Wik Posted August 1, 2010 Share Posted August 1, 2010 Hey all! There are going to be spoilers in this thread, just a heads up, but I wanted to discuss Joe's Series, so if you haven't finished the books yet and don't want to get mad, please don't continue. I've been absent for some time but just started jumping back into my reading mood thanks to more relaxing work schedule. I had started "The Blade Itself" a while back (I had got about 3/4 through and finally set it down), after it had been highly recommended by many here on these forums. To be 100% honest I wasn't really getting into the book. I started it with an open mind but it just wasn't "working" for me. Anyhow, I decided to forge through and finish the book (and series). Picking it up was apparently a good idea on my part as I found myself drawn in much more than I had originally been. I tore through the rest of the series in about a week and now I'm left with the aftermath that most of us have when a series is over and you now have an empty hole and nothing to fill the void lol! Anyhow, I guess I am just here to chat about the series and "the end" specifically. I always enjoy a cliffhanger but I also like to have closure. I absolutely warmed to and loved this series after all. Joe's dialogue with his characters is priceless. Magic is never really explained in depth (as I recall anyhow) in the series though, so with regards to Bayaz being OLD and a mage, does him being the First of the Magi somehow make him immortal? During the long journey they go on the reader gets the feeling Bayaz is old, and age is catching up with him quickly. Then, by the end of the book (after the Seed fight) he has pep in his step and looks noticeably younger, from Logen's point of view, if I recall correctly.Logen's end fight seems, to me anyhow, that it was a quick way to make a melancholy ending. Throughout the book we see him take on all challenges. I mean, the build up to the duel with The Feared was far greater and frankly, I felt like it was more of an impossible fight for Logen than Black Dow and two Carls. So he just commits suicide? Just doesn't seem to be in his character make-up. He lost his blade several times while fighting The Feared, but didn't just give up. Why suddenly would he in that situation? I guess these are most likely, un-answerable questions, but I thought they might make for some good discussion. I liked that everything didn't end all peaches and cream good. But it seemed like some things were a disappointment, beyond the clique of "Oh my favorite character died and i'm sad now".Is Ferro insane? Bayaz could use the seed to defeat his "evil brother" (if that is what you want to call it) but doesn't so technically his "victory" isn't really at all complete. As soon as he gains the upper hand, he goes back to hiding, leaving the Union in others' hands. Seems like that is just inviting future turmoil. Anyhow, i'm looking for opinions/feedback both good and bad for the series, opinions on some of the situations I listed and maybe others that you enjoyed/disliked etc etc. Look forward to hearing from all of you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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