Yes, yesterday on the 6th. I don't really know what to think about it. The writing is great, but I just wished she developed the world further in the future (or at least way in the past like she did with Beka Cooper), that way it didn't feel like a prequel series even though it was.
Just checked and I’m 17th on the list for a digital copy. I belong to three different library systems since I’ve moved for school and then for work, and have reserves set at all of them, so hopefully I can get it sooner rather than later.
Haha yup. Let me know what you think. I wasn't thrilled with it because I thought she kept on focusing on connections between these characters and others and the plot got muddled. It was good but it wasn't what I was hoping for.
And now a book by Farmer... I do find it a bit odd that with all of the "connections" she's making, nothing has been said of all the craziness happening in Tortall in 438-439... only about all the Carthaki heirs dying off. Unless there's mention farther into the book. I've got about 100 pages left, but by this point, Jonathan should already be king.
Right, it's like she completely forgot about Carthak's international relations with the northern countries, but she goes out of her way to make weird connections with the characters in other books. Also, and maybe I'm just remembering wrong, I thought she mischaracterized Arram. There was whole thing in the Immortals where it was implied that he had been really arrogant, and a lot of the problems that rose from running from Ozorne and certain death made him nicer? Instead she's characterized him as this earnest boy who can do everything perfectly, and I think that was detrimental to the book in its entirety. It made it boring, at least to me.
I was initially excited for a Briar Moss kind of character who grows and learns from his mistakes, and is not perfect at everything in the first few tries. I know Tammy can write the arrogant magic user who is sympathetic to readers, so I'm a bit annoyed that she sacrificed that to make Arram perfect and so so so so earnest.
It has been awhile since I read the Immortals book, but I always saw him as a humble, bookish, odd man. What I don’t get is that if he was such a good healer, why does he never heal in any of the other books? Baird tells Kel in LK that Numair can only do big Magic’s and that he can’t light a candle, but it seems now that he can do delicate healer’s work, he just has no control over fire. I get that Sarge makes an appearance as a gladiator, and that connection made sense, but all the others just seemed so out of place. And I thought Tammy had said his magic turned black as he got stronger, yet here it seems it was always that way. The book just seemed to kind of end, too. Why stop at that particular point in time? Not my favorite of her books.
Tristan seemed very much in character for me, though I never saw Varice as particular talented with depth of magic. I’m curious to see what changes so much to make Ozorne turn on Arram since they seem so utterly devoted to each other. Is it just that Arram wants to leave Carthak? That seems a bit extreme. Also, Arram can’t be more than 13 by the end of the book and yet he’s described like he’s much older, with his feelings for Varice, and his towering height. There’s no way he went from normal sized to super tall before the age of 14. He would have just started a spurt then and wouldn’t even be near the height of a giant like Sarge...
Hmm, I remember a distinct point when Numair said that running from Ozorne changed his temperament, but I don't remember which book. Yeah, I think that Tammy made him powerful in all aspects when she kind of forgot that whole angle she had with him only being able to do incredibly strong magic.
How Tammy handled Varice and Ozorne annoyed me too. She really swept them to the side, and I think showing how Ozorne thought and more of his life would be much more compelling.