An utterly perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy. I had high hopes for this book and Jacqueline Carey lived up to every one. I'm glad she's ending the...moreAn utterly perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy. I had high hopes for this book and Jacqueline Carey lived up to every one. I'm glad she's ending the world of Terra D'Ange on such a perfect note.
I was utterly delighted to have the world of Terra Nova explored. As a Incan archaeology minor at university (I know, so specific =)) I was delighted by the portrayal of the Maidens of the Sun and the Sapa Inca. I was crossing my fingers that she'd describe the unique form of planting that takes place on the peruvian slopes, but alas, though she alluded to it in her description of planting she never came out and stated in explicitly. But that hardly took away from my enjoyal of the book!
And unlike the final book of Phedre's trilogy, this book gave me no nightmares (yay!) And I actually gasped after the final line of the book. It was just so wonderful, I could see all the possible futures spooling out from that last line.
Oh I love this series! The 1st book was left open ended but with a great conclusion so it didn't even occur to...moreOMG, A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!! *runs off to buy*
Oh I love this series! The 1st book was left open ended but with a great conclusion so it didn't even occur to me that they would be writing another book. This one only spans a couple month, whereas the first spanned many years, which isn't a bad thing. The narrative shifted between three different characters (none of them Isolfr) so the shortened time period was necessary to cover all that went on in three different locations. This book greatly expands the universe and I find myself looking forward to Bear and Monette's next collaboration on this story.
8 Vanyels I was less intrigued by the narrators in this book but they were still very interesting characters to experience the world through. 9 Moonwinds A great continuation to the first book, I love where they're taking the story. 9 Stendels Definitely rereading this again in a couple days .80 LHM It's pacing and impact reminded me of Magic's Promise, not as good as Pawn or Price but a needed addition to the story.(less)
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. In the week since I was recced this I've read it 3 times, and I'm starting on a 4th reading today...moreTo say I loved this book would be an understatement. In the week since I was recced this I've read it 3 times, and I'm starting on a 4th reading today. I love this world, the characters, and especially how Isolfr grows over the course of the book and comes to realise the inherent mysogny in his world and then (and this is the best part) he does his best to fix it for his daughter. I just don't have enough words to gush over this book. Though this is my favourite line of the whole book and I keep coming back to this scene for the wonderfulness of it: "[Attempted rapist] is wrong. A mating is not a wedding, and permission once is not permission twice."
10 Vanyels Isolfr is spectacular and all the rest of the characters are wonderfully fully formed 10 Moonwinds Maybe it's the wonderfully foreign and hard to remember names but after 3 rereadings I'm still find new aspects to this story. And the first read through was perfect. 10 Stendels Oh yeah, I'm gonna be rereading this on a regular basis. Probably at the same rate as the LHM. I just wish I had found this book when I was younger. .95 LHM If I had found this when I was younger this would definitely be >=1 but it was pretty damn close for all that I should be too old for a book to pick me up by the scruff of my neck and shake me to pieces. 0 Leareths Definitely 0 Leareths. This isn't a repeat of the Banewreaker The Sundering 1.
History: Aug 14 2011, At least 5 times in 2011, Jan 15 2012(less)
I don't think there's been a book with only one sex scene since.... Pre-Narcissus in Chains, I guess.
Anywa...moreI can't believe there was only 1 sex scene!!
I don't think there's been a book with only one sex scene since.... Pre-Narcissus in Chains, I guess.
Anyways, the lack of sex meant there was more time spent whining by Anita, and since she was hanging out with the Marshall's the whining mostly focused on how all human men hate her because she fucks monsters and is better at their job then they are.
I'd definitely say this book was a PALE imitation of Obsiddian Butterfly which actually took the time to try to solve the crime Anita had to fly crosscountry to investigate.
There's only about 40 pages of interesting plot towards the end of the book, and then it ends with an utter lack of luster.
And as a note: It took my less then 6 hours to read this book, and that was with one break to make lunch and watch a couple of TV shows. If these books got any shorter they'd be pamphlets :P
Personal Rating System 1 Vanyels 2 Moonwinds (the new tiger is mildly interesting) 1 Stendel .01 LHMs(less)
**spoiler alert** As brilliant as the first book in the trilogy. Jacqueline Carey has a very consistent pattern within her trilogy's and I expected Ba...more**spoiler alert** As brilliant as the first book in the trilogy. Jacqueline Carey has a very consistent pattern within her trilogy's and I expected Bao and Moirin to be separated for the majority of the book.
I stopped drawing parallels between these books and the Kushiel ones about halfway through Naamah's Kiss, but twice in this book Carey purposefully referenced what Phedre would do in a situation. Which caused me to stop reading and giggle for a couple minutes because Phedre was a crazy Mofo! And it's great to be reevaluating her character through the eyes of someone who is equally awesome but infinitely less self-sacrificing =) Phedre and Joscelin were crazy. Though it was hard to see it through the ridiculously romantic view of the Kushiel novels. It's brilliant that the more magical and mystical the world becomes, the characters themselves become more down to earth and relatable.
