Clemens continues his carefully constructed epic fantasy adventure (begun in Wit 'ch Fire) about Elena, a young farm girl destined to be the wit'ch of ancient. Wit'ch Storm (Banned & the Banished Book 2) and millions of other books are . Wit'ch Gate (The Banned and the Banished, Book 4) by James Clemens Mass.
As it was, the slightly great parts were dragged down by the occasional set of scenes that I just didn't care about. Such scenes were; Merric's rescue - I just really didn't care that much for the amount of scenes that were dedicated to it. It seemed disproportinatley important. Sy-Wen's first capture and escape - again, too much was dedicated to a plot line that irked me [after all, who needs to main protagonists in a book - and that's what it felt like].
And Joach' scenes - again, way too much time spent on something I couldn't care that much about; view spoiler [they seemed to spend way to much time making sure we knew that the heart of Al'Goa was corrupt. Apart from that I found Elena's whole plot line really interesting, even though I found the magic system somewhat But even then, parts of Elena' plot was still a bit slow and hard to get into.
To be honest, I couldn't say what it was that caused this Three Stars Despite not sticking to sterotypes, much of the whole cast felt somewhat staid and samey. As I said in the intro, I really liked Elena - she had inner strength, a soft skin and a lot of humanity. Sometimes she came across as forced [example being her exclamation that she is both witch and woman, or that she wouldn't leave her friends] but generally I really liked her.
Indeed, a lot of the cast ere interesting and likeable to an extent. I loved Aunt May [not the doddering old bird your picturing], tol'chuk and fardale and generally liked the others. But again, for the most part, I just never felt connected to them. And again, I can't quite explain why. Three Stars Despite great pace, dialogue and narrative this was let down by the factors outlined above: I couldn't connect to most of the characters and there were swathes were I just didn't care about the plot enough.
Techincally speaking, on a sentence by sentence, paragrapgh by paragrapgh this was a greta book. But overall there were too many areas that just didn't Three Stars This book was frustraing, in that I wanted to really get into like some other people have, but that I felt held back from doing so by some odd choices. The plot lost it's way too many times, most of the characters just flew past my face, and generally I couldn't connect. I hate finding fault with any authors work; hate it. But here, I just felt let down.
This though, doesn't seem to be the case for a lot of people. So while I'll say there are many better fantasy books out there, this isn't a bad one to go for either. Hopefully you wont get hung up where I did, and you'll love this as others have. Sep 08, Chip Hunter rated it liked it. If that sounds generic, the storyline largely is. A young heroine discovers latent magical abilities, is told that she is the prophesied savior of the realm, and begins a quest against impossible odds.
Along the way she is joined by a motley group of companions, gradually learns to harness her powers, and accepts her role as a lynchpin of history. The way this story stands out from the legions of other fantasy-adventures is in the interesting mix of characters. Flawed heroes and sympathetic villains, combined with both familiar fantasy tropes and totally novel creations, makes reading these books a unique experience with some degree of staying power.
And Clemens meets success in drawing the reader on with hints of dramatic relationships and epic confrontations in the future. There is an interesting mix of immature silliness and gory violence in these books. Characters are not safe, and are sometimes terminated rather unexpectedly. Characters behave foolishly but predictably. After much build-up, the whole idea was scrapped after unsurprisingly failing to hide their identity for even a moment. There are pirates and mer-folk and seadragons, and the book ends with another huge shift as this new group meets up with Elena and company.
Recommended with some reluctance. Aug 09, Mike Briggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: James Clemens, I have found, is a better writer than James Rollins. Why does that matter when this book is by Clemens? Because both are pen names of Jim Czajkowski. I mentioned in another review, the one for a Rollins latest book that I liked Rollins non-series books better than his Sigma series. The first five Rollins books were non-series, last five were Sigma books at the time of writing this review, I took that to mean that Rollins felt freer and less restrained when he wrote a non-s James Clemens, I have found, is a better writer than James Rollins.
