I'm tired of reading about ugly characters or authors who fill pages and books full of preaching. I like my stories in the manor of David Eddings Mallorean series, CS Lewis, Sharon Shinn, Louise-Bujold, Maria V Snyder & early terry Goodkind. These stories have complex characters with lots of good fellowship who are different from each other. The kind of people I'd want to go on a trip with, This book had only two character types and they never learned anything. They were either spiritually & morally ugly fanatical people or good but stupid and blind.
Miller's other series was better, I might read the next in the series if I can get it at the library and can;t find anything else. However I felt like both series spent a lot of time with characters explaining themselves or just haranguing to get to the required # of pages.
Like the narration by Lauren Fortgang
I like coming into a series after a lot of the books have been written so I don't have to wait a year or longer for the next book. When it has been a year, one sometimes needs some review of the characters. However, by the 5th book, not so much. Few avid series readers would start in the middle of the series. I think Estepp could have easily copied and pasted a third of the book, in each of the last 3 books. Thank goodness audible has the 30 seconds forward feature. I have started listening to book 5, Spider's Revenge. I used the skip forward a lot.
I like the character of Gin. I understand that though she is a hardened assassin she has been emotionally stunted by her past and her guilt. But she seems too excessive in her lack of self-knowledge, way too hard on herself. I understand that the two honest, upright, cops who mean so much to her come into her life at a critical emotional turning point in her life. But really it's annoying.
The stupidity I found the most annoying however is her inability to reason out the actions of her enemies and lack of simple technological gadgets like ear pieces & mica too communicate with Phinn (sorry, not sure how his name is spelled since I'm listening to the books) who is stationed up high backing her up with his snipers gun. They have night vision googles, silverstone vests and lots of money. For some one spending lot of money on her knives, who doesn't want to rely on her magic out of fear, I'd think she also have a few more gadgets.
Along those lines, I would think for an assassin with patience who has been trained to plan and prepare, that when her she makes breakthroughs in magic usage she would make more effort to understand how she can control it. Especially, if she is going up against people who are really strong and your afraid of it failing you. Fear of it isn't a good enough reason to ignore it so completely. I mean she seems to lose her knives often enough. She's been told by JoJo, it's growing stronger that it can help her beat Electra. JoJo has insights into the future. Really, she couldn't have gotten where she is without training in her skills, looking for all her possible advantages. She is smarter than that. I would have liked seeing her train herself, or practice magic abilities a little. You've been told this newly strengthened ability saved your life and this brave tough person with family to protect doesn't spend a little more time trying to understand it. I feel like the author hasn't got a clear understanding to the possible science behind the elemental magic she has created for the series. We hear the same limited theory being repeated every book without any advancement.
Despite all my negative thoughts above I like the basic story line, like the characters. I like the suspense of what will go wrong what will go right. I get that little tingle of anxious suspense. I just want more new info and a lot less repetition. I've already heard those books.
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