Friday, October 30, 2015
In this heartfelt novel, Hoffman expresses the pain of secrets, the harm of prejudice, and the importance of friendship. While the plot lines are all woven together nicely, I was dissatisfied with neatly the plot with her family came together in the end. All-in-all it's a good read that children will enjoy this novel.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
As King Shrewd grows sicker and the Red Ships attacks become worse, King-in-Waiting Verity decides it's time to seek help elsewhere. And while Verity is away, Queen-in-Waiting Kettricken's authority is undermined by Prince Regal, who's determined to become the heir of the kingdom. While Fitz is his obvious opposition and becomes a prisoner, Regal discovers more and unexpected opposition in the court. If Fitz can somehow find a way to escape the prison cell, he can hope to dethrone Regal, if not, he and the revolution will surely die.
As always, Hobb amazed me with her skill. Fitz's conflicting loyalties and his complex relationships with multiple characters make it believable. The way details come together in multiple plot lines impressed me, as always. I look forward to completing this series soon..
Books in the Series
The Last Herald's Mage
Friday, October 9, 2015
The first novel started somewhat light, but the series has gotten increasing dark with each book, including torture, battles, and war. While I like the way she's done it, it's something for readers to be aware of before starting the series.
While this is a fantasy romance, Elysetta's perfection is over the top. Elysetta's optimism influences her to the point of stupidity. A lot of circumstances throughout the book seem contrived. Elysetta's actual decisions, no matter how poor, never land her in any real trouble, while random events brought about by her unknowingly wielding her power result in bad results. Rain's possessiveness and that of her advisers is a huge turn off for me, as well.
Despite its flaws, there are also some great features in this book. The relationships between Elysetta, Rain, their entourage, and all of the characters in general are believable. The magic system is well-developed and the politics are messy. The battles and torture are detailed and often difficult to read.
Overall, this was a good read and I plan to finish the last book in the series.
Books in the Series:
Lord of the Fading Lands
Lady of Light and Shadows
King of Sword and Sky
Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughan
Archangel - Sharon Shinn
Singer from the Sea - Sheri S. Tepper
Friday, October 2, 2015
While the blurb focused on the competition and political intrigue, I found the novel itself focused far more on a forced romance between the main character and the obsessed prince who
This genre is one of my favorites and even I couldn't stomach this mess. I was so glad I was only listening to this during my commute and didn't waste the time actually reading it.