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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Way too much recap. All the characters are basically the same except for gender even though they're supposed to have come from cultures on three different continents with no contact. Feels phoned in. I've heard one of the authors is really good but this series isn't doing it for me.
I'll have to try something else of his. I really wanted to like this book but it got boring. Way too much time is spent repeating things, often verbatim. Way Way too much recap. Way too little time is spent giving the characters None of them are 3-dimensional. I really hate bashing on this book because the premise was really good. The execution sort of fell down though.
There's no real conflict in this book. The last 10 pages contain the only real fighting, and none of the protagonists are involved or even really invested in the conflict. It really felt like about page the authors realized the book needed to end and just sort of truncated it. I feel like I wanted way more description and way less recap. And some actual conflict. Jan 11, Adam Jacob rated it liked it.
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I started out reading The Belgariad and Malloreon series and absolutely fell in love with them. The idea behind this series was amazing, and it could have been bigger than his first two series but for me personally they really missed the mark on this one unfortunately. Dec 14, Cliff rated it liked it. It's getting a bit harder to justify giving these books a decent rating.
They are still enjoyable in the way that Eddings does. But one cannot avoid the constant shift in POV and the subsequent redundancy that comes along with it. There are times when we learn about prior events that have happened outside of the characters we have seen and these are fine. But when this becomes a restatement of recent events, it simply isn't needed.
The new viewpoint isn't really adding much to what we already kn It's getting a bit harder to justify giving these books a decent rating. The new viewpoint isn't really adding much to what we already knew and when the reader finds themselves thinking they've just reread a page twice, that's a sure sign of trouble. If you can overlook this fallacy, the series is still a bit of fun and I'm sure that I'll want to see it through to its end.
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I read this book in Italian and it actually appears to be much better than the original. I read the first part in German and this one was downright superb! But still, within a year after I started, I just got to page I fell victim to sunk cost fallacy and decided I would spend 5 hours each on the remaining books. After skipping some boring parts things improved, though, and I took the time to read the rest of this book p I read this book in Italian and it actually appears to be much better than the original. After skipping some boring parts things improved, though, and I took the time to read the rest of this book properly.
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By the end I finally experienced the language learning magic I was expecting. Eddings has helped me with Finnish before, and now with Italian and German. Still entertaining but start repeating same solution when solving how each specific war ends. Tells happening through too many eyes and that is why I felt that I am reading same thing again and again. Jun 07, Scot Eaton rated it it was ok. Far better than the first book, but still ultimately skippable. I have all 4 books, so I'll finish it, but I doubt there will ever be a re-read. Apr 30, Howdyski rated it did not like it.
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I loved the Belgariad, the Mallorean, the Elenium, and the Tamuli. Could have easily been written by a 6 years old. I really just don't get it. For the most part I enjoy David Eddings but this book wasn't great. Far too much of this book was repeating the story from the first book. Everytime there was a challenging situation it was answered with "someone intervening". Ultimately the plot became very dull with the same thing happening over and over.
May 30, Geoffery Crescent rated it liked it. A vast improvement on its predecessor. The Treasured One dumps many of the things I found so irritating about Younger Gods, mostly that it spent so much time in the company of Zelana and Eleria, and the series has begun to craft a world I really care about.
The Vlagh feels more like a proper threat now that its various spawn are actually being described and adding in a human element of villainy in the form of renegade soldier Jalkan and his church cronies man, what was it with Eddings, and his A vast improvement on its predecessor.
The Vlagh feels more like a proper threat now that its various spawn are actually being described and adding in a human element of villainy in the form of renegade soldier Jalkan and his church cronies man, what was it with Eddings, and his renegade soldiers and corrupt churchmen though? The multiple narrative framework is also much better this time around, even when it jumps from third person to first person perspective, and I actually found myself looking forward to finding out which character's head I was going to get inside next. Even when the narrative doubles back on itself to give the story from a different perspective this adds more flavour to the still slightly bland Dreamers' verse.
It's far from being one of the couple's finest works. There are negative fat stereotypes a'plenty and even though there are a few more female characters in this novel, the whole thing still feels far too much of a cock-fest.
The mysterious Ara is a welcome addition to the cast, but sadly warrior Trenicia is so trope-y it almost feels like she was chucked in there for a joke. I know right! What an amazing thing. Although for some reason the women still do all the traditionally female jobs as well as the male ones because the men are really lazy and spend all of their time putting on Also at times the waves of variously evolved Vlagh spawn made me feel like I was reading a novelisation of a tower-defence computer game, rather than an original novel.
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But with that said, The Treasure One packs enough of a punch for me to pick up the sequel almost as soon as I'd finished reading it. Nov 03, Andrew rated it did not like it. This review is for whole "The Dreamers" series In sort: all four books are terrible. The characters are plain and easily forgotten one which I can remember is a guy who was good at shooting a bow, his name was Longbow or probably something along the lines , there is cheating around every corner Eddings was cheating a little bit more and more with every book, but in this one it's just too much , the writing style is terrible and feels like listening to two idiots talking between themselves.
The boo This review is for whole "The Dreamers" series In sort: all four books are terrible. The book just doesn't provide any suspension to keep you interested in it. And then eventually it gets a little bit interesting the book just takes it away "we are surrounded, the world is lost.
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Oh look the volcano erupted and killed all the baddies, we won. And in the end you find out that all the story could have been written in few pages or sentences "The evil is upon the world, I'm the god I'm gonna go to the lair of evil, will the evil to stop, everyone is saved, the end". I don't accept that these books were written by David Eddings, I just tell to myself he had a contract for four books from a long time ago but at the moment all he wanted was to die.
May 28, Sarah marked it as to-read Shelves: postponed. I stopped halfway through cos this is one of the most annoying books of Eddings I've read so far. Belgariad and Mallorean were good cos of the characters although the story was old. Other series were just ok. I took many yrs before starting on this series cos I was afraid he would do the same story or characters again..
The first book was tolerable. This book.. Characters same, they all talked 'with no hint of a smile', and I'm at the third t I stopped halfway through cos this is one of the most annoying books of Eddings I've read so far. Characters same, they all talked 'with no hint of a smile', and I'm at the third time the events of the first book is being repeated!! Sorry, until I've run out of books to read and really desperate with no internet connection and no money to go out with, will I finally, maybe, pick this book up again.
This is a fantasy in which a demigods perform supernatural tasks. However they cannot kill so they have children who are called dreamers do that but they still in mortals to come in and help you fight their wars against a group of creatures who are half bug and half other things. The creatures change and are described in ways which may you almost see them. The characters come to life in the book and it keeps you guessing. The book is the second book in a series and leaves you wanting to go get t This is a fantasy in which a demigods perform supernatural tasks.