P.C. Hodgell is gradually peeling the onion in her long running story of Jame Priest-Bane. The question for long time fans is whether to stick with thP.C. Hodgell is gradually peeling the onion in her long running story of Jame Priest-Bane. The question for long time fans is whether to stick with the series or abandon it to read something else. Hodgell, who had to almost self publish some of the early books in this series, when there were no ebooks, has now happily hooked up with Baen Books, which has actively supported this memorable series. Hodgell has created a memorable world, but annoys and enchants in each of her latest Baen Books. She enchants because Jame is a wonderful character, smart, caring, a fighter, a thief, a hero, but Hodgell annoys because her overall series plot barely advances, the reader and Jame know all kinds of information that almost every other character has no knowledge and Hodgell frequently revisits situations that she has covered. Also, Jame, who grew up in evilness, but survived because of her adherence to honor and rightness, and has now metamorphosised into one of the prophesied three heroes that can save her people, but the other two heroes, her brother and cousin, either do not know their role, or just have not embraced it. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of this series, despite its flaws, this volume will be satisfying.
Jame has now graduated from military school at Tentir and has been appointed Lordan or heir by her brother, the Highlord. She has been sent south to join the Southern host, at the city of Kothifir, home of the obscenely obese, God-King, Krothen. Here the old gods and the new gods, are like those in Tastigon, the city in which Jame cut her eyeteeth. The New Pantheon, the Lady Protectorate, the Lord Merchandy, the Lord Artifice and Krothen all gain their power from Jame's God's temple, which emits power on a large enough scale to empower immortality on the new pantheon. But every once in a while the Temple turns off its power and the new pantheon are powerless.
Again Jame, who seems to know more about the the underpinnings of the world than any other character in the series, must navigate the past and the present to save the native inhabitants from the ills caused by her God. She dons the garb of the Talisman, her alter ego in God Stalk, as she tries to learn about the new gods and she must travel back in time to when her brother Torisen was captured and tortured and to the days again when her people arrived on the planet three thousand years ago.
Jame, who always has to prove her worth to her people, will end up traveling back and forth through time in the Sea of Time, fighting a giant lizard, venture into Perminal Darkling yet again and face off once again against her evil Uncle.
Meanwhile, Torisen will confront the King of the Deep Weald and again face his darkest fear.
This is a very good segment of the overall story, but once could wish for a little more Torisen and Kindrie growing up into their roles....more
This sequel to the truly great Off Armegeddon Reef is a pretty good book, but it suffers in comparison to the first book because it is a little too taThis sequel to the truly great Off Armegeddon Reef is a pretty good book, but it suffers in comparison to the first book because it is a little too talkative, much slower paced and because David Weber spends a lot of the time on diplomatic scenes and negotiations, imperial matters and church related activities, spycraft and setting up the plot lines of the various main characters. I understand that he needs to set up these various scenes to set the stage for the epic battles ahead, but I think he could have advanced the plot a little better. There could also have been more scenese with the delightful character of Merlin and more science as Merlin helps the Charisians expand there knowledge. There are also a lot of characters to keep track of. I reread the book again as part of reading the third book and I think my prior review was on the mark. Merlin's scientific advancements are present but not as much, but we do have why the Charis Church is more apt to accept Merlin and its a good way for the people to find out what he is.
Still a good book and I liked it a lot, but not as amazing or as good a the first book.
Its A good fantasy novel as Inda travels back to his homeland to take up his responsibilities as the new WarJust released in paperback so I reread it.
Its A good fantasy novel as Inda travels back to his homeland to take up his responsibilities as the new War Commander to the King. Can Inda, who is a great naval tactician and fighter aid his people to defeat the Venn. The story is told through various stories of all of Inda childhood friends who have grown up to be the leaders of their various homes. We lose Jeje early on and Fox on the water, but gain all of the other characters. I think the story bogs down a little with court intrigue, with the King's jealously of anyone who comes near Inda, with all of the romance and with the war taking up most of the book. Frankly its not as good as the last book but still worth reading.
