the depth of characters, each individual, the various fantasy creatures and their worlds touched upon but mostly the completeness of the main and supporting characters. It is an adult book, but not the basis for writing the book, really part of the characters. Constantly learning more and more of this new world that is alive in our world. Strong, compelling and hated that it ended. there is a second book which I am purchasing today and really hope it can stand up to the first in the series because it will have to work hard to meet the stands of the first in the series.
It reminds me of Alton series, the Haustur series. This book is the world of fantasy but it doesn't allude to sexual privacy, it explores it just often enough to show the depth the main characters end up feeling, they are falling in love wo even noticing due to the main story which is how fantasy lives in our world, and the hidden worlds they also exist in. I has all the depth of character of the Pern series or the others but adds the sexuality that is often part of newer fiction.
the inflection of her voice for each character allows you to recognize him or her at once. She sounds interested in reading it and breathing life into it. She is excited, depressed, happy, sad to the bones. She covers it all.
Yes and am purchasing the second in the series and already wondering when the third will be out.
I will be rereading this series for a long time. It is worth my time.
This is not the movie. Even though I didn't see nor was interested in the movie, I figured the book would flesh out the story and I could always return it. Like that was going to happen. Carolyn McCormick brought words to life in a way they had never known before. I listened as a smart, wiser than her years, young girl became much more than just a survivor of games held once a year, pitting children against each other and making them killers as only one can win, survive and go home. I saw her place her life in jeopardy by volunteering to replace her younger sister, kinda expected that, but the speed in which she grasped how dangerous a position she was in before the games had even begun? was written with such clarity and told with such knowing acceptance that I knew I had to get to know this young woman. This is what the book is about. She won over those that were there to assist her, in training for the games, even though they had been scarred by their having survived the games and training young children only to watch them die? horrible deaths? year after year til they could not be present in mind or spirit but only in body. She did it not by playing the pretty girl or flattering them or trying to kill the other competitors before the games even started. She wouldn't even know how to do that but she learned, she got through to them by fighting for her life from the moment she volunteered to take her sister's place. She learned who to trust and when. To do what she was told to get what she needed to survive and yet she still did it her own way. Knowing that even if she won, it was still going to change her forever, she would not go home the girl she had been. Only one can survive the games, pitted against children from 7-y-o to young men several years older then herself, who had be training for years just in case they were called. She had a spirit that believed so strongly in the way things should be that she refused to become a killer just to kill and she won the heart of many territories as she showed proper respect when appropriate and learned subterfuge to survive those that controlled the games. What should have been a story about how wars are fought in the future becomes a tale of learning the cost of heroism, self-respect and the power such knowledge can make you more than a target for just the games. Forget the fluff of the movie trailers and listen to the hearts, or lack there of, of a world held hostage by The Games and a girl, who simply wanted to save her sister, lead a silent war on so many levels that she wasn't even aware of the effect she was having on the masses. She just knew she didn't want to die. She had just needed to get home to care for her family and friends. This one leaves something behind, tangible, inexplicable, real. It stays with you like ..... a small pin of costume jewelry...... worth more than its making but far less than the standard required to wear it.
Straight up, Luke Daniels is perfect for this Irish druid. But you would think said druid would know that all things aren't the same all the time. Giving your word completely and keeping it no matter what is not always the most honorable thing to do, especially if you don't look down the road to see where it can lead. You would think a man of this age and with his acquired knowledge would know that but then again sometimes you do what you gotta do and rearrange your life as necessary. A druid's life isn't all tea and cakes and always knowing what the right answer is. This is what makes this series so acceptable, so close to what leads our thoughts to conclusions knowing there isn't just one answer and there may not be a right answer. He is the last druid but he is alive, not a hermit or insane from living and losing so many he has truly cared about from old age, if nothing else. He still cares about humanity, individuals, probably deeper than I can because he has outlived so many and chooses to keep caring. The language isn't for children but it isn't slapping you in the face every sentence. You see yourself, your friends, your losses through his eyes. He thinks like you, screws up like you and has to go on living just like you. This book is where some of the characters, so fleshed out in the previous novel, don't survive and so well written that we feel the loss. I found myself grieving for one in particular. I felt the struggle to let go and either move on or let the grief swallow me. The druid has had to move on for over a thousand years yet his humanity is intact. He shoulders his responsibility to the earth, humanity and tries to keep his friends safe. But all isn't as it seems and in there lies the mystery, the subterfuge and how to survive betrayal, questioning friendship and/or loyalty. This is the book that tells you the price of things you never dreamed off. Grab you 2 fingers of something the color of dark golden honey, add a bit of ice, feel the sweat on the glass and ......... listen.
