Jul 30, Danica rated it it was amazing Another excellent installment. But I think that is the plight of anyone who enjoys reading. There was much character growth to be had in "The Shining Ones", Another excellent installment. There was much character growth to be had in "The Shining Ones", especially concerning Sephrenia.
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But I think that is the plight of anyone who enjoys reading. There was much character growth to be had in "The Shining Ones", Another excellent installment. There was much character growth to be had in "The Shining Ones", especially concerning Sephrenia. Thankfully, in the end, I found that it was a good kind of side-story that added to the character rather than simply hanging limply off to the side we all know those side-stories that have absolutely no relevance to the plot or the characters.
I also enjoyed the introduction of a new race to the books and thought that Eddings was masterful, as always, in relaying certain nuances about these new people. The interplay between existing characters and new characters is always one that I find interesting. I looked forward to hearing what Blue-Rose had to say on the rare occasion that we got to hear it speak.
This one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger and I must see how everything is finally resolved! Most of this is down to several things previously considered unalterable in the Sparhawk-verse suddenly changing. Bhelliom is sentient. Zalasta is evil. Aphrael appears as an adult. Sephrenia is a howling bigot. And didst I perchance mention that she speakath constantly in an archaic dialect that is painfully annoying to behold?
Or that we get to spend several chapters in her company while she excruciatingly details what all the bad guys have been up to for the past few decades? Add this to the fact they shipped off two of the best characters, Emban and Tynian, to the other side of the world for the majority of the novel and you have a very dodgy middle of the book. Still, the plot rattles along at a good pace, the gang members left behind in the Elene Castle while Sparhawk goes after Bhellion are finally given some interesting stuff to do, and it all gets a lot more fun once the Troll Gods arrive.
The Shining Ones by David Eddings
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