan's Merlin. Which is to say, a lot!
I love all the intertwining stories and seeing how they are all coming together, and how characters cross over and join a different side story. You never really know who is going to pop up next and where. Although I missed Perrin in this book. (view spoiler)[And I am going to miss Asmodean. Why is it that I liked one of the Forsaken so much? I don't know. But I am so sad that he died. More sad than I am about Moiraine because I know that she will be back. (hide spoiler)]
I love how each book in this series ends with a climactic battle. It keeps it exciting but also keeps the story moving forward. There is constant progression as Rand defeats one obstacle after another and sweeps across the land. I am so glad that there was only one book that dropped to 4-stars before going back up to 5 and I really can't read this series fast enough!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was my second attempt at M/M and in some ways it was better, and in others it wasThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was my second attempt at M/M and in some ways it was better, and in others it was worse. I really enjoyed the story and world building in this one a lot more. The worlds of both Ydregi and Ogres was laid out smoothly and I had no trouble adapting to the new setting of the book and the new people. I would like to visit the world again.
I really enjoyed Bloodraven's character and have always been fascinated by 'love my captor' stories. And this one had a double twist to it, being both high fantasy and M/M, so it was an exciting new experience for me. I have only ever read contemporary M/F 'love my captor' stories before. I enjoy the moral ambiguity that inevitably comes with loving someone who has kidnapped or enslaved you, but that is what usually happens. And I did love Bloodraven. I loved that odd balance he had between treating Yhalen like a slave, and completely cherishing him. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but somehow he did it. He could refer to Yhalen as "my little human" and it feels like her is saying both "I own you," and "You own my heart".
But it never quite came to that, and that is my biggest complaint about this book. There were never any declarations of love. Not even close. Yhalen and Bloodraven never discussed their feelings, not even in their own thoughts, and it is never clear what they really wanted from each other besides sex. The strongest words either of them ever used was when Yhalen admits only to himself that he has "affection" for Bloodraven. Affection. Damned Elinor Dashwood! And that was practically at the end!
I definitely feel that Yhalen and Bloodraven made a great pair, and it is clear that all that Bloodraven went through and sacrificed for Yhalen is not just due to pride for his possessions. But the serious lack of any sentiment in this book was definitely felt by me. My only other complaint is what happened between Yhalen and Elvardo. I really did not like that at all. It was pretty dubious consent, but I still feel like Yhalen betrayed Bloodraven and I hold it against him a bit. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed Yhalen and Bloodraven, not only their unique relationship, but their chemistry. This was my first M/M erotica and it was pretty steamy. Although I wouldn't call it BDSM. Sex usually hurt for Yhalen, but it was not intentional. I wish I could live in this story a little longer.
Note: I have heard a lot of people say that the cover for this initially turned them off from reading it, but they are glad that they eventually gave it a chance anyway. Its also not the first time I have heard this, as a lot of people complain about the covers by Jet Mykles as well. Call me crazy, but I find that I actually like the cover....more
The fourth book in the Wheel of Time series was probably my least favourite so far, buThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
The fourth book in the Wheel of Time series was probably my least favourite so far, but I am still addicted to this series. This one was just really long and focused too much on the Aeil. I am loving Mat and Perrin more and more with each book, but I cant wait until Mat goes off on his own and develops his own story as Perrin is doing right now.
I enjoy watching all of Rand's machinations and his attempts to keep Moiraine and Egwene out of his business. But I really don't like the Aeil and their preoccupation with honour. They remind me way too much of the Elves in Eragon. And I really can't stand Aviendha. She reminds me way too much of Ygritte, and I always hated Ygritte.
What is with this series and the women treating the men they claim to love so badly? In the beginning of the series, Egwene would always call Rand wool headed, so I can say good riddance to her. Although falling out of love with him has not stopped her from calling him wool headed. And now Aviendha says, "You really know nothing," which is way to close to "You know nothing, Jon Snow." Give him a little respect! He is not a moron! Faile does the same to Perrin, but I still like her for the most part.
My favourite young woman in this series is by far Min. Actually I rather like Nynaeve too. Either Nynaeve or Faile would be my second favourite young woman in the series. Elayne is hardly worth mentioning. She is so dull. Maybe I am biased but the men are so much more interesting. I am very grateful for Min's story. I am enjoying her and Siuan and Leane and am excited for where their story will go. They are older and wiser women, and along with Min, don't annoy me at all.
The ending was a bit anticlimactic to me. I was expecting more to happen at Al'cair Dal. Rand just announced himself and then ran off to fight Asmodean. He didn't do that great of a job of disproving Couladin. And when he returned he didn't tell them anything or make any explanations. He just rode off again.
