While thinking about writing a review abut this series, a quote by one of my favorite writers, Stephen King, comes to mind- “ The most significan things are the hardest to say.
And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a quirky way, not understanding what you 've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it.
I will not be divulging any spoilers, so this review is meant for people who haven ’ t read it yet and want to know what they are getting into.
In the Gear of Time and Harry Potter and Sanderson ’ s book, normally the protagonist is as stupi as us at first and as things are explained to him/her gradually, we get a deeper understanding.
In act, one of the prologues begins with a heading similar to this 345,678 years before this particular event!
The series broadly follows story lines on three distinct continents.
There are again a ton of new characte, a complex story with no explained background.
Sadly, the nightmare has returned with none of the backstory in the previous four novels making it to the ifth one which takes place entirely on the third continent.
Did I mention that sometimes the characters that you finally get accustomed to die ( yet are still active) or “ ascend ” and assume a new name or just get a new one after a certai event or may simply be known by multiple names by different people.Unreliable narratorsJust don ’ t think omething is true just because the POV of a character says so.
In nevertheles, a uniqu series of events may look entirely different from the POVs of different characters.Interestingly, one of the most vita storylines in the whol series does not get even a single POV lest we may start to get the right idea about things.Complex magic systemThe series has a very complex magic system that is useful to explain even after completing the series.
It ’ s a ard, difficult, frustrating journey that is oh so rewarding.The sheer scope of the storyIf the number of species or people or years were not enough, the story does not take place in a single world.
Also, just think about a character that has lived for a hundred thousand years, all of them eventful.
Here is where Erikson brings his archaeology aspect to the fore by actually making the reader realize the weight of history and the enormity of time.Shades of greyIt would be wrong to say that there are no black and white characters in this essay.
Erikson manages to flesh out a character more in a couple of lines that other authors may not be ble to do in entire novels.
He makes you empathise with them and understand their motives.The sheer epicnessThe first major scene of the next boo starts with a siege being laid to a city which is defended by a city-sized flying castle.
Erikson also deals with many contemporary themes that one can relate to, from the costs that human exact upon their surroundings to the apathy that comes with civilization to the pitfalls of a nation built seeing only money as value.Themes exploredAlthough, the book series belong to the epic war fantasy genre, it explores a myriad of themes.
From handling complex plots and plans that may have hatched by literal gods and may have been dozen of millions of years in making, to handling the most basic of all themes like courage, duty, friendship, ove and wisdom.
While at some places, this series will surely make you cry or look away in horror, many big sections are actually comic in nature.CharactersIt may not be wrong to say that one of the biggest weaknesse of the series are its characters.
These characters, which may include immortals, gods, soldiers or the common man walking on the treet, have their own histor, agendas, motivations, moral compass and reasons for doing various things.
You will laugh and cry at these duos as well as love them with all your heart.To summarize this huge review, I would like to reiterate that those earlier points are not critical in nature, but were meant to inform you how daunting it is to read this series.
I did read the series again and it was a lot more comprehensible and rewarding the second time around.