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Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan
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Jul 23, 14

bookshelves: 2012_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2012
Read from December 23, 2011 to January 07, 2012

I will have a review soon but for now i will make a few observations:

- this book in many ways came a year too late for me as I moved away from its subgenre recently, though I still enjoyed it to a great degree but I thought it weaker than both Wintertide and Emerald storm; those two books and especially Wintertide are the peak of the series for me

- there a quite a few issues I had also - things are tied way too well in the end giving an impression of "all this is a game" than a real book as reality is messier; there were moments I felt that the few main characters were the only 'real people" and the rest were just puppets that the authors moves for their benefit

- the 1000 year timeline which here becomes essential is a bit ridiculous as a 1000 year is a loooong time (think society ~ 1100 vs today or even 100 vs 1100); maybe in prehistory when things moved slowly, yes but in historical time 1000 years are a lot; in earlier volumes this was more of a prop, but here it really seemed very simplistic

- the plot also here goes the most toward the traditional "ancient evil awakened, bla, bla" will destroy life and all as we know it, bla, bla, unless the heroes valiantly go and put a stop to it... - there are a few wrinkles, but that is the essence and as i mentioned I just moved away from that and I'd rather have the intrigue and adventure of the previous two volumes

All in all a good finale giving a neat package and a series that rewrites the classical 80's fantasy for the modern sensibilities of the 00's with both the virtues and the faults of such
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message 1: by Michael (new) - added it

Michael Wow, I'm very surprised as I really thought this would be "right up your alley." This book was always "where I was going to and it had been the setup that all else that came before so yes things do tie up very "neatly".

I've always said that all I want is an honest review, and I've respected your opinions over the years. I always said it would be the review of the last book that would "give the verdict" on the series and if people didn't like this one...with all the "vision revealed" I'd respect that and listen to it more than reviews of the earlier works. I'll brace myself for the official review and as always only ask for an honset assesement.

Liviu I liked the book to a large extent but I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. But I think that is more of me and the genre (traditional fantasy) going a bit separate ways than anything else.

Within its conventions I think you did a great job, but for the past half year i have been finding said conventions very limiting in many ways and ultimately my opinion boils down to that - excellent traditional fantasy, but i simply do not enjoy such that much anymore.

message 3: by Michael (new) - added it

Michael Thanks need to clarify or justify your opinions I understand completely. You have always been so supportive of me and my writing if the last book didn't work for you - so be it. My guess is that it wasn't an excrutiating experience and there were some things that you did enjoy. Overall I think you've had a few hours of fun from the series as a whole and as my goal has always been to entertain I feel like I have achieved that on some level.

Liviu Thank you for your kind words.

Liviu Thank you for your kind words.

Christomir Rackov Interesting - this review rates the book at 5 stars, and yet the review itself sounds more like it deserved 3 stars, or something. :S What gives?

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