by Scott Westerfeld
Alek clenched his fists. “I can’t do this without you! Not any of it!”
“I’m afraid you must.” Volger saluted with his saber. “Good-bye, Alek. Make your father proud.”
But my father is dead … and you’re not.
Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld
Book 2 of the Leviathan Trilogy
Rating 3 of 5 Stars
I like it. It’s a young adult fantasy of an alternate world war one history.
It is evident Mr. Westerfeld did a great deal of research into the “story” or “trilogy” if you like. I would be critical of “historical” parallels in this story but it would be like debating if Superman is from Krypton. It’s an imaginary alternate history. Mr. Westerfeld has based some of his story on some of the popular beliefs about world war one. In that way I recommend this to young people more than I might otherwise. Perhaps it may spur some youngster to investigate the real facts of history.
I dread the fact our current actual “history” is too often transformed into fictional stories presented as true as the fictional histories of Dune, The World of Tiers, or Ringworld. So it is at this point I pray all young people ache to attend Hillsdale College. One of the last lights upon a hill that refuses to teach nonsense when it comes to history.
I digress… I liked Mr. Westerfeld’s story. Let’s get started… Continue reading “Behemoth”
by Diana Gabaldon
There was a sudden chill as the dressing on Grey’s chest was lifted, and he heard the sharp-edged hiss of metal and the surgeon’s deep, impatient sigh. Hal’s fingers tightened, grasping his.
“Just hold on, Johnny,” Hal said in a steady voice. “I won’t let go.”
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I like it. I recommend it only to die hard Diana Galbadon fans and gay men in the military. It’s another outing with Lord John Grey.
Of the 4 John Grey stories I’ve read, this has been the most interesting.
I’ve tried to imagine Diana’s fascination with this John Grey character of hers. So far I imagine she enjoys writing about him more than I like reading about him. Revisiting this review: After reading nearly all of her Outlander books, John Grey does become a rather interesting character. In these early singles about John Grey, not so much. Continue reading “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade”
By Diana Gabaldon
Not only was the plane gone, it didn’t seem ever to have been there. There was no trace, no furrow in the thick meadow grass, let alone the kind of gouge in the earth that such a crash would have made.
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars.
Read and listened to in 2017 on 4/18 to the end. I liked it and if you’re an Outlander fan this short story of trivial fill towards the end of the Outlander series will be a fun read. If you’re still not an Outlander fan, you’ve strayed into the wrong review. Thanks for coming, keep coming back.
Diana Gabaldon knows her characters. I presume she has a master sheet somewhere, or an Outlander “Bible” if you like, and over the years has added to it like a collage and resume workbook. It was probably intended to remind her to keep the character’s eye color consistent, so in one novel they aren’t purple and the next novel bright orange. But if she’s like most series authors, she has ventured down the “backstory” side-roads at various times, spending far too long writing a very interesting “history” of some seemingly minor character. Who was his mother? His father? What’s the story? Why is he like he is? What if he’s actually… hey it is a time travel series, this could go anywhere… Continue reading “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows”
by Terry Goodkind
It was a sight of hope, of love, and at the same time it was horrifying to know it meant death for her.
“This is her choice,” Nicci said as if reading Kahlan’s mind. “She is doing what she must, and doing it of her own free will.”
The last book in the Wizard’s First Rule series, in the “Richard and Kahlan” adventures. Whatever you’re going to call it, Richard and Kahlan’s adventures are forever fading in the memory of Terry Goodkind. May they rest in peace.
Read and or listened to audiobook in 2017 on 2/19 to page 86, on 3/4 to page 123, on 3/6 to the end. I loved it
Severed Souls Spoilers
One reason I rated Severed Souls as highly as I did
is that Terry Goodkind had the guts to kill of Zedd, Richard’s grandfather and a steady fatherly counselor since book one having also been the First Wizard and having named Richard The Seeker.
There have been many times over the series I’ve wondered… since Zedd had done “this thing” why couldn’t he fix “that thing”. There will always be inconsistencies in a series with over ten books.
Mr. Goodkind also killed Kahlan, leaving Richard desperately alone with his soulmate ripped from him. He seemed breathless with terror of the loss and dread of living without her.
But that is was “Severed Souls“. We begin “Warheart” at a funeral pyre as well. Continue reading “Warheart”
by Terry Goodkind
Being in the shackles, he couldn’t reach his sword, but it was still on his hip. They had probably left it there because it helped remind him of how helpless he was. People like Dreier liked to make people feel helpless.
Read in 2017 on 1/20 to page 52, on 1/27 to page 77, on 2/6 to page 169, on 2/7 to page 307 on 2/9 to page 340, on 2/18 to the end. I loved it. Probably for all the wrong reasons, but that’s 5 stars in my book. I recommend Severed Souls to any fan of the Richard & Kahlan series. Richard & Kahlan series, in my opinion, includes 17 of the 19 books Mr. Goodkind has written. Two prequels and 15 Wizard’s First Rule novels. I have “Death’s Mistress” (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #1) but haven’t read it. If not a Richard and Kahlan novel, it’s in the same fantasy world.
Since this is book 14 of the 15 main novels it is likely impossible to not write a spoiler. By book 14 in a series of books it may be a spoiler to mention a main character as the implication at the end of earlier novels may conclude with the impression one or more of the main characters are dead or dying. So, even mentioning a main character may be a spoiler.
Still, I will be writing a review here, so damn the consequences and bring on what spoilers I can recall. Just don’t click “read more” and your future reading enjoyment will be safe from this review. Continue reading “Severed Souls”
by Terry Goodkind
He was loath to try such a thing. He was dead anyway. If he didn’t try, everyone would die. This was his only chance. He knew it was purely an act of desperation. Zedd always said that sometimes an act of desperation was magic—real magic.
The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind. Read in 2016 on 11/9 to page104, on 11/19 to page 299 on 11/29 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s books about Richard and Kahlan.
This is book two in a four book story so anything specific is a spoiler. I don’t like the idea you have to buy four books written over a long period of time in order to enjoy a story but that is what publishing has become.
For normal spoiler info on the book read the blurbs on the sales sites or Goodreads. I’m going to write a review. It will have spoilers. It will be after the “read more” link to save you from accidentally glancing at the ruin of your future reading. Continue reading “The Third Kingdom”
by Terry Goodkind
Hannis Arc needed people to stop believing in Lord Rahl. Once the people lost their respect and rejected him, his fall from power would be swift.
The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read and listened to the audiobook in 2016 on 9/27 to page 183 and on 10/6 to the end. I liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind and his books about Richard and Kahlan.
The Omen Machine is the first book in a story that reaches across four books including this book. This book is exciting enough. It sets up the dramatic props authors use to keep the reader turning pages, ending with the dramatic tick-tock countdown timer adding the ever looming doom over our protagonist characters for the remainder of the books. Continue reading “The Omen Machine”