I skimmed through the book and saw that the vast majority of it was spent on characters I DGAF about from previous installments.
So I just read the parI skimmed through the book and saw that the vast majority of it was spent on characters I DGAF about from previous installments.
So I just read the parts centered around characters introduced in the legitimately good volume of the series - #0 The Assassin’s Blade - namely Arobynn and Lysandra. I seem to remember thinking of Lysandra as a Johanna Mason type there to help call out Cel on her smug BS. And Arobynn of course is the man who made Cel and then broke her. Their bits are worth reading through, though “Aelin” remains vaguely annoying yet more boring than her previous identity as Cel, and from what I caught the rest are as tedious as ever.
I dunno how much of the next book I’ll read. The more it seems to revolve around Book 0 characters the better. I can’t recall at the moment who else that would be, but I do remember liking a swath of them. ...more
Well I didn’t read Good Girl because just from the summary I guessed an ending, and lo and behold, when I flipped to the end, I was correct. And the wWell I didn’t read Good Girl because just from the summary I guessed an ending, and lo and behold, when I flipped to the end, I was correct. And the writing seemed meh from what I glimpsed; this book sustains my thought at the time. I’ll say that I did not quite predict the ending here just from the plot synopsis, so that’s something. Though funnily enough the first pop culture precedent I thought of before starting to read offers up about half of Kubica’s ending. Chris’s POV seems somewhat superfluous, except that Willow narrates events that occur before and after the book’s “present time” narrative. So while Chris doesn’t add anything plot-wise, he offers a perspective outside of Heidi’s mind. Alas, the present narrative boils down to very little excitement really - I would disagree with “an unrelenting web of lies” or “a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated” being applicable. Willow’s story sparks more interest, but it basically boils down to a standard VC Andrews plot. At least this book can’t be called “in the vein of Gone Girl” which has been a tad overused of late....more
I liked it better than Snow Crash. A lot of the parts narrated by menfolk seem unnecessary. The climax and resolution are...weird and unsatisfying, witI liked it better than Snow Crash. A lot of the parts narrated by menfolk seem unnecessary. The climax and resolution are...weird and unsatisfying, with Nell’s journey becoming especially messy. What happens with Miranda seems to be a convenient plot device to brush her offstage and bring about the ending. Good world-building. Thought-provoking if long-winded. ...more
I didn’t care much for the characters except maybe Nila and that first Predii who disappears from the book early-ish on. The hunt itself for the latteI didn’t care much for the characters except maybe Nila and that first Predii who disappears from the book early-ish on. The hunt itself for the latter is...slow. And when Taniel’s storyline shifts to a hunt for others, the book doesn’t get any better. Adamat’s investigation to figure out the identity of the traitor feels plucked from an average detective novel, for the most part. I suppose Tamas’s attempt to run the country is the best part, but I dunno if that’s really what I’m looking for from my fantasy novels. And Nila’s sections are too rare and short for them to make that strong of an impression upon the whole work.
The magic’s sorta cool, I suppose, though I couldn’t help but think of it as a watered-down version of Sanderson’s from Mistborn. But with more weird druggie overtones. Also doesn’t help that the book is quite putdownable, as I put it down pretty often before getting back to it. For a stint, I alternated between it and another book during a particularly tedious run of pages. Sanderson still remains winner and champion of best epic fantasy author, by a mile....more
Well she’s become a much better writer since His Majesty’s Dragon. I’d read a sequel to this. I don’t exactly love any of the characters, but I dunno iWell she’s become a much better writer since His Majesty’s Dragon. I’d read a sequel to this. I don’t exactly love any of the characters, but I dunno if I’m really supposed to. The ones with a bunch of pagetime are complicated and imperfect, and can frustrate as easily as they can please. The official plot description summarizing only most of the first chapter makes the book very unexpected in its workings. I pretty much expected a Beauty and the Beast, which is there a bit, but it goes way beyond the limited claustrophobia that have crippled recent buzzy BatB retellings. While I’m not totally on board with the romance, it isn’t the overriding plot, which is more about the training up of a witch who then is one of the leaders in a war against a great supernatural evil. Many twists and impactful events abound along the way. It’s what I expect when a book claims to be a Fantasy. Not the nonsense that comprises the vast majority of, say, “paranormal romance.” The writing isn’t brilliant, but it does a good job of capturing deep emotions which make perfect sense with the situations that evoke them. Most of all the depressing, tragic ones. Which are kinda needed for both plot purposes and to show the very real stakes involved in the situation...many lesser books fail at this. So basically, this is one of the times that I’m glad that I obsessively check out the books that are hottest on Goodreads (esp ones that are fantasy or dystopian), as I dunno if I would have read it otherwise. Why only 3 stars then? Well, I enjoyed it definitely, but not consistently, and I was rarely if ever blown away. Especially in the earlier part of the book, I could definitely feel the length. And I don’t particularly have a desire to reread it in the future. ...more
The book felt like Lisbeth as told by Dan Brown. Less entertaining, though enough that I did finish. I don’t know if the book’s existence is necessary;The book felt like Lisbeth as told by Dan Brown. Less entertaining, though enough that I did finish. I don’t know if the book’s existence is necessary; aside from learning some extra details about the past, little matters. Especially the repetitive ‘oh no Millennium is in trouble and needs a big scoop to get that revenue stream’ story. The writer’s grasp of the returning characters isn’t poor, but it isn’t great either. I can see why the relationship between the main characters is a kind of absent center. Some of the new characters are enjoyable enough to be around, though the present-day villainy is not credible....more