I took that to mean that Rollins felt freer and less restrained when he wrote a non-series book. All of Clemens books have been series books, though the last two out under the name are a different second series seven total books, with one series of five books, and a second series of two books. And, so far, all of Clemens books that I have read have been, or at least seemed to be at a higher level of writing ability. And the first Clemens book, and maybe the second, was published before the first Rollins book was released. Strong story, strong characters, interesting books. The second book found me starting to skip ahead like I normally do with a Rollins book, but I still found this book to be a stronger, more interesting book than the first.
Which is somewhat rare for me. Most times I find that fantasy series degrade as they advance, with some exceptions. I read the rest of the series, great series, complete in and of itself with a satisfying concluding book. In terms of the book itself: One of my problems with fantasy is that it just felt like fantasy. They just did not feel real enough to me. Well this series seems to inhabit a real world. Just a section of it. Somewhere along the way the dwarfs, mining people, found a rather strong type of stone in the mines.
A lot of power in this stone. A transformed dwarf or something from within the stone itself sprang forth to become the evil one, who lead his armies to another land and conquered it. That was more than years before this story takes place. And his armies are made up of real people, not clay, as you can find in other series. Je ne serais pas contre une mort fortuite dans la suite, personnellement. Je vais faire en sorte de lire la suite au plus vite!
First off, this book was generally written better than the first IMO. Too many excessive details, or lack of details, hooked me and pulled me right out of the story in Wit'ch Fire; that didn't happen as often in Wit'ch Storm, which was nice to see. At times the writing seems like it's aiming for far higher than it can reach, but the definite improvement helped smooth that out.
Despite that though, the first third of the book seems almost under-developed in comparison to the rest of it, as if the First off, this book was generally written better than the first IMO. Despite that though, the first third of the book seems almost under-developed in comparison to the rest of it, as if the author was struggling to get his foot in the story, or if it were written at the same time as Wit'ch Fire.
What was really getting in my way of enjoying the book was Elena. She strikes me as just More than once I'd find myself putting down the book and making myself a coffee just to have a few minutes to try to think up some of her defining points, and what made her a well-rounded character. I really couldn't come up with much. There's plenty of action as well, which is fine for a lot of people, but it didn't really do anything for me. Much of it seemed unnecessary, and I personally think the time and words would've been better spent developing and nurturing the characters, making them unforgettable rather than mere stepping stones to progress a story concept.
Overall though, I liked the book for what it was, and look forward to reading the rest of the series. So far, I don't think the story will stay with me long after I'm done reading them, but nonetheless it's been a good way to get back into reading. More than once Elena would refer to the group as her family, yet if I recall the death was only touched upon once afterwards, then seemed entirely forgotten as Mycelle was thrown in almost to replace her.
Nee'lahn was a decent character to begin with - nothing really made her stand out too much, but she had some good points as well as bad which is still good - yet the way removing her from the story made me wish she'd never been introduced and set up in the first place. It made the character feel absolutely pointless and a waste of my time, which was upsetting. Jan 07, Aaron Carson rated it liked it. I'm placing my review for the entire series on this page, because it was the book which originally drew me to buy the entirety of the five volumes.
The portrait of the dark witch Virani on featured on the cover of Wit'ch Storm, was so striking that I went ahead and bought the whole series. Little did I realise that Brom had only done covers for two of the books, and after that, Alan Pollack took over for Wit'ch War, and the covers got worse and worse from there. It's complet I'm placing my review for the entire series on this page, because it was the book which originally drew me to buy the entirety of the five volumes. It's completely idiotic that this bothered me, as it has no bearing on the writing whatsoever, but it did.
The drawing of Elena on the first book is also really ghostly and haunting, but Pollack's version of her looks like Gates Mcfadden, with implants. Quite frankly, it killed what little magic was there for me. Recommended with some reluctance. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. If you suffer from arachnophobia, this certainly won't help! I really liked this book. Just enough characters to fully develop yet not get lost in their importance as in, every one played a significant role , histories revealed, more mysteries presented, and teasers for what's next to come. As an aside, I don't mind the apostrophe's.
