This is one of the most amazing books I've read in a long time. The premise is original, the characters are well-written, although maybe a bit heavy on the 'admiration of the male physique'-part (not really a complaint either ;)). I'm in the second half op part 2 now (recovering from the shock of the end of the first half, you probably know what I'm talking about). I'm dreading the fact that I'll finish part 3 before the final part is out....
Thanks for publishing this Josephine, and for free no less. I sincerely hope part 4 is coming along nicely :)
like the other books, this was a joy to read, and again, I was afraid of getting to the end. somehow I got it into my head that this would be the last in the series, so I simply dreaded turning to the last page...
luckily, I see that there'll be another book (thanks josephine !), this series deserves a well thought out ending. and apart from the apocalyptic happenings to david at the end of this volume I simply need to know how things fare with joel (somehow he became my favorite character shortly after his introduction).
looking forward to the next part :)
I really doubted whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I really enjoyed the book, it's well-written, and although the subject matter is downright evil at times it's an engaging read. I loved it. Still, I decided on 4 stars, only because the main character, Felix X, is literally unbelievably intelligent and mature, especially in the first chapters that describe his early years.
It gets more realistic as the book progresses though, and towards the end we see that even Felix has his doubts and uncertainties.
All in all : read this, it's good.
Josephine does it again. In this next-to-last episode (or so she says) we see just about all major characters develop in ways and directions more epic than in all previous parts combined. Some developments may have been foreseeable, but to be honest, most weren't, at least not for me. Gripping from beginning to (quite abrupt) ending.
What will the conclusion bring ? I don't know, and be it a happy Walt Disney ending where 2 of the blues live happily ever after or one with a cataclysmic destruction, I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Just as long as it gets a proper ending !
BTW : I had some technical glitch in the .mobi version where the last 5 chapters where in all italics...
After "Something like summer" (which will be a film !) and "Something like winter", this book shows us the world through Jace's eyes. Over half of the books shows us Jace growing up, before meeting Ben, while the rest takes us into more familiar territory, reliving the events also described in "Something like summer".
Don't be fooled, even though you know what's going to happen, the perspective is fresh, and really adds to what we've already learned. Even knowing how things will eventually end did not really prepare me for the emotions it finally brought. I found this the most tear-inducing perspective so far.
I guess you could read this even without having read the preceding volumes, but I wouldn't...
Jay : thanks for this ! I'm looking forward to "Something like spring"
Epic length fantasy : I love it ! Characters are well built, if sometimes infuriatingly stupid (yes, Phelan, I'm looking at you), but that does fit he storyline.
Why not 5 stars ? Some turns in the story feel a bit weird (like the war being over suddenly, not to be heard of again), and the ending is strange (I did not know what to make of the last chapter).
Still, there's lots of interesting issues left open which I hope will be explored in the next installment (coming in 2014, it says in the book, so I'm hoping january ;)).
And I'm hoping Phelan will pull his shit together...