High Fantasy books

Joe

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Yeah, I just don't see where I'd do it, though. My commute is 12 minutes, I can't listen at work, and if I put it on when I go to bed, I'll just fall asleep. :conf

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Oh boy have I done that alot, just recently started listening to audio books... Well book since I basically fall asleep instantly, it's great if you have trouble sleeping though
 

mandela

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Picked up the 5th Season books. First trilogy to win 3 successive Hugo awards.

First one was shite.

Jumped into the Wolf's Call, which follow on from the Ravons Blood trilogy by Athony Ryan, first books was fuckin amazing but went downhill with the 2nd and 3rd, so I'm hoping these 2 books can live up to the first of the previous trilogy.

So far it's decent...it's a direct follow on.
 
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Picked up the 5th Season books. First trilogy to win 3 successive Hugo awards.

First one was shite.

Jumped into the Wolf's Call, which follow on from the Ravons Blood trilogy by Athony Ryan, first books was fuckin amazing but went downhill with the 2nd and 3rd, so I'm hoping these 2 books can live up to the first of the previous trilogy.

So far it's decent...it's a direct follow on.
What's it remind you of?
 

mandela

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Hard to say, man. Pushed I'd maybe say the Lightbringer series, if you've read that.

Not much story progression, as it split over 3 protagonists, kinda but basics like the magic system are really poorly explained. No idea how they do the things they do then they do other shit and it's like "how'd you do that then?"

Just not well structured, for me.

I hate to say this but I only picked it up because I realized I've never read a book by a woman...and it's been fuckin shit.
 
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Hard to say, man. Pushed I'd maybe say the Lightbringer series, if you've read that.

Not much story progression, as it split over 3 protagonists, kinda but basics like the magic system are really poorly explained. No idea how they do the things they do then they do other shit and it's like "how'd you do that then?"

Just not well structured, for me.

I hate to say this but I only picked it up because I realized I've never read a book by a woman...and it's been fuckin shit.
Read fucking Robin Hobb then. The Farseer trilogy is the SHIT. Put that bullshit down and get down with the realness.
 
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So, I finished The Priory of The Orange Tree.



It's an 800 page, stand alone,high fantasy, feminist retelling of George and the Dragon.

Overall its very good and I would recommend it.

The world building is great. With believable and interesting societies. The two main settings are an approximate medieval Europe and shogunate Japan, and it riffs on the culture, myths, and politics of those cultures. (particularly relating to dragons)

We also get brief sojourns to versions of dynastic China, and the Middle East, with hints of the wider world.

There is enough invention to keep these fresh and compelling. Notably in the way people are not judged on their race, gender, or sexuality, and on the impact of religion and mythology on society.

It's not all gender politics though. It's a fun tale filled with magic, romance, knights, witches, monsters, Samurai, pirates, and lots and lots of dragons.

The plot itself is pretty basic, (the reawakening of an ancient threat), but it's well written, and satisfying.

There are 4 POVs, but there is an obvious lead character, and the rest do feel underwritten in comparison. One in particular was a bit bland and unbelievable.

The pacing may also be an issue for some. It's 800 plus pages of stand alone novel. So the start could be too slow for some. It really builds though, and from halfway becomes a real page turner.

It might actually have been better as two or three smaller books. Which would have the added benefit of allowing the interesting world, and not as interesting characters, to be fleshed out more.

Overall though its a very good addition to the high fantasy genre. Reminds me a bit of Tad Williams, if he was a woman, and more modern.

4/5
 
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So, I finished The Priory of The Orange Tree.



It's an 800 page, stand alone,high fantasy, feminist retelling of George and the Dragon.

Overall its very good and I would recommend it.

The world building is great. With believable and interesting societies. The two main settings are an approximate medieval Europe and shogunate Japan, and it riffs on the culture, myths, and politics of those cultures. (particularly relating to dragons)

We also get brief sojourns to versions of dynastic China, and the Middle East, with hints of the wider world.

There is enough invention to keep these fresh and compelling. Notably in the way people are not judged on their race, gender, or sexuality, and on the impact of religion and mythology on society.

It's not all gender politics though. It's a fun tale filled with magic, romance, knights, witches, monsters, Samurai, pirates, and lots and lots of dragons.

The plot itself is pretty basic, (the reawakening of an ancient threat), but it's well written, and satisfying.

There are 4 POVs, but there is an obvious lead character, and the rest do feel underwritten in comparison. One in particular was a bit bland and unbelievable.

The pacing may also be an issue for some. It's 800 plus pages of stand alone novel. So the start could be too slow for some. It really builds though, and from halfway becomes a real page turner.

It might actually have been better as two or three smaller books. Which would have the added benefit of allowing the interesting world, and not as interesting characters, to be fleshed out more.

Overall though its a very good addition to the high fantasy genre. Reminds me a bit of Tad Williams, if he was a woman, and more modern.

4/5
Sounds terrible, but you rate it highly... interesting. You trying to prank me into reading it, Bob?
 
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Sounds terrible, but you rate it highly... interesting. You trying to prank me into reading it, Bob?
No, it's genuinely good. It's not a must read, and it won't be for everyone, but it's been really well received.

It's a 4/5 and worth checking out Imo.

Edit. All the feminist stuff is noticeable, but not distracting or too heavy handed.
 
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No, it's genuinely good. It's not a must read, and it won't be for everyone, but it's been really well received.

It's a 4/5 and worth checking out Imo.

Edit. All the feminist stuff is noticeable, but not distracting or too heavy handed.
Buuuuuuut...women can't be heroes....
 

mandela

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Mind I mentioned the Raven's Blood trilogy? The first book is absolute fuckin goat levels of pure 100%, never pasteurised, not from concentrate spunk...then the 2nd and 3rd lost its way?

Well there's a 4th and 5th book I didn't know about. Not strictly part of the same series, set a bit later but basically a continuation. 4th book is good. Not great. But would recommend. If the 5th book delivers it'll save the series.
 

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Mind I mentioned the Raven's Blood trilogy? The first book is absolute fuckin goat levels of pure 100%, never pasteurised, not from concentrate spunk...then the 2nd and 3rd lost its way?

Well there's a 4th and 5th book I didn't know about. Not strictly part of the same series, set a bit later but basically a continuation. 4th book is good. Not great. But would recommend. If the 5th book delivers it'll save the series.

Do you need to read the 2nd and 3rd or can you just pretend the story finished at the end of the first? Similar to what I do with the Terminator franchise after T2, none of the rest exist for me.
 
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