Sure, read the first TEN books and skip number eleven cause some reviewer didn't like it? RIGHT!! the book was a good one, and I have the same complaint as the other ten from RJ, too heavy with Aes Sedia plotting, too light on the boys, and a total setup for number twelve. Ain't it grand!!
We RJ fans will always happily spend our money on books in this series and complain later, at the same time trying to get our friends hooked on the wheel of time series and extolling it's virtue to the world.
My expectations were high going into this second book...while the characters and plot are as good as the first book i found myself growing agitated with so many thread changes...tracking four or five groups of characters in parallel lines to the story takes incredible skill and a delicate hand, not to be found here. Instead it was hard for me to follow and remember the details and backstory for each group as the change occurred.
Robert jordan was a master of this kind of multi thread storytelling with a smooth almost flawless transition from one group to the next. I really want this series to be that good, maybe as the series grows and matures it will be.
Still worth the credits and time to listen. I look forward to seeing the future editions.
The potential this first book has to become a long and epic adventure in a richly formed world is exciting, my hopes for future books in the series are high.
The story is good, except for the psychosexual devience.
BDSM, rape, is ugly...it's disgusting to listen to, but worse is that there are people who like it. It's an expression of a twisted and sick mind.
There are some people who do good work in this world but have a sickness in them that comes out as psychosexual behaviour...
Soldiers are exposed to the ugliness in the world more so than most, i can understand some of that leaking out into their personal lives. I'm sorry for them. They don't need to suffer it without some help, they need more help than we give them.
Outside of my disgust, i found the action/adventure part of the story to be quite good.
For a book so very well written and superbly narrated how do i describe my disappointment...even anger...with the direction the author took with this book?
There have been ten books prior to this one and my chief complaint was the whining of Jacky over her always missing love interest...ten books so well written, so cleverly paralleling world history, taking us on fantastic journeys through harrowing and exciting times with the ever so lucky and opportunist character of Jacky.
I won't ruin what is otherwise another great story by telling you of what happens in book eleven...i will simply say i nearly didn't even bother to review it, but then i realized that even if it got some bad reviews i would have purchased and read it anyway. So i shall share my frustration while admitting it was still written with the same skill as its predecessors.
Don't look for a pleasing or even satisfying end to book eleven. Rumor has it this book will finish the Jacky series as it has been and perhaps an end to jacky's tale as told through her as the primary character. Now i don't really know what this means for the series, nor do i make any accuracy claims for that statement...hearsay is all that it is at this point. Look for the authors blog or web page for confirmation.
One last point...even had i known of my pending disappointment i would have read this book...the first ten in the series had earned my loyalty. I don't regret the purchase even now, but i am angry about how things were left.
The reason i gave the story 3 stars...there is an academy for children in the book, the treatment of the children is evil and made me want to vomit, i was beyond disturbed to red hot anger.
On balance the book is good, other than the obvious i enjoyed it. Perhaps i'm a little over sensitive where child abuse is concerned and if you are like me in that prepare yourself or skip the book.
The book was great and didn't need the added drama of abuse to entertain or add to the drama. It was simply gratuitous, in my opinion.
I feel unsatisfied by this series ending...not that this was a bad end, but because any end would be bad...there is something too epic in Jordan's creation for this to end, it has felt like perhaps it should have branched into a series of linked, but independent novels to explore and tell the stories of a few of the many characters Jordan created...the work is just that rich with potential.
Many times during this series we leave favorite characters behind to follow another leaving untold much that would be of great interest in this epic world. I would see those tales told, by new authors of course, but in the rich tradition Jordan spoiled us all on.
This tale has been a part of three decades of my life...and though i'm not a part of the 'fandom nation' he garnered online, nor am i so well versed in the detail of each book as some, i suspect there is a great market for a few branches in the storyline and more material than even a handful of authors could handle.
Over these past decades i often wondered what would happen should, god forbid, Jordan should pass, and leave the tales untold...or would i go before he published them...neither were welcome possibilities, but i have read them all, and yet, i still feel there should have been more...Thom Merillon pondered in this book when to end the telling of a tale, and his answer was to leave town while you were still a novelty among the people...not in those words of course, but close enough. I feel like we were left wanting more, that much goes untold, and of course that makes for a great storybook ending...but Robert Jordan is lost to us now...there will be no 'next big thing' from him...I don't feel ready to move on, to not look forward to what's next in 'The Eye of the World' epic three decade long series...
My compliments to Brandon Sanderson for filling impossible to fill shoes...no one could be Robert Jordan but the man himself...it was brave to take this on.
There will always be those who claim the book was disappointing...those same people have said that about volumes when Jordan lived, and wrote them himself...don't allow anyones comments keep you from bearing witness to The Last Battle....
I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters seem to have come from 1950's era novel and not in a good way. The world and it's varied life forms are fantastic and well conceived, So the book is worth reading if you like a well thought out world. The potential for that world is terrific for future books, but if the main characters aren't improved there may not be another book.
This is a book one might listen to while waiting for something better to come along, and really that category makes up two thirds of the books i read.
Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
Buy this series, you'll love them!
I loved this series! Very entertaining and very cleverly written. I would say it was PG-13 though for some sexual tension and frank, but not explicit, language.
I recommend this series for fans of every genre', and age save those under 13. I also think you must start from book one titled "Bloody Jack", also a great read!
The Narration is fantastic, save for the occasional folk song. The singing is very good, and appropriate for the story line, but after 7 books in the series a bit old.
The book is worth twice what they charge and I would gladly pay it for any single book in this series.
Definitely more intellectual than exciting. I don't mind intellectual writing,but prefer it in equal measures of excitement and either comedy or wit.
I was led on by the hope that it got better, only to find disappointment in the end.
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