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I can't quite make up my mind about this. It's the first in a trilogy. Quite long. Hugely popular. Clearly lots of people love it. I seem to remember getting into it quite well when I was reading it, and then going out and buying lots of books by the same author, but I haven't rushed to read the next book. Why not? I think the biggest fault is the slow pace. It really does take ages (in terms of words) for anything to happen. And it's hardly a startlingly original premise - young boy with mysterious background has magical powers, ends up being mistreated, but comes good. Oh, and for such a long book, I didn't feel that I learned much about the world in which the story is set. I could tolerate the second and third faults were it not for the first. It simply should have been much shorter.* Three stars. Probably.

* This is a fault common to many recent fantasy and science fiction novels and series.


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Apr. 11th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
It's the first of 15 (so far) in the same world. The first trilogy is followed by another in a second setting, and then the settings alternate for subsequent series. Some are quadrilogies. They can be read separately, but there are links between them. Sorry if that tends to put you further off reading any of the others!

Personally I enjoy the first setting, the second one not so much. While as you say it may not be an original premise, I enjoy the main character's journey and emotions in the first setting. The stories in the second setting feel much more contrived and I don't feel as much sympathy for the characters.
Apr. 12th, 2016 07:37 am (UTC)
I seem to remember reading the first three of these very fast and really enjoying them, and then getting to the end of the third and suddenly feeling like I'd eaten an entire box of Pringles : addictive, and tasty taken one by one, but ultimately not actually real food.

I was left feeling rather nauseated, although I suppose it's possible that if I had alternated them with some more healthy, vegetable-like reading I would have enjoyed them more.
Apr. 14th, 2016 11:06 pm (UTC)
I did read the first trilogy (a few years ago) and I remember thinking that in retrospect the first book was quite pacey compared with the second and third... I wasn't wowed.
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