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5.0 out of 5 starsSo, so good!
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
Blew my budget goodbye to get this, but have no regrets. "Landquaker" is worth it. (It's actually wonderful pricing. I'm just a Book junkie so I need to pace myself, and life has a way of intervening. You know what I'm talking about.) GIW is fabulous thus far. With only two books left in this series, I'm chafing at the bit to continue on! "Coilhunter" fans will get a nice kick out of "Landquaker" as familiar characters pop up here and there throughout as I did, since I am going backwards, having started with "Coilhunter" first. This episode is rocking! There are surprises, sad parts, and unbelievably more action than ever and an "on no!" ending to boot. Cliffhangers, argh!
4.0 out of 5 starsI've enjoyed this series immensely since the beginning
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2016
I've enjoyed this series immensely since the beginning, and this book is a solid continuation. I'd have to say that each book is getting better than the last! The good: - Loved the continued journey of the main character Jacob. He's gone from a rogue to a hero-ish character in a very believable way. Great job! - Many of the supporting characters (Mudro, Rommond, etc.) are still fascinating, with ever-increasing layers. - Enjoyed the continued exploration of the world. The bigger it gets, the more I want to learn about it. - Thrilled to find out more about the "demons" of the world. - Loved the "Great Train Robbery" feel of it all. The not-so-good: - Some of the supporting characters (Taberah, Brooklyn, and the kid) lost my interest a tad. - Not a huge fan of the "machine spirits" addition. It felt a bit out of place in the highly technological world. But that's just my preference. - The story didn't move as fast as the previous books. The climax was excellent, but it took a lot of build-up to get there. All in all, a VERY good choice for steampunk readers--for anyone who enjoys a good action book, really. I can't wait to see what crazy steampunk weapon of mass destruction is slated for the next book/s.
4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent addition to the Great Iron War Series!
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2016
Please note, I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
One of my favorite parts about reading a well-written book series is being able to pick up right where I left off, without having to re-read other books to try to figure out what is going on. I read the last of the Great Iron War series books, Skyshaker, back in the winter, and got to jump right back into the world of Altadas with Landquaker without a preamble or refresher course. Wilson's books are fairly fast paced and keep you on the edge of your seat, constantly wondering what's going to happen next (because when you go up against the Iron Emperor, there's bound to be a few obstacles and enemies). Landquaker earns itself 4 out of 5 stars and fills me with anticipation for the next in the series.
What a world, what a world! There is just always trouble for our band of rebels, but you can't help but know that they are going to find a way to pull through. One of my favorite parts of Wilson's writing is the relationship he builds between the reader and his characters. They are not only fighting in a war, but they are fighting their own battles as well. Taberah dealing with motherly duties, Brooklyn and Rommond trying to repair what the Regime has taken from them, Jacob just chugging along, finding his niche among the Resistance fighters. I'll admit, I didn't really like some of the characters when I first started Hopebreaker oh so long ago. After getting to know them more, I can't help but feel for them, and want nothing for the best for all of them (especially Whistler, he's just so young and innocent and naïve in some ways). I actually get anxious when somebody is in mortal danger, which happens a lot in these novels.
I really enjoyed the feel of Landquaker. The plot had a very traditional feel; fighting to take back something that was stolen and used for evil. Dean Wilson makes this plot his own, both modernizing and traditionalizing it in a way that only a talented author and a steampunk novel can do. Throwing in the tribes and a more spiritual subplot was an interesting tactic, and I'm still kind of working out if this worked for me, but overall I truly enjoyed getting to read another story, and getting to meet another instrument of war in the Great Iron War. Can't wait to see what Worldwaker has in store!
5.0 out of 5 starsDoes this series ever get dull? If so, I haven't seen it!
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2020
This was easily the best book in the series so far. As always, Dean continues to impress with his vivid imagery and scene development. I still love Whistler's character and absolutely adore the relationship between Brooklyn and Rommond. I truly had some very emotional moments throughout this story and was certain I knew what was coming in certain chapters only to breath a sigh of relief as the chapter concluded. This is also the book where we get introduced to Nox from the Coilhunter Chronicles and he is just as awesome as ever.
This book ended on a MASSIVE cliffhanger which makes me sad as I know book five isn't due for a bit due to R.C. Bray having a backlog for audiobook narration.
What a contrast to the previous 3 books. Instead of continuous battles and full on action, this book takes a more strategic slant, dealing with logistics and battle plans. That is not to say that this is boring, far from it. The crew face enemies from within as well as the Iron Regime and encounter some new allies along the way. At times there are elements of mysticism with an almost Native American culture being present during their travels and an almost supernatural twist in the proceedings. As before, the relationship between characters is superb and adds a warm and sometimes quite poignant feel to the storyline, making them ever more human to the reader. There are lots of stealth elements, some nice twists and a good pitched battle, leading up the the superb conclusion that will have you begging to read the next instalment.
If you haven't started reading this series yet, you need to!
4.0 out of 5 starsDas Ziel diesmal: Der eiserne Wall
Reviewed in Germany on June 7, 2016
Nach den ersten drei Bänden nimmt der Krieg gegen das eiserne Imperium noch größere Dimensionen an. Das Ziel diesmal: Der eiserne Wall selbst, der das bisher größte Hindernis für den Widerstand im Kampf gegen das Regime. Die Ambitionen im Plot sind wieder einmal hoch. Im Gegensatz zu den letzten beiden Bänden steht auch wieder etwas mehr Reise auf dem Plan. Während sich die erste Hälfte mehr der Vorbereitung widmet, wenngleich auch hier ausreichend Spannung geboten wird, findet man sich in der zweiten Hälfte hauptsächlich im Feuergefecht wieder. Stellenweise wirkt die Geschichte zu lange ruhig oder gipfelt andererseits viel zu schnell und ohne Pause von einer Enthüllung zur nächsten. Zum Ende hin erschienen mir bestimmte Feinde zu wenig eingeführt, sodass wenig Interesse für diese übrig blieb. Andererseits gibt es auch Schlüsselmomente, die ein ganz neues Licht auf die Lage werfen. Gerne hätte ich auch mehr über die wilden Völker und ihre wilden Geister erfahren, hoffentlich wird die Idee im nächsten Band fortgeführt.
Auch die Charaktere bleiben realistisch und nicht selten gibt es Schwierigkeiten, weil einer von ihnen mit seinen Defiziten konfrontiert wird. Am meisten hat mir Jacob gefallen. Er entwickelt sich stets weiter und wird von sympathisch zu noch sympathischer. Die übrigen Figuren haben mich auch mehr oder weniger beeindruckt, etwas enttäuscht. Hier hatte ich das Gefühl, alles drehe sich im Kreis, besonders durch die ganzen Andeutungen war es zudem sehr vorhersehbar. Für den nächsten Band würde ich eine kleine Einführung zu den Charakteren wünschen. So hatte ich etwa schon vergessen, ob gewisse Charaktere schon vorher aufgetaucht sind oder nicht.
Insgesamt habe ich mich mit Landquaker gut unterhalten können. Wer Steampunk mit einer bunten Truppe mag, die im Fall der Fälle doch füreinander einsteht, wird hier nicht enttäuscht.