The speeches are long and redundant. The villains the same. Evil's tool is still the same: to threaten one member of the lovely hero couple while the other suffers. And, of course, the most powerful wizard in three thousand years is still impotent. The only time he can do anything is when the story needs him to or it will end. What's more, it's never intentional. This smacks more of divine intervention than the magic every other wizard in the story possesses. Finally, and most annoying, the story now becomes almost identical to the first book.
Poor Richard - he doesn't know magic, and he can't lay with his wife. He's tortured, poisoned, or driven to madness in every book, and Goodkind makes him give the same speech several dozen times in each book. I'm beginning to think that Goodkind thinks I'm stupid.
Don't get me wrong, I embrace his ideals, but his writing treats them inconsistently. After all, if everyone has the capacity for individual excellence, then surely Goodkind can give his readers the benefit of the doubt that they will not forget his mantra after it has been delivered several dozen times. Surely those of us that have made it to book ten get the point.
This had the potential to be a fantastic and philosophically educational epic. Unfortunately, too many sermons and too little action has destroyed it. Nevertheless, I have to see how the lovely couple suffers through their next two ordeals. Who knows? Perhaps Richard will learn how to light a candle.
With "Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2," Brandon Sanderson proves to me that he is an amazing author in his own right.
I'm a picky reader. I was happy that Sanderson concluded the Wheel of Time Series on Robert Jordan's behalf. But, while he did a wonderful job, it fell short for me. Also, I discounted Sanderson's contribution, because Jordan outlined the rest of the story for Sanderson. In short, I considered Sanderson a glorified editor who had a decent series (Mistborn), and one very interesting start to a potential epic (The Way of Kings). I withheld judgment, until Words of Radiance.
Days after it was released, I'm sleep deprived, and impressed. This series is awesome. Now, as a grown man, I'm in the annoying position of feeling frustrated that I will have to wait years for the next installment, as I often felt when I was young.
I withdraw my skepticism. Brandon Sanderson has earned his place at the table.
Sophisticated, fresh, sufficiently complex, and engaging. I won't compare it to Jordan or Martin, but I will say that fans of those authors will like the book.
This is very difficult to get through. I'm beginning to think Paolini's mother wrote the first book. He's gone downhill big time since leaving home.
After waiting years for this installment, I have to say I'm terribly disappointed. Everything from the narrator completely lacking depth (the dude has like 3 options he chooses from), to terrible plot choices, and total lack of excitement.
I guess he moved the plot, but I don't see why it took so many pages, and why there were no epic scenes. Hopefully, those will reappear in the next installment.
Martin .... don't kill him.
I can't believe this is the same author of the Night Angel series. What a huge disappointed. Sophomoric writing with adult content left me frustrated. And yes, and definitely didn't help to have the main character (a supposed ruthless good guy type) sound just like Jeff Spicoli (for you young people - that means surfer).
The whole time I was waiting for him to say ... DUDE!
That was profoundly bad. I think Abercrombie got lucky with the first couple. Or perhaps The Bloody Nine carried the books. This one sucked.
The witchcraft propaganda throughout this book is absolutely ridiculous. It ruins a decent story line.
not the best in the series. This one is mainly about the women in the story, which I've always viewed as a tangent. But I suppose it's necessary. As always, the narrators are superb.
I think this may be the most boring audiobook I've ever tried to sit through.
I hate it when a great epic ends. This one could have gone on for 5 more books.
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