The pace of the novel is the most important thing to note. The reader has the pleasure of milking the suspense from page 1 all the way until page 820....moreThe pace of the novel is the most important thing to note. The reader has the pleasure of milking the suspense from page 1 all the way until page 820. And the twist isn't predictable by even the most deductively gifted minds (unless you've seen the TV show). The character are respectively lovable and hatable. The main protagonist, Richard Cypher, is as human as it gets, as are his friends, Kahlan and Zed. The villain, Darken Rahl, is by far the best kind of villain there is: heartless yet oddly relatable. I won't get into the creatures (the gars, the wizards, the night wisps, the dragon) but they are all used accordingly. No fantasy creatures for the sake of the genre.
Aside from that, it is one of the most well-written books I've ever had the pleasure of picking up. Goodkind didn't deem it necessary to use SAT terms every other line yet the vernacular doesn't offend one's intelligence. There is a lot of jargon created for the World of the Seeker but he familiarizes as necessary instead of stopping the narrative to explain this or that.
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was by far the best read of the three novels, and that's saying a lot. As a stand-alone novel it was perfection....moreThe Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest was by far the best read of the three novels, and that's saying a lot. As a stand-alone novel it was perfection. As the conclusion to a trilogy it was perfection. Not to compare apples and orange but I couldn't help but rate this series against The Hunger Games. After reading Katniss's journey I felt miserable. I felt cheated by the author and her characters. Upon completion of Lisbeth's adventures I was elated. Not because the story ended happily but because the cast remained the same lovable people from beginning to end. Friendships had been forged. Enemies had been defeated. Justice had been served. Collectively, the novels invoked hope through awareness. The Hunger Games left me with a sense of helpless, like the world could only get worse after it got better. Again, I didn't set out to compare and contrast but it was, literally, my first thought after I read the last word on the last page: "This is how a trilogy ought to end!"
5 of 5 stars for the novel and the series in a whole. I loved it! And can't wait to return to it again someday. (less)
Had I not read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I could have picked this up and followed the story easily. That alone is enough to give this book 5 s...moreHad I not read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" I could have picked this up and followed the story easily. That alone is enough to give this book 5 stars. Alas, Larsson failed to captivate me like he did in the 1st novel of the series. Only a few parts left me uninterested, and they quickly passed, but only a few parts are necessary to make a good read a great book.
What bothered me the most is the ending. While it is a stand-alone novel when paired with the first, the unconclusive ending all but screamed at the reader: "You gotta buy Book 3 to see how it all turns out." I detest novels that end in that manner. It's a cheap way to boost sells on a series.
Half a star for the boring parts (which were few and far between). Another half a star for the propaganda conclusion.
4 stars in all.
s/n: I've already begun The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest so the marketing scheme produced the desired effect. lol(less)
Before I begin, note that I did not complete this book. A little less than 100 pages to its end I quit. Perhaps the conclusion would have changed my c...moreBefore I begin, note that I did not complete this book. A little less than 100 pages to its end I quit. Perhaps the conclusion would have changed my critique of this novel but I doubt it.
Having read almost everything Anne Rice has written I began The Wolf Gift with expectations. Lestat, Marius, Pandora and Akasha are among my favorite characters of all time. After finishing the first chapter of this book, I knew Reuben wasn't going to be added to those ranks. He was awkward, cowardly and, frankly, boring. After he received "the gift" I assumed he would get a backbone. Sadly, I admit I was wrong.
His character, man and wolf, failed to peak my curiosity. Reuben alone was enough to ruin the experience of this read but he had a full cast of lifeless characters to help him in this front. The negative reinforcement his family gave him, especially his mother, along with his Perry White-esque boss, bitch of a girlfriend and disloyal best friend, all added to the tragedy that was The Wolf Gift.
Furthermore, there was no noticeable plot. The setting, San Francisco (kinda) to Nideck Point, presented no real beauty or grace to the novel. Blah. Blah. Blah.
Long story short, I don't recommend this book for anyone... ever. Up until I read this piece of shit, Rice was one of my favorite authors. Now she's merely the "incidental scribe" of several of my favorite books.