To start this is a weak 3. It is an excellent story on the life and history of Palpatine but that is also the critical flaw as it reads more like a history text book. The Star Wars technical handbooks on the vehicles and spaceships was more interesting. Don't dive into this one thinking your going to get a great story but if your a die hard fan looking for a history lesson than this will be perfect. This was my fifth Star Wars book in 6 months and I think I am done with this franchise for a good while.
Ender's Game was great and Speaker for the Dead is in my list of all time favorites as it is a phenomenal story! Xenocide on the other hand has so many flaws that it as an absolute disappointment. I don't think I have ever seen a book in a series diverge so much (in terms of quality) from the others. To start, much of this book deals with an entirely new story line with the introduction of the world of Path. For me I found the chapters that dealt with this new world insufferable and the characters impossible to relate to or care about. To avoid spoilers there is also a plot twist with Ender that to me makes no sense and only aides in bringing the character of Ender down to the level of the characters of Path. Worst of all this book just ends and does little to nothing in tying up any of the loose ends. With the first two books I couldn't wait to start the next one in the series. I think it will be awhile before I decide to pick up Children of the Mind. Once the memory of this disappointment fades I may think about it.
This was an excellent conclusion to the story arc. Throughout the series Larry has stayed true to the characters he developed that we have come to like so much. I follow Larry's blog and as he was writing this story he would post comments such as "I just had to kill of a major character" or "Faye really is scary". This just built up my anticipation for reading the book and made it that much better as I was actually reading it. I found myself saying "Oh, this is the part Larry was talking about. REALLY enjoyed this series and I hope the rumors aren't true and that someday another story arc comes out.
I think this is my favorite of the series. Ended on a great note and I really liked the new plot twists that; for me, were unexpected. It brought something new to this genre which keeps it exciting and looking forward to the next installment.
A solid five stars. Fun, fast paced, and an all around excellent read. This installment has great character development while moving the storyline in a great direction. Loved that everyone was featured, along with some cool new introductions.
Definitely looking forward to #5, I think Agent Franks is going to kick some serious butt.
As with most of Correia's stories- the characters. Well developed and draw you into the story
Great plot and tie in with book one but still able to stand on it's own.
Pinchot is an excellent narrator that does a fantastic job whit the voice of each character that draws you deeper into the story without being a distraction.
Definitely looking forward to book 3 as the ending was perfect.
Better than book 1 with all the old characters back in the thick of it with some great new additions.
No; it was a bit drawn out in parts and the book just ended without anything really happening. Someone should write a short summary of book 1 so we can all jump to book 2.
Inquisitor Glokta. He was the only character I really found interesting.
Nothing really stood out
Yeah at the end when I was looking for the other half of the story. Guess at some point I will have to use my credit to get the rest of the story as this book just stopped. Definitely not a stand alone story as it only had a beginning and middle. It bugs me that everyone thinks their story is a trilogy when it's just a single story.
The fact that I have no real desire to jump into book 2 says it all. To sum up book 1. A great warrior just past his prime goes on one last epic quest at the bequest of the lord of wizards to save an empire that has labeled him an outcast and criminal. Now you can read book 2.
This was a great study into the hidden motives behind each characters choices
yes, this was a great story with some good character development and an interesting take on mankind's history
I'll be vague so not to spoil any of the story but the part where the priest has many questions answered.
Not really but it did have some gripping parts
It is nice to have a story told in a short concise manner every once in a while.
Story too short
The dialogue with Oberon is fantastic and hilarious. I had to hit rewind numerous times from laughing so hard.
Oberon. The narrator did a perfect job on the voice.
A tale 2,000 years in the making.
It does remind you of the Dresden Files only in the fact that it is a lone male fantasy character living in modern times. The characters and plot are completely original and the narrator does an excellent job on all the accents, in particular giving new life to the dog dialect.
Being a product of the 80's this book hit all the right notes for a cool trip down memory lane with the benefit of a really great story thrown in. And if that wasn't enough you had Wesley Crusher narrating...perfect. I even found myself playing the old text adventure games.
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