This military fantasy has the potential to be an epic fantasy series. No ground was broken in this story--pretty straight forward battle of opposing forces (one nominally "good" and the other nominally "evil"--yet those lines are certainly in question in the book and likely developed further in the series). The story set up enough convolution between the characters' backgrounds, the magical system, and the main conflict that I could see an interesting series developing out of this mostly run-of-the-mill first book.
In short: the characters were engaging; the motivations, setting, and plot all interesting.
This was a good "pass the time" book for me. I'm not dying waiting for the next book in the series, but I will very likely read it.
At first I couldn't see why this was compared so often to The Hunger Games. It seemed original and written for adults. Later in the book it became very reminiscent of hunger games. But I wasn't put off and still enjoyed it.
This book isn't breaking any literary boundaries, but it is a fun rather light sci-fi/fantasy.
I was not disappointed by this novella. Fun backstory on the characters. I'd recommend for fans of the series.
Audible's advertising caught me. I was curious about a book that Sanderson would describe as his inspiration. While I'd be this was pushing new ground in the 70's, it felt very dated to me. The events, storyline, and characters were not developed to my liking. For the most part it seemed the protagonist just wandered from place to place running into monarch after monarch--each who had some amazing skill to teach him, in under 24hrs.
Entertaining, but I was disappointed I spent $5 on it when it was done. Way too short.
I enjoyed the trip back to the Dune universe. It's been about 20 years since I read the original series but it was still very fun to get some back story of characters like Duncan Idaho and things like the Bene Gesserit breeding programs.
As it was the son and a hired writer recreating Frank Herbert's world, I didn't expect great originality. And I wasn't disappointed...if you catch my drift. The plot was entertaining enough, but there were no impressive, creative ideas (nothing near the scale of the original series). Also the characters felt a bit underdeveloped. Especially the antagonist, who seemed characterchures of villains (were they so trite in the original series?).
In summary, I enjoyed the trip back to Dune and I'm not disappointed I bought this book. However, I'm not going to read any of the other million prequels that this pair has produced.
Enjoyed this pretty bleak, but somewhat upbeat, detective story set to the back drop of the end of the world.
Interesting allegory for the meaninglessness and/or intrinsic meaning of our every day actions/motivations. Kept me thinking about why we live our lives as I compared my motivations to that of he knowingly doomed.
Enjoyable story, with interesting characters, and smooth writing.
Enjoyed the plot idea.
However, the writing is bad. Constantly breaks the old adage "show don't tell" as the characters explain all their actions and thoughts.
The characters are poorly developed. Their actions are unbelievable in parts because the motivations are immature and unrealistic (for characters that are supposed to be sophisticated).
YA and not particularly impressive even for that sub-genre .
Enjoyed this more upbeat version of POT. There are quiet a few similarities to the characters and storyline (beyond the obvious overlapping place & time), but it is fresh and distinct.
As with POT the characters are richly developed, engaging, and interesting. The plot feels a bit weaker than the other series, but it is hard to compete.
I recommend, especially if you are a fan of the thorn series.
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.
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