Throne of Amenkor Trilogy
by Joshua Palmatier
#1: The Skewed Throne / Die Assassine
#2: The Cracked Throne / Die Regentin
#3: The Vacant Throne / Die Kämpferin
- Titles: While the English titles state the status of the throne, the German titles state Varis's changing status. Actually, I like both, but the third German title... not so well picked as the first two.
- Describtions! I really liked Palmatier's descriptive mode, despite it being a bit dragging. He was just as careful with details on the surroundings or clothing as he was with the order of events, especially in battle.
- World / Elements: I enjoyed Ameknor and Venitte, the thrones, the Seven, the memories, the structure and boundaries, even the political setup. And the Chrol, of course!
- No romance: Well, I think it was nice for a change, and it would've totally killed the whole mood of the books. Of course there is a little, but really only a little. Can recommend that to guys who don't like all the swoony-stuff going around.
- Varis: The concept of having a female lead in power, a fighter, supports the non-romance mood quite well, and that she's a guttersnipe to boot, thus has a totally different view and way to handle things in the top position is very nice. I'd like to see more of that. Just her character didn't sit well with me.
- Politics! and tactics. Both quite heavy, but not un-managable. However, I think it could've been managed with less.
- Covers: So-so. I'm not so keen how they portrait Varis (those
poses!), I'm not even keen on the idea on having her on the covers. I
like the brown, though. I think it matches the books quite well.
- Character development, especially on his main Varis. Although these are three quite thick books with a certain amount of time elapsing and enough events, occurances, and whatnot to change a person, Varis did not gain any depth. She may have gained some strength, skills and knowledge, and a lot of attitude, but not depth. Like her feelings could never change, no matter what happened in her life. Thus, she became sadly very annoying with her dagger...
- Supporting characters: But also the other characters surrounding Varis were only scratched on the surface, leaving a lot for the reader to read in between the lines and from them to whole persons. I admit there were a lot, but he could've picked a few to go more into detail with. I'd have loved to get more of Erick, Westen and Keven, of Ottul, Brandan and Sorrenti. *sigh*
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