Although the first book took some time to get there, I thought the final destination was pretty good. Like the first, this second installment took time to arrive, but it just didn't deliver in the way the first one did.
The system of magic is fleshed out a bit more, and that was good to see since the first book was a bit one-dimensional in that area. I thought the writing was good, and the narrator was good, but sadly the plot was lacking.
I found myself frustrated at a few of the characters actions which were so vastly inconsistent with their stated principles/morals/philosophies/what-have-you. For example Leesha fawning over a tyrant who's come to kill and dominate when she's *so* clearly anti-violence. How does that work? That's like the president of PETA falling for an animal torturing psycho.
Yeah, there was a fair amount of sex in the book - more than I'm used to reading. Sex I don't mind, but the rape related stuff was too much for me.
And so we travel into a new world, or maybe not. The intricate descriptions and the cultural mores are enough to satisfy an amateur cultural anthropologist, while balancing the information in and through a fantasy epic that is at the front of the line!
Take the trip! It will not disappoint.
I have loved the first two books now and I recommend them as a big YES! You must read them in order to be able to hang onto the plot and people.
I enjoyed the way this brought the prospective of the Warded Man's Desert Nemesis into the totality of the story. We learn from childhood his story and how he developed into one of the main characters of the story. It then takes it beyond to continue the story of the Warded Man.
A good sequel to The Warded Man bringing in new points of view and giving depth to all the characters.
I have very much enjoyed the two Demon Cycle books, but this one definitely suffers from whatI liken to being the "middle child" of a series, though I think there will be more than three books. There is a lot of character development and very little talking about the world that fascinates me so much. Brett touches on it, as if he is very much teasing us about the fascinating world he has created beneath the Earth's crust.
All my disappointment aside, the book is a great listen, the characters are fascinating and colorful and I can't wait for the next one.
Because of my poor eye sight, I have never read the printed version of this book, but believe it would be just as good.
I found myself drawn into the emotions of the characters. Hating the man from the desert for his betrayal, but understanding the need that drives him. The characters are rich and far from perfect people. They seem almost real.
The junglar Rouger
One of the best
The imagination army characters. Sand demons, come on, who doesn't love that
All of them
A must see. Too intense for words
Looking for more books like this and The Warded Man, Great Bazzare. Need more demons of this type
I enjoyed how the author can tell the same scene from multiple characters' perspectives. It adds depth to the experience.
I liked how he could make you both love and hate the same character depending on whose perspective he was reading from.
Definitely, I stayed up all night to finish it.
Tell us about yourself!
There were many.
Pete is a great narrator, however I listen versus read based on my schedule. What a bad narrator can do is dull my interest in a story. Pete was captivating!
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Unique and engaging world, intriguing magic system, good complexity of plot.
However, if my count is correct, 4 of 6 viewpoint characters are sexually assaulted. Both men and women, adults and children. If you read epic fantasy for fun and for escapism, like I do, you might want to skip this series. Some things are too dark and too real to be "fun" or "escapist."
This book has a lot to recommend it, but it is dark. Much more Thomas Covenant than LOTR. Reader, be aware.