The Younger Gods: 4/4 (Dreamers 4) Paperback – 1 May 2007
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Praise for David Eddings:
‘My ideal summer read… Having enjoyed the entire ten-book serial, I was delighted to be able to read this latest addition as it not only provides fantastic escapism in itself, but, being a prequel, will make my re-reading of the other books all the more fascinating.’
The Irish Times
‘All the verve and pace we’ve come to expect.’
The Dark Side
‘Offers an absorbing storyline and some memorable characters as, once again, the author touches all the right fantasy bases, with warring gods, political intrigues, supernatural creatures and appealingly human magicians involved in a titanic war over the course of seven millennia. Eddings fans will no doubt snatch this novel off the shelves while readers new to the authors’ world won’t find a more appropriate place to begin exploring it.’
‘There’s no denying Eddings’ offerings do entertain. This novel is for fantasy fans fed up with more fusty fare, or for anyone who likes mischief and merriment.’
About the Author
David Eddings was born in Washington State and grew up near Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington and went on to serve in the US Army. Subsequently he worked as a buyer for the Boeing company and taught college-level English. His first novel was a contemporary adventure, but he soon began a spectacular career as a fantasy writer with his bestselling series The Belgariad.
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I've enjoyed David Eddings previous works and only managed to read this set of 4 books out of a sense of loyalty. I have often stated to my girlfriend that his work has gone downhill whenever he adds his wifes name to it and now that I see others sharing the opinion I feel better about thnking it! This series is dull. Had a massive potential to be as good as previous work but just didn't do it. All the characters had similar personalities (ie, none) and the humour attempt at the end of every section simply wasn't funny. Like the other reviewers I feel I may never be able to purchase new Eddings work again either. If he can do it without ruining it I say bring back Sparhawk.
I thought it was simple reading, and filled with such repetition. Yet somehow the details that were meant to link the story together never sank in.
The characters seem to get worse the further through the series you go as well! Rather than developing the characters they all seem to meld into one character you couldnt give a damn about.
And definatly don't get me started on the ending. I read all four books hoping for some kind of redeming feature somewhere, anywhere. Suffice to say it never comes and the ending leaves you banging your head on a wall wondering why you just spent the time to ready these books.
However I stick to me original comment that they would have been a good read 10 years ago, and I possibly wouldnt be so harsh if I hadnt read the other Eddings stuff which is so much better.
Whilst this series started slowly I was willing to persevere in the hope that it would improve and to know how it all works out. Not wanting to give anything away, I have to say that the ending is absolutely awful and a massive anti-climax (which in a way was impressive because it would have seemed impossible to actually provide an anti-climax as my expectations for the ending where barely measurable). In addition it is completely flawed I can see a gaping hole which means the entire series makes no sense what so ever.
In short this is one of the most disappointing books I have ever read, which is inexcusable given Eddings experience as a writer and the talent he displayed earlier in his career. Avoid this series if you can, if you already own the others in the series then still avoid... unless you can't in which case lower your expectations.
on reading book 4 "The Younger Gods", I soon found it a struggle to enjoy the finale of the series. it was reptitious, quickly changing from character to character without giving any substance to the characters, unlike his previous books of "the Dreamer" series. As I pressed on through the book it became harder to follow the story line and I was losing the will to live by the end of the book.
the final battle between the Gods,Avatars and humans and the queen insect "vlagh" was such a let down that you are asking when is the actual final battle going to happen i.e. vlagh v longbow. so much emphasis during the series was on the building up of one of the main characters longbow and how he was actually going out for revenge against the Vlagh for the way his childhood sweet heart had been taken away from him. what become of all the other characters after the battle?
So come on david. this is not upto the usual standard we expect from a great fantasy Author. you can and you have shown that you can do better than this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great item. As described and was well packaged and swiftly deliveredPublished 16 months ago by Duane
A wonderful finish to a great series. They're books have always been full of humour. I would recommend any books by these authors.Published 16 months ago by mr norman lambert
Not a terrible book but not as good as some of Eddings other offerings but I had read the first three and couldn't just stop therePublished 21 months ago by Graham