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The Last Two Review for 2013

Below are the last two books I read in 2013. I’m going to say, I ended it with a bang. The Name of the Wind was simply amazing and is right up there with Blood Song. My top list is getting a little competitive, which isn’t necessarily a bad dilemma to have.

I was happy I read The Name of the Wind as it’s a nice way to study how someone handled telling a story of a story. My next series is kinda like a medieval apocalyptic fantasy. There will be two main characters the books follows. One section will a journal of one of the characters while the other point of view is from the other main character’s perspective as they read it. It’s allowing me to try a different style which I’m finding quite fascinating and rather enjoyable. I humbly bow to Mr. Rothfuss as I do not think I will come close to his talent, but I’m excited to try, nonetheless.

Don’t worry, I’m still working on Keepers of Arden. Book 2 is in time out right now. Thoroughly misbehaving and driving me up the wall. Book three is well on its way and already proves to be less of a headache. But there’s a lot more action, more so than the other two, therefore those scenes will take me a while to flesh out. Book 4 is elusive. It flights around my head like young sparrow. Soon, I’ll have to catch it, learn its secrets, and then release it. But that day is far off.

Anyways, here’s the reviews:

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, I’ve recovered.

I read a little of this book the first day I got it. Only got about a hundred pages thought it before I was content to do something else. It was a slow beginning and slow beginnings tend to make me set aside a book and pick it up occasionally. Well, I didn’t have occassion to pick it up again until yesterday. Got through another little boring section and then something happened. Something that was written so well that I couldn’t hardly put the book down last night. I woke up early cause I couldn’t sleep and I needed to read it. So what does this mean? The character went through something that completely pulled me into his life. Nothing that followed, no matter how boring or mundane, could pull me out of the story after that.

There are no spoilers in this review. I will simply say that there will be those who connect with Mr. Rothfuss’ writing and are drawn into this story. There will be those who cry, such as myself, because of the way he writes tragedies. On the other hand, there will be those who don’t like the writing or ‘flashback’ type feel of the book or the rather slow parts. I loved it. I loved the hints you got from Mr. Rothfuss when he hopped to current times. They gave me little tastes of what was to come and it made me read on, curious at times, dying at others. As for the slowness, yes it is. However, once that major moment happened for me, I rather enjoyed the slow parts.

There’s something very quiet about Kvothe that draws me to him, while there’s other traits that make me frown. But I still adore him. I’m a character reader who only tends to give five stars when a character suffers so much in their life and somehow pushes through it. Kvothe is that character for me. I loved him. And I loved this book.

I won’t be buying the second one. Not yet anyways. Once the third one comes out, I’ll spend a week reading all three. I don’t know that I could handle the wait if I read the second book. I hate waiting.

And there it is. My ramblings.

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Swords of Winter (The Forgotten Kin)Swords of Winter by G.L. Lathian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a quick and enjoyable read (thank you for recommending this, Amber). It’s a great setup to future books, and, by the end, I was thoroughly invested in the brothers. Now, I must confess that I have a soft spot for stories that have siblings…a very large soft spot. I’d be hard pressed not to like a book that focused on a close sibling relationship. Anyways, let’s get on with it.

The formatting of some of the paragraphs and the dialog tags often left me trying to figure out who was speaking. Since there is a cast of characters at times, mostly male, it needed some proper names, clearer tags, or proper punctuation when keeping with a single character’s dialog that spread over multiple paragraphs. It was easily discovered by reading to the next paragraph, but when reading you might notice it.

The middle kinda dragged for me and I skimmed over a training scene. My boredom was short lived since the story picked back up quickly. There’s a lot of getting to know townsfolk and my mind might have wondered during some of these scenes. But, like I said, it moved quickly over those sections.

What I loved was the brothers’ relationship and I also loved their father. The family dynamic was done very well. The brothers were believable characters, holding different quirks and thoughts, but staying close the entire time.

There were hints dropped that have me dying for answers. I will definitely be purchasing the next book in the series. Very excited for it to be published.

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