After reading some reviews of this book, I was expecting a captivating, engrossing, mature, sophisticated Brandon Sanderson or GRR Martin type experience.
While fine in its own right, it was not in the same ball park as those. The storyline/plot is creative and engaging. The character development is fine. The writing isn't amazing, but it does the job. It feels slightly like it is leaning towards the YA side.
The experience/writing felt most like Brent Weeks.
I enjoyed this book (helped that it was free). But it has the halmark Sanderson creativity. While I'm not overwhelmed by any aspect of the book (storyline is fun, but not amazing; character development is good, but not his best work; concepts are engaging, but not inspiring), I enjoyed it.
Up until this book I enjoyed but didn't love this series. This is the book in which it all really starts coming together. The character development is paying off. The actions of the characters in prior books fits. The epic storyline is coming into fruition. I'm hooked on the series.
This was the last available Sanderson book I had yet to read. Given its short length I waited for a long time until it came up on sale. It was worth the sale price. Fun book. Not in the same class as some of his other work, but enjoyable.
Different kind of story. Fun retelling of the emigrant's tale through the experience of two mythical beings.
Well done and enjoyable.
Fascinating to glimpse the experience (if only fictional) of communist Russia. I'm enjoying trying to parse through the allegories wrapped adapted in Russia folk lore.
However, while I haven't finished yet, I'm not entirely taken with the experience. Not sure I'd recommend, unless you are interested in Russian history/folk lore.
I'm not sure if I read the wrong review or what. But this book is boring me to death. It is like a dull retelling of an old english folk tale.
I put it down two books ago and haven't gone back.
Not I'm going to be able to ever finish it.
You follow a broken man back from complete destitution into the heart of a political & mythical struggle.
Yet, this isn't the tried powerless learns to be powerful story-line. It takes you along on a somewhat complicated and usual path. While there is some action, it is far from action packed.
I would recommend it.
While not fully YA, it is heading in that direction. It is an action romp that tries to break free of the tried and true fantasy story-line, but doesn't really succeed.
If you are looking for great fiction, look on. If you are looking for escapist fantasy fiction, you've found one.
Interesting and engaging. A different kind of book. It is an attempt to tell a "harry-potter/narnia" tale from a real world perspective. Basically, that means the characters are complex, troubled, selfish, etc and not everything works out in the end.
I was more fascinated and interested that I thought I'd be in this concept. I must admit it got me thinking. It made a nice allegory for the process of growing up; it takes a hard look at the idea that one must let go of fantasy/dreams and what it means not to.
I would recommend this book. (Maybe not for those looking for escapist fiction, unless you can take a few punches).
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