Book Series I won’t Finish #7

swordFierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.  Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.

The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.

Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike–a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . .

Demonblade.

Rigante Series by David Gemmell

  1. Sword in the Storm
  2. Midnight Falcon
  3. Ravenheart
  4. Stormrider

This book was really entertaining and I didn’t even mind the almighty main character. It was just too much fun to read about him overcoming all the odds. Connavar always goes over! We get to know him in his childhood and follow him on his way to becoming a warrior. Of course there’s lots of fighting, adventures and magic plays a big role as well. I remember there was a love interest but it’s not the center of attention.

The second book though, seemed to be the same as the first, just with another character so I passed. As much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t need the same again.

I gave the book to my dad because I thought he might enjoy it. He’s not big on Fantasy, when there’s too much magic involved. He loves the Game of Thrones books and Joe Abercrombie for example. But is more into historical novels. He really liked the Rigante Series and ended up finishing it so it was a good call 🙂

The_Hundred_Thousand_Kingdoms_NK_JemisinYeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin

  1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  2. The Broken Kingdoms
  3. The Kingdom of Gods

I really liked the first book! It was something very different with a great heroine I could identify with, an awesome setting and lots of mysteries & surprises. Yeine is made a powerful player in the game of succession – something she didn’t ask for, but something she must accept. Now she has to figure out who her allies and foes are and most importantly, how not to die! It doesn’t help, that this mysterious, super handsome & sexy god has his eyes on her^^ Looots of tension there! It was a great ride and I was eager to read the second book of the trilogy.

Unfortunately I wasn’t very happy with it. I didn’t like the new main character and thought the story wasn’t as exciting. I missed the characters from book 1.

The Wheel of Time by Robert JordanWoT01_TheEyeOfTheWorld

  1. The Eye of the World
  2. The Great Hunt
  3. The Dragon Reborn
  4. The Shadow Rising
  5. The Fires of Heaven
  6. and so on until 14. A Memory of Light

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs―a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts― five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

And then there’s this one. I tried twice! The first time was about 8-10 years ago and I still read the German versions. They made 2 German books out of every English one, that’s why the series looks much bigger than it actually is. I think there are over 30 novels… I got as far as the fifth German book, as far as I remember. That would be the middle of book 3, ‘The Dragon Reborn’.

The reason why I didn’t continue back then: I hated most of the characters, especially the women – I just couldn’t stand them. Especially Nynaeve and Egwene were annoying. Always getting bitchy without any reasons and all the guys were so scared! Seriously….. You don’t mind fighting Trollocs and other dark creatures who want to eat your soul but Egwene opens her mouth and you’re hiding behind a rock…. I also wasn’t a big fan of Rand and Matt. Perrin was alright and I did like Lan and Morraine. The setting was always really awesome – the world was so big and so interesting and there were so many details – I really admired it! It felt real and massive and I was always excited when the group was travelling to new places. But even that couldn’t keep me interested because I wanted to skip half of the perspectives…

I started all over again a few years ago after I heard that the Sanderson books were great and the series would finally get an ending. This time I was prepared for the characters and funny enough, I liked Rand a lot more! And even Nynaeve became more likeable for me, for whatever reason. I changed my mind on Perrin though and couldn’t stand him whining all the time. Matt was still a smug idiot. And let’s not even start with Egwene… I jumped straight into ‘The Great Hunt’ after that aaaand… they lost me again. I probably would still be reading it, if it didn’t have as many boring pov chapters and if the women were more likable and if the men would act normally around them…

Another thing is that I am not a fan of really long book series anymore. 3-5 is more than enough..

 

 

7 comments

  1. Heathen, heretic, BLASPHEMER! Oh, the Wheel shall turn and crush you beneath its inevitableness!

    Actually, while I loved WoT I can certainly understand anyone who doesn’t. Jordan needed his editor to seriously reign him in and since his editor was his wife, well, that obviously didn’t happen…

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  2. Like you, I started feeling reader fatigue (and annoyance…) around book 3 of the Wheel of Time series, and after starting book 4 I stopped around one third, and never went back. Recently I saw this very amusing article about the number of times dresses were being straightened, braids chewed and so on in the series: it’s well worth a few laughs…

    http://www.tor.com/2017/03/24/how-many-times-does-braid-tugging-and-skirt-smoothing-happen-in-the-wheel-of-time/

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  3. I got so excited when I read your thoughts on Wheel of Time. I thought the same things. I have either the fifth or sixth book to read next but am finding it hard to develop interest in it. Yes, the series is too damn long and I don’t like the women in it either. I really thought it was just me who thought that way. But Nynaeve really got on my nerves because she’d get angry for no good reason and Egwene was annoying too. And the Aes Sedai group in general were more abusive than supportive to me. The guys were annoying. I liked Perrin until I read Lord of Chaos, I think, and he started complaining all the damn time.
    Annoying annoying annoying!!

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