This was a great start to a parallel universe leaping adventure. The main character is a anti-hero who uses the science to skirt the law as an art thiThis was a great start to a parallel universe leaping adventure. The main character is a anti-hero who uses the science to skirt the law as an art thief. Until he is perused by a lizard faced man and his life is threatened. I feel like this story will be a well developed, but volume one is mostly back story and character set up. The writing is great for a quickly read graphic novel. The language i didn't find to be complex and the character's thoughts are clearly expressed. There was no short term plot resolution. However, it does lead seamlessly to volume 2. If you don't like cliffhangers then be sure to have the next volume ready at hand since volume 1 does drop off abruptly....more
These are my first thoughts right after finishing Darkhaven. This is a story of two siblings a brother and a sister who are heirs to the throne. TheirThese are my first thoughts right after finishing Darkhaven. This is a story of two siblings a brother and a sister who are heirs to the throne. Their ability to ascend to the throne depends on their inheritance of a family trait and their particular family trait is the bility to change or shapeshift into animals or mythical creatures: Phoenix, Hydra, unicorn and so on so forth. The two siblings however fail to do this. One sibling the brother doesn't show signs of change, able to change it all, while the sister changes into an unpure hybrid form which their father detests. He forces the sister to take control and rule the kingdom but she doesn't want to and then sometime later the King mysteriously dies and the story moves from there. The majority of the plot is in an attempt to solve the mystery of the King's murder I thought this was a great start to a series. This is definitely a series and not sure how many books it will turn out to be. While the plot and mystery of this book was solved at the end and came to a somewhat satisfying conclusion. There are still many threads left which leads me to believe there's going to be more to the story. The story has multiple perspectives and generally each chapter will show one or two of those perspectives. The author makes it very clear which character we are seeing the world through. However, I did feel that their voices were not that distinct other than some dialect difference in one of the characters many of the characters sounded the same. The writing was good lots of action. The mystery was kept up for more than half of the book. I would say up until 80% of the book was done I did not know how it was going to end. While the action was very well depicted I did feel the world building, while interesting, lacked a little bit of description. I do believe that there is much more to this world than described in the book but I had a hard time visualizing Darkhaven and its surrounding rings. I think it's almost steampunk but I'm not quite sure. Spoiler Alert! I did feel that some of the pairing of characters was a little rushed I did believe Myrren and Serenna fall for each other and that storyline was very compelling and emotional. However, the Elisse and Sorrow pairing felt forced. I think it would have been better if they just remain really good friends instead of becoming lovers...more
This was an OK read. A quick action packed space opera. This book had a lot of questions raised. I feel like this book set up the reader for the nextThis was an OK read. A quick action packed space opera. This book had a lot of questions raised. I feel like this book set up the reader for the next book. which is good to get readers to want to move on to the next book in the series. However, I did feel jipped at the end because of the lack of a resolution. I guess I'll just have to pick up book three:) ...more
Be warned for spoilers! This book picks up right after the end of the first book Wizard's First Rule. Richard and Kahlan have found a way to be togetheBe warned for spoilers! This book picks up right after the end of the first book Wizard's First Rule. Richard and Kahlan have found a way to be together and they head off to get married with the Mud People while Zedd and the rest stay at the People's Palace. However at the Palace all is not well. The boxes of Orden are open and the magic that Richard used, he did not foresee this, causes a vaile that separates the living from the underworld to tear. By the start of this book Richard knows that he is the son of Darken Rhal and this leads him to suspect that he has the gift to be a wizard. He refuses to believe, but he is pursued by people known as the Sisters of the Light to help him manage his new gift. This book keeps many of the authors excellent use of action and there's always movement. This book is told with multiple perspective because Richard, Khalan and Zed are all traveling in very different locations throughout the book. The story does come to a somewhat satisfying conclusion although I do feel that the conclusion was a bit rushed. However, I like this book extremely less than the first. While the first book was a great example of an epic fantasy with lots of unique twist and changes. This story seemed frustrating because the characters were static. Richard to me seems to be very bullheaded and whine for the majority of the story. Zedd's travels and portions of his storyline seemed to not tie in with the plot nor seems to be totally necessary. The 1 thing that I would say that bother me the most was the excessive use of rape and highly sexualized females. In the book I think this was used as a means of bringing us closer to the characters. Yet it's over use soon made me numb and then ultimately frustrated. Female characters were exploited for their sexuality either they were essentially pimped out for male pleasure or used for procreation. If a woman wanted power she would use her sexuality against men. If the governing body or whoever was in charge wanted to please men they would use female bodies ( this was used a lot to punish women). And people who were controlling wizard with their sexuality where also attempting to breed more wizard children, which was also a power play. I feel that an author such as Terry Goodkind should be able to imagine other ways for women to gain power or to be a prominent members of the community outside of these highly sexualized terms. I did see some reviews that suggested that Terry Goodkind wrote these scenes to be salacious. while that may be the case I did not feel it is evidence of good writing....more
This story was good for what it was meant to be, a middle grade or YA thriller. However, found most the characters to be very one-dimensional except fThis story was good for what it was meant to be, a middle grade or YA thriller. However, found most the characters to be very one-dimensional except for the main character Matt but even his character arc was fairly predictable. The story reads like a Dickens novel set in the not too far distant future where children are put in very horrible situations. I felt the first half of the book was very reminiscent of Pipes struggles in Great Expectations and the latter half of the book a little more Oliver Twist...more
