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The Great Convergence: The Book of Deacon Paperback – July 31, 2012
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 314 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1477684425
- ISBN-13 : 978-1477684429
- Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #776,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book was good. Don't get me wrong, but I have questions and I'm disappointed. Is Myn dead? Did the cute baby dragon we've come to know and love die? Just like that gone. And never mentioned again? ****
Ok on to the review. Myranda was hard to handle for most of the book. She had just enough magical training to make me feel like she should be harass and not enough to actually do anything useful. Did she forget how to meditate or conjure a pure flame?
Some of the battle seems were unending but that is just my personal dislike of battle scenes. 🤷
All in all a decent second part to this series. I'm still in for the next book.
This book turned into a total mess about halfway through. Ridiculously long stretches of annoying character banter that added nothing to the story killed it for me. The continual "traveling from point a to point b" sections got so boring i had to skip page after page to find some semblance of story progression.
The battle scenes in this book (I wish i could offer chapters, but there are not at all) were confusing, and pointless. The heroes are walking towards some nebulously determined destination "across fields" and encounter yet another impossibly over powered enemy, with a cadre of pointless monsters at their command. They fight the bad guy, barely make it out, and then continue their journey. Repeat at least 3 times with barely any sort of outcome besides Ether and Ivy making "i bet i can say something to annoy you" exchanges.
The addition of the elemental had my hopes up, but her constant, continual and completely over wrought condescension of everything around her quickly lost my interest. A character in a story of this magnitude ( such as Myranda or Lain) experience at least a little personal growth and maturity. "Ether" is laughably one dimensional. The high point of this area of the book is when Desmeres returns to add a little witty banter and intrigue that was sorely lacking.
This story needed a major editorial hand to cut all the garbage out of it, and trim all the useless dialogue, and keep the narrative flowing. All of the # signs between sections just add to the confusion.
All that said the overall concept for the plot was interesting. I want this author to be successful. Like i said Rise was a good story, and its obvious he's learned some narrative voice and the ability to keep it moving at a decent pace since writing this book.
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It continues in Myranda's quest to unite the Chosen and thereby end the war between the Northern Alliance and Tressor that has been going on for over a century. And as compared to the first book, the action picks up a fair bit, meaning that the group of heroes is almost constantly engaged in one scrap or another. The author's approach of switching randomly between the individual fights each of the heroes has in the larger battle will work better for some than for others and like in the first book an introduction of some sort of chapters (rather than the occassional # sing between major events in the book) would be nice here, too.
As some reviewers have commented, Myranda displays a frustratingly slow pace as a learner, completely unlike her spell in Entwell in the first book, where she progressed at a speed of the most gifted of prodigies. While this may be in line with a realistic character the author would have done himself a favour in turning down the wick in the first book, so as not to create unrealistic expectations. That a lesson has been learned here is obvious in his treatment of the subject in the The Rise of the Red Shadow (The Book of Deacon) prequel.
Just like the whole series the author endeavored to keep the series relatively youth friendly - neither the language used, nor the depiction of violence will be such that a young teen should have difficulties with it; the author also does not resort to the George R.R. Martin ( A Song of Ice and Fire, 7 Volumes ) habit of regularly killing off large parts of the cast. This may mean that the book lacks some of the gritty realism of Joe Abercrombie ( The First Law Trilogy Boxed Set: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, Last Argument of Kings ), or the complexity of something like Tom Lloyd ( The Dusk Watchman: Book Five of The Twilight Reign ), at the same time it is a much easier and relaxing read as a result (and thereby more holiday friendly).
While perhaps not quite up there with the best fantasy writing out there, the author demonstrates the right kind of positive development between books and has produced an engaging and increasingly fast paced series here. I would imagine if you liked the first one that the price of entry for the second volume is definitely worthwhile.
Can't wait for the next episode to know how much closer to the finale with this band of heroes and heroines...