I actually have listened to this series twice, except for the novellas. With each new story the characters introduced in the previous story is filled out while new characters are given just enough to make them real and you look forward to learning more about them. Its fun to read of a druid who isn't stuffy, keeps up with the times and actively engages in the current civilization he is living in, visiting or looking for. You learn of his loss and yet it doesn't define him, he isn't maudlin nor withdrawn. He has learned to live in the moment. To enjoy his life, keep his values and offers kindness to those in need. This character has learned what most of us will learn..... as we age we lose loved ones, life goes on and you either grasp it and enjoy what you can or withdraw and just wait for who knows what. He is old and has buried all those that he has loved. As we age we bury all that we have loved and respected and even our mentors go ahead of us. We are alone. Or we choose to live and interact in what ever healthy capacity we can. Even if it is a chilled glass of the Irish in an old woman's hand. These aren't stories for children, not if language is a restriction but the story is not defined by the cursing nor is it used excessively. I wasn't offended as I may have said the same thing in certain situations. These stories hold your attention, make you want to listen long after you should be abed but it sure will get you through some icky chore that takes time and makes your day run smoother. You will find yourself thinking about the characters when you aren't listening and listening whenever you can. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do and I hope there will be many more new ones.
this was a recommendation from a customer service person. She said it was a favorite series and was well liked by many. I have learned to read reviews as I am too picky for my own good but I am so glad I took her word for it. This book is intelligent, written in today's modern world introducing someone old, wise and yet humorous in his screw-ups as well as his fast thinking to get out of his own way. He has seriously dangerous parts to his life and yet can be light-hearted with his best friend, a canine. There is enough descriptive introductions to those in his day-to-day life that makes him and them endearing. This druid is someone anyone would love to have in their circle of friends. Me? I am going to get to know his friends and enemies more in the 2nd book of the series. Join me. Smile, laugh, worry and find an escape into fantasy right in today's world.
Well, it looks like the Kanes are saying good-bye. It has been such a wonderful trip for my whole family. We listen as a family for an hour or so and discussions just began springing up, about the books, about school. This has been the tool that made the bickering far less important than what was happening to the Kane family. Egypt has become a place that is real. One of the more studious boys is looking into archeology,... Egypt, My daughter is gathering research and wants to try writing a book that mixes facts and fancy. My youngest son just wants to start the series over.... so we have. 3 nights a week is what they want, for an hour, then discussion about the book and anything else on there mind, Their study room is crammed with downloaded Egyptian facts and folk lore and as parents,,,, well, we just want the series to continue. Did Rick know that what he wrote for his own children would have such a positive change to other families? We also have started the first series, it has lots of books. and more research is being planned. Thanks for the opportunity to bring something to the table my whole family can love..
Each book is new and exciting in characters, places to go, As a family night favorite we have now started to gather info on Egypt and have added it to our discussions after the listening hour. We were surprised to find how many references in the series is associated to some extent of what we do know about Egyptian history. The kids have even downloaded maps of excavation sites and are working as a team to research. Swapping out research data so everyone learns and can participate in sharing. My daughter wants her room to represent Egypt. Because of budget concerns they have actually started crafting the tiny bedroom as a research room and are duplicating what they read about in the decorating of the room as a team effort. These books are awakening research hobbies as well as superb entertainment. Please, can't the Kanes have a growing future?
I love the series. It makes family night so much family fun. We can gather round the computer and listen for 1 hour or till the chapter ends and then it ends up opening conversations between adults and tweens. We do this now 3 nights a week because the kids asked if we could, instead of just 1 night. The discussions usually start with what we just heard but often leads to communication about what is on their minds, what is happening with school and friends. I try not to cheat but sometimes I listen while doing boring chores around the house. Its a secret. Don't tell.I wish this series were longer, like the previous series by this author. We loved the lightening kid and his friends too.
the story moves out, reaching into other lands and peoples. Personalities have greater depth and new ones emerge. Things are changing in how they react to each other and even to the changes in themselves. There is story, emotion, love, hate, and it all seems so real. I only have one question. Where is the next in this series? Even my male friends have mixed feelings but quite a few liked the stories as well as all the physical prowess.
Thea now begins to weave a tale of humans and different types of mystical beings, the story jumps and spreads as people begin to live different lives, interesting lives, lives that surprise you, compel you to wonder what is around the next corner. No gaps or "why is that happening?" this is a growing, truly provocative series now. When you aren't listening you are thinking about it, wondering what comes next. This will be a series that will be read for the next decade if not longer. Thea has found her stride and her stories have depth, humanity and move as the world does..... slowly toward the unknown. Brava bella, Brava
having not been impressed with the first two in this series, my friends had to literally dare me to try one more time. I am so glad I did. the characters were fleshed out, far greater substance in the individuals who were part of but not the main characters. A story was told that was worth hearing, instead of the constant reference to sexual matters and same old patterns, a story was told of love, loss, growth, of characters. Physical references were minimal and when appropriate. this one I keep. well done. should I try the 4th? I will read the reviews and then decide but this one can stand alone and should be considered adult but not over done.
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