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Alright, it's now been about 36 hours since I picked up City of Light, and after my second read through I feel I have enough to review this.
Is this a masterpiece? No, not by any means. It has some issues, mostly with pacing, and ended on a bit of an anticlimax for me.
Is it a worthwhile read? Oh, most definitely.
Two of the three main characters, Simon and Leah, are especially likeable and easy to identify with. I really hope we haven't seen the last of these characters, as they still feel they have so much to do. The third, Alin, is not, but that's by design, and his perspective is just fascinating. Honestly, I wish there had been more of it.
The action scenes are fantastic. They are normally my least favorite part of any book, but Will (I assume we're bestest buddies, so we're on first name basis) pulled them off with style and a hint of panache. They were honestly a joy to read, especially on my second go through.
The emotional scenes? Very good. There were two in particular that I won't spoil, but they tugged at my heart strings. One, which involved a character death, made me have to stop for a moment and try not to let a manly tear trickle down my eyes.
The magic system and world are still amazing, and I hope to see more of them very soon.
The character development. This was a hallmark of the series before, but I guess by the third book, they're all pretty well developed. I still wish we'd seen more out of it.
Lack of Valinhall scenes. Back in House of Blades, I was pretty iffy on the book for the first few chapters. But then we got to the introduction of Valinhall, and I fell in love. The whole concept, conquering challenges in rooms of a seemingly endless house with each victory making you stronger, was just incredible. But there's very little in here. There's a brief scene with Simon trying and failing to conquer a room, and the Ghost Armor, which seemed like a bit of a retread of the last book. Nothing here captured the same feeling I got from the Rain Garden in Crimson Vault or Benson's Dungeon in House of Blades.
The way a few characters were resolved. Alin and Grandmaster Naraka, mainly. I can't say much hear without spoilers, but I found the way the Grandmaster's plot was resolved to be immensely unsatisfying. And as for Alin, well, I've never really liked him, so I probably am just a bit bitter at his role in the ending.
Overall, I'd rank City of Light second best of the Traveller's Gate Trilogy. It doesn't have the same punch Crimson Vault had, but it doesn't suffer from the slow start of House of Blades. But if you liked the first two, you'll love this one. And if you haven't read the first two, then go pick those up.
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Let's get some basic information out here:
This book is the third in a trilogy, the first of which is titled The House of Blades. You must read the books in order. They are heavily plot based and will make no sense unless you read them chronologically.
The book is 6157 kindle pages long (no real pages listed). ~6000 is a decently sized book, bigger than many best-selling books. You will get your money's worth: I am a very fast reader and I finished the book in ~6 or 7 hours.
The book is, in case you haven't read the other books, clearly fantasy, and while there are HINTS of romance romance holds a pitifully small role in the series (this is a good thing, in my view, even though I love a good romance). It mostly amounts to some cute awkward moments with the main character, nothing more. While there is (at least I don't recall any) no swearing, no suggestive scenes, and I would recommend this series in general to people of all ages as long as they can tolerate pg-13 movie violence, I can say that older people will love this book and this series. I am 17 and was essentially dying of rapture while reading it.
One of the biggest problems of books in general is that characters in them never die. Or that authors, in a state of horrible lunacy, kill off characters that shouldn't die in really stupid and infuriating ways. Either way, stories become predictable or too frustrating to read, or at least fully enjoy.
Such is not the problem in this book.
Characters will die, people. Bad things will happen. I nearly cried (a few tears welled up) at a few points. The best part is that I didn't know WHO would die, or when, or what exactly would happen. Main characters DIED, or had really bad things happen to them.
And I'm telling you now, their deaths/bad happenings meant something, happened for good reason, and truly added to the book like few other book deaths I have experienced. Cry, grieve, do whatever, but seriously, Will Wight knew what he was doing when he planned his book and it shows.
Another plus of this entire series is the strong characterization and character development. Out of pure coincidence, since I loved the series so much, only a few days before I read the City of Light I reread the first book of the series, The House of Blades. Little did I know that the City of Light had just come out, a book I quickly purchased and read in one amazingly awesome sitting.
Reading the CoL, I really saw just how much the characters grew, yet their individual personalities were distinct and remained intact. Wight truly made separate and unique characters that thought DIFFERENTLY, unlike many series that have multiple perspectives and all narration sounds the same. It's actually quite funny to see what other characters think about each other. It's entertaining to hear Leah's perpetual (thought justified, and totally awesome) paranoia/distrust of everyone and possible ulterior motives of those around her. She is an incredibly intelligent and witty character.
I have to say that Wight most surprised me with her, actually. I think in every single fantasy novel I have EVER read (I have read hundreds) I have always hated when women had central roles. I'm not sexist: I'm a girl. I know men and women are equal. The issue is that usually women are just... grrr, bad in books, weak, whiny, or so obsessed with not being weak and whiny that it's almost annoying and unreal. Either way, I never find myself connecting with them and often purposefully avoid books with female leads. The reason I even picked this book up was because the main character was a guy, Simon (though Leah follows him as one of the other main leads).
Leah, however I was predisposed to dislike her, was always an interesting and shrewd character. However, in this book, the CoL, Leah goes into ultimate epic mode. While I feel that most authors try to explain how awesome their female characters are, Leah simply IS awesome. She says something, people listen. She wants something done, she takes charge and does it. People rely on her to save the day, and she doesn't have to whine or beg to do any of it. She is a natural born leader, and we the audience sees this through her actions, not by how she is described by the author/other characters.
Then, we have Simon. Simon is awesome as ever in this book, and I was constantly worried horrible things would happen to him. I'm not going to say anything else because everything I would say would be a spoiler, but SIMON!!! If you loved him in the past books, you won't be disappointed.
Oh, and his doll Gloria made me laugh so hard. More dolls were introduced and built upon.
There is greater development with the house, specifically with Incarnations, the Eldest Nye, the dolls, and (hehe) the furniture. All of the development is great and totally adds to the plot/fun of the book.
Now, finally I'm going to talk about Alin. Alin surprised me. He really did. He had huge character development, which sounds weird since he's an incarnation, but it worked. I was very happy with what happened with him, for good or bad.
The book overall had great fight scenes. Kai really shined as well as Simon as fighters. The scenes were well described and flowed well, allowing me to be drawn in and visualize them.
Overall I was EXTREMELY HAPPY with the end of the series. It ended on a really solid note, not at all a cliffhanger, but left room for more sequels. What more could you ask for?
In the end, what this book bought me for 3 bucks:
6-7 hours of pure entertainment
About 25 laugh out louds
About 3 or 4 near cries/crying spells
A message about sacrifice and loyalty and the corrupting influence of power
A lesson in how to write a good plot, develop good characterization, and execute.
Honestly, I don't have much criticism. I think I found a few typos (under 5), and none were blaring. Stuff like poring instead of pouring. For me, at least as I read it, the book was pretty near flawless. It offered everything I expected and more, and I can honestly say that any reader will not be disappointed.