- File Size: 8067 KB
- Print Length: 850 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003UN7110
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There's plenty that's good: sufficient plot for a few books, and interesting character development with some hard wrestling with conscience. Having progressed far down a dark path, when is it too late to turn to a different way? Indeed, the key thing keeping me interested was the repeated choice between the two paths which each brother could take, and the plausible reasons and self-justifications in making their iterated choices. And I would say the quality of the writing (and the editing and proofreading, thankfully) improves through the series.
But there are things that I find hard to enjoy: most importantly the author's preference to tell me much more than I want to know about the details of the gore in every fight. For me personally most fights were a boring litany of opponents' deaths in unpleasant detail. In addition to not really caring about those details, I find it hard to believe in the variation in spells from one battle scene to the next. I guess variation is necessary to maintain any interest readers might have in the never-ending list of deaths; but if you are a necromancer with spells which you have used very effectively in the past, and you're in a tight spot, why experiment with something new and gory but less effective? I never did quite figure out whether Qurrah in particular enjoys gore for its own sake.
I guess the book is aimed at readers who enjoy the detail of the fight scenes as a highlight; but that's not me. If the author cut back on all the gratuitously detailed descriptions of gore in the fight scenes (and thereby shortened the series from 5 books to maybe 3 books) I'd love to read to the end, but as it is, well ...
I would have liked to know how the brothers finally choose, and what motivates their final decisions, but for me it's not worth reading the other half of the series to find out.
The story suddenly changes and gains a entirely different beat to it about mid way through, with character development and story arch being what they are this is a good and bad thing. Its a bad thing only because sometimes it all just seems.. so bad. Making me want to skip ahead of a paragraph or page because i feel as though I don't need to read it to know what is happening because the character speaking is going through a arch that is so cliche it might as well be tattooed on their forehead.
Then the next chapter will redeem itself, showing me interesting events and plot twists while also showing needless violence and senseless slaughter to a somewhat extreme level but not unjustified given the setting. In certain ways this book reminds me of game of thrones, in others it reminds me of something a teenager would obsesses over. This book, and the series are worth a read to be sure but don't be surprised if you find yourself very bored suddenly and unsure if you should even read further.
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