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  1. In Topic: First Read Thoughts

    09 May 2020 - 06:08 PM

    View PostTakko, on 03 May 2020 - 01:12 PM, said:

    I can understand the criticism, but I don`t necessarily share it. I feel like a lot of depth is added to many characters which helps you understand the overarching storyline. Especially Cotillion and Shadowthrone are given a lot of focus in this book. I enjoyed that a lot. Given a glimpse of how difficult it is to hold together an empire that is assailed from all sides is also one of the strong suits of this entry. On my first read a couple of years ago I found myself not really enjoying the Adjunct Tavore parts too much, because I felt a little more depth and a clearer view of her character would have been nice. On the reread now I really like the way she handles her army and how mysterious she is about the mission and the final goal. Is it Kalam in the latter part of the book who thinks deeply about what leaders should reveal to their troops? I really liked that sequence. And also rest assured, there will be plenty of lore and new lands in the books to come.

    Thanks for taking the time to offer your opinion.Yeah, on hindsight, maybe I was a bit too negative. I love Cotillon and Shadowthrone, and the mysteries of Emurlahn is one of the most interesting stories. And I like Tavore as a character (I gather that she is going to be very important in the series from now on), I just think that there was a bit too much aimless wandering in the book (Karsa's journey I didn't enjoy at all). My favourite parts were the Paran ones, as I like the way he is coming in to his role as Master of the Deck. Maybe this just ends up being one of the books that feel better the further removed you are from them (I loved MoI from the start, but I have come to appreciate it so much more now). One third into RG now, and loving it thus far (although most of the books usually suffer a bit in the middle due to pacing issues), maybe Lether just does it for me (the atmosphere, the clash of culture, the freezing ritual, Bluerose, what an ingeneous conception this place is). Really looking forward to the convergence that seems to be coming.
  2. In Topic: First read thoughts

    08 August 2019 - 01:10 PM

    Yeah, I can see these things and I can accept them, although they could be given a bit better. But for the last part, I don't know. Her subsequent actions do show that, but her actions up until then don't. So that change seems kind of abrupt...


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