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Having given my opinion on this book set, I feel it important to mention that I read the Wandering Stars series which is a prequel to the Awakened series. Puts everything into place and sets the stage for The Awakened. They were not written in the proper release IMO. I advise reading Wandering Stars first. You can however read that series second if you want to. That was the way the story was released by the author. He ranks pretty high in my "authors to read category" after Sanderson Rothfuss and Weeks. They are some of my current favorites, simply because they are not trying to duplicate Tolkien and Jordan. Yes I know Sanderson completed Jordans work. He didn't ask for or even dare to dream about doing it. Jordans wife selected him. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!
Jason manages to weave in a brief, but lasting, love story here and there...in fact, this love story is an integral part of one of his main character's actions. He also throws in, without getting specific, a rape scene...again, necessary to a character's growth and development...but the rest of the books tell the story of a group of people, with emphasis on one character...however, this one character is extremely closely tied to the other main characters...
And, let's not forget a driving character who pops in and out, also very closely tied to the one character!!!
Confusing?? Only because I'm not naming names...
Definitely a series with reading...you have action...tons of it...with great descriptions to bring this world to life...
You have just enough romance to keep it from being solely a war book....
You have good people, who are human...complete with flaws...
You have good vs evil...
You have.........well, just read it! You won't regret it!!
Now I'm off to start the next trilogy in this series!!
General theme *SPOILERS* scattered below (no specific details given)
This fantasy adventure take place in the island grouping of the Orudan Empire and follows the Lorus family. Adair, father and governor of the town of Bastul; Maeryn, Adair's wife; Kael, their son and Saga, Kael's tutor.
A new governor is appointed after Adair goes missing...he is a cruel man who imposes himself on Maeryn and dispose both Kael and Saga (or so he thinks). All three book follow Maeryn, Kael and Saga over the ensuing 20 years or so, telling their tales of survival, development and eventual retribution.
While the story had some great spots of intrigue, suspense, battles and travel, it also had some areas that were dragged out and became 'skim-able'. In general however, the trilogy held its own until the third book when Kael began to take on a Deus ex Machina aura. Unfortunately at this point, the once omnipotent 'bad guys' seemed to be dispatched with relative ease, their evil plans countered at every turn with inexplicable accuracy by Kael and his compatriots. The ending became a foregone conclusion and at the same time set the stage for an obvious sequel.
Also, there were several very good MAPS with interactive links embedded within the text. Oh, if only all fantasy books would have such luxuries included!
This was a good trilogy for a summer time beach or vacation read. It had an interesting basic plot and some intriguing developments. I think many readers will absolutely love this tale, because it's easy to read and it did have some great moments.
But to me, as each book progressed I had this uncomfortable feeling that the main characters were somehow, sacrosanct...they could be hurt or made to suffer, but you always knew in the end, they'd prevail. And yes, while I guess nearly all fantasy books end this way, it's just that the techniques used here made it quite obvious as to how things were going to turn out...and therein lies the difference between great, good and average writing. 3 1/2 Stars
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