sábado, 23 de setembro de 2017

Opinião - The Core

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Autor: Peter V. Brett
Série: The Demon Cycle, #5
Páginas: 448
Editor: Del Rey

New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the twenty-first century to an epic close.

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose—men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat—and emerge victorious. Jardir, armed with magically warded weapons, called himself the Deliverer, a figure prophesied to unite humanity and lead them to triumph in Sharak Ka—the final war against demonkind.

But in their efforts to bring the war to the demons, Arlen and Jardir have set something in motion that may prove the end of everything they hold dear—a Swarm. Now the war is at hand and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen’s wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army.

Trusting their closest confidantes, Leesha, Inevera, Ragen and Elissa, to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities and lead them against the Swarm, Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a desperate quest into the darkest depths of evil—from which none of them expects to return alive.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way swayed my thoughts on this book.

This is the last book in the Demon Cycle series. Alagai'Sharak is on the way and everyone will need to step in if they hope to survive the few next new moons. Jardir, Arlen, Rena, Shanjat and Shanvah continue to travel to the queen's nest to try to stop the swarm. At the same time, Inevera, Leesha, Elisa and Ragen are trying to find a solution so they can keep people alive and prevent the demons from taking over the cities.

Generally speaking, I liked the story, and the way a lot of characters stepped out of their confort zone so they could contribute to the greater good. Taking into account the previous books, I think this one is a good ending. But a good ending with some issues. The problems that I found in this book are the same I encountered in the previous one, and that makes me a bit sad, because I was hoping for more. Essentially, I still have a problem with the flow of time. The fact that we jump from one new moon to another, or from one new moon to the middle of the month, etc, without any notice, made me feel like I was missing something, and made me feel confused because I never knew in wich point of time I was. Another issue I had was that what happened at the core didn't affect directly what was happening outside the core and vice-versa.

At last, I can't not talk about the deaths. It is normal for some cherished characters to die. But at least I expect those deaths to be traumatic, or quite emotional. There were at least two or three characters that I learned to love and that died in the end. I felt played, not because they died, but because their deaths were clean, without sentiment. In one of them we didn't even get the chance to see it happen or have a accurate description. I just felt like we deserved more.

Despite all I pointed out, I enjoyed the book. As I said before, I love to see the intereactions between Arlen and Jardir. They are always challenging one another, not only physically but also regarding their beliefs. I liked the last chapter, in which we can see a semblance of hope and normalcy, where we finally see Jardir paying homage to Arlen.

This is an easy read, not just this one book, but the entire series. If you want something simple and entertaining, this is it. It's well thought, and it has an interesting worldbuilding; unfortunately it also has some flaws that could have been improved. I think I would have liked it better if I had had the chance to read it when I was younger and didn't have so much reading experience.

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