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My Most Difficult Female Character Deaths

When you read a book, most likely you’ll get attached to some of the characters. And then some of them die. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Well, in today’s VEDA video, I talked about 4 female characters that I really did not want to happen. Why only female? I’ve found that there aren’t many male deaths that have affected me. There are a couple, but I don’t think it’s enough for a video.

If you want to know which characters they are, then you must watch this video. But be warned that there are spoilers! If you don’t want to be spoiled, then don’t watch. The books featured are:

  • Angel Fire East, by Terry Brooks
  • The Rise of Endymion, by Dan Simmons
  • The Elfstones of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
  • Dragonsdawn, by Anne McCaffrey

I won’t mention the characters, but you can find out if you watch.

If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of these characters’ deaths without giving any specifics about the names or how they died in the comments section below. Also, don’t tell me about any other characters in different books, because I don’t like spoilers, either!

The Best and the Worst of 2014

The year 2014 ended with 17 books read, which was way off my intended goal of 30 books.  Again, the problem is that I read some very long books.  In fact, the number of pages was almost as many as 2013.  However, I will challenge myself with 30 books again this year.  But this time, I’ll be reading every night before bed.

In 2014, I was a bit harder on books in terms of ratings, though it may be because I didn’t read many really great ones.  I only gave 2 books 5 stars.  I gave a 4 1/2 and some 4s, though.  I also rated a book that was only 2 stars.

I think that’s where we’ll start.  Let’s look at the worst book I read this year, down at number 17.  After that, the top 5.

Worst of the Year

#17 – The Somali Doctrine

I got this book as a freebie from Amazon, and noticed it had some low ratings on Goodreads.  I went into it with an open mind, though.  I like things like James Bond, and this was somewhat reminiscent of 007, but there weren’t many similarities.  It was filled with improbably situations, like the hero getting captured many times, only to escape each time somehow.  The villains were completely one-dimensional with very little in the way of depth.  I was glad when it was over.

Top 5 of 2014

annihilationofforeverland#5 – The Annihilation of Foreverland

This was my pleasant surprise of the year, and also the first time I’ve included a self-published indie novel to my top five.  It was imaginative, quite well-done, and filled with interesting characters.  There were so many twists to this story, it had me guessing what was going to happen.  I thoroughly enjoyed this science fiction offering.

wizardsfirstrule#4 – Wizard’s First Rule

Despite my somewhat negative review, I did give this 4 stars and I did actually enjoy reading it.  This epic fantasy novel opened The Sword of Truth in a good way with some good world-building, interesting characters, and a completely surprising Wizard’s First Rule.  I couldn’t believe it.  In general, it’s left a more positive memory now, and I want to get back into the series and read more.  I liked it.

angelfireeast#3 – Angel Fire East

The Word & the Void became dark and serious! It was the best of this Shannara prequel series, and has me excited for The Genesis of Shannara, which I hope to start reading this year.  Terry Brooks usually doesn’t get such acclaim, but I think this was one of his better works.  I’m a fan of Shannara.  In this book, we get to read about the effects of drug abuse and see some of the darkest deaths I’ve seen Brooks write about. Great ending.

theriseofendymion#2 – The Rise of Endymion

The truly epic Hyperion Cantos ended with this novel, and in my opinion, it was the best of the four books.  I was pulled in and enjoyed the roller coaster ride that this book put me through.  Incredible characters, beautiful and wondrous worlds, and lots of mysteries were tied up.  This was going to be number one choice until I read another book later in the year.  More on that soon.  This book was very difficult to predict.  I had no idea where it was going.  But one thing had me hooked, and it was the characters.  Endymion and Aenea’s relationship was wonderful, and there was an amazingly touching moment later in the book.  Truly a great book.

astormofswords#1 – A Storm of Swords

George R. R. Martin returns to the top after being #2 in 2013.  Things in Westeros really picked up in this book, and while the first part of the book was a bit slow, it blew me away so many times in the rest of the story, I couldn’t wait to see what happened.  He kills a lot of characters again, of course, and changes the course of the story drastically.  And shockingly, Jaime Lannister has become my new favourite Lannister.  Sandor Clegane is also very interesting.  There are so many twists that I can never figure out what’s going to happen next.  Incredible! And this is why it’s my favourite book of 2014.

