©2008 E.E. Knight; (P)2009 Tantor
"Knight turns the familiar features of epic fantasy upside down in this unique world of medieval politics and ancient magic seen through the eyes of dragons." (Publishers Weekly)
Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.
I've enjoyed these stories, but this one felt overwrought. There were some big, confusing new plot lines attempting to bind the three tales/tails together - with limited success, in my opinion. I think we're up to five different hominid races now, all being rendered similarly but each with their own alliances, historic betrayals, and generally irksome traits that influence decisions. At one point, I considered going back to my first reading of 'The Name of the Rose' and keeping 3x5 cards on everyone so I can keep them straight. That's more work than I'd like to do for a fun little fantasy series. I'm hoping Knight can punch his way out of this sticky exposition and get back to the nice storytelling tempo of the first few books.
Although this book is a good listen, when I compare it to the previous books I am left with a little disappointment. Weather the author intended it or not, the characters came across to me as a little scatter brained or ditsy. My initial view of dragons was one of a being that is very intelligent, and driven by instinct. To me this book portrays them as that and as beings that cant make up their mind on what side to take.
The story a good one, I feel that it just needs better character development at this stage.
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