I wrote two reviews for the series, after book 1 and then after book 3. As I put them together now it is interesting to see how my view on the series changed over time.
The Blade Itself (book 1 of the First Law trilogy)
3.5 stars, out of five. The book’s writing is strong (definitely doesn’t detract). Its best qualities are its pacing and length. I didn’t get bored reading it. That said, I’ve not fallen entirely for any of the characters. They are all flawed in a way that doesn’t quite resonate with me. I can’t see their flaws in myself in a way that would make me endeared to them, but there is intriguing room for growth. The role of women is pretty bad, though.
I’d recommend it for fantasy fans. It isn’t young adult. I’m already reading the next one.
Before They Are Hanged & Last Arguments of Kings (books 2 & 3 of the “First Law” trilogy)
Having trouble separating books 2 and 3 in my head as I write this review. Truth be told, they didn’t do it for me. I wasn’t drawn in by the darkness the ways others were. Especially in the characters. As I wrote in my review of book 1, no one’s struggles resonated with me. They just seemed like below average human beings. The room-for-growth thing did not materialize as hoped.
Leads include torturer, sibling abuser, serial killer, spoiled/petulant noble teenager, arrogant mage… The women were just terrible too, all portrayed in some victim light (repeatedly violated demon? self-sabotaging, beaten younger sister? lesbian prick? some dude’s daughter who is introduced as a love interest and then killed?). I just had trouble getting behind the characters.
Anyway, if others like it, great. Pace was great. Writing was strong. Action was good.
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When Gabby Vega’s best friend, Kenzie, accuses her of failing to follow through on anything and challenges her to work on her acting by pretending to be from Spain for one week, Gabby decides to prove she’s not a quitter. After all, it’s only one week of vacation with Kenzie’s cousins. But, that was before she knew that Noah Jernigan would be joining. Noah, the boy from drama camp last summer who she had to dump when summer was over. Now he’s the only other person who knows who she really is and seems to be taking revenge for his broken heart by seeing how uncomfortable he can make Gabby’s week-long challenge. Overall, Patricia B. Tighe’s latest novel has all the hallmarks of a good summer beach read, an easy, relaxing read with a happy, satisfying ending. My one complaint would be that both Gabby’s and Noah’s character felt a little flat. I was confused as to why Gabby was actually putting up with some of Noah’s sometimes cruel antics and why they were okay with the whole charade. However, the secondary characters were engaging and made up for the flaws in Gabby and Noah and the story kept me interested until the end.
*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*
Obviously, spoilers included!! I will never forget my first experience with this particular problem. It was Christy by Catherine Marshall. I literally threw the book down in disgust when I got to the end. What’s your experience with disappointing endings?