Agree or disagree with my choices?  Let me know in the comments below. And what was your favourite (and least favourite) book in 2014?

Book Review – Angel Fire East

angelfireeastAngel Fire East

Author: Terry Brooks

Series: The Word & The Void #3 (Shannara prequel)

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Published 1999

Review Copy: Paperback bought new

Overall Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

Goodreads Description

As a Knight of the Word, John Ross has struggled against the dark forces of the Void and his minions for twenty-five years.  The grim future he dreams each night– a world reduced to blood and ashes–will come true, unless he can stop them now, in the present.

The birth of a gypsy morph, a rare and dangerous creature that could be an invaluable weapon in his fight against the Void, brings John Ross and Nest Freemark together again. Twice before, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the lives of Ross and Nest have intersected. Together, they have prevailed.  But now they will face an ancient evil beyond anything they have ever encountered, a demon of ruthless intelligence and feral cunning.  As a firestorm of evil erupts, threatening to consume lives and shatter dreams, they have but a single chance to solve the mystery of the Gypsy morph–and their own profound connection.

Review

Angel Fire East is the third and final part of The Word & the Void trilogy, which itself is a prequel series to the larger Shannara series.  It’s unclear as to how they’ll connect, as I have yet to read the following Genesis of Shannara series.  But this can be read without any knowledge of Shannara.

In this installment, we revisit Nest Freemark and John Ross as they battle against the Void.  This time, it’s ten years later, and Nest is a woman in her late 20s, having retired to a calm and comfortable life in her hometown.  She’s a more confident woman who hoped everything was behind her.  In comes Bennett Scott with a young daughter, Harper, and things start to get complicated.  A demon shows up shortly after wanting John Ross.  And then finally, John himself shows up.   This is probably the deadliest and darkest book in this trilogy.  The bad guys are more dangerous, this time several demons.  The lead demon, Findo Gask, is a cold and calculating demon who is doing a lot of this for his own enjoyment.  Everyone seems to have their own problems and the demon just creates more.  John has come with the Gypsy Morph, a magical being that has a short lifespan, and they need to figure out the mystery of what it wants before Findo Gask can find it.

The story gets off to a comfortable Terry Brooks style pace, but soon becomes extremely serious.  There’s a lot of pressure from Gask throughout the book, and lots of pressure to get the Gypsy Morph problem solved.  I found myself wondering what was going to happen through much of the book, especially about what this Gypsy Morph is supposed to do.  I felt a sense of uncertainty about who was safe and who wasn’t.  Who would die and who would survive.  The ending was a surprise.  I didn’t expect the Gypsy Morph to become that, but it makes me wonder how this will play out in Genesis of Shannara.

The characters are much the same, though Nest is far more confident and mature.  John seems to do not much of anything throughout the story, until the end.  For once, he seems at a loss at what to do.  Bennett Scott was a child in Running With the Demon, but she returns here as a complete mess, and with a young daughter, too.  Pick is the same as always.  Larry Spence, the deputy sheriff was quite irritating, though.  His feelings for Nest and Nest’s indifference to him made me just want him to go away.  Of course, he played a major part in the story.

The town of Hopewell is much the same as before.  It’s well-described, and I can imagine it well.  However, I think it required some previous knowledge of the town, as it was described well in Running With the Demon.  There was less attention to detail, I thought.  It could just be my memory.  But I could still imagine myself there as before.  Just not as vivid.

What I felt like we have with Angel Fire East is a better product overall.  The tension was greater, the story was stronger, and I felt more into the action and characters.  It was the best of the trilogy, and I’m excited to see what happens in the future.  I give this 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.  Solid book.