But trying to make a character a convincing sadist and having part of her 'evil charm' be the fact that she kisses another woman and sucks a guy's dick in front of 6 people? Meanwhile, King Zachary of Sacoridia has been kidnapped by an ice elemental who is allied with Second Empire. So, yes, this book was better than Mirror Sight. I do hope that Britain didn't push off working on the next book too much in an effort to get this one out the door! I understand what depression can do to a person. There were an annoying amount of her short point of view shift chapters, that didn't add a ton to the story, and could have easily been cut. Another totally irrelevant thing: I really missed Karigan's interaction with Condor! I feel like that section needed to be longer. I wish I had been wrong. At the moment, I'm leaning toward 3 stars, but I still have half the book to read.
I was very wary after the last book - even though it was well written and interesting, it still had nothing to do with the plot of the story going on. I have no faith in her ability to bring this story to a satisfying conclusion. Karigan needs someone else living to obsess over so she can kick Cad! He should be leading armies on the battle field. I loved the moose people and the kitties that weren't kitties though their convenient appearances were a little lazy. Karigan wanted to fight, but could not move, nor could she breathe, suffocated as she was by the weight of the earth that buried her. The Weapons: more more more, they are amazing. At one point after Karigan has been gravely injured and feeling broken he is there at her side.
Aureas Slee as a character that could walk and talk was. This is a real page-turner. Th I really struggled with the lead up to this book after the let down of the last one. Each step on their journey northward grows more perilous with attacks from groundmites, and encounters with ghosts, and ultimately the threat of the necromancer and leader of Second Empire, Grandmother, as they approach the enemy encampment in the Lone Forest. Some major spoilers under those - minor spoilers throughout. This one wa Review from Tenacious Reader: Just a quick reminder that while my review is spoiler free for Firebrand, there are likely spoilers for the previous books. All in all I was rather disappointed! Firebrand seems to have been written with the idea in mind that the readers are forgetful children who need every single event from the five previous novels summed up every few paragraphs in a simplistic 2-sentence internally monologued Sparknote from the narrating character.
He could be something great. Warnings for spoilers, because I'm not holding back. Maybe we can blame it on the hormones - she is dangerously pregnant with - Oh Gosh, wait for it - twins, as we get reminded every two pages or whatever throughout the novel. She misses him deeply and feels guilt over leaving him, not knowing if he is still alive or not. Anyway, I'm going to go cry for a bit and hope theres more to come in this series.
The main attraction here, of course, is 'The Dream Gatherer' itself. So, yes, this book was better than Mirror Sight. Each step on their journey places Karigan and her companions closer to enemy territory and danger, for northward lie the forces of Second Empire, Sacoridia's longtime foe, and Grandmother, the necromantic leader of Second Empire, has not been idle. In terms of action, which has been inconsistently written from book to book, Firebrand was another dip in quality in that regard as well. Anyway, so her moping around like she lost the love of her life, after she had to leave the latest target of her manwhoring, is kinda not really invoking much sympathy for me, especially when she's still so infatuated with the king that she gets her ass beat down because she was so busy mooning after him that she wasn't paying attention to the sword training lesson she was supposed to be giving at the time. Congratulations on creating this character! Karigan has only just returned from a dark future where Sacoridia has been conquered and is ruled by a despotic emperor, and she has not recovered in heart or mind.
I decided to give this series one last shot, and while this book is definitely a vast improvement, I do not know if I'm interested in continuing it. I would buy the book again in a heart beat, and will be purchasing it again on it's release date. King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the edges of his nation, into the mysterious Blackveil Forest, which has been tainted with dark magic by a twisted immortal spirit named Mornhavon the Black. This is not a person whose career I wish to support. Everything we know about Karigan leads me to believe she isn't one for excessive displays of emotions, so this whole wailing over him seems a bit much.
I sort of tolerated the next two books. How much has happened to her, and how much of it has affected her. My Kindle says I'm 43% of the way through this book and, uh, very little even worth mentioning has happened so far. There's a word for that, but it's usually only used for men. Though Zachary is loath to part from her so soon after her return, he knows she is the best choice to undertake the mission to the north.
Otherwise you are going to end up joining other series that died like The Obernewtyn Chronicles, Wheel of Time and most likely A Song of Ice and Fire seriously how many sales did Martin lose by failing to stay ahead of GoT? The time spent in the future, specifically with Cade, changed Karigan, and not for the better. The later scene between her and Nyssa where she's being tortured and basically has her back whipped with barbed wire? I think that after 14 some years, I've finally outgrown the Green Rider series. As of today, Kristen lives in her adobe house situated in the desert regions of New Mexico along with her lizards and hummingbirds, whom she loves to feed and nurture. At least when decides to change direction and frustrate her readers she does it with a passionate conviction that sort of sells it. With its fable or fairy tale feel, and its exploration of magic as a tool versus a weapon, it's a gentle introduction to the collection. I've enjoyed this series for a number of years, and I still think that the earlier books are great, but these last two books - , and in particular - have been considerable disappointments. I really struggled with the lead up to this book after the let down of the last one.
But also a bit of this: Okay, so now to use my words. This affected neither my opinion of the book, nor the content of my review. There were an annoying amount of her short point of view shift chapters, that didn't add a ton to the story, and could have easily been cut. He hardly seems to add anything to the story, so I'm left wondering why he's there at all. So let's get back to Grandmother, who I think deserves much more mention here than Estora. I felt like he was truly in his element here as the king and leader of his people. And all of those plot lines? It's exactly what I've been looking for for ages.