Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
Enough already!! Ok the first two in the series had me, and then book 3. Same great story but waiting and waiting then nothing!! It seems the author didn't have a plan. It gets less exciting as the series goes on. After completing book three I was disappointed and frustrated, wishing I had never started the series in the first place.
I enjoyed this book as part of the series, although it felt as though it was an unfinished part of the story. An incomplete chapter.
As mentioned above, the book felt unfinished. It felt like a lot of filler to get to the ending.
Very easy to listen to and to differentiate characters.
Yes. Absolutely. I feel like this book want supposed to stand alone. Usually in a series I like each to feel like a complete story.
The story is so rich and detailed you feel how it intermingles with current reality as well as opens you up to more.
The story keeps you and leaves you wanting more.
Great reader, a voice I could listen to all night.
For all fantasy fans this book and series is a true work of art. I can't wait to be able to finish the journey.
The first two books in the series are excellent though the many flashbacks are somewhat tedious and seem to be word for word from the earlier readings. I thought this to be the final book in the series and was glad for it because this book is very slow and tedious till about 3/4 through it. The characters are losing their appeal, the storyline is floundering, the magic of the new world is jaded and then it just ends. I was left with "o-k-a-y so now what and do I really want to find out?" Hopefully the next and "final" book will be shorter and have the excitement and connection to the characters as the first two books. I have thoroughly enjoyed the reader and he has done an excellent job.
The conclusion goes along nicely, but the ending is abrupt and leaves you wondering. Actually, it's like the Peter Brett got tired of the series and just killed off the main characters to be rid of this trilogy and on to the next.
Between Pete Bradbury's long pauses, and Peter Brett's abrupt ending I don't thing I'll be buying any more of eithers books.
It is a bunch of filler. Someone talked to his publisher and decided to string us along for more books and cash.
All of it.
Loved the first 2 books, this one doesn't even belong in the series.
This is the third in the Demon Cycle and it's the best so far. Brett has taken a long winding road developing these characters into people who feel real. He's given them foibles and follies, had them fail, had them discover things about themselves they didn't like. No character in these books is simply good or evil. They all have complexity and realism that grounds the fantasy solidly. That coupled the impressive detail the author's taken in depicting the cultures and background of his world, makes for an engrossing read/listen.
Without spoiling too much, the point of view introduction of the upper caste demons shed some light on what until now has been a pretty homogenous enemy. Several characters diverged from my expectations in this book, which was also a pleasant surprise.
The ending of the book. I won't say much more than that I'm sold on the next, sight unseen. It's so rare the get a really solid ending, but Brett pulled this one off with showmanship.
Several. The unlikely marriage between the young Junglar Roger and his two Crasian wives gave me many smiles. Rena's abuse by her father enraged me so much I cheer when ... well... that would be too much. Needless to say, the reality of this characters makes you care about them and their lives are not easy.
I'm generally not a fan of serial fiction. I like a story to be told and be done. However, there are a rare few artists who excel at the form. Brett is one of those. It knows how to turn a tale and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
audiobook lover into sci-fi and fantasy and anything else that is a break from the mundane. always looking for the next great book - any suggestions? let me know
If you have made it to book 3 of the series you know what an amazing and engrossing story the Demon Cycle is - i am writing this review in the hopes that someone on the fence about this series sees it GO GET THE FIRST ONE Peter V. Brett will win you over in the first few chapters and you will be back several days later after purchasing the second and now this book and then you will be where everyone else including myself is .... eagerly awaiting the next installment
I loved the first two books, but there was a sharp decline in the story with the Daylight War. I found myself losing respect and caring less about some of the characters that I had greatly appreciated in the first two books. The interaction between Arlon and Rena was painful. I'll probably listen to the next book in the series, but I'm hoping for an improvement.
The performance was still very good from Pete Bradbury.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
There are plenty of great reviews for each of 3 written 'Demon Cycle' books, so I'm providing overview thru the first 3 together & VERY interesting POV written by Peter V. Brett regarding a reviewers dislike for the 1st book & the negative points in the 1st book 'The Warded Man' that made her stop reading this ongoing saga.
For an unknown reason I thought this was a trilogy so was both pleasantly surprised & quite annoyed when about 3/4 thru book 3 realizing this book couldn't possibly end with the questions unanswered to that point & realizing 'Skull Throne' slated for approx. release in 2015. So many trilogy's, 10 book series, & even series the author plainly admits they will never finish? At times it makes you wish for writing 'The Great American Novel' within ONE book... BUT, personally enjoying many of the series in limbo, its the waiting, OK, with the pointless crying over... I found the books & story so far to be unique, engaging, action filled with believable romances involved (except for a point made below), & an interesting magic system that combines a few previous systems from varying authors. I obv. thought the books so far are great so these points are minor:
Besides a couple parts I had a hard time digesting the overall writing so far in this series is fantastic, great world building, complete character development for each major POV. The issues I found hard to swallow occurred in the first book (often the case) 'The Warded Man'. The main issue was in regards to a violent acts done to Leesha IMO would not only cause physical but major mental scars, but within 48 hours it's as if the event never happened when she's ready to sleep with a character she just met, the tattooed & one of the main protagonists, the warded man? while Rojer snoozes in the cave. I am no female but I found this a bit unrealistic? Whats great about this part is when a reviewer brought this point up, Peter V. Brett addressed her point & his answer was interesting:
"Actually, women who have been sexually assaulted will often seek out a consensual sexual experience very soon afterward, as an attempt to cleanse themselves of the assault and reassert control over their bodies, not to mention the hopes that if a pregnancy ensues, they can tell themselves it is the result of the consensual act and not the assault. I know this as a fact, both from research and from personal experience. Whatever else you may think of the story, please do not think that I touched on the topic of sexual assault lightly, gratuitously, or without any knowledge of what I was talking about."
Whether u choose to accept Peters reasons is up to you but really cool that he responded to a readers concern personally (he wrote about 2 more paragraphs but it addressed other issues as well), always great to see an author who addresses his readers, Patrick Rothfuss is down to earth as well. I'm just glad there was no need to graphically describe events, that might have had me fast forwarding because as common in history the act of rape occurred, there's no need to go into any detail about it.
Another small issue which is neither right or wrong IMO just an observation, is that plainly Krasian's are modeled after parts of middle eastern or Arabic fanatics & regular cultural differences. I' m not ethnically close to Arabic except that it is closer to Asia versus the US so I couldn't judge if any insult would be felt by those who felt the metaphorical reference as well as blatant use of religious martyrdom & jihad to fight the demons unlike the rest of the world that started off hiding behind wards. It was interesting how he turned something like fanatically fueled Jihad into the weave of the story.
The MINOR details brought up in the series so far doesn't change any thoughts about the overall quality of the books, they are very well written & am anxiously waiting for the next installment. Hopefully the series isn't like GRRM where you wait 6 years! for the next installment between book 4-5 (yet still waiting impatiently for next 'GoT' book lol), the next book is due out in early 2015 last read. I highly suggest the series but be prepared to go look for other books to keep u busy until the next book...