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S. Pike

Maricopa, AZ USA
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the first Arc is ended in the second Arc is well

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-18-19

which book 6 we finally get to see the beginning of the end of the series with its second major arc arguably that ended with book 3 by the book 4 and 5 started to set up for the second dark and you really start to get to the meat of it with book 6 with the creation of the asham on if you read this series up the song there's nothing more I can say but keep reading the story only gets

Not as described

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-19

This story presented it self as a gamelit mixed with cultivation story. If your not familiar that is a mixture of the Chinese genre called wuxia or xanxia. on this site that would be A thousand steps first stop or the Cradle series by Will Wight. This story is not that . Gamelit or litRPG at best with magic you get by fighting something and special elemental attacks but despite using it in the book, as some magic users are called cultivaters it is completely missing the tropes or system that a cultivator series would have. I'm not saying its a bad story I haven't finished it yet. But it is not a cultivator story. I wish someone would put Condemning the Heavens on audio.

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this Begins the second major arc of Wheel of Time

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Reviewed: 09-01-19

this is my favorite series growing up and this is where the series starts to really both slow down and expand as you begin to see all the other nations and many of the diverse cast of characters ironically while focusing on only a few viewpoints in this book it sets up many of the books and many of the major storylines to come in what I think of as the second half of the series with Rand and his school and his amnesty as well as the foreign nation of Shonchan and the problems that create as well as the beginning of Matt major arc. we really get to see some of the characters finding their own ground and their own strengths in this book and start to distinguish themselves and just side characters even the bad guys start to do that.
if you reached this far in the series you probably don't need me to tell you much about the world but if by some home you got to your first this is a really great series with magic it's pretty well-defined with more than one system technically as well as well developed characters with well-developed storylines that make you want to keep reading and never put the book down until you're either too tired to keep your eyes open or until you have to fall asleep or finish the book. he does incredible work developing the world and nations in the cultures of the people and is one of the Premier fantasy authors who is great at building a world a culture and a story and he became for me the gold standard by which all other fantasy authors were judged hereafter. series is well worth your credit though admittedly it's a little slow to start so be patient and start with the first book. in this book we get to sea Rand lead the Aiel back across the world to save Cairienan and confronts a forsaken. we see Matt and his various potential story hooks come together and finally start to realize his potential. meanwhile we see nynaeve and Elaine as they travel searching for the ice and I after the breaking of a tower in the last book in the consequences the war is having on the common people.

a nice new book that has an old time sci-fi feel

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-30-19

a lot of books these days have science fiction as a tag but it's doesn't usually explore the actual ideas which is what science fiction exploring ideas with Adventure this book which was have been on my wish list for a while and I just bought for a sale has really lived up to all the hype it is interesting the human characters make decisions that makes sense it explores sci-fi ideas and it takes us on an adventure it's worth buying.

my second Epic Fantasy is a kid that set the mold

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Reviewed: 04-07-19

my first book I read as a kid was Pawn of Prophecy by David eddings and my second one was the dragon Reborn well to be more precise it was the dragon reborn and then I went back and read the eye of the world the great hunt and finally the shadow Rising this helped shape my love of fantasy for decades to come and was the gold standard by which all other long-form fiction was measured. because when I was young you know I could read a book a day if it was short fiction but looks like these always took me like a week or more to read with constant reading I really loved this book I loved the amount of detail of World building that Robert Jordan always put into his stories and this is a great epic series to begin with though I suggest you go back and read the first book unlike me who started out with this one in the dragon Reborn.

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Increased pacing and action.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Of the five books I feel like this one was a bit faster paced and we got more action for this story than we did for each previous book. I felt it was nice we got to see a bit more of the bigger picture in this book about the other worlds and what is going on their as well as a wider understanding of this world and were the Blackflame Empire was in it. Plus I felt Yerin? Linden's friend got some more character development where we learned the origin of her parasite and her history with it. If you want a cultivator or xanxia story where the protagonist doesn't become as corrupt as his enemies so far this is the series to read or listen to.

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Increased pacing and action.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Of the five books I feel like this one was a bit faster paced and we got more action for this story than we did for each previous book. I felt it was nice we got to see a bit more of the bigger picture in this book about the other worlds and what is going on their as well as a wider understanding of this world and were the Blackflame Empire was in it. Plus I felt Yerin? Linden's friend got some more character development where we learned the origin of her parasite and her history with it. If you want a cultivator or xanxia story where the protagonist doesn't become as corrupt as his enemies so far this is the series to read or listen to.

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too much repetition from the dragon books

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

honestly I lights maybe 60% of this book in the first half or so we learn about his past but the sections to repeated stuff from the dragon books got tiresome because for those books or Ian really wasn't involved much would doing anything so I kind of felt weird without him as a Viewpoint character also the end was kind of cheap spoilers through those who haven't read the book there two women that love him and he pretty much has to choose one and in the author kind of cheapens that struggle by just having one of them go kind of crazy evil and have 20 years of grief just go away with out any real conflict resolution just boom it's gone. despite the very ending and the repetition Parts I did mostly like this work

A new satire fantasy author has entered the world

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Reviewed: 06-01-18

This is a review of both this book and the first book. There are two kinds of satire fantasy authors. Those who have an interesting idea and do a one of book and those who can go back and expand what they already layed down and grow it with new funny images from the normal world. The first is like John Scalczi with his Red Shirts and the second is like the late Sir Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series. I got J. Zachery Pike's second book early and I have to say it seem like we have a satire author similar to Mr. Pratchett. Mr. Pike takes economic ideas and puts them in a fantasy universe with a satirical twist that shows how oddly and yet logically these things would work in a fantasy world and how people who work in these areas should logically understand the consequences of their business practices and what they should do from running themselves and their economy but don't in our world.
Their is a more serious story element running through the book but I think it would be closely related to a Discworld type story. Well worth the money.

A warning of things to come

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I liked this book. I found it both realistic fiction and educational. I understand what someone else reviewing this said in that it feels like they are preaching at you a bit, but I feel that they are also trying to educate the reading in real world things like economic, political and survival realities and how a lack of principals and personal virtue can and is leading to the collapse of our economy and the government of free people set up by the founding fathers.

It feels like the writer is really concerned about how people aren't paying attention to what is happening and is warning up to prepare to defend our selves and feed ourselves when we no longer have a welfare government to support us. I bought the second book to finish this as soon as I was done with the first book.

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