Someone who likes a lot of action and Valkyries (not a Norse mythology buff, though, it's treated poorly)
No. I have read many great books with twists on mythology, like Iron Druid chronicles. Don't give up mythology addicts!
Performance is pretty good, kept me going further into the story than I would've otherwise.
The writing isn't terrible. It's all the supermodel Mary Sue (superheroes, to boot) characters that sank the book for me. No one has any real human characteristics, everyone is perfect and there is absolutely no depth to the main character.
The story begins very quickly, which is fine, but given the non-existent plot, lack of character depth (even for commercial fiction, it's unbelievably poor), and flat dialogue, I wish I would have spent my credit elsewhere.
The world is very well written, and breathes and feels like the real thing. The author starts things off quick, but there is no skimping on setting up the characters, the world, the motivations.
Penryn is fantastic as the lead. She's alive and driven, and has plenty of flaws to keep things interesting. Her timid yet fierce nature is very much alive.
READ ABOVE. It was what I said when the book was over, and I couldn't get any more of it without waiting another two years.. Rothfuss's story continued to take on even greater heights and when the book was done, I felt like Kvothe had broken up with me. I actually physically missed the character for two days.
The depth of the character can only be compared to Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey. I've always thought that Imriel will forever stay my favorite character in fiction and in a way, he still is, but Kvothe sure gave him a run for his money. In many ways, however, Kvothe's story can only be compared to itself.
I love the way his voice fits the character so well. When I read the book now, I can always hear his voice in my head, telling the story. His mimicking of different voices and accents are superb. He can sound like such different people, yet retain a distinct style. Can't imagine a better narrator for the book.
In a world where a name can bind a man's fate and a word can kill as sure as a sword, one man is about to become a legend.
The dialogue was spot on and the character's reactions natural. This book has effortless tension and carries forward with excellent suspense, there's no down-time or obvious parts that could be cut out without effecting the story.
Hunger Games is the obvious choice, because of the similar approach to storytelling, but those of you worried that the books are too similar, rest easy -- the characters are drastically different as well as the themes of the books. The atmosphere of Divergent was much its own.
I have to say the scene when her "enemies" (don't want to drop any spoilers) were trying to throw her to her death. It was so vivid and horrible and I was very seriously concerned about her survival. I thought their cruelty was spot-on. All the villains in this book are excellent.The scene of gliding off the roof with the Dauntless members was gorgeous, as well. There are many scenes that thrilled me.
"When everyone's path is predetermined, what would you sacrifice for freedom of choice?"
This book will appeal to a large range of audiences, it has just enough action, character development and beautiful scenes to make for an engaging read.
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