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Heaven's Needle (Ithelas, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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Way too much discussion about magic and gods slows it down like an excess amount of rain keeps a garden from properly growing. You will be able to gloss over large amounts to get to the meat of the story.
There is some overlap with subplot from The River Kings' Road concerning Kelland (a knight associated with a particular religious order) and Bitharn (a woman who travels with him). Kelland starts off Heaven's Needle imprisoned by some bad guys (Thorns). If you liked Kelland and Bitharn in The River Kings' Road, you'll be happy with this book because they're major characters. The only character who really undergoes a transformation, however, is Asharre (a woman who excels with weapons). She's unsure of her place in the world after the death of her sister, but agrees to go on a journey protecting Evenna (an Illuminer, which is kind of like a priest or priestess/healer). Asharre experiences a nice resolution at the end of the book, and you're left feeling glad for her.
Merciel does a couple of things really well in this book, and so I'll start with those. I feel like most of the major viewpoint characters had a lot of depth, including complex personalities and internal conflicts. They're also largely sympathetic because even though they sometimes have to make decisions and do things they don't want to, we can understand their reasons for doing so.
I felt like the pacing was excellent, as well. The major characters are nearly always in danger; it was hard for them to catch a break.Read more ›
while this author dosnt do anything terribly oirginal by itself rarely have i seen an author blend two genres, horror and fantasy, together as seamlessly as this one does added to this she has and interesting and well rounded characters evocative language and enough world building to give the impression that they are many more stories to be told in this setting.Read more ›
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Book 1 (River King's Road) - quite good for a quick read (plane, beach). However this follow up gets rid of the interesting characters, goes for a rambling wander around a not... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by giftbuyer247
I don't think I've ever read a sequel that seemed to have so little to do with the first book. I finished The River Kings' Road (Ithelas) and immediately purchased this book, as I... Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by Amazon Customer