The Burning Stone is the third book in Kate Elliott's seven book series, The Crown of Stars. As I finished the last one in the series at the end of December last year I was starting to think I should write the rest of them up in one post. But when I looked at my notes, I think I've enough to say about each one that I don't want to miss out that it would end up a huge post and need splitting back into individual posts! So this post will remain a collection of thoughts about The Burning Stone.
Prince of Dogs is the second book in Kate Elliott's seven book Crown of Stars series. The first was King's Dragon (which I wrote about twice, most recently in this post). I know I've read Prince of Dogs before but that was a long time ago, probably in the early 00s, and I didn't remember much about it when I started it this time. As with my post about King's Dragon, this is not so much a review as a collection of thoughts.
I've read Kate Elliott's "King's Dragon" before - at least twice - and both times stalled out on the series before I got to the end, either because I couldn't get the books at the library or because I hadn't quite decided whether to buy or borrow them. Last time I read it I reviewed it in this blog too (post). So when I needed to think of some books to get on my kindle to take away with me (last spring!) this series came to mind as unfinished business.
My main present this Christmas was a Kindle - I've finally entered the 21st Century ;) And as part of the present I got three new ebooks to start me off, I chose Elizabeth Bear's Eternal Sky trilogy which I've had on my to-buy list for a while. The three books are Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars and Steles of the Sky and they are fantasy, set in a world that is not our own with a strong Asian flavour.
The third and final part of the film adaptation of The Hobbit was out over Christmas and we managed to get to the last 3D showing in Ipswich before it went 2D only. Normally I'm a fan of watching films in 3D where possible (not that I see many films ...) but in this case I think I might rather've seen it in 2D. There were several scenes (including some right near the beginning) where the action seemed to be moving too fast for the projection to keep up - particularly apparent when there were close-up shots panning across lots of people rushing around.
Crown of Renewal is the fifth & final book in Elizabeth Moon's Paladin's Legacy series and so, as she says in her Author's Note at the beginning, it's really not an entry point if you haven't read at least the four other books in this series (and preferably the other 5 in this world). I've got them all, and I've been looking forward to this instalment in the series since I read the fourth one last autumn (post).
Chronicles of the Black Company is an omnibus edition of the first three novels in the Black Company series. I've seen these books recommended several times over the last few years and I've finally got round to reading them. This book is a secondary world fantasy, of a fairly medieval flavour, where magic exists. Our protagonist is Croaker, the medic and records keeper for the Black Company - a band of mercenaries that have existed for the last few hundred years. As we start the first book they are contracted to protect the ruler of and enforce law and order on a city.
I've read a lot of fiction of varying qualities, and generally so long as it's fun or interesting in some way I'll overlook a lot of flaws. Sadly sometimes a work has a flaw that keeps popping up in your face and waving its arms around, shouting "Hey, remember me? Don't you find me annoying? Yoooooohooooo! Over here!". Mage's Blood had one of those, and despite feeling that there was something there to appreciate in the story I couldn't get past the clunky world building.
King's Dragon is the first book in Kate Elliott's seven book Crown of Stars series. I'm pretty sure I read the first few a longish time ago (this one was first published in 97 so there's a lot of scope for "longish" time here). And then I must've caught up with publication or something & lost track and never finished them. A mention somewhere (tor.com, perhaps?) reminded me that I vaguely remembered liking them so I should give the series another go.
The end of the Wheel of Time. Something I wasn't quite sure would ever happen - not just because Robert Jordan died (although obviously that put a spanner in the works until they organised Brandon Sanderson to finish it off using Jordan's notes), but also because the series seemed to get a bit out of control in the middle (books 8-10 in my opinion). But here it is, book 14 and The End. And Sanderson has done a bloody good job of writing 3 books by Robert Jordan (if that makes sense).