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Which would mean I missed out on what is now safe to say my favourite series I've ever read and thats saying something
on 6 September 2014
Where to start, probably that when I bought this I had low expectations, In fact if it wasn't for the sheer length of it and a large ammount of boredom I doubt I would have bought it. Which would mean I missed out on what is now safe to say my favourite series I've ever read and thats saying something.
First off like I mentioned earlier the length, its massive, seperated by short chapters which give the reader insights into the vast number of characters, main and side. Which leads me nicely into the next part, character development. The characters in this book are incredible, their varied, different and lifelike. It seems cliche to say but after reading both books and being up to date with the latest chapter, I can say that the characters have been develped to the point where you can see if they act in a way that deviates from what you expect, and the way the characters have grown is nothing short of astounding.
Next is the plot. Its a bit like a game where you can play with each character, each one has an individual plot line, and each of these are all entwined in a greater tapastry that is the book. The subplots can seem random only to be looked on in the future as rather obvious pieces of foreshadowing. tiny pieces in the earlier chapters can lead to shocking revelations in the later ones and thats what makes it so good, the book doesn't give you anything an other book doesn't it just does everything you'd expect to see in a good fantasy book better.
Ive read a fair bit of superhero works and Drew largely plays up to a lot of sterotypes but its done in a noval way, that makes it all the more real, from his use of curse words which add a realistic grey edge to as story so centered on moral black and white and white. Which leads me to the next part, sex, relationships and such, whilst not graphic or overly romantic theres still an underlying romantic edge to it, that whilst underplayed, largely underpins some characters actions and decisions, unlike some books its not overdone or used as filler but rather adds another dimension onto the characters, exposing weaknesses and strengths as well as making you want to slap certain characters silly (Vince) for their pure obliviousness.
All in all the book serves one purpose, to draw you into a world where the hero's aren't black and white, or super strong, a world where good doesn't always triumpth over evil. Where the good guys die. A world very much like our own only with a fantasy element where by the end you'l find yourself wishing you had a power and how you'd go about beating certain opponents.
I won't say if I would read it again since I have done several times, and I have no doubt that I will again probably soon. All in all give it a chance and you won't regret it.