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Mists of Everness (The War of the Dreaming #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  327 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The Chronicles of Everness continue.

Young Galen Waylock is the last watchman of the Dream Gate, beyond which the ancient evils wait, hungry for the human world. For a thousand years, Galen's family has stood guard, scorned by a world that dismissed the danger as myth. Even Galen's father deserted their post. Discarding his belief in the other world, he left Castle Everness
Paperback, 422 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2005)
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Laura Walton Allen
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hmmm. Four stars? This is a tough one.

On one hand, this two-part series is typical John Wright at his best. It reads like a rich, literate collage of myth and symbol; it has great pacing and interesting characters, as well as astonishingly complex and viable world-building. It opens well, moves along nicely, and wraps up convincingly. All in all, what's not to like?

On the other hand, this two-part series is also John Wright at his worst. In the second book in particular, he devolves at crucial
Marina Fontaine
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a difficult book to read, definitely not the kind to skim through while watching the game or the latest reality show. No siree, this one requires all of your brainpower and then some. And that's just to keep with the plot twists, not to mention allegories and not-so-subtle political messages flying at you faster than jokes in Family Guy. As I mentioned in my review for the first book in the series, this is an incredible jumble of world mythology, real world and original worldbuilding tha ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Took a point off for being preachy,
added it back for the epic conclusion.
Too rarely do I read about taking dragons down with fighter jets.
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Well, that's my 2012 Reading Challenge completed, so, yay!

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first half of the story. This one kind of rambled on, and the confusing treatment and characterizations of the female characters, even allowing for their supernatural bent, were weird, to say the least.

The plot twisted and turned, new characters were dropped in suddenly while other characters were relegated to almost cameo-status, and the omnipresent mythology became even harder for me to keep track
Kyra Dune
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
The first thing I should say about this book is that I couldn't finish it, which is a rare thing for me. I waded more than halfway through and then just gave up. The premise of this book, an epic battle between good and evil, appealed to me. And I liked the idea that all world myths are true. But the execution was way off. The characters are completely drowned out by the deluge of mythical beings that the reader is constantly bombarded with. Non stop action is not something I would normally comp ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
This author is certainly one of the worst, if not the very worst, authors I have ever read. His libertarian or "Tea Party" political philosophy is mixed in with the fantasy, science fiction and absolute chaos of the story. His use of metaphor and simile is grossly excessive, and it appears that he has attempted to use every adjective and adverb available in the English language. He appears to have used every single god and goddess of Greek and Roman mythology, along with characters from European ...more
Douglas Summers-Stay
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The sequel to the other Everness book. Like all books where magic is more of an atmosphere than a system, it all ends up in a glorious mess, where nothing in the plot makes much sense. On the other hand, it was a really fun ride. There's an odd mix of politics with the fantasy in the end, which makes it different from anything I've ever read. And the inclusion of The Shadow (you know, from the old radio serial) as the personification of justice was inspired.
The scarcity of female characters (bas
Jul 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I knew going in that Wright and I had some political differences, and I figured it might come to a head, which it did here. It was far from a deal-breaker--there's a bit of libertarian sermonizing, but Wright works to put varying views in the mouths of sympathetic characters, so it's not a big problem. For me, the bigger issue with this book was simply that the demands of bringing the plot somewhere kind of restricted the out-and-out derangement of the first book, and I missed that lunatic edge. ...more
Wow! An awesome read for anyone who is fascinated by any and all lore, spiritual, religious, historical, or fantastical. In this conclusion, all are merged in a masterful weaving of tales. If you haven't the weaving mind, a mind to catch the nuances and double names of figures in history and lore, do not pick up these books. But if you do, be prepared to never view the world, or your dreams, the same way ever again.
Brian Richardson
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bought this together with book one, on the strength of my love for Wright's Golden Age series and Chaos series. Unfortunately, neither book in the Everness series really worked for me. Perhaps because, in these older books, Wright's ability to temper his mythology name-dropping with truly interesting characters has not yet matured.
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John C. Wright (John Charles Justin Wright, born 1961) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy novels. A Nebula award finalist (for the fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos), he was called "this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" by Publishers Weekly (after publication of his debut novel, The Golden Age).
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