Well, I doubled last months effort.. I managed to finish two books this month! Still, a rather slow start – I’m really going to have to up my game!
Book 2: A Crown Imperilled – Raymond E. Feist
This is the second book in the final trilogy in the Riftwar Saga. I read the first book, A Kingdom Beseiged, last year and reviewed the book, (and gave an overview of the whole saga) in this post here. The story really picked up pace in this second book, setting the scene nicely for the last volume. With old faces returning from the dead, magical surprises and traps, battles and betrayals, Feist is finishing this series in style. I have already started the final book…
Book 3: 11/22/63 – Stephen King
I don’t make life easy for myself in this Challenge. I have a tendency to choose rather lengthy, involved books! The first book I read for last years challenge ran to around 900 pages, this one came close at well over 800 :) I read it in two parts, split around reading Book 2… This is a time-travel story, in the same vein as the ‘if you could, would you go back and kill Hitler?’ ideas, where an English teacher (Jake) finds himself agreeing to go back in time to stop the assassination of John F Kennedy. I enjoyed it, and I learnt a lot about the assassination of JFK and what is known about Lee Harvey Oswald (with caveats, as explained by the author in the afterword), but I did find it slow going in the middle, hence the break for Book 2… The ‘portal’ that takes Jake to the past lands in 1958, so we have five years to fill in before he can stop the assassination! He builds a life for himself, and in the end his decisions are based not just on his goal of stopping the event, but on the impact on his new life. And of course, what is the butterfly effect of changing such a huge moment in history…?
I am now reading Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist, the last book in the long running Riftwar Saga that began with Magician, with mixed emotions: another of my all time favourites series’ is coming to an end and while I can’t wait to find out how it all ends, I will be sad to say goodbye to the world of Midkemia. I may have to start again at the beginning!
Linking up with Sarah over at Ups & Downs. Smiles & Frowns.