Leg of Cor is a great read. Unlike Rings of Haven which was dull and desperate, LoC takes you back to what Aurora was all about: excitement, friendship, and legends. Nathan Scott makes you want to root for him, and every member of his crew that he loses you feel the pain with him. But Ryk doesn't just make you love Nathan and the crew, he makes you respect them as well. This series is starting to come into a realm of its own. It's no longer a Star Trek copy and is quickly becoming it's own tale.
If this is the true end, then I'm very sad. Blood of Olympus is just a shadow compared to what Last Olympian was. It was more of books 3 and 4 for three quarters of the book (where it just tells side stories more or less, bringing more random greek/roman myths into play). Then it was all over and everybody was alive and the gods were healed. Then Gaia rose, they beat her...quickly...and then it's like everything was hunky doory again and everybody was happy at camp. We didn't really get anything, all the bad guys just died. Very disappointing. Not to mention that we got 1 glimpse of the Amazons and Thalia in this book, Grover was mentioned once, and...it was just really poorly done. By the end, I felt like even Rick didn't want to be doing this anymore.
The only positive thing we got was Nico and Leo's characters happy endings. That was nice and poetic. But everything else was if the shoe fits. Just too many small holes in a lot of side story's and the main story that we might never have answers too.
And just because Chamian is a better narrator than Berenzen (or what ever his name was) does not make him a good narrator. He was very drool.
If you take out all the training with Kip (which is fun and enjoyable) I'm not sure anything is actually happening. I'm still up in the air about Karris, Gavin/Dezon is either Horny or trying to destroy gods with his ailing powers, Ironfist goes atheist, Tia is cool I guess but she hasn't played a big role yet, and the real Gavin keeps escaping prison just to be shot. Why was he even in the book to begin with!!!!!! The only true important thing in this book is the cards...and more importantly the part where Kip runs down the cards one by one. Lot of foreseeing going on there. Other than that, not a lot happens.
The only interesting character so far (other than Kip) is Andross, and we hate him. And I'm pretty sure 9 kings would be fun to play.
The black Prism has all the essentials of a true Epic. It's just lacking in a majority of areas, and that's on Weeks. We have no idea who the main character is. Which is just like game of thrones, I know, but I'm not a huge fan of that either and it easily the most overrated book in the world next to twilight. But I digress. Gavin/Dazin is a great character...I guess, but he is a self centered ass upset that he's a self centered ass. Kip has all the makings, but Weeks refuses to put him up there for us. Liv had chances and then lost them. It's like he refuses to make anybody more than normal. More than just another character. And I also haven't seen where the central theme to the book is. He keeps dancing around the topic and I feel like I now have a grasp...but really I'm still not 100% sure. I'm giving it a chance because the idea is fantastic, but I have quiet doubts.
Maas did a really good job of trying to push me away with this book. For 7/8 of the book, all we hear about is poor Celaena, her life is just terrible, no body else in this world has problems like her. It drags on and on and it's annoying. And then there's Chaol whose almost as bad. I just wanted to punch him near the end. He's just turned into the worst character after being the best character in book 1.
The only things that kept me going were the Dorian and Manon chapters. I was literally only listening for their parts by the end.
Then Celaena stopped being a whinny little brat, and oh look, the book is good again. I won't finish the next book if Maas sends her back into her ball.
If you are very much, good is the only way of thinking and all others must die, stay clear of this book. If you're like me, and you've got an open mind but you still lean towards good, you'll kind of enjoy this book. If you have no opinion at all, this book is for you.
Killing demons - I'm on board with that. Killing bad humans - I'm okay with that. But the idea of someday killing angles and other creatures widely considered good and that idea being a good idea...I struggled there. I'll grant you that Balance is a strange and original idea of Religion and the battle between good and evil, it's just not one I want or choose to like.
Let me continue by praising what I should. The characters are fantastic. I'll give Forbes credit, he truly made you see the world and especially the character and who they were on both a spiritual and physical reality.
The idea of this book is fantastic. A new idea in a new system. If it wasn't for the idea of some day killing angels and thinking that it is somehow the right thing to do, I'd love this book.
In the end, there's a reason Forbes is getting praised for this series. I just can't deal with the idea that Angels are no better than demons.
If you like banking or upper class Medieval politics, then this is the book for you. However, if you actually enjoy books, then skim though this opener. This book/series has so much potential, but book one is just lacking. Everything is there, Abraham just needs to write about something interesting! I will say this though, I've heard that if you can suffer through book 1 and move on to book 2, the series really picks up. But I'm just not sure I can risk that after the drool that was The Dragon's Path!
The Headline is all you need. This book/series is terrible! Run away fast and far. The Character's get more exotic but no less weak and whiny. Then we get a romance forced on us. The vampires are still there, although outside of the two main ones they really aren't. The constant travel to supposedly randomly places where they find anything but random things. Everything falling perfectly into place without any struggle. Then forced struggles. Then...Ah. So bad!
This book had all the promise of an epic novel. It had a great cover, a great and exciting preview, and several promising reviews. But then I bought the book. And then there was nothing happening. And then the world ended. And then there was a vampire. And then there was a world again. And then there was...this book was terrible. The characters are weak and forced on you. And you have no idea who the main character actually is. You think it's Mic/Blaine, but you can't really tell! Plus, Blaine sucks! And then there were Vampires!!! I can't stress that enough. For some reason ($$$) there are vampires in this story! Save your credits.
Born of the Ashes is an incredible story of battle. If you're looking for the politics that have been involved with this series periodically, just skim this one. Nothing but battles and fighting. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Tower Lord is a good and fascinating book, but it really does lack when compared to the Blood Song. Slow at the beginning, then it picks up by bringing in both new and enticing characters and then old and favored characters. But after our character intros, the book kind of drags for a while; giving us useful information and showing us new places, but nothing really happens, just people moving around. Then everything happens. Very exciting last quarter that permanently plants Raven's Shadow/Ryan's flag in the Fantasy universe!
Can't wait for book 3! Love this series!
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