And wow I am rambly... Anyways, as parallels btwn the two series go I am ridiculously excited to see what happens in Book 3, because we can all see the showdown coming (which I think will be comparable to Name of God moment in Kushiel's Avatar) but what's going to be Moirin's Daršanga?
And spoilery bit. Moirin's imprisonment with the crazy Yeshua was very difficult to read. It just seeemed to drone and on and you could feel her growing despair. It felt to me like the camping scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which just drags on and on, but beautifully conveys the emotions of feelings of the long months passing.
....Yeah, that's all i have to say for now =) Will reread and this review will probably become a bit more coherent.(less)
I loved Moirin. More than I loved Phedre and Joscelin, amazingly enough. I thou...more**spoiler alert** 10 Vanyels 10 Moonwinds 10 Stendels 1.10 LHMs 0 Leareths
I loved Moirin. More than I loved Phedre and Joscelin, amazingly enough. I thought that I'd be reading these books for hints of what happened to the characters of the previous books, but I quickly forgot about them.
I think I love and identify with Moirin, more so than I did with Phedre, because she's an outsider and different. Phedre and Imriel were both different but they were also fully part of the glittering throng of D'Angelines and overly perfect.
Also, I love how Carey has managed to weave the magic into this series. I was actually rather suprised by the addition of magic in Imriel's book, though it occurred as part of a natural progression. I didn't know if I'd really like having it in this book, but it's done absolutely perfectly.
One of my Favorite Scenes:
I spent as much time as I could with my father.
He liked to walk the City and I liked to walk it with him. I loved seeing that mantle of grace that spread in his wake. He went to the richest and the poorest quarters. It made no difference to him. From time to time, bold strangers, men and women alike, would approach him, fingering the folds of his robes.
"Will you invoke Naamah's blessing for me, Brother?" they would ask.
When he was with me, he always shook his head. "Today, I can give you only my own good wishes."
"What's the difference?" I asked him the first time it happened.
My father smiled at me sidelong.
I understood. "Oh."
I thought a lot about that—the act of love as a benediction, a physical manifestation of divine grace.
It was a lovely notion.
It was a very D'Angeline notion.
And it was something I yearned for. I understood it in the marrow of my bones. It was the source of the infinite brilliance behind the bright lady's smile. And there was passion and compassion and glory and wonder in it. And there was nothing in it that brought sorrow to the magnificent gaze of the Maghuin Dhonn Herself.
A young adult novel, and beautiful done. I love rereading it and even though it only takes an hour...more10 Vanyels 8 Moonwinds 10 Stendels .50 LHMs 0 Leareths
A young adult novel, and beautiful done. I love rereading it and even though it only takes an hour to do so, I really enjoy myself for that hour. The characters are appealing and easy to identify with, and the first person narrative is engaging without being overly cloying (like a lot of ya books have become)(less)
I'm one of those folks who loved these books growing up (I discovered them at the age of 9) and a decade and change later I still respond to them in a...moreI'm one of those folks who loved these books growing up (I discovered them at the age of 9) and a decade and change later I still respond to them in a similar fashion as to when I first read them BUT I am now able to laugh at the ridiculousness of them even while I cry in sympathy with Vanyel and Stendel (the name I use to refer to the Stefen/Tylendel entity).
I love these books to the point where my best friend and I regularly debate completely obscure pointless things (like whether or not Stefen looks like the demented angel from the temple of truth Van compared himself to in Magic's Pawn or whether Van and Stendel played puppet masters for the years they were stuck in the Forest or were they too busy making up with all the cross-pollinating and didn't have time to mess with mortals until Talia came around) and my books are held together by cellotape and look like hedgehogs for all the post-it notes sticking out of them.
I've only read all the other Valdemar books in the hope that Van and Stendel would appear, and the only ones I reread on a regular basis are the ones they appear in (like Winds and Arrows 2)(less)
Stunningly amazing. I never thought we'd see true magic in the Kushiel books, only gods and religion, but the magic was integrated amazingly well. Eas...moreStunningly amazing. I never thought we'd see true magic in the Kushiel books, only gods and religion, but the magic was integrated amazingly well. Easily my favorite of the three Imriel books.(less)
10 Vanyels (I love every single character in this book) 9 Moonwinds (beautiful story, convoluted plot that leads you to all the right places) 11 Stendel...more10 Vanyels (I love every single character in this book) 9 Moonwinds (beautiful story, convoluted plot that leads you to all the right places) 11 Stendels (this gets reread more than the LHM) .99 LHMs (Beautiful book, very impactful, but it's Kushiel's Avatar that frells my mind) (less)