I tend to avoid long series. What if the ending reeks? I've been burned by a few. But these books are so popular, I thought it time to give them a spin.
Part 2 is here. (or will be on 9/9/14)
Here's a brief overview of my assessment:
Terry Goodkind: Wizard's First Rule
- Plot: Goodkind knows how to sweep you into his story. Meanie made me want to read more. Surely, this is a crime in one of the fifty states: How do I find time to read for a series?
- Character: The characters all have a rich, troubled pasts.
- World-building: It feels like the world was constructed on the fly. The history of the place and its people didn't have a submerged presence. However, this may allow more readers to enter his world as it is not clogged with world-building so that readers less familiar with speculative reading protocols can slide right in.
Kevin Hearne: Hounded
- Voice: The narrator is the best of any of these here. A colloquial contemporary--witty--yet spiced with a few older colloquialisms. I could not stop reading this book because of the voice alone. If you like books with strong voices, sample this one and I suspect you'll be hooked.
- Characters: The cast of characters are thin but just real enough to buy. Their relationships feel real and connected, like a web that stretches across the ages. Hearne must have written a series bible about who is allied with whom, and how much, etc.
- Mix of cultural myths.
- Dialogue: Witty.
- Ending: Hearne pays back his readers with a conclusion that intrigues his readers to read on, but doesn't leave you hanging. Fantasy with an honest-to-garsh climax and satisfactory release. High five!
- World-building: This take place in one place, sparsely rendered. The voice compensates. Some readers may not notice.
- Dialogue: ...is actually quite good, but sometimes the story relies too heavily upon it.