Khoa Nguyen Nguyen itibaren Wavell Heights QLD, Avustralya
This is one of my favorite books of all time. A looooong read for sure (a whopping 1260 pages) -- but well worth it. A powerful story of loss, betrayal, sin and redemption. I love it!
Just finished this adult fantasy....gave it four stars despite the fact that I really like the "Miles" series by this author the best. At least in adult fantasy, authors like Bujold explore thinking adults who analyze situations, teach younger people in terms of a true mentor, and are always learning something new. The author seems to be surely about the same age as me!!!
This book was okay. It certainly wasn't horrible, but it's far from being really, really great. It was engaging, in a light, simplistic sort of way of entertaining, but the author seemed to try too hard to make it really "deep". She quotes Dante and other 'great works' seemingly as a way to make her own writing more sophisticated, but the effort falls flat. Instead of following the essential rule and showing readers what she means and what symbolism is in her story, she tells, as in: "He felt the assassin's final twist of the blade to snap handle from haft, felt his skin close behind the blade to leave no more than an innocent graze at the point of entry.... As he submerged in the freezing depths, the water closed behind his body to leave no more than an innocent graze at the point of entry." (page 8) I mean, really? You have to spell it out for us that bluntly? The author often hits us over the head with this sort of thing. "The glass horse broke... and it was as if his childhood had broken, too", that sort of thing. Beyond that, the ending is far too neatly resolved. Actually, the whole story seemed a bit contrived. But if you're looking for fluffy, easy beach reading, this isn't a terrible book for that purpose.