How else can you know how to pronounce a name? RA Salvadore used them in Menzoberranzen. Title says it all. If you have read the first book, the second book is a no brainer to pick up and immerse yourself in. Somehow, James Clemens managed to pick up the pace of his fast paced action in this sequel. There was never a boring moment.
Most of the time, you will feel as if you want to skip chapters just to see what will happen. Plenty of times, when he did his characteristic skip of cliffhangers to shift the spotlight to other developments, I did. Then I dutifully went back and paced myself while I read through it all.
I've noticed a lot more cliffhangers at the end of chapters and a lot more shock value. This series has quickly become on of my favorite fantasy series. I'm appalled and surprised how it has such a small following. I'm even more surprised there has not been a TV series or movie on this as there was with the 'Sword of Truth' series by Terry Goodkind which spawned the TV series 'Legend of the Seeker' or the upcoming movies based on Stephen Kings 'Dark Tower' series.
One person found this helpful. I read the first book because it was a free kindle download on Amazon. Well, if their plan was to get people interested in the series, it worked like a charm! It's a little darker than the first, but I think as adults we've all moved past the everything must be sunshine, roses and happy endings, right? If you enjoyed the first book, I highly recommend you read this one and the rest of the series. This is the best series of books I've read in quite some time! I'm thrilled that the 1st was offered free for the Kindle or I'd have never discovered this author!
James Clemons has caught the essence of really really good fantasy. He is as good writer of fantasy as he with his international thrillers. His writing moves his characters constantly. I'm never bored when I read anything he written. I'm a big fan of this second book. The first book sets up the story but this one just completely opened up all the possibilities of this series.
We get a new set of characters to follow with very interesting back stories from different cultures that just drew me in. I actually liked reading more about the new characters than anything else in the book. Clemens does a very good job in telling the history of each race and weaving the characters into their own history and the history of others. There is also plenty of action with a good amount of violence that keeps the pages turning.
Very good read and have picked up the next in the series. This story really builds off of the first book! The tale grows and flourishes more and more! I couldn't put the book down. New characters and great story lines that intertwine and mix made it impossible for me to stop reading. I loved this book and didn't stop reading until I was done.
Now I'm moving on to book 3!
I should admit that I have actually read the entire series and am just now getting around to reviewing the books In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline with its intriguing characters and richly described world. In this book it was nice to see the evolution Elena went through, as she did struggle a bit. And no one can discount her lively friends. Overall, these are great books and are fun to read. See all 73 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Where words had failed, fear and danger had finally managed to dig free the stubborn hooks in her heart. Her mother's words had been wise, and like a child, she had dismissed that good counsel.
Sy-wen's hands clenched to fists. Maybe it was time to look toward her approaching womanhood with a more open heart.
Maybe it was time she grew up and looked at the world with the wisdom of an adult, instead of the dreaming eyes of a child. Suddenly, below them, the seafloor exploded upward, swallowing them in a storm of silt and sand. Conch's body contorted violently under her. The scaled folds that secured her feet spasmed open.
Sy-wen was thrown from Conch's back. Her air siphon ripped from her teeth as she tumbled through the water. The sea gagged her throat as she swallowed a mouthful of salty water. In the blizzard of sand, she struggled to re-secure the stem of her air hose. She must not lose her air. As her body slowed its tumble, instinct drew her fumbling fingers to the pod fastened to her waist belt and felt along its surface until she discovered the base of the stem.
Thank the Mother, it was still intact. She hurriedly followed its length and pulled its end to her lips. She drank the air hungrily while using her webbed hands to hold herself in place. Able to breathe again, she could now think. Swirling sand obscured her vision. She swam backward against a mild current. Letting the current clear the silt around her as she kicked and paddled. Suddenly, like the sun pushing through a break in the clouds, the storm of sand had settled enough for Sy-wen to get a quick glimpse near the heart of the storm.
