- File Size: 959 KB
- Print Length: 372 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: World Tree Publishing (December 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RN93DLY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jaeth's Eye Kindle Edition
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Jaeth's Eye is about a bunch of people in a turbulent world with some supernatural/magical things that are threatening to undo everyone.
Let me try that again.
This book is about Kefier as he struggles to reconcile his past and find his way in life. Or it's about Sume's struggle to care for her family and the sacrifices she makes to achieve that goal. Or maybe it's about Ylir, a man with something to prove to his master and everyone else he's so desperate to manipulate.
The thing is, there's no clear hero in this story. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind this, but there were so many jumps, and the point of view character wasn't always readily apparent - sometimes you just had to guess based on the info. Which got a bit irritating.
The other problem I had with the story was all the cliffhangers and missing information. I'm still not certain how Kefier's partner, Oji, died. I have some idea, but it's not entirely clear. Which may be because there's more story to tell. But by about halfway through the book and the numerous cliffhangers with no idea where the book was going or how it would get there, I got frustrated.
Those nits aside, the world the author created is phenomenal. It's so well thought-out, it could be another planet or an alternate history. There are people and their different gods and customs and speech and rivalries. And the story - what of it I could gather - was rather entrancing. I bled for those characters, so broken, each with their own misery to tell and their own paths to forge.
And some of the reveals were out of this world. The story is so drip-fed, that I didn't make many of the connections that the end pointed out.
So if you like experimental narratives, fully formed worlds that will transport you, and a steady stream of cliff-hangers (or some might call it intrigue), then pick up Jaeth's Eye. :)
The characters, complex storylines connecting, all of it reminded me of Game of Thrones – but not in terms of plot, this book is far different from that, but just in the way how all the different storylines just seemed to connect at some point, overlap, cross, and form one bigger story to be told from different perspectives. The characters also remind me of the characters in Game of Thrones, although they’re unique, they do share one common denominator: they’re all flawed, and none of them are true heroes. Not in the way you had Frodo in Lord of the Rings, or Pug in Raymond E. Feist’s celebrated Magician series.
Here, in Jaeth’s Eye, in the Agartes Epilogues, there is no true hero. Instead, there’s a collection of characters, some of them with potentials to be heroes, others with potential to be villains. It’s a much more realistic world we see here. We see characters with ambitions, characters thirsting for vengeance, characters seeking justice.
The storyline is complex, and the world-building is rich and detailed, but equally complex. It’s not the kind of book you can read brainlessly, almost skimming through the pages – no, you have to really keep focused on it. A bonus point for the book was how it embraced diversity between the different cultures in the book and didn’t just focus on one culture.
Recommended to readers who enjoy the more complex, epic fantasy tomes. I, for one, look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
There is no doubt in my mind that Villoso had a very clear idea what was going on in these pages -- but as I read, I felt like I was constantly e-evaluating what was going on -- guessing what I was supposed to understand, and what was supposed to be being revealed to me (either where I was or in the future).
Not only did I not understand where I was, I couldn't really tell you until the end how everything tied together and what the overall story was. I didn't get the various cultures/ethnicities, I couldn't tell how the various moves by the characters -- or by those they were talking about -- meant anything.
Now, I liked the characters -- I liked the interactions, and every time that the story moved on I hated it, because I'd have to reorient myself. The characters seem to change almost every time I encountered them.
Glancing around the internet I see that I'm alone in this -- every other reviewer seems to have really dug the way Villoso told the story. Great -- that's a relief. I'd rather that I missed out on something good than the alternative -- that Villoso didn't put out something good.
Well, there's one thing that you cannot convince me belongs in this fantasy world -- dime novels. Nope, that just doesn't fit.
I'm going to give this a three because the individual scenes, the character moments were great -- I just couldn't put the pieces together. Go read someone else's take on the book, it's bound to be better than mine.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the author
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