- File Size: 9511 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2014
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JCS7B5S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Red Winter: Book Five of The Tapestry Kindle Edition
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In the final chapter of The Tapestry, we get answers. We learn more about Mina's history. More about David Menlo's history too. We learn much more about Bramand we even learn about the history and true nature of Astaroth. But what I really like about this book is that throughout the book our point of view shifts from Rowan to Prusias so that we get both sides of the story. And I love that the book is suffused throughout with Celtic mythology - one of my favorite set of myths and one that does not get used enough.
Come back to the world of vyes and wyvern, lymrills and dragons, witches and hags. The book will take you to Prusia's Kingdom, Blys, to the underground cities of the Vryes, to the peaks of the Witch Mountains and deep down to the doors of Tartarus. Come back to the world of The Tapestry and to the final battle between Max and Astaroth where only will come out of it alive.
p.s. Everything to do with the hags was hilarious. Hag Law!
The plot is amazing, the worlds vivid, the action engaging and the characters endearing. I do feel like the quality of the writing has grown exponentially from Book I through V. My initial concern (way back in Book I) about character development was addressed, and for some reason, The Red Winter is less difficult to read and visualize compared to The Maelstrom, so I was able to finsih this faster. Or it could have been that I am now more familiar with the setting and characters. What makes The Red Winter stand out is the way each character is given their own respective story arcs. It would have helped if some of these stories were sprinkled throughout the series, especially in Books I-II, where it was hard to be emotionally connected with the characters. I am not sure if the entire series plot was already drawn at the time The Hound of Rowan was written - if not, it makes sense that maybe as the author allowed the story to take its course, the need to tie everything together in this last book was apparent, hence we got soooo much depth and detail in this installment. The Red Winter rocks!!! Even if you don't read the entire series, and just choose to read this installment, you won't regret it.
I know there is a far-future sequel coming, but it might have been fun to learn more about what the world does immediately after the end, and what kind of a "future" so to speak the main characters have.
If you like Harry Potter series and you enjoy Riordan's series, this is a series you'll like too.
Thank you for an excellent, immersive series that let me down many roads, made me laugh and cry, and wish that more novels like this were in the world.
Now...I do have a few criticisms, particularly for this last novel. There are points in the story where the writing is more effective than others - nothing huge, just scenes sprinkled in where things are moving at a slower pace and the writing is slightly less engaged. I think another round of editing would tighten up those sections. Also, and this is my main critique: the start is very slow, and Neff focuses on the hags. Hags, hags, hags....I'm not fond of them, certainly not in that much detail. It doesn't matter how much you dress it up, they eat people, and that's not attractive, or comical. The section with the hagglings should have been cut quite, quite short, and the tone should have started straight away with Max and the others clearly focused on the larger goal. The secondary story there at the start with Mum and her ogre could have stayed, but that should have been shortened and taken a back seat, and the rest of the hag related material, I would have dropped.
That said...don't let the first chapter(ish) stop you from digging into the conclusion of this series. It's darker, it's not a series I'd recommend to young children, but it does finish very nicely, and does many things most stories never even attempt. The only reason it doesn't have five stars is becuase of that awful start.
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A must read, all the threads collected and counted for. This is a book that is a joy to read.Read more
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