One of those rare titles where it's a short story but so well written that I could feel the characters.. no plot holes... Recommended title if you areOne of those rare titles where it's a short story but so well written that I could feel the characters.. no plot holes... Recommended title if you are wanting a short read or a little dose of sci-fi.. Looking forward to other titles in the series to see if the world building continues....more
I've just finished the first 4 books in this series and I'm rather eager for the release of the 5th (last?) title later this year.
I haven't read a scI've just finished the first 4 books in this series and I'm rather eager for the release of the 5th (last?) title later this year.
I haven't read a sci-fi in ages, I've started some but they just didn't grip me. Honestly, the first chapter or two didn't grab me, if you'll pardon my phrasing, by the balls... but thank god for plunging on.
The essential gist of my reviews is are there any holes in the plot, are the characters well written and is the world realised in a way that is viewable in my mind?
Well there were a couple of very minor moments through out that had me thinking hang on second that wasn't what happened, but when they never detracted enough for me to bother going back to check, nor did it ruin the flow of the story...
Characters a freaking amazing.. Characters to love, characters to like less and a couple in there to hate... and they are all fleshed out enough when they are supporting roles to not feel I want to know more... or need more... as for the lead(s).. well I'm pretty heavily invested in at least two of them and a couple of the bigger supporting characters.
World building... 101 - set the scene.. I think a part of my trying to get into the story was that I just had no context for the first few pages/chapters. I got that it was set in the future but I didn't have a great grasp of who or why we launched into the story... SO that's the bad bit... again once I got through that it all was explained, explained and described in a reasonable detail that I was able to start picturing. I am left being incredibly intrigued by the back story, this is NOT to the detriment of the story though, just that I wouldn't mind finding out the history. We are not treated to just one planet, there is some great descriptive sections that enable the reader to create the whole galaxy this story is set in.. A great point is that we aren't drowned in descriptions and that's a fine line to tread which I think Anna Butler has walked it very well.
I heartily recommend this to people who are looking for a good rollicking story that doesn't just rely on standard plot devices. Has a heart and soul story line and best of all is quite realistic in the use of time, lives and story. This isn't a love story per se and I'm really hesitant to use the words 'space opera' (although both are able to be used to describe the story) I feel that if you are looking for a traditional space opera or love story you will be a little disappointed, but you will find this story to still grip you.
Anna if you read this, please please hurry with book 5, my heart is aching.. ...more
Great read... could have been a little more paced through out. It sort of sped through areas that could have been expanded on to create settings and cGreat read... could have been a little more paced through out. It sort of sped through areas that could have been expanded on to create settings and context (world building).
Otherwise this is a great story that has some great characters. ...more
Another brilliant book in the series. I can't recommend this series enough to lovers of fantasy. This is also a series that I reckon would go down welAnother brilliant book in the series. I can't recommend this series enough to lovers of fantasy. This is also a series that I reckon would go down well with YA readers.... AND if fantasy isn't your thang normally, I'd heartily recommend it as a trial because the usual things that get in the way of world building have been smoothed out yet keeping the flow of the new world.
I am going to be so frustrated waiting for the next (and last) in the series.
Thank you Andrew Q. Gordon (and editors) for your staggering epic and the hard work that must go into this publication.
For the record I don't know the writer or have any relationship with the publisher and associated staff. I just know that this is up in my top 5 of fantasy fiction....more