Mississauga, ON, Canada | Member Since 2004
This is fun story. The characters are not flat, though only limited development over the book. It modern with reference's to mp3 players, laptops and cell phone but doesn't let that get in the way of the magic of the children. Grand-mama X and her cats are in some ways better characters then the main twins Jack and Jade.
While the story isn't transparent it's could have been much more original.
If you or your kids have issues with (not graphic) descriptions of ants, bugs, rats and white eyes this would be one to pass. Evil is much more clear then in Keys to the Kingdom.
While I'm sure I'll enjoy the next book. I hope that Garth decides to go back to writing solo.
I admit I felt that the previous book Island of Silence was cut in half when I finished it. After reading this one it's feels like Lisa McMann editor is worried that with a cliff hanger the next book won't sell.
I felt that the first third of the book was just a little too emotional and that it could been compressed without trouble. As a History major who took read a lot about people's raises to power McMann understanding from her side comments are so uninformed it funny. Aaron follows a stunning -historical speaking - well know road to power while Gunner shows a complete lack of skill yet McMann is clearly rooting for Gunner. Alex on ther other hand seems to almost as clue less as Gunner about leadership.
The rest of the book settles down to a number rescues. If the characters could wheren't having a emotional hang over for the first third of the book I really could have enjoyed it.
To enjoy you want to be either highly emotional teenager and just a Glut for *oh why ... *.
I think the biggest feature I liked about this book was that Modesitt settled down the battles and went back to writing about the political. There are prices that everyone is now paying for the success that Quaeryt achieved and plans to be made. This book has far less action that the other Imager books but after Battalion I was personally grateful. Yet Quaeryt does seem to comfortable in any role in this book. I felt that if Modesitt have wanted this book be a wrap and it could be a penultimate to the Quaeryt tale.
William Dufris continues to provide a strong narration. After 7 previous books in the Imagers there is not surprise.
I really enjoy this story. While the romantic themes of the book are very similar to Jane Eyre the book doesn't use it a cookie cutter template. The Fey side of the story will be familiar to people use to reading books about elves not influential by Disney or Tolkien. However the blend is better then both of those suggest - the plot does not follow the same well worn pattern and Jane's desires and dreams are so believable. The story isn't overly one thing or the other.
This is a nice Romanic story in the same vein as Troubled Waters just more Romanic and less magic. Nothing is going to truly surprise you but at the same time it's enjoyable. I personally missed the magic level of Zoe story. It's well written and moves the characters and story about 5 years from the end of the last book without a ripple.
Overall I wanted to like this novel. Eli Moonpress is an interest character; the magic in this world has it's flavor and does not come out sounding too much like a video game or another cookie cut system; Luke Daniels does a lives jobs of reading. The story line is good.
The problem with the novel is that other then Eli the other characters felt to me very flat and unformed. They did not really seem to be anything other then dialog and a reason to change perspective. They we robbed of desire or personal motivation other then blunt and clear one surface one.
It's not bad is just feels like a early novel where someone has mastered the art of creating characters who are real.
I will admit here I not a fan of dystopian but I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson works. I did not really feel sure about the story from the plot outline by if there a literary verson of a rabbit of the appear from the top hat Mr Sanderson can normally find it.
The book makes no attempt to have the magic/super power system make any sense. This pointed out by a character in the story about chapter 10 or 12 however the main character is highly knowagable and what systems there are for understand are not explained you must take it mostly on trust from the main character - David. Which I found annoying all the learning and thinking has been done before the story really get going. David does develop but the reader does not see the obession which should be the primary motivation of the character.
The names for the epics are pretty much what you would expect to find from Marvel or DC comic books originally written in the 50s. Descriptive but without depth not much of a pun or even a bad joke. The weakness is similarly in line with the names. They make only a limited sense when the author decides to explain them at all. The main character fountain of information is never really shared with the reader so it not clear if there any reasoning.
The major villain - Steelheart- not really that engaged in the story. His super power's effects are but he is without personality himself.
The book is well written. You can work out the solution to the story within the first chapter but the book tries to look around the remains of the USA and see where would middle class be if the union failed. For that the book is pretty good excluding the fact so many things do not have rules that the control is limited. But again the develop or fail of the US to the point is brushed over and not covered. This is in theory the hope at the bottom of the civilization crash.
And that's the problem that has made me disappointed with the book is that it feels like a middle book there too much before to explain how the character got there and there is too much after to deal with the major solution there is only time to solve the problem that is preventing the pivot from being able to change.
Steelheart in this way reminds me most of Elantris. One feels in the story there should be some more story - more of the world detailed or more development of the character.
However all that said if your look for a really well written comic book without pictures in the super hero style that this is it.
I read for my degree in History a number of works by woman who had taken the vow and become brides of christ..aka nuns. This book is much more approachable vechinal into a similar world. Similar to a small town or any small community the characters know each other. The strick rules turn out to be more human than it at first sounds and in fact it seems the characters are living a pretty good life.
And it's the characters that drew me into the story and kept me going long after it had become pretty clear what the end game would be. I wanted to root from many of the characters and I felt I was developing a understanding of the many years and laying of them existing.
The story isn't super original but it is well acted and dress. It's worth it.
The story is pretty good. It's kind a little more French Revolutionary then I'd like but the gore is limited. It clearly based on the first year of the French Revolution but set in a industrial and conloy holding city state system...I know it's a tad weird.
My actual problem is that the story is badly in need of proofreading to clear out the fact it was clearly written chapter by chapter and then not checked to see if things were explained logically. Some stuff never seems to be explained and other things are explained 3 or 4 times with 30 mins.
The character excluding the field marshal are good and reason characters but the seems little join them. It more of a history with 3 views of events in differently places and motives but not really a common link that make a story strong.
The narrater is very good and I would buy another book in an instance.
If you have never read the Discworld this isn't really the book I would suggest you start with. It's in the middle. The story is middling, the long term characters are in the middle of story lines from other books and frankly while it's clever and witty jokes on clocks and zen are interesting they are middling too. I suggest Mort.
If you are fimilar with the Discworld it's a reasonable Discworld book. There Susan who deserves more stories then seem likely to be written; there the Death of Rats, an Igro and a brush a of Nanny Ogg. And even the evil of Auditors.
The book is better than many that attempt to jump in time as a plot ploy. It's clear and very easy to follow. The story works and I even like the solution to the Auditors but I always feel it's just sort a middlish book
For me Dave Duncan worlds always are set somewhere in our own world then expanded by a touch of magic. Actually in this case much more than a touch. Here is a mostly Celtic set at the high of the another Empire (much like later Rome Imperim).
I liked the main character - cheering for many. None are too sweet and they believable flawed. The book is wonderful and if the story is not totally original it is satisfactory told.
For Duncan normal habits are broken a bit - told story is told from a couple of character views; magic is a much bigger deal than in the Venise or Seventh Swords series. But the magic is clearly understandable rules and in keeping with general modern ideas of Celtic magic.
My only problem with the book is that it ends so quickly that one feels that there should be a second download not another book. Not totally cliff hanger just rather incomplete ending.
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