I loved this book. It was a wonderfully layered book regarding the Catholic church. I loved the characters and enjoyed peeling back the layers of mystery to the truth. I have read this book until it fell apart and I had to buy a new one!
I found this book to be curiously anticlimatic. I am not sure what I expected from a real spy novel, but this surely wasn't it. It was gripping in its own way. I'd recommend to anyone who's interested in spies or what the germans were doing during the last days of WWII.
Incredible. It was less like he was recounting his family's history and more like he was looking under the rocks of his past. The family history is somehow both tragic and triumphant. Despite all of the perils in place, they manage to love each other desperately. They still can laugh and hug and hope. Well worth the read. I highly recommend it.
I think the people who say "I already knew the big spoiler when I read this so it seemed pointless or whatever" are very much missing the point.
I figured out the big "spoiler" in the first book. It's not much of a spoiler. Knowing what you know doesn't stop the enjoyment. It's knowing what you do and then watching these people get there. How they deal with things. How they learn and deal with each other.
This is a deftly written series of books. The trilogy is perfectly arced story wise. And it's fun. It's fun to read. Everytime I pick up a Sharon Shinn book I think "I am not going to like this. It doesn't seem like my kind of book" But she never fails to make me carry the book every with me and read avidly.
This is a great series. If you are thinking of read it, do it. You won't be sorry. And ignore the naysayers. The spoiler is just part of the plot and the journey is great stuff.
This book was my favorite of the QAF books. As far as I can tell, it goes right up to the beginning of the television series. Yes, it does have the odd error here and there. But the characters are familar as your oldest friends. The story is good. I especially loved the part with Brian. I really thought it was interesting to see behind the ennui that Brian always had. A good fun read.
I continue to be surprised by the power of Sharon Shinn's words and stories. When I picked up this book I was dubious at best about it. It just didn't seem like a book for me. I tend to go for the more jaded of heroines or heroes. I like the cynical storyline.
Ms. Shinn is going to make me reconsider my taste in books I think. I carried this book around with me all over the house hoping to snatch reading as much as possible whenever possible. She writes such great characters that I was powerfully motivated to stay with the story and find out what was going to happen next.
If you are on the fence and wondering if you should try this book then you absolutely should. I can't even say why it is such a great book, it just is.
I was quite surprised by this book. It was a very interesting glance into the early 1900s. I found myself feeling bad for the man. Between two diametrically opposing worlds. Extremely interesting slice of life.
I would say, if asked, that I am a fairly jaded person. I always flip the shiny quarter over looking for the tarnished side. I wouldn't say this is a character flaw. I would say it's just the person I am.
It has the quality of making it hard for me to watch some movies or read some books. It's excrutiating for me to see some of the stuff that gets put out there. And it seemed to me that I would never ever make it through a retelling of the Beauty legend. I got the book because i've read some of Robin McKinley's other work and loved it. I thought I would try.
After three false starts I finally really *read* it. And I have to confess even knowing the ending and all. I had some tears.
This is a wonderfully retold story of love and loss and beauty. I was engaged from the very beginning. It was a fast read but that was part of it's charm.
If you are just thinking about getting this book and not sure. I'd say: Take the chance.
I really love this series and I really love these characters. Some series over time I think the characters become boring and trite. It's a hard trap to avoid. Val McDermid does it beautifully. I was as absorbed in what was going on in this book as the first one.
The mysteries kept me guessing until the end. And the interplay between Tony and Carol is quite good. I love that they are still unfolding in the books. Great stuff.