The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy – Book 2: Blade of Empire – By Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

Hey Jared,

I actually wasn’t going to get to this until next month but with DNFing Provenance it gave me an opening.

bladeofempire.jpgTitle: Blade of Empire
Series: The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy; Book 2
Author: Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: UU, Medieval, Dragons, Higher Magic, Prequel
Synopsis: As Vieliessar confronts the first waves of the forces of Darkness, her destined Bondmate, Runacar, leads a rag-tag group to war. For centuries, the Elves have hunted the Otherfolk minotaurs, gryphons, dryads, and more considering them beasts. But they have a complex society, Runacar discovers, and though he is an Elf, takes it as his mission to help them reclaim their lands from his former friends and allies.
Recommendation: Adult or late teens. I suggest having at least some knowledge of the World of Obsidian before reading this. That’s not required but I feel it would make just an OK experience into a great one.

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Available Nov.21.2017 – White Sand Vol.2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hiskin, & Julius M. Gopez

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White Sand Vol.2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hiskin, & Julius M. Gopez (Cosmere, White Sand #2)

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Available Nov.21.2017 – White Sand Vol.2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hiskin, & Julius M. Gopez

First Impressions – White Sand Vol.1 By Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hiskin, & Julius M. Gopez

Hey Jared,

Going to mix this one up a bit since it’s not the usual sort of thing we review.

whitesandThis has Sanderson’s fingerprints all over it, but it’s not quite enough for me. My biggest gripe with comics and graphic novels is the length. Sort of like with short stories but made more frustrating because often the story just stops so it can pick up in the next issue. Which you then have to wait months (or in this case a year and a half) between issues. It’s like taking a novel and then releasing a chapter at a time.

For what it is, I liked it. The art was amazing and the magic and world are classic Sanderson. The characters are ok, but for being the equivalent of only a chapter in, there’s not much to say.

Ya, satisfied my curiosity and I’m done. The only reason I even got this far was because this was in the Sanderson HumbleBundle. No regrets but there just isn’t enough here for me. I’ll probably come back to this once the series is finished or the world is tied into the Cosmere more. For now I’ll focus on his other work.

Robert

First Impressions – White Sand Vol.1 By Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hiskin, & Julius M. Gopez

DNF – Provenance by Ann Leckie

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I stopped after 3 chapters (75 pages). The MC/POV character, Ingray, was far too YA for me and the two other characters completely lacked a personality. The premise couldn’t hold my attention and the world-building had interesting elements but it lacked cohesiveness. We’re treated to at least 4 info-dumps in those first 3 chapters but not one to tell us how and why a new set of pronouns are to be used. Ms. Leckie once again springs abnormal pronoun usage on the reader but fails to explain or integrate it so the learning curve is near vertical.

Basically there isn’t any reason to keep reading but it’s often burdensome to do so. There isn’t anything I want to know more about, including what happens to the characters. So I’m cutting loose quick and moving on.

Robert

DNF – Provenance by Ann Leckie

The Stormlight Archive – Book 2: Words of Radiance – By Brandon Sanderson

Hiya Jared,

I’ve finished this for a few days already but I’m having trouble describing my experience. I keep defaulting to, “It’s awesome!” and can’t seem to get past that.

WordsOfRadianceTitle: Words of Radiance
Series: The Stormlight Archive; Book 2
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fantasy
Audience:  Adult
ROTS Setting: Cosmere, Magic, Big Swords
Synopsis: At the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable.
Recommendation: This book (& everything Sanderson) is highly recommended!

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