I know see that there is at least one other book,...more
An ex officer in a ship which circumnavigated the galaxy comes home to find her father and winds up with an old tramp space ship and a treasure map. HAn ex officer in a ship which circumnavigated the galaxy comes home to find her father and winds up with an old tramp space ship and a treasure map. Her followup adventures include dealing with assayers who try to cheat her, space claim jumpers and a first contact with some very unfriendly aliens. A nice little uncomplicated science fiction novel....more
Although this western has some typical stock characters -- the drunk newsman, the bush easterner, the setting of railroad vs settlers is an interestinAlthough this western has some typical stock characters -- the drunk newsman, the bush easterner, the setting of railroad vs settlers is an interesting one, and the main character of Yancy, an ex gunfighter trying to help out the settlers is presented well.
Definitely a harsh portrayal.
I read nearly all of the L'amour books and a bunch of other westerns 15 years or more ago, and on re reading them I still see merits in some of these books.
A nice little sf book. The Commanders, Pilots and Webmasters of spaceships swear a variety of Oaths with their main allegiance to the Guild and the GuA nice little sf book. The Commanders, Pilots and Webmasters of spaceships swear a variety of Oaths with their main allegiance to the Guild and the Guild swears and oath to the Emperor and the Emperor swears an Oath to the Guild. There are 2 Emperors. One ship picks up as an officer of their ship a user of the Web who is an Oathbreaker, who had his memory and identity mind wiped but is starting to remember his past and is immeasurably skilled. The story involves the fulcrum between the oaths and the man and why he was mindwiped....more
An independent novel set in the valdemar world in which a young thief with a harsh upbringing seeks revenge against the killer of his adopted family,An independent novel set in the valdemar world in which a young thief with a harsh upbringing seeks revenge against the killer of his adopted family, and joins the heralds as a trainee. Skif is a bit of a scamp but an altogether fun character and the book is pretty good as well, especially as it shows tha tthe Herald are not all lily white....more
Great fantasy adventure novel as Nightfall, a noted criminal, master of many disguises, thief, warrior and cunning knife fighter is trapped by a KingGreat fantasy adventure novel as Nightfall, a noted criminal, master of many disguises, thief, warrior and cunning knife fighter is trapped by a King and his pet sorcerer and forced to swear an oath bond to take care of Prince Edward, the King's youngest son, and get him landed within a short time. Under the Oath Bond, Nightfall is forced to swear that he will not harm the Prince, protect him at all costs and cannot use his name of Nightfall at all. Any attempt to get out of the oath bond causes intense pain.
The Prince, a rash immature noble, is sent out with his new servant Sudian a/k/a Nightfall. At first Sudian tries to gain land by gambling using all of his cunning and his magical ability -- Sudian is able to shift his weight making himself light or heavy at will. Later Sudian attempts to get Edward to marry a noble lady and then enter a tourney. Meanwhile, Sudian and the Prince are hunted by a sorcerer, who knows that Sudian has a talent and wants to acquire it by foul means, and also by the King's own sorcerer who has his own nasty plans for Sudian and the prince.
The tale of the experienced older man who steps into help the younger noble hero is a time honored technique in writing. Reichert novel, with the interesting magical abilities, and cunning Nightfall driving the plot, is able to make this old story ring with new passion and energy.
Just finished reading this classic adventure story to my twin 7 year olds.
When I was a boy, the original unabridged version of this story caught my eJust finished reading this classic adventure story to my twin 7 year olds.
When I was a boy, the original unabridged version of this story caught my eye and I read it along with Kidnapped, Ivanhoe and various classic adventure novels. Iremembered it fondly but the individual details had faded with time.
It was a perfect choice to read to the kids. They liked the pirates and Jim Hawkins role in the adventure from his thrilling fight with Israel Hands to has role in freeing the ship and obtaining the treasure This version, with its illustrations is very good for kids because they can follow along with the story.
