Opment is interesting but I m not really sure there s much in the way of development Aside from a little polish a very little Asher is pretty much the same character at the nd as he is in the beginningMost of the development happens with Gar actually and he s one he is in the beginningMost of the development happens with Gar actually and he s
"One The Few Saving "the few saving of this story because I uite liked Gar xcept for when I wanted to punch him but ven then he seems like a cool guy you d want to hang out withNot so much so for Asher though he is the protag and apparently he has friends and people who like him I m not convinced Anyway Aside from the slow and meandering and repetitive plot there s just the fact that this book feels so typical There s a Prophecy and the Bad Times are coming and people are trying to make sure the Prophecy happens and the Prophecy seems to be Deus One Ticket To Texas ex Machina ing the plot and bringing people together and putting them where they need to be because honestly there seems little other rhyme and reason for Asher tond up being where he isBut because of Prophecy and because of the foreshadowy way things are written there isn t much in the way of suspense because any bad thing that s coming down the line gets warned about several thousand pages before anything happens and by then you re just like OMG just happen alreadyHonestly was anyone remotely surprised when view spoilerAsher discovers his father has died and his brothers blame him Aside from Dathne s foreshadowing about how he ll have his heart broken and come back I mean Helpmate even before then it was pretty bloody obvious right hide spoiler Asher is a refreshing change to the common fantasy hero he s neither a long long son of some king somewhere nor a diamond in the rough He s merely rough The unpolished fisherman who travels to the great city to work for a year in order toarn money for his old dad He says what he means and means what he says and doesn t stop to think that perhaps he should occasionally phrase his comments politely in order not to ruffle any fancy feathersI really Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy enjoyed the book The relationship between Asher and Prince Gar half professional half friendly was interesting to follow and rang true as both realised that no fisherman could truly be a prince sual and a friendship would therefore always be lopsided I liked that Karen Miller didn t let magic constantly save the day but allowed the characters and their personalities carry the plotMy main reason for not giving the book full marks is that it nded with a bit too much of a cliff hanger Karen Miller pulled no punches and then left us hanging It always frustrates me when a book isn t self contained and that cost it a star doesn t mean I m not still agerly and impatiently awaiting the next instalment in the series though. In the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic Asher might have come to the city to make his fortune but he will find his destin.
REVIEW ô Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader eBook, PDF or KindlePUB Ï Karen MillerI like fantasy novels that are uniue and push the boundaries of the genre Unfortunately this did nothing new Indeed this book ticks all the boxes of overworked fantasy tropes and has little of its own originality to save it I mean this doesn t have to be the case in today s market Look at the brilliance of Brandon Sanderson s books OR THE DEPTH OF ROTHFUSS WORLD IT S STILL the depth of Rothfuss world It S STILL TO WRITE NEW FANTASY TODAY IT MAY still to write new fantasy today it may getting harder but it s still possible This book is your typical coming of age story A young and very dumb man seeks his fortune in the big city He gets a crap job and is convinced that it s good He discovers a world of magic one he can t tap into So he s forced to watch the boring characters argue about it And that s a big part of this book arguing But what Miller does do marginally well is drag you into the story as you hope for it to improve Not a lot happened though The writing gives you the impression that something big is coming up it suggests that the action is about to Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead explode and the plot pick up in the process though it never seems to till right towards thend Instead we get politics about the crap magic system That s pretty much it Everybody likes to talk about magic and debate its uses but nobody actually seems to use it Well at least not very often You re better off reading The Kingkiller Chronicle The magic system is so poorly defined it relies on ungraspable ideas They re not really given to us When Miller does try to Bryozoan Evolution explain it she gives a rushed over version of an already vague idea it s like she tries to avoid the topic I hate to bring up Rothfuss again well I don t really but the system he gives us is complex and defined You know where you stand with him His writing is in a whole different league There are a few similarities in the books a magic school for one but Rothfuss is just a accomplished writer If you re thinking about reading this I d stop thinking and just go read The Name of the Wind It s a much better book The antagonist thatventually Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) emerges is your typical dark lord stereotype As fantasy readers we ve all seen it too many times now and when it s delivered in such an uninspiring way it s uite nauseating This was all very standardven for a fantasy novel This just needed a bit originality to make it worthwhile I finished the thing with a sigh because it was just a major case of been there done that It s all very average but was hindered so by its lack depth However I will be reading the second book Why You may ask Well there was a massive turn around during the climax of this book Not Silvers Edge enough to save it and perhaps it wasven an obvious development but it did make me want to see how it will change things It meant that the next book had poten. The Innocent Mage is come and we stand at the beginning of the nd of verythingBeing a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life but it's not the one that Asher wants Despite his humble root. Tial Going Berserk even if this one didn t I may come to regret this choice but I do have hopes My problem with Karen Miller in general and with this book is she could have shorten all her books from being over 600 pagesach to around 300 so that all the bs slow pacing of nothing happening could be deleted Basically almost nothing really happened in this book and series only about a couple of things happened and ven with that it felt like nothing really happened or changed within the novel Usually a book would be long just because of it being boring and info dumping but that is not the case The only other author I can compare this with are Tad Williams or David Eddings who also writes books that are too long filled with pages of pages of nothing happening or changing PS These books were the first books i ver saw were the first books I
Ever Saw Orbit Assaw Orbit as publisher Maybe these were the first books published by the publishing in US They were trying to getgain the US market Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America even though I knew they were big already in England publisher of Shannara and Wheel of Time Little did I know most of their books would be in trade paperback only Asher the backwater fisherman travels to the big capital city Dorana to find his fortune Little does he know he is the center of a little known prophecy that willither save or destroy the kingdom of LurI gave this book a good 200 pages to get good to no avail I found Asher the protagonist very unlikeable and I felt like Miller often tried to use his contrariness to bandaid her general lack of tension I also felt that she played her cards too soon by revealing the prophecy stuff very near the beginning of the novel using alternate POVs Is this story about Asher s Autobiography and Other Writings experience as the ignorant center point of prophecy Or is it about the keepers of the prophecy manipulating an ignorant pawn into fulfilling it to their liking I didn t feel like Miller had uite decided what kind of story this should be It was therefore diluted and the tension all but undetectable So this bookI didn t hate it thus the 2 stars but I m not sure I can say I really liked itither so maybe it s a 15 stars rounded upAnyway First and foremost a warning This is not a duology in the sense of two complete but related stories like say Crown CourtCrown Duel This is a duology in the sense of one book that the publisher probably decided to split into two because one 1300 page book is intimidating than 2 650ish page booksThere is no conclusion to this story It s a cliffhanger almost uite literally and there is no sense of resolution at all In fact it kinda feels like the story is finally just getting going after 650ish pages of not all that much happeningAnd as I ve said before I m fine with slow plot books as long as the character devel. S Asher has grand dreams And they call him to Dorana home of princes beggars and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generationsLittle does Asher know however that his arrival.