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The Thousand Names

Wexler, Django

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Thousand Names
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Winter Ihernglass poses as a man to enlist in the Vordanai Colonials and must form an allegiance with a new colonel, appointed by the king to restore order, after she's promoted to a command post.

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Publisher: New York, New York :, ROC,, [2013]
ISBN: 0451465105
9780451465108
Characteristics: viii, 513 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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Oct 23, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I honest to god feel like I've missed something here. Or I was in a bad mood while I was reading it. Or I didn't read the same book as everyone else?? There has to be something to explain why I didn't like this book as much as everyone else. My taste in fantasy books is not usually so different from popular opinion. But much as I wish it wasn't so, this book did not really grab my attention or make me think 'awesome new epic fantasy writer' or have me wishing for the next book.

It was an average fantasy read for me. It was good but not stellar. The world was interesting, I love a good middle east type civilization and a crazy religious order can add great characters and motivations. What stopped this from being better for me was mostly in my perceptions of the characters (though I have a few other reasons which I will also detail). They came across as half formed and not fully developed, like cardboard cutouts instead of 3-D figures. Marcus is a caricature of a good and caring officer, Janus an imitation of an eccentric, brilliant military mastermind and Winter a parody of a superhuman but uncertain, natural born leader. I was also disappointed that none of the groups were further expanded upon, not the three civilizations or the religious order or the magical gang. It felt as though each was quickly created, shoved into the story and then, at least for a few of them, taken out of the story without me having learned enough about them to care what they added to the tale. And lastly, while I love a good military novel, this one had too much in the way of battle details for me. Maybe it would have been fine if so much of the story had not been about those battles but in this case the vast majority of the book is and I thought the details made the story drag.

So, while I thought it had great potential and great ideas, I wasn't a big fan.

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