I am excited to see more of Min, and more of the personal stories of the three ta'veren. Rand's plan to take all the Aeil with him does not bode well for me, but he now as Asmodean as well which could be interesting. And Moiraine and Egwene are leaving him, which is good because they are so annoying. So there are a lot more things that are annoying me now than before, although they are just my personal quirks. I am still anxious to find out what happens next. ...more
I don’t know if this series can keep up its steam. I have heard from some that it doesThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I don’t know if this series can keep up its steam. I have heard from some that it doesn't, and that it begins to lag in the middle. But I hope that I don’t notice it because this series keeps blowing my mind one book at a time!
Although this book only had, at most, 5 segments in Rand’s POV, I hardly even noticed. I did miss him at times, but I really enjoyed seeing this story from Mat and Perrin’s POV. And unlike The Great Hunt, I enjoyed the men more than the women in this one. And I have come to love Mat more than I thought was possible. It’s not just because his POVs have let me come to know him more. He has honestly changed so much that I can love him now when I didn’t before. In the beginning he was one of my least favourite characters. I just cannot imagine how much more he will change before it is over. I honestly don’t know if I will be able to survive the anticipation. I can’t imagine having read this series as it was published. Although it seems Robert Jordan wrote much faster than George R.R. Martin.
I also really enjoyed the new characters. This series has so many characters; including people you only meet in passing and think don’t matter at all, but end up returning. So many people are “pulled into the pattern”. I really enjoyed the Aiel. That are a complicated people, so different from any of the lands they have visited. They are so different that I imagine it will take some time for people to understand each other. But they are the People of the Dragon and I can guess that I have no idea what part they will play. I liked Faile too. She was pesky but she grew on me slowly, as she slowly grew on Perrin. And I especially like her because of one fan art I saw where she looks like a young Claudia Black. It’s hard to disapprove of anyone who looks like a young Claudia Black.
I realized after finishing book 3, that there were several things about this series that reminded me of Harry Potter. I have read a very small percentage of the story as a whole so far, so it is hard for me to say whether or not the pattern continues throughout the series, but so far, there are similarities.
The basic construction is similar, in that each book features a different and very specific mission, often referred to in the title. Rand and the Eye of the World. Rand and the Great Hunt. Rand and the Sword of Callandor. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Each smaller mission leads to clashes against the Dark One/Dark Lord. But the last battle looms ahead. When the hero knows he must one day face his adversary, because he is the only one who can defeat him.
Also, Rand and Harry both have to fight a darkness inside them. Rand has to fight his madness, saidin, and the Dark Ones attempts the turn him to darkness. Harry has to fight the piece of Voldemort, the horcrux, which is inside him. Although whether or not Rand wins the battle for his soul, I don’t know. But Rand’s battle is greater, fiercer, darker, than Harry’s. Although a lot of adults read and loved Harry Potter, it is child’s play in comparison to what Rand has to face....more
The story really picks up in book 2. Its not just travel and adventure anymore. As theThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
The story really picks up in book 2. Its not just travel and adventure anymore. As the group separates and goes in different directions they face new and individual threats. Nynaeve and Egwene travel to the White Tower to begin training and are betrayed. Rand and Loial are separated from their friends and must find the Horn of Valere before Padan Fain. Everything accumulates on Toman Head while the Seanchan invade.
I especially enjoyed the girls' story, and I enjoyed getting to know Min and Elayne better. I think it may just be the female perspective, because even when they were simply training to light candles, I always looked forward to Nynaeve or Egwene's POV. It was a treat once we began to receive Min's POV as well. And their story together only became more and more intense as time passed. Although, I am a little put off by how they are all fighting over Rand. I love Rand as a protagonist, and I love stories of "achieving greatness", but if all these women are in his future I don't know if it is possible for me to not lose some respect for him.
Rand's personal journey is fascinating in itself. How much he has changed in this book alone. He is being molded. I don't know if Rand will be affected by saidin and turn into more of an anti-hero, or if he will be able to withstand it and remain such an incredible soul. But either way, I look forward to witnessing the transformation.
Mat and Perrin are also starting to grow on me. I don't know what role they will have in the story or the coming battle. Even though they are ta'veren, they haven't served any grand purpose so far, besides Mat blowing the horn. I am sure Perrin's wolves could be useful though. We got to know Perrin a bit better in the last book when he was separated along with Egwene, when he first learned about the wolves. And I grew to appreciate him more then. Mat was the one that needed the development in this book, and I wonder if being separated from the dagger will make him more useful still.
