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Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

If you already like Carey, you'll like this. If you're new to her, try it

What if Sauron got to tell his side of it?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

An acknowledged homage to the Lord of the Rings, you'll find a lot of it sounding familiar. It starts slowly, but it is worth the effort to get engaged. I felt this way with Kushiel too, so if you've read those books, you'll understand what I'm saying.

This is the most conflicting high fantasy series I've 'read' because not only are the 'bad guys' sympathetic...but I can't even really tell if they ARE the bad guys. I think they do enough bad things that eventually it's clear...but still. Like in real life...people go to war for valid reasons, and in the end are mostly just trying to defend their homes and loved ones, or set right things that went wrong or are going wrong. It's good to be forced to examine this awful grey area, especially when it comes to war, since we as a species do it so much.

LotR was definitely white hat/black hat and this is SO hard to know who to root for because I want to fit into that comfortable binary...but she has made it so we cannot. It's definitely an underrated series. Well worth it.

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Great comedic take on MMORPGs

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I'm not sure if he wanted this to be purely satire, but if so it kind of failed. In trying to make 'sense' of a world from an MMO toon's perspective, he actually goes into enough worldbuilding for it all to make a messed up kind of sense.

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The hardest thing was getting used to Yahtzee speaking at a normal pace after all the years of Zero Punctuation speed. It's a LOT more jarring than you'd think. It will take about two chapters for you to be able to live with it if you've watched ZP, but it's worth it!