Conch, his long green body coiled up on itself, struggled savagely with something, his legs slashing, his neck twisting and contorting. It looked almost as if he were fighting himself. Then Sy-wen saw Conch's adversary. It was wrapped tight around his body, and the more Conch fought the tighter his opponent gripped him. As Conch struggled, a single black eye rolled in Sy-wen's direction and fixed on her. For a brief moment, he stopped his struggle, hanging still in the tangled net. Flee, he seemed to call at her, I am lost. Sy-wen swam into the sandstorm, paddling fiercely.
She had a knife and a stunner at her waist. She would not abandon Conch. She dug and clawed her way through the clouds of silt. It seemed forever that she fought the murk …then suddenly she was free, back in sunlit waters, the wall of swirling sand at her back. She had swam through the entire cloud of silt.
But where was Conch? Above, movement caught her eye.
She glanced up and saw her friend bundled in a tight ball in the clinging net, being hauled and drawn toward the surface. The bellies of the boats were now clustered in a circle around the ascending dragon. Sy-wen fought her way toward the surface, but she was too late. She had wasted too much time fighting the swirling sand. She watched, her heart thundering in her ears, as Conch was drawn to the surface. She kicked toward the planked bottoms of the boats.
She must still try. Aiming for the largest vessels, she slid under its keel and, guided by a hand slipping over its barnacled surface, she floated upward until her head bobbed in the shadowed curve of the boat's leeward side. Voices instantly struck her ears, strident, their thick accent making it difficult to understand. Sy-wen sank lower until only her eyes and ears were above water. She watched as Conch rolled in the tangled net, sluggishly writhing as he tired.
A sterner voice rang out from the boat above, guttural and full of threat, a voice of command. You want to drown it! The stern voice again. Give time for the sleep potion to reach its heart! So the rumors were true about seeing a seadragon at the fringes of the Archipelago.
Who would have thought? And why it kept coming back? Look at that beaut! Sy-wen could not stop the tears from flowing down her cheeks. Conch, she silently sent to him, I'm so sorry. Seadragon's blood is as rare as heartstone. I heard tell that vials left over from the last dragon -- the beastie caught up near Biggins Landing ten years ago -- still fetches six gold coins a drop!
Now wonder about that, Flint! Glee entered this other's voice. What did I just tell you about that spear! Samel, git that Jeffers belowdecks. The next one who stabs the dragon gets fed to it! Sy-wen had already stopped listening. Her eyes were on her friend tangled in the net, a pool of blood spreading around him.
Drawn by the blood, occasional fins of sharks broke the water but were chased off with spears. By now, Conch had stopped struggling, lying limp in the ropes. She could see he still breathed. But for how long? Sy-wen's chest hurt from suppressing her sobs. What was she to do? It would take her until well past nightfall to return to the Leviathan and tell the others what had happened. But even if the Elders decided to risk freeing him, Conch would be long gone, lost among the hundreds of islands of the Archipelago.
She closed her eyes and made a choice. She could not abandon her friend. His life depended on her. Opening her eyes, she slipped a hand to her waist and freed the shark-tooth knife from her belt. Re-positioning her air stem, she dove under the waves and kicked and swam with one hand toward her friend.
In the distance, sharks circled warily. Sy-wen could see their black eyes watching, unblinking. The spears kept them at bay so far. Sy-wen swam deep under Conch until the sunlight was blocked by the netted dragon. Floating up in his shadow, she reached his underside and ran a hand along the net. The oiled ropes and knots had dug deep into Conch's flesh. Blood seeped where the tight ropes had sliced his skin during his struggle.
A deep gash in a tangled fold of a wing bled near her hand, and she found herself reaching for the injury as if her touch could make the wound disappear. Oh, Conch, what have I done? Before her fingers touched the dragon, something suddenly slammed into her ribs -- hard.