Big things are set into motion at the end of this book, now that the world knows Rand is the Dragon Reborn, and sides are being chosen, lines are being drawn. It is making me very nervous to see how many people and armies are against him, and the amount of people who think he is a Darkfriend makes me sad. I have already begun book 3, The Dragon Reborn. I cannot get through this series fast enough. But I will have to resign myself to the fact that I have a long ways to go. Better get to it!...more
I loved this book! So much more than I expected. It was primarily a pirate adventure.This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved this book! So much more than I expected. It was primarily a pirate adventure. Sabrina's love for Howel is strong. It crosses time and space and all that, but you really can't survive in the 18th century Caribbean unless you take the threats to your life seriously. Malnutrition, scurvy, malaria, other pirates, the Navy, pretty much everyone you meet. Most of the book focused on that. Survival and pirate activities. And I really, really enjoyed it. It made me think of Pirates of the Caribbean so much! It didn't help that Sabrina kept making Johnny Depp references. :P
"We are free princes now, and we have the authority to make war on the whole world, and this, my conscience tells me, is what we should do."
One of the things I loved most about this book is that it at least tried to be realistic. In the beginning, before Sabrina time travels to 1718, she is on a cruise with a friend who is reading a pirate Harlequin and Sabrina makes fun of her, telling her how real pirates were disgusting, disease ridden, and likely smelled foul. And once Sabrina has her first hand experience, she finds that it is all true. Even Sabrina's noble pirates, Edward and Howel. Sure, the book goes to the trouble to tell us that Edward has all his teeth, and Howel is good looking underneath all the dirt, but they are still pirates.
I really enjoyed Edward, he was so much more subdued than Howel, and it was cute how easy it was for Sabrina to make him blush. I really hope we get to see him again. If Sabrina is going to Madagascar, I imagine we will. And Howel was so awesome and larger than life. A nearly unstoppable pirate Captain, if not for his weakness for Sabrina. And a tad mysterious too. A pirate Captain doesn't have a lot of time to just sit around and talk to his sweetheart. A lot of her time consisted of watching him from afar. The romance was very slow to develop and there was no explicit content. They were having sex eventually, but it was always off-"screen". And, as I said, the romance was not the main focus of the story. But I was invested in it nonetheless.
"It's more for me peace of mind, lass. Because you are me heart."
I am confused about how or if Sabrina will be reunited with Howel, but I am thrilled to discover that the author is planning a sequel to this book. It must have much more adventure and an HEA!...more
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not goodThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not good enough to keep bringing me back. I got really impatient with it most of the time. I just wanted to find out how it would end and didnt really want to do all the work to get there.
I read two other books on the side during the time it took me to read this one. And I fell asleep on this book on numerous occasions. As I have said in my reviews for both The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue, I liked Tristan but I never really swoon over guys when the book is from their POV. I have to see them from the POV of a woman, to see them as the woman sees them and loves them, then I start to pick up those feelings myself.
I enjoyed most of the supporting characters, but I don't know if there were too many, or if I just didn't care about them enough, but I could never remember who was who. Who the hell is Kai? She was with Tristan for most of this book, but I have no idea who she is or when he met her. I just cannot remember.
I am glad with how things turned out for everyone. I dont know why, but for some reason I suspected the ending would go down something like it did. No tragic fates are hanging over anyone's heads. And I am glad that this series is over and I can move on.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review....more
This book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but so different! This isThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but so different! This is set 400 years after the events of Guardian of Time. It may have just been too long since I read it, but I don't remember it being mentioned that Margariete and Raeylan had such long lifespans. They spent the last 400 years searching for Esilwen, traveling the shards, many of which had advanced technology. So when we meet Margariete and Raeylan again, they are already somewhat familiar with technology and aren't completely out of their depths. And we also meet Kyleren again. I missed Kyle in Guardian of Time, and was glad to see that this book was his story.
I expected this book to show us how he ended up with Margariete. Unfortunately things didn't progress that far. I am glad that their relationship is one that grows over time. It will get more time and focus than Raeylan and Esilwen, but I was still a little sad to see them hating each other to begin with. Its like Daemon and Katy from Obsidian, without the random hot make-out sessions. Just lots of glaring and smart-mouthing. I look forward to seeing their relationship grow to what it was in Phoenix Angel. I am just worried about the chronological placement of the next book. Don't skip another 400 years! I have to see them falling in love!
The magic and mythology grows even more complex in this book, with so much depth and more of Kirion's plans revealed. It's so hard to believe he is the same person as Carter from book 1. But I enjoy a villain who isn't black & white. There's a lot more to him than just "evil". I am usually hesitant to start a long series, and I was skeptical when I heard that this series was planned as 6 books, but now I know that the story will need at least that many, and I wouldn't want it to be shorter anyway. I love all these characters so much. Margariete, Raeylan, Esilwen, and Kyleren. Even Kirion and Farrelblade in a weird way. And the new introduction of Gene. He was kinda funny in his awkward way and I hope he sticks around.
This story encompasses more than all of the known universe, it spans millenniums, and features elves, gods, kings, assassins, and genetically engineered soldiers. There is no way that it won't have something for you!
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review....more