23 September 2011

Review: Edge of Destiny (and my patience.)

Edge of Destiny (Guild Wars, #2)Edge of Destiny by J. Robert King

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

From Goodreads

Destiny Called - They Answered 

In the dark recesses of Tyria, elder dragons have awoken from millennial slumbers. First came Primordus, which stirred in the Depths forcing the asura to flee to the surface. Half a century later, Jormag awoke and drove the norn from the frozen climes of the Northern Shiverpeaks, corrupting sons and brothers along the way. A generation later, Zhaitan arose in a cataclysmic event that reshaped a continent and flooded the capital of the human nation of Kryta. 

The races of Tyria stand on the edge of destiny. Heroes have battled against dragon minions, only to be corrupted into service of the enemy. Armies have marched on the dragons and been swep aside. The dwarves sacrificed their entire race to defeat a single dragon champion. The age of mortals may soon be over. 

This is a time for heroes. While the races of Tyria stand apart, six heroic individuals will come together to fight for their people: Eir, the norn huntress with the soul of an artist; Snaff, the asuran ge­nius, and his ambitious assistant Zojja; Rytlock, the ferocious charr warrior in exile; Caithe, a deadly sylvari with deep secrets; and Logan, the valiant human guardian dealing with divided loyalties. Together they become Destiny’s Edge. Together they answer the call. But will it be enough?

Edge of Destiny is the second book in the Guild Wars series, bridging the gap between the online-role-playing-game, Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. It features a character from each playable race in the game in the main cast, and we are brought right into a world of conflict and tension between these races as they battle a greater evil; dragon. The characters are interesting, the settings are beautiful, and the battles are both fun to read and action-packed.

Sadly, Edge of Destiny is a terribly boring book. I have been reading this for well over a month now, and I am not even halfway through the book. More than a few pages at a time seems like a chore, and no book should feel this way.

It does all the right things, and the battle scenes really keep the novel from being a total trip through Tedium Town. Until we finish the first 1/4th of the book, that is. Despite all the beauty, the problem really is the lack of central character focus. We follow a part of 6 characters and there isn't reason given for those characters' actions. I do not know who Logan Thackeray really is, or what motivates him, and I don't care what happens to him.

I cannot finish this book. I do enjoy (and am a fan of) the game, but.. I really can't do this. This book cannot be saved.

1 comment:

  1. I was excited to read Edge of Destiny. It started out great, but as the events kept coming, the story moved so quickly through them, that I felt like I was in a race without any choice in the matter. Every foe and other encounter was dealt with much too quickly for such events. I would recommend reading it to get an insider look at the races of Guild Wars 2, and I loved the characters themselves, but the pace was too quick, in my opinion.