I'm giving this book 4.5 stars. I thought it was very innovative and a great space opera and it told the story of a young woman surviving alone in spaI'm giving this book 4.5 stars. I thought it was very innovative and a great space opera and it told the story of a young woman surviving alone in space very well and very realistically. This is a sci-fi story about Tula Bane who is left alone on the space station orbiting a deserted planet. She's left alone after being left for dead by a Earth ship's captain. Tula along with her mother and younger sister are going to colonize a planet but when disaster strikes Tula finds herself having to navigate alien life and an alien planet and an alien space station on her own. The story had great pacing the chapters floated from one to the next. I finished this book very quickly I felt that it moved with every chapter. As I try to think of something critical about this book the only thing I can come up with is that the writing at times so a little stiff but I think that that has something to do with the character this is narrated by Tula and is written in first person. I think because of her situation and being alone and having to survive her language comes off as cold because thats how she is able survive. ** SPOILERS ** I also enjoyed that the main protagonist Tula Bane fell in love with an alien rather than fall in love with someone of her own species I never read it's sci-fi book where is human fell in love with someone non-human I did feel that there was a little bit of Pride and Prejudice in this space opera. The alien was like a Darcy character in that he came off a little cold and distant and the protagonist Tula had to fend for herself in a world that was against her in every way....more
2.5 stars This is the first in a series of books about a hybrid race of humans called Galdoni. This race, engineered for war, have wings, incredible st2.5 stars This is the first in a series of books about a hybrid race of humans called Galdoni. This race, engineered for war, have wings, incredible strength and are aggressive. The Galdoni are feared by humans and are kept cloistered in a roman style stadium where the Galdoni are pitted against each other in to-the-death battles. The battles are major televised events until it was abruptly stopped. During this period is the start of this book. The main character walks out of the stadium and experiences the world beyond the stadium for the first time. The story is a story of how an oppressed race who have had their humanity stripped away find that within. Galdoni is written in the first person from perspective of Kale, the escaped Galdoni. The writing is easy flowing and moves at a very quick pace. I wasn't impressed with much of the story, however, it was a quick action read that kept my interest while reading it, but to be honest I had to go back and look up character's names. ...more
3.5 stars This book really surprised me. It started off quite slow and very conventional. I thought I had every character pegged to its proper fantasy3.5 stars This book really surprised me. It started off quite slow and very conventional. I thought I had every character pegged to its proper fantasy trope. However once I felt comfortable in that the book spun everything on its head and I was gripped by each characters struggle and story. This was a great book. The pacing was pretty good. The one down side of this story telling was that there was a lot of exposition but I guess given the length of the book it might have been necessary for some readers....more
This is the story of Elizabeth, or rather Lizzy, and her journey to the afterlife. The story opens with Lizzy coming to terms with her death and restThis is the story of Elizabeth, or rather Lizzy, and her journey to the afterlife. The story opens with Lizzy coming to terms with her death and rest of the story is Lizzy understanding her new life. This new life is the peculiar plot hook that originally drew me to read this. Once you die this book gives souls new life on Elsewhere where they are fully aware of their past life on earth and continue to live life but backward from the point of their death back to the womb. In this peculiar existence Lizzy learns the lessons that eluded her on earth. Elsewhere is written in third person limited from the main character's perspective. I found that Lizzy's constant complaining along with being in third person kept me very distant from her. I also felt that some of the supposed points of character development were forced. I feel that this concept was would have been better viewed from an older character who would have possibly made more mistakes and therefore more to learn. ...more
Neil Gaiman is the master of myth and magic! This is a story with in a story. In this Frame structure we are told a story that is being told to young mNeil Gaiman is the master of myth and magic! This is a story with in a story. In this Frame structure we are told a story that is being told to young man by an older man about the angels during the time of creation. (Are you still with me?... Ok)
The story the Old man tells is this: In heaven, before the fall, angels are developing a new creation. Under the guidance of the architect each angel has his own particular task to perform. But when an angel is found murdered it is the task of one particular angel to discover the murderer and probable more important he finds the truth.
This tale has the typical Gaiman stamp on it. The would-be beautiful world is shown to have cracks and shadows that recast preconceived ideas of heaven in grotesque light.
The writing is paced well and the suspense is carried right to the end. I appreciate Gaiman's writing because I never feel talked down to. I enjoy how he tells a tale that allows the reader to discover the story along the way.
I thought it was very imaginative. The world building was done well and while I did have some trouble visualizing some aspects of the world it didn'tI thought it was very imaginative. The world building was done well and while I did have some trouble visualizing some aspects of the world it didn't detract from understanding key elements in the plot. The plot does depend however very heavily on the world building rather than character development. The pacing was good and by the time I got to the second speeding train get away scene I was hooked in t u ever story and the pace didn't ever really slow down from then. This book is aimed at middle school age readers. but if you enjoy national treasure the movies, primeval the BBC TV show or a time travel novel you may also like this book....more