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It has been an amazing journey to see Tavi grow. He is such a respectable man and how he handles conflict. personal and just in general myself as a reader can learn from him. I loved seeing the interaction between Isana and Araris but I do have to say I am not a fan of Gaius Sextus. I think he is kind of a pompous jack ass. I love seeing the Cane especially Varg and Kaiti is always a special treat with her honesty. I really love the entire cast and am excited to start the next book.
Jim Butcher has a great sense of pacing. This book delivers emphatic and powerful punchlines to several story arcs that have been building from the previous three books. I actually shivered in anticipation for one of them, and I've never had that kind of reaction from a book before. I'm interested to see if Jim Butcher will be able to top this one, as there are two books remaining in the series. I feel like this one could be a series end all on its own, even with the loose ends it leaves.
My one criticism is that Jim Butcher tends to overexplain some things. For scenes when the consequences are far reaching, I understand and approve, but there are scenes which go on and on about what the characters are thinking and planning, and all the possible outcomes of what could happen when they attempt some action, when it's totally unnecessary. The one glaring example of this was when Amara is fighting some giant lizard. She stabs at its eye and misses, but the description of how she was thinking about stabbing it and all the things that could happen if she didn't stab it right goes on and on and on, and it's a very minor component of the book.
At other times, characters will suddenly become very stupid so that another character will unnecessarily explain all the aspects of their plan to the reader. I like when Jim Butcher has the characters discussing complex subjects and coming to consensus, especially when they are bringing up points that I'm thinking of myself, but sometimes the explanation could have been left off. I found myself, several times, wondering why these brilliant tacticians suddenly needed someone to explain very basic strategy points to them.
Aside from that, I find Jim Butcher to be one of the most thoughtful writers I've read. You can really tell that he thinks things through (and he's happy to show his work). As a result, his characters do things that make sense, and you don't find yourself exasperated and wondering why they're doing X when Y would solve all their problems easily. The quality of the writing is certainly a step down from Tolkien, but the stories are well constructed and engaging.
another fun filled story in the life of Tavi. his pivotal role in the history of a world brought to life through the imagination of it's creator Jim Butcher
Haven written a book I understand the craft, nuance, and skill. IMHO, this is Jim Butcher's best work and the finest story I've ever heard. It is simply amazing.