A good book if it willbe the first in a series. That being said if it's meant to stand on it's own it's mildly muddled. I assume, given the description that the main chracter is Nimue. that being said "she" doesn't appear that often and when "she" does it's either for some rather unbelievable action sequence or to suffer a historical dissertation.
Don't get me wrong, history is important but the relevance of the speches given (or thought) is something that weighs the story down. Unlike where there's a fairly clear dominant main character in the say the Prince Rogers series, this book suffers from too many characters with little or no background to understand thier motivations.
The book is described as a "sci-fi epic" it's not, it's more a historical military novel with a few sci-fi bits as plot props.
I really can decide how I feel about it. I'm going to reread it again but at least for the first read-thru I didn't care about any of the characters and the bits of SF that were included are very good concepts but either allow deus ex machina style plotting or add littleif antyhing to move the story forward.
I suppose it could be arged that SF is a relative term given the planet's tech levels but for my midn that's stretching things a bit.
1) Better editing. There are places where words or entire sentences are repeated. Also there are a few places where obvious errors have not been corrected (e.i. having just had breakfast but referring to the meal as lunch).
2) Slow the pacing. The author's writing doesn't spend a lot of time on world building, I think because the author is rushing to get to the love interest/romance section. Since I picked this up under the Sci-Fi category I wasn't expecting a YA cliche.
3) Include character development since there really isn't any. Nexa goes from a member of an oppressed species who guards caves and can barely fight to leading arms and becoming a tactical genius with little time spent to develop such skills.
4) Dump the romance between the two main characters, it's very cliche.
I'm not sure, what is this genre? As I said this was listed under Sci-Fi and I've read worse Sci-Fi books then this. It reads more like a book aimed at tweens though. Given the excessive insta-love that's happening I can't even really call this Young Adult though it's closer then Sci-Fi.
Oliver Wyman, Gover Gardner, Christina Moore or Jennifer Van Dyck
None that I can think of.
The author has a solid idea but I think her rush to do the whole romance thing spoiled what could have been a great idea. Also with poor editing and less then stellar narration it wasn't the best book I've listened to, nor the worst.
My biggest disappointment though was Maddie. She finds out that her parents have taken a extremely drastic step which upsets her. Unfortunately this betrayal's impact lasts something close to 2 paragraphs and then vanishes. The fact that Maddie doesn't show any other emotional response to the event just makes her appear shallow and leaves the book lacking depth that other books in the series have captured so nicely.
The Author uses the book as a soap box to preach about the sins of alcohol.
Maddie had (at first) one memorable character trait but soon that's eliminated to the point where you could go through the book and replace "Maddie" with Wioll and stick Halt back in as the Mentor and you'd likely not notice the difference.
In the genre? No I've read far worse. By the author possibly.
About the only good thing about the story was the narration.
No, the book summary is misleading. The summary tries to make it sound more dramatic then it actually is. It should really read "Will takes on his god daughter because her parents don't have a clue what to do with her. This isn't a realy mystery because the author's telegraphed who the apprentice will be from teh second chapter."
Compared to the rest of the series, this one really flopped for me.
Quite possibly the most disgusting book I've ever read. To have Canada act as World War II Nazi Germany if very offensive to me. The fact that the author goes out of her way to blatantly depict Canada as "the bad guy" and the American's as "the good guys" doesn't help.
This isn't about human slavery, it's about a badly written romance trying to be a fantasy novel. I realize that this is listed (now) under the "teens" category but I've read books for teens that are superior to this piece of cow dung.
This and the two others to follow will have big shoes to fill when it comes to following up the previous three books. And while reading the first three books isn't necessary it provides a lot of background to the story presented. My only real issue with the book (and it might ahve been the narrator) was the Arcolin/Phaelan bits seemed... stilted. I wish there had been more Dorrin as her parts seemed to be rushed somehwat. Overall though I enjoyed this and look forward to the next book which isn't out until 2011.
There were some interesting chracters but frankly I wish I hadn't bought this book. While the characters were intersting they just didn't match teh story's idea in my opinion. Perhaps I had trouble sympathizing with the characters but I just wanted the book over with.
Probably my biggest beef with this book is taht the reader has changed and he's put his own interpretations on how the characters should sound. Narmahn in particular... not to mention a effeminate sounding Merlin.
Story wise, more "action" then in the last book, though I prefered the last book. If the next book is the same price as this was I'll discontinue the series. On the other hand it doesn't ahve the mad technological dash taht Weber's otehr books like Harrington or Prince Roger series have.
As military fiction goes it rads better then Weber or Ringo. The SF parts are refreshingly (if not uniquely) applied to the matter to keep the plot going. I was turned off and jolted from teh story when the authro seemed the need to introdce/emphasize the origins and loyalty to the "United States" marines. At one point I was rooting for the politicians to shut the marines down and I nromally don't like to do that. It's the same sort of egoisms which turned me off action films. I don't know if I'll bu the second book.
I was very disappointed with the first book of this series but this second book was much better. it moved along quite well without getting bogged down in character monologues about technical fluff. What technical descriptions about weapons is short, concise bits that give readers an idea without distracting. I loved the ending, very touching.
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