If I didn't enjoy Sanderson's Final Empire, should I stay clear of his Stormlight Archive too? Thanks so much for any thoughts
I don't know the answer but I'll be interested to find too as I've been thinking of reading Sanderson but he has SO many books I wouldn't know where to start!
That's a good question and I guess it depends what you disliked about Final Empire.
They do have the same style of writing, so nothing with too much description or showy language but instead focusing on the plot and storytelling so if you disliked this maybe try Patrik Rothfuss if you wanted more eloquent writing?
I thought Stormlight was slower to get into than Final Empire but once you're in it gets really exciting and his world building is something special. So much complexity. I can't wait to see where he takes it next. Sometimes the characters lack a bit of depth in Sanderson books and I think Stormlight is no exception (possibly actually the worst culprit of the books of his I have read! There is lots of introspection but it is all focused on moving the plot forward rather than deepening the characters) but a totally brilliant plot does more than makeup for this.
So it all depends what you're after really! Stormlight is my favourite overall. There are going to be 10 books in the Stormlight Archive apparently so you'll need to have