And its a great story with a pirate map, treasure, mutiny, pirates, gun battles and the like.
My kids have been exposed to the internet in some small ways, and movies and television, but this classic adventure novel still left them thrilled and we polished it off in a few short days.
There are plenty of books out there for kids to read but sometimes the old classics have not lost their touch....more
Between books this week and wanted some good entertainment so zoomed through this book and its next two sequels. Definitely the high water mark of thiBetween books this week and wanted some good entertainment so zoomed through this book and its next two sequels. Definitely the high water mark of this series were the first 4 books. There is something very likeable about the character and what he accomplishes using his wits and guile against others who have magic...more
A magical series, one of the best fantasy series that I have read. This third volume is a great read. I have re-read these three books many times andA magical series, one of the best fantasy series that I have read. This third volume is a great read. I have re-read these three books many times and I think they hold up remarkably well. This concluding volume is especially good end because it answers all of the riddles.
In today's world of large three volume fantasy novels full of hundreds of characters, many subplots and various points of view, its refreshing to readIn today's world of large three volume fantasy novels full of hundreds of characters, many subplots and various points of view, its refreshing to read a 350 page paperback fantasy novel, which has no pretensions of grandeur, just a good story and interesting characters.
Daneer is from the tribe of Nyad Zzed, a conquered tribe of the Destre-Y, but has joined the army of Krantin and is employed as a scout for Captain Yaster, when he is called by magic to visit his Great Aunt. She is dying and unveils a prophecy that he will witness Andaru, when the King of the Destre-Y will be the King of Krantin, but she tells him that there will be a terrible blood price to pay and a war will be fought.
Daneer returns to the fort just as his troop is sent on the move. He learns at a meeting of leaders of the Krantin army, that the country of Maukland is led by an evil Wizard who seeks to conquer Krantin. The Maukland soldiers are given a foul drink that turns them into fearless killers who feel no pain and fight with no voice.
Daneer is asked by the Krantin military leaders to undertake a secret meeting to meet with an unconquered leader of the Destre-Y in Siank. Later the two forces pledge to fight together against the conquerors.
Daneer meets Lira, a Sorka (or mage) who works for the Web of Mages, who protect the Krantin army and Gordyan, a warrior of the Destre-Y, who pledges to be his sword brother.
The Krantin army travels to Siki, a Destre-Y stronghold to protect it against the evil Maukland soldiers. During the journey, Daneer comes to have feelings for Lira.
The action intensifies in Siki as the joined forces face both Maukland warriors, magic and traitors from within.
Later there is a battle with warriors of Maukland, the magical traitors and the evil wizard.
This is a light fantasy novel but it still holds up 20 plus years after I first read it....more
Just finished re-reading this novel and it still holds up very well as a top notch fantasy. McKillip's sequel to the Riddle Master of Hed is from theJust finished re-reading this novel and it still holds up very well as a top notch fantasy. McKillip's sequel to the Riddle Master of Hed is from the viewpoint of Raederle and yet we still get the flavor of the story as you look on Morgan and Deth from another view point.
Still ranks in my mind as one of the best fantasy trilogies of all time...more
I reread this book again to see how it holds up and it definitely is still one of the best fantasy novels (and part of one of the best fantasy trilogiI reread this book again to see how it holds up and it definitely is still one of the best fantasy novels (and part of one of the best fantasy trilogies out there. McKillip sets the stage for the trilogy with a spare style refreshing in this age of overblown epic fantasies. There is just the mystery of who is the Star bearer, why does he have enemies, what is his mission.
Morgan the hero is a the lord of Hed, a small island in the Land known for its peace. He is also the solver of riddles and curious about everything. He was born with three stars on his forehead, and on his journey in the land to ask the High One what the stars mean, he encounters many of the other Lords of the realm who all have knowledge of the mystery of the stars and finds that people are out to kill him for unknown reasons.