Sea of Time (Kencyrath #7) (ARC)

ec062f774c790a4843b8ea6595e3b270 I received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley.com and that in no way has influenced my opinion in regards to this review.

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Synopsis

Kothifir the Great, ruled by an obscenely obese god-king, peopled with colorful, dueling guilds, guarded by the Southern Host of the Kencyrath. Here Jame arrives, only to find that the turbulent city claims more of her attention than she thought possible.

Traveling through Time, dealing with the four Elemental gods, dealing with her own God and his priests, Jame just deal with internal and external threats and pressures.

 

My Thoughts

I was enjoying this up until the 45% mark. Then everything that I didn’t like about the previous books reared it’s ugly head until the 90% mark.

Jame, and her brother Tori, both act stupid. They won’t take action, they hesitate, they allow threats against themselves to go completely unanswered, they practically invite people to harm them.

At one point Jame is thrown down a hole to an Under-City by the high City’s Intelligence group. They try to kill her. And she does NOTHING about it. It doesn’t enter into her equation at all.

A lot of “blind eye” turning goes on; by Jame, by Tori, by the Kothifirites, by the Kencyrath. Enough by so many people that I couldn’t enjoy my read a whole lot.

Plot-wise this book doesn’t advance the overall plot very much. The theological questions about the Three Who Are One still remain, the Kencyrath are as divided, stupid and self-centred as in any book before and the Lords of the Kencyrath, ie Jame and Tori, still aren’t leading.

I am DONE with this series. If I could get stand alone novels maybe I could keep going. But Hodgell is making this a series, albeit a pointless and never-ending series, ala GRR Martin’esque style.

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: P.C. Hodgell

Sea of Time

Kencyrath #7

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Honor’s Paradox (Kencyrath #6)

6dd656864f3a18f11587b882ce78b7e5Synopsis

I don’t know where to begin. Another Equinox festival, another test at the college, more interfering by sundry and sorts.

My Thoughts

While this was the most non-cryptic book so far in the series [and it is the latest written to date], it also was the book where I figured out WHY I hate these books so much even as I like them.

The good guys are filled with nothing but indecision and fear and allow themselves to be pushed around without pushing back.

The bad guys are always breaking the unwritten rules without any consequences.

That type of disparity always pushes my buttons. I’m a small guy and I learned early on as a teenager that if someone bigger than me hits me, I hit them back twice as hard. 99% of the time, it rocked them and shut the situation down. That other 1% sucked, but hey, not everything is perfect, right? 😉

So when I see people just giving in, giving ground, not fighting for what is right, it grates pretty bad on my psyche.

And the story isn’t anywhere near finished. So I think I’m done with the Kencyrath world. At the rate the books are being written [started back in ’86 I believe], they will never get done.

Author: P.C. Hodgell

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Kencyrath #6

Honor’s Paradox

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Bound in Blood (Kencyrath #5)

 

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Kencyrath #5

Author: P.C. Hodgell

4 of 5 Stars

 

I have FINALLY gotten used to how Hodgell jumps around. I think I’ve gotten the hang of how they think, so the abrupt shifts are no longer catching me by surprise. Which makes for a much nicer read.
The main thing that continues to bother me is how both Jame and her twin refuse to own up to their responsibilities, as high lady/lord AND as Shanir.

But I enjoyed the adventure and the continued revealing of the past. I see that I only have one more book in the series to go and a friend told me that Book 6 is NOT the end. I suspect this will be an unfinished series.

To Ride a Rathorn

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Kencyrath #4

P.C. Hodgell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

I really thought about giving this 4stars, but Hodgell’s use of character’s killed that for me.

I really don’t care for having a character barely introduced, so little that I dismiss them as a side character of no note, only to have them come back in 3 chapters playing a pivotal point. It makes me go “huh?” and gives me verbal whiplash.

Other than that, this was right along the lines of other books. Thankfully, we do get more Jame and less Tori and so the story seems to advance a little more. Lots of little laugh out loud moments that seem to pepper this series and make it worth while.

One thing I am finding hard to stomach is the idea of the intermarrying of bloodlines, on a MUCH closer relationship than what happens in the real world. I have to admit, it gives me the heebie jeebies…

Seeker’s Mask

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Seeker’s Mask

Kencyrath #3

P.C. Hodgell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

You know, while I’m enjoying these books overall, I’m also confused as heck. Something that is given 1 or 2 sentences in a previous book suddenly takes on a larger and more important role. But it isn’t written for us the reader to make that transition easily. Instead, Hodgell writes in this confusing, round a bout manner that is starting to infuriate me. I am finding that these books ALMOST seem to be written for the re-reader and not the initial reader.

That being said, I did enjoy this. There are times where Jame does/says/thinks something that just makes me laugh out loud. Lots of action, adventure and drama. It is just that things aren’t fleshed out for us. Which is why I think a re-read in 10 years time will do wonders for my attitude towards this author.

Dark of the Moon

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Kencyrath #2

P.C. Hodgell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Gone is the light funny tone of the first book.

The story is split between Jame and her brother Tori. And between the viewpoint switching, the on purpose positively opaque writing, there were times that I felt as drugged and confused as Jame and Tori were. I didn’t really enjoy that feeling.

There is a lot of deeper backstory that exists that we the readers aren’t privy too. This makes for mystery, suspense and a sense of “keep reading to find out the ineffable mysteries!” Sometimes this works for me. This time, not so much.

There is a good bit of action, politic’ing, etc. I enjoyed this book overall, but not quite as much as the first book. I think part of that stems from suddenly having a second main character/viewpoint thrust upon me unawares.