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A sign of a good book,
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This review is from: City of Dragons: The Rain Wild Chronicles Book Three (Hardcover)
I've always said that a sign of a good book is that it leaves you wanting more... and if you read the other reviews of this book, everyone wanted more from the book. But they have managed to make it into a bad thing.
I would like to evaluate the series as a whole so far, simply because I see the series getting a lot of flak from what is essentially a middle book. When there is a series of books, do you single the middle one out and say "that... that was the book that made the series." No. Or at I don't, nor the people I talk to about such things, we simply evaluate a series as a whole. So that's where I'm going with my review
The major issue's I would like to address as such are:
1) Some people have previously complained about the lack of character development and they felt one dimensional.
This has been address in the other 2 books, you end up caring deeply about characters feelings, because of these boring repetitive tasks that they go through i find the reader bonds with them on a more personal level (because we all have boring repetitive tasks in our life) and as such the author stirs far more emotion that some of her other books, like for example what happens with tats.
2) People complained about the lack of page count the book had.
But if you consider the book is a quadrillogy... and it's the authors first series with more than 3 books. The fact of the matter is this series is so big that they couldn't justify squeezing it down to 3 books. If she did that I know there would be a lot more people complaining that the series felt rushed and incomplete. I for one, would rather have an extra book that finish's off a story nicely rather than to have the series condense into something unworthy of the author.
The fact the author has managed to keep the characters, each different story arc, entertaining throughout the book, and leaves the reader wanting more, just shows how good of a middle book this is. Her last trilogy, the soldier son trilogy, was not this on the second book I was bored of the characters and honestly couldn't care about what happens. But that's not the case with this book, the amount of emotions that this book puts you through is worth every penny
3) A slow to start book or a slow burner as it were.
First off, the first opening chapter is full of excitement. The second chapter after that is, what I estimate to be, A key pivotal role in the series. It's a few chapters after those couple that recap on our main characters, and I personally liked the recap, not only were they doing things, so it wasn't just a straight up recap, they we're still developing as characters, which was nice. Sometimes characters change so dramatically from one book to the next, you lose the connection.
Also I would like to add, that adding a recap that refreshed your memory but didn't completely bore you, saved the reader the effort of re-reading the last chapter of the previous book to catch up
4) Money making and the Kindle nonsense.
Some have made ridiculous allegations that an author might profit from their work. Oh what horrendous accusations!.. if you can't tell I'm being overly sarcastic to nail my point home, let me ask you, would you work your ass off... just to give it all away for free? this is her living. She writes great novels that people buy... because shes a great writer, and nothing has changed. The way you expect her to write for you for the sheer joy of telling you a story reminds me of the arrogance of the dragons in this series.
As to the kindle price, I can't believe people are letting this effect their review, amazon own kindle, you take it up with amazon if you don't like the price, as I'm pretty sure the author and publisher didn't set that price. Anyway, buy a real book... they are way cooler anyway.
That's the end of the immediate issues that people were bringing up with the book.
Look, its a good book, no scratch that, its a great book for what it is, it keeps you interested develops a lot of the stories more, the characters develop and change and its superbly written. What more could you ask for a middle book? also it adds new characters, which rarely happens in middle books of trilogies, and is almost unheard of in quadrillogies, not to mention that they interesting and captivating
I think many people expected too much from what is essentially a story of development. they wanted answers, but those answers will only be answered in the next book... and I for one, am looking forward to it.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2012 01:03:23 BDT
B. J. James says:
P Robinson writes:
"As to the kindle price, I can't believe people are letting this effect their review, Amazon own kindle, you take it up with Amazon if you don't like the price, as I'm pretty sure the author and publisher didn't set that price. Anyway, buy a real book... they are way cooler anyway."
They are also more durable, I have just referred to a book I have had for about 20 years, but I am the Nth owner, it was printed in 1648, in the middle of the English Civil War. Gives you a real sense of being part of the rolling centuries of History.
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