It ends not even with a cliffhanger, but with a cessation — a cessation, indeed, just as the plot is beginning to get going. Taken in its own right, however, this is the second big weakness of the book. Deprived of the excitement of a climax, all we have is unsatisfying and extremely prolonged anticipation; deprived of the sense of a conclusion, all we have is a congeries of threads, lying aside one another with, as yet, no clear picture of how they are to join, what the finished tapestry is meant to look like.
The entire plot could have been gotten through in three or four chapters, if the author had wished. Ultimately, what Hobb accomplishes in this novel, even more than in her earlier work, is a fusion of realistic, relatable character drama half soap opera, half literary character portrait with a fantasy setting, complete with quests and dragons and magic and mediaeval or in this case early modern ornamentation.
The sugary fantasy material makes the sometimes dry psychological material go down more easily, while the portrait painting adds both prestige and depth to the fantasy. The pace is slow: very slow. But it is a deliberate pace, and although little happens there is ample supply of premonition and foreboding to pull the reader through.
While the characters may generally not be all that sympathetic, they are vivid, rounded, and enmeshed in emotive situations.
Not much happens, but the status quo as described is sufficiently painful to evoke some emotion by itself. Psychological analysis and a fairly unusual plot keep the brain engaged, although both dimensions seem a little too simplistic in execution. As is usually the case with Hobb, her prose is unremarkable, and the flashes of beautiful imagery are balanced by her willingness to describe the horrific and the ugly.
The prose and the plotting and the characterisation all seem more deliberate and controlled though we can deduce that word-count is still something the author has difficulties mastering…. On the other hand, her world has become more conventional, and there seems less interest, at least in this novel, in exploring its unusual elements. So average, on average. A totally different but equally beautiful, simplistic, symbolic approach from Jackie Morris.
On the other hand, her American covers are just ghastly, so maybe there is some justice after all. Liveships is excellent as well, and in particular shares a lot of the interests and concerns of Rain Wilds,. Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo. Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo. Language of Thorns - Leigh Bardugo. Ray Starling pinned post 3 Feb at am. Lightbringer book by Brent Weeks. Lightbringer 1 - The Black Prism. Lightbringer 2 - The Blinding Knife. Lightbringer 3 - The Broken Eye. Lightbringer 4 - The Blood Mirrors.
www.juraa.com/images/detective/the-adventures-of-grum-m-p-the-toad-grum-m-p-the-toad.php Andres-Felipe Guerra. Thank you. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok. Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.
Neil Gaiman - Norse Mythology. Anu Nair. Can't download. Can you please DM me? Anu , try the new link. Verona Eekma.
No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.
Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern.
Cixin Liu - The Dark Forest. Cixin Liu - Death's End.
Ray Starling pinned post 23 Jan at pm. Miller Jack Kross only wanted to play the game.
Ice Forged. Tags fantasy. A Song of Ice and Fire , where they just become incredible door-stopping, plot-padded waffle-fests. Where to stab a man so that he dies without too much blood welling out. Salvatore or David Eddings.
When a mysterious hacker takes control of Hundred Kingdoms, Jack is trapped inside the fantasy VR world along with millions of other players. But Jack is in a worse predicament. Even worse, in the real world, his body lies in a sweltering room with no hope of relief. Readers can expect to find in depth item and spell descriptions, along with stat tables and profession recipes. Battle Spire - Michael R.
An Echo of Things to Come. James Islington. Holy Sister Book of the Ancestor, Book 3.
Grey Sister. Frostborn Omnibus One. The Autumn Republic. Brian McClellan. Philippa Ballantine. The Shadow of What Was Lost. The Blinding Knife.
Blood Song. The Aeronaut's Windlass. Jim Butcher. Morning Star. Pierce Brown. Age of Swords. Perfect State. Frostborn: The World Gate Frostborn 9. The Stormlight Archive, Books Drawn Blades. Kelly McCullough. The Rose and the Thorn.