- Series: Demon Cycle (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345503821
- ISBN-13: 978-0345503824
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 749 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That being said, still a great series with a unique and well developed world, and Brett's writing style is engaging and of the highest quality. I'm in it til the end.
Also, I have read the next book, and he does get back on point to a certain extent, so there is light at the end of this tunnel.
But this book is a disappointing continuation of a series with an imaginative premise and a strong start. As other reviewers have said, readers who read the series in order already knew how most of the story lines turned out. Some were very interesting in hearing how parts of the plot lines came to be, but the book really needed more of what we finally see in the last pages, where it ends in sort of a cliff hanger.
I'm the sort who tends to finish series just for e sake of doing so. I have read all the GoT books so far written, even though the last ones were not up to the quality of the start. But after finishing this book, I did not rush over to Amazon to download the next in the series. I am not sure I ever will.
Yeah, this book is that disappointing.
Then something went wrong, and the hero of the story turned into an unwilling country bumpkin with super powers and a bad case of denial. I was expecting Arlen to become a bad ass, yet remain a nice guy - Dwayne Johnson, anyone? He turns into a salt-of-the-earth country bumpkin do-gooder. Boring...
I'm getting totally lost with the Krasian (Crazyian?) terminology, and Arlen's insistence that he's a regular guy is grating and daft. I'm no superhero, I'm just regular folks; here, watch me teleport, fly, use PSI powers and heal the sick...
Basically it's book 2, retold from a different point of view. Daylight War? What Daylight War? It's "Inevera's Story", with some filler by the main characters and the plot moving forward about 5 minutes.
I can't see how the series couldn't be a trilogy, and have ended satisfyingly with this book, or maybe a 4th at most, with the final defeat of the Core. What I do get a sense of is padding and filler, too much sexual imagery, and plot conveniences. I feel that the original characters became caricatures along the way, and often feel like characters and plot become contrivances to push the story along as needed.
The story does have erratic jumps between scenes, the transitions are often jarring, feeling forced.
Did I get my money's worth? I'd say a 3rd of it only, but then I got face palmed by the sudden cliffhanger ending. I got Inevera's back story (does this add anything?), with a short Painted Man novella added onto the end, with instructions to be back next week to buy the next exciting episode of...
I'm a skeptic now... more than a little worried about the series that I was truly amazed by when it came out, when the characters were fresh, human - not flat and predictable as Lego pieces.
I find the female characters hard to believe. It's not that what they do is so out of character, it's the reasoning behind what they do that leaves me thinking, "Um. No." Inevera is especially hard for me to relate to - not in her actions but in her WHY. This book really takes a closer look at her history and hardships. One would think that would make her easier to relate to, or at least more understood, but meh, I walked away from this book feeling sort of tepid about her.
Leesha paper is utterly vapid. Renna makes me want to gut punch her most scenes. Even Wonda Cutter is cliche and predictable, but not for the right reasons.
I found the men folk a bit easier to tolerate, but only a little more so. They, at least, had believable actions and thoughts behind those actions.
In spite of all of my griping, it was an easy read and decent brain candy. I wouldn't run out and demand all of my friends read it, but for those who are a fan of the series already, it's "pretty good".
Its just not interesting or entertaining any more.
The series went way off the rails, and the disappointment is unforgivable.
Lets create a fascinating and original coming of age story in Arlen, then make him a buffoon.
Lets leave the main story and insert our back story for most of the volume.
No thanks, and not needed at all, and not even that interesting as a stand alone volume.