L. E. Modesitt - Corean Chronicles - finally
A side note on The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown: WOW! I hardly ever venture from my well-worn path to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of the local bookshoppes but this foray into the popular murder mystery was well worth the trip. I know many people will call books "riveting" so you pick them up and find them good, but not mind-blowing. The DiVinci Code is actually mindblowingly riveting. I read the first few chapters and set it down to go to work. When I came home, I read straight through until it was finished, finally, at 3 a.m. despite my having to be up at 6:30 to go back to work. I was tired, but satisfied. I won't write what it's about, the dust jacket does it well enough.
Now. I shall return to the reason we are all here (and by 'here' I mean this website, not in a deep philosophical sense). Fantasy.
L. E. Modesitt was every bit as good as I expected. The first novel, Legacies, was great. Good characters, good plots, good settings and very realistic dialogue. The book got my attention so well, in fact, that I went and read the second book, Darknesses, immediately after. (Realistically, I figure maybe 2 people have accidentally stumbled on this site, it's not like I've let anyone down by reading the sequel before reviewing it....) The third book, Scepters, which I believe is the last novel in the series, has just recently come out in hardcover and my copy is expected to be delivered in about 3 or 4 days (stupid local bookstores, no one carries it yet). When I have finished that I will do a more detailed review of the series as a whole.
For now, let me say that I loved the first book and really liked the second. I'm not sure why it is that the second didn't catch my attention in the same way, I honestly couldn't tell you. Perhaps it got a little too "magic-y" without enough backstory to explain why... Vague, I know, but that's all I can think. Either way, both are still a great read.
Until next time, my adoring public! (Did you catch the sarcasm? No? That's because you don't exist. This site is so empty it makes me cry.)