I don't like the tone and overall feeling i get from Danny's world... I dislike the interactions and it feels forced and over sexualized at times. I will not read any more from this author!
NO! (spoiler) I was hooked to find out more about Lowkey and the man in the tree. but I was personally offended by the death of the toddler after the book spoke of such promise. I do not see why she would do that when the death of Lowkey would have hidden the truth about the child's true father. I know the writer was attempting to bring a heartless feeling to the readers but an attempted murder would have been just to for fill that. But again, was not human and felt forced. Why kill the boy after she talked about his potential greatness, and how her true husband was a weak mage.
Better Dialog and Danny's personality seemed to changed mattering on where the writer wanted to go with the story. I felt like I strongly disliked Danny, soon after he found his way to "our realm" for more than half of the book series, hard to see him as a main character, but then I grew to like him only to hate him again.. trickster I understand but his personality flipped in a very disliked manor.
great thoughts and story base, poor execution
I loved being pulled into this story once again. The ending definitely had me listening on the edge of my seat and leaving so many questions in my mind, I have to read the next book!
I've always enjoyed Cards books and this one was no exception. The characters were believable and you came to know them. Hal the sort of crazy one was my favorite with Hermia a close second.
I really can't put into words how much I enjoyed the book and his other Lost Gate. Now all I'm waiting for is the third one he talks about at the end.
Although I don't agree with some moral standings in the book, the story was fantastic and well written. The narrators trying to sound like teenagers was terrible. It made them sound like petulant elementary children with halting speech and uncertainty while the dialogue of the story showed very different characters.
Mystic of the Real
As usual, Orson Scott Card did it again! This is a masterpiece, and I look forward to the next book!
Orson Scott Cards writing is ALWAYS superb, even this novel was well written. But (and as Orson Scott Card discussed in the 'epilogue') he dove largely into explaining the science' part of this science-fiction novel. And he balanced it well, it's just that the bulk of it seemed to be very dogmatic at times exhibiting an inner-turmoil to walk right up to the line of blaspheme and then turn away--given the knowledge that Orson Scott Card is a member of Mormon Church-LDS. I know it is fiction, but it seemed SO DEVELOPED that at times it felt like I was reading one man's personal indoctrination manual for either Scientology 101 or post-Mormonism and done so from within the midst of drug-induced haze.
The other aspect was that some of the 'theology' seemed to parallel that which was referenced in the Ender's series--particularly 3rd and 4th books; sort of a re-gifting of an underlying ideal but simply a different setting and characters.
Personally, I always viewed the Mormon faith of the 1800's as simply a precursor for Scientology of the 1900's... this book eerily bridged that unintended gap. It was either that or it felt like the story should have been narrated by Cheech & Chong... like oh wow, man.
(maybe a little bit of both)
Narration was great as it was in the book before, again, the pacing and tempo between these two good narrators could be better blended to compliment as contrast.
And as in the first book, this book was only the second part to a three part novel.
Cool story in the end, but...lots of exposition and detail on the backstory and maybe light on the characters. Etc.