Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2012
Seriously! after reading the reviews of this last book I almost decided not to read it. It was just as good as the previous three.
However, I do believe I understand now why everyone seem to slam it with a disappointing review.
Here is why:
I am sure you all have read many books in the past, and when you finally finish the series you start to imagine what would happen afterwards. Well in this last book it has that information. The book actually ended (In my opinion) about 3 quarters (or more) of the way through the book. In this audio version... at what I would have called the end of the book there is an addition 4.5 hours left, all of it about what happens afterwards.
Simply put about one (or two) chapters after the war with Galbatorix is over that is what I would call "The End:". The rest of it should have been called something else. The intensity of everything that had just happened can not be matched with the piddly administrative stuff that happens afterwards. It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. However if the book would have ended where I think it should have, they my last impressions of the book would have been "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!". But if you are like so many others who have left those comments that are less then amazing, it is because they are judging their whole experience on the way the feel at the end of the book. Which like I said tapers off to Not so Amazing. In fact it went from "Group Hug" to just "ug"... :(
But I didn't let that ruin it for me. Because like I said the bug ended for me with "OMG! Wowness! Group Hug!" the rest was just the administrative stuff that happened afterwards.
Advice read until you find what you feel was the end, then close the book and say "OMG! Wowness!" Gloat on it a bit then when you ready to read about the administrative stuff afterwards open it up again and finish it.
I hope this helps. Group Hug!
Have you ever started a book in the middle of a series where some amount of time has past for the characters between the books (i.e.: 10 years later). When that happens they will usually summarized things for you during the main storyline. That is exactly what this book should have been (a Summary). With the exception of one thing all of which happened over the last few chapters. This book should have been book 3.5 (Not book 4). I want to give more details as to why but even though I am disappointed I don't what to give any spoilers.
For those people who are really into the drama behind the relationship buildup (not sure if that is a spoiler or not) then that is what this book is about. I think I could have pulled out about 5 chapters and put them at the beginning of the next book to get the same result. You know when a writer completes a novel and it is not quite long enough for the publisher... The writer will go back through the book and add what I call filler, more details here and there and maybe a side adventure, With the exception of a few chapters, that is how I feel about this whole book. I would not be surprised if she wrote book four first, then decided she needed something in between and wrote this one.
Another thing that bugs me is the ending didn't really fly for me. The writer pushed the last part without any real reason behind it. Yes it did add some senseless drama, but the urgency didn't make sense to me, the writer was clearly trying to hook you in for the next book (skip a little common sense and BLAM, you have DRAMA), which after reading this book I can see why Helen Harper panicked, however I was already invested, I know the Lord Alpha wouldn't be manipulated by the last event like the drama suggests, it's out of character. I have no doubt something will be explained in the next book to iron out the ridiculousness of the final drama. Still like I said the last few chapters were good, it felt more like the beginning of the book should not the end.
I am with HIGH HOPES, the next book brings it... !!!
I'll let you know. :)
This is one of my favorite series. Kevin Hearne has a grasp of the reality he writes about like no other. He plays the Gods and puts them into a reality created by man, I think it some how hits the nail on the head. He portrays a reality with enough detail and history to make it more believable. The play on words his whole demeanor of life and the way people see a reality based on their own perceptions and ignore what is really going on around you. Seriously this is a book series that I will listen to over and over and take notes. :) Awesome.
I probably should have re-read all the previous books first, because I felt a little lost getting back in the characters culture. This book rotated around a war and pretty much had a straight feeling of bla or dread. It was a good book but I didn't feel like it pulled me into the story. It was more like "Life sucks, then it gets worse and if you win, you still have nothing to look forward to except the aftermath and the loss" Well that's depressing... Hmmm It may be just because this book was really meant to be read right after the others, it had been over a year since I read the last book in this series and this book didn't really bring you back up to speed. Ya that is probably it.
Finally, the last chapters of the book were on the verge of being intense. :) Fist time I actually feel a little in suspense at what might happen next. Yaay. I hope it meets my expectations. :)
Book 2 is still keeping my interest. It is not off the charts Awesome, but still has potential. It really is a good story. Although it does keep my interest I am not sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement about what might happen next. I can put the book on pause and not think about it until I am bored again. But there is progress in the storyline and she received some nice new powers, I just want her to kick more butt!!! :)
So far not bad, I will buy the third book.
This book seems to set the stage for the rest of the story. Not a lot of action, just enough to keep it interesting, I definitely like the attitude of the main character and think there is a lot of potential to this story, I hope to see some of that in the next book. :) Narration was Awesomely done.
This book is a Drama Love Story. Love and Lust although that description may seem a little more entertaining than the actual story. The Narrator did a great job, I am not sure I could have kept up with this book the way it goes from one character viewpoint to another without the awesome Narrations. I am not from Chicago so I don't know enough to comment on the accent but it was the Narrator that kept me from asking audible for my money back.
It wasn't a bad story, it was like an episode of the Days of Our Lives. I buy a book like this I want action, near death experience, excitement not Drama and Redneck Lust and sex.
I was hoping that maybe this book just built up the characters and the next book would add the adventure and action, but .... They play a couple of hours of the next book at the end of this book and it is just another episode of Drama type Love Story with another odd couple.
One thing that really bugged me about this book is the author's depiction of Werewolves, I question whether the Author has ever read anything about them. His depiction of the Werewolves is off compared to where everyone else is. For example werewolves can get drunk in his book. There are several contradictions and I just found the overwhelming amount of sexual dialog to be a little primitively written in a redneck-ish style of Lustyness.. (sorry I am making up words now... :).
It didn't suck but... Not buying the next one.
Both this series and the Mercy Thompson had so much potential. I keep hoping for more umph, but just not getting it with these books. It seems very basic, or maybe I just read to many books that had the OMG factor built in to the point I thought I was going to change (fingers crossed)... ;) I will buy the next and last book, with the same hope I had for this one. It is interesting enough to keep my attention, but no real WOW factor. I am still giving it four stars, but it would only be deserving of 4 if it was out of 6 stars, three stars just seems a little petty and I am not petty.
This series is in the list of my Favorites, Awesome! The whole series from start to finish, both the storyline and narration, flawless (unless you are an over critical hardcore historian in this type of folklore, but I think even they would like this series). If you like these type of books, you will not be disappointed with this series. I hope Kevin Hearne comes out with another one.
You will get a lot more out of this book if you read the "Mercy Thompson" Series First!
I wish they would have used the same Narrator, a word or two is pronounced differently between the two readers and of course the characters that play in both books have a different voice. But besides that, it is pretty good. I think he does a perfect Charles voice, once you get over these slightly annoying differences it is a pretty good book.
I think this series is starting out a little better then the Mercy Thompson series. But I keep looking for an equal to the "Night Huntress World" series. If you find one let me know.
After this book I can say if you liked "Mercy Thompson" you will definitely like this book too.
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