I really enjoyed these three books. Mr. Pullman has created an interesting universe full of strange beings and ideas. This is the second book and the one I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed the evil characters as much as the heroines. You don't often find well developed bad guys in fantasy writing.
If your older than 12 don't waste your time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books of this series. The plot is complex and the author does a good job of character development.
The first three books are filled with intrigue, plots and war. This is not usually what interests me in a fantasy book but Martin's characters kept me captivated.
My one complaint is that I feel that his world lacks beauty and grace. Tolkien this is not. In Martin's world it is the villians and louts that seem to prosper. This is a book of trechery and blind honor. Martin does not shrink from killing off his characters.
The story line moves slowly, in part I think because he spends so much time developing his characters and a very complex story line.
The writing is far bettter than Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
I reccomend this book. The reader is really terrific.
I enjoyed this book and the second book in the series (Stalking Darkness) as well. I hope Audible picks up the third.
It is the only fantasy book I have read that has a very believable romance that slowly (and tastefully) builds between two male characters. I almost hesitate to put that in the review because it is not what the book is about, yet it is what I found to be the most compelling part of the book.
The plot is pretty standard fantasy fare good confronting evil, but it carried my interest. I thought it was better than Rorbert Jordan's Wheel of Time books that go ON and ON and ON.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting. The world the author described is original and detailed.
The protagonist succeeds through the moral strength of his character.
I would recommend this book to readers who were past their teen years and wanted something a little different than the typical fantasy book.
This is a nice story to share as a family. It is funny and inventive. Sometimes it verges on the silly but that is just fine.
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