2.5 - decent story - way to long I could not lose myself in this book. When I read an epic fantasy I want to immerse myself in a pool of water created2.5 - decent story - way to long I could not lose myself in this book. When I read an epic fantasy I want to immerse myself in a pool of water created by the author through the words of world building, or soar through the clouds in the sky. It should be a freeing experience, a leaving taking of my daily life into a world of unknown depths or heights. This was more like a trek through an endless desert, in which each grain of sand was detailed. It felt as if you could read only one of every four sentences and still get the whole story. World building can be an amazing, enchanting thing, it can paint a picture in your minds eye. If the painting is done well, you don't mind lingering on new colors or shapes and the details that they express. This just became laborious. And that is a shame, for I feel I enjoyed the story, I just had to fight through endless descriptions to get to it. I'm not sure if I will carry on with this series. Sometimes the world building and descriptions are heavy handed in the first of a series and then abate and let the story itself carry on. Like laying a foundation on which to build your story house. For whatever reason I don't think this will be the case. When I read an epic fantasy I want to reach the end and grieve, grieve that I must part from the world I was enraptured with. When I reached the end of this book I rejoiced that I would no longer have to slog through the monstrous amounts of descriptive prose. Perhaps if anyone has the abridged form, or the cliff notes lol Otherwise I think this, my fair bard, is where we must both say adieu....more
I am really struggling with this book. I had been enjoying the series until now: quick reads, good pace, decent characters. This iCurrently - 75% done
I am really struggling with this book. I had been enjoying the series until now: quick reads, good pace, decent characters. This is making me wonder if I should go on. I have actually walked away from this book and picked up a different book to read instead. WHICH I NEVER DO! I feel somewhat compelled to go back and finish it as the series has become more overlapping, but I am really dreading it.
I completely dislike the H - and trust me I like a good tortured hero. (view spoiler)[Perhaps it is hypocritical to say that had he just gone out and killed those of the Lore for the torture he had endured, I probably would have been ok with it. But the fact that he in turn tortures - It's like trying to have sympathy for the abuser just because he was abused - because that makes it all ok and understandable (please note INTENSE SARCASM!). For me Declan is like Hitler, planning the "final solution" for the Lore. Finding their weaknesses to use against them. (Warning more sarcasm coming)- but we still should love him b/c he has troubles (SO DO SERIAL KILLERS!) Declan also carries shades of Dr Melange - He has his own little "lab" and directs/directly participates in horrible tortures on the Lore. (hide spoiler)] I don't mind a Bad Boy, but a line has to be drawn somewhere, and I think for me ... I draw it here. I personally can find no sympathy for his "torments" and I am disgusted that Regin can. It's not his scars that I find revolting, it's his actions. (view spoiler)[ For God's sake she was vivisected! And even if he didn't order it directly, he ordered and oversaw many, many others. Regin falls from powerful majestic Valkyrie - to abused wife whose constant refrains are "it's not his fault, and I can change him." What a dangerous statement to proliferate. (hide spoiler)] Perhaps I am reading too much into it. This is just my opinion, just how I was affected by it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more