williamjm Posted January 28 Author Share Posted January 28 I read Leigh Bardugo's Hell Bent, the second book in her urban fantasy series set at Yale University. I thought the early part of the book was perhaps the weakest, as in the first book the chapters are not in chronological order but while I think that served a purpose in Ninth House I don't think it added much here and made the pacing inconsistent with the switching between time periods. However, the later parts of the book are back to being sequential and I thought the pacing became much better - although perhaps a bit more time for the characters to reflects on events that had just happened to them might be welcome. I thought the main plotline with Alex and Dawes attempting a rescue mission and having to deal with some of the consequences of trying to do something exceedingly risky was compelling. Some of the subplots were less interesting, in particular the Eitan subplot felt contrived. The first book had mostly focused on Alex and Darlington and there's still a lot of focus on Alex here but other characters do get a lot more development, particularly in the Gauntlet scenes, and become more interesting as a result. I also liked the portrayal of magic in the series as something that can be extremely powerful, but always coming with its own dangers and often requiring moral compromises to be able to make use of it. I've now gone back to reading through Ursula Le Guin's Hainish stories. I've read through three loosely-connected short stories all focusing on the development of a new and unpredictable method of instantaneous travel between star systems. I thought both The Fisherman of the Inland Sea and the ambiguous narrative of Dancing to Ganam were very good. Peadar and dog-days 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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