After reading some fantasy series where the protagonists are thieves or characters other than farmboys or nobility and quite enjoying them, I turned nAfter reading some fantasy series where the protagonists are thieves or characters other than farmboys or nobility and quite enjoying them, I turned next to Among Thieves. This time the main character Drothe is a Nose, which is some kind of an informant for crimelords in a community of thieves called the Kin.
The story starts with a missing artifact, with mysterious clues that include an enigmatic name, a cryptic script that may or may not be a code, and a puzzling rare pilgrim token. As Drothe investigates these clues, even stranger things happen, with a mystifying book, perplexing attempted murders, shadowy Grey Princes, an odd falsified letter, magical items. In between you also get fencing scenes where Drothe has to face life or death situations.
You notice that I use a lot of synonyms for "mysterious". Well, the whole thing is quite baffling. Drothe can't make heads or tails of it, and neither can I. Now I like to be kept guessing when reading a novel, but I don't like to be completely in the dark. So the story that started as interesting unfortunately became annoying and then frustrating for me. It doesn't help either that Drothe isn't easy character to relate to. Sure he's honorable and clever and his loyalty to the Kin is admirable, but I fail to see how the existence of a bunch of criminals is something worth fighting for.
A well-written story, but not my cup of tea. However, if you like mysteries, lots of action scenes, and the world of criminals, you'll get your fill in this novel....more
I started reading this series almost twenty years ago. I fell in love with the characters. I was engrossed in the story. I marveled at the world thatI started reading this series almost twenty years ago. I fell in love with the characters. I was engrossed in the story. I marveled at the world that Robert Jordan built in the first few books. I slogged through the middle books like any loyal fan. I cheered when things started to pick up again. I was sad when Jordan passed away and was excited when to know that Brandon Sanderson was to continue the series. Book 12 and 13 were great so I had high expectations for this last book of the series.
I never thought I would struggle with it, but the first half was hard to get through. There were so many potentially great scenes that fell flat (for example, when Rand tries to rally the nations for the Last Battle).
Luckily the second part of the book made up for the slow first part. The battle between Rand and the Dark One was great. The Last Battle with Mat at the helm also had many entertaining scenes.
I was hoping the book would use the momentum and end on a great note, but unfortunately the denouement scenes were a disappointment and almost ruined the book for me. They felt rushed and tacked-on, not at all the bittersweet goodbyes to beloved characters that I was expecting.
Overall, it's still a good and enjoyable book. A fitting ending to a great series....more
I usually don't like quest-type story, and this novel certainly qualifies as one. It tells about the journey of a group of dragons with their human keI usually don't like quest-type story, and this novel certainly qualifies as one. It tells about the journey of a group of dragons with their human keepers in search of the forgotten city of Kelsingra. However, Robin Hobb is truly a master of characterization that I care deeply about the characters, as well as about the conflicts that form among them. A great read....more
I love that Brandon Sanderson gives his main characters some real challenges this time! And this leads to interesting internal and moral struggles witI love that Brandon Sanderson gives his main characters some real challenges this time! And this leads to interesting internal and moral struggles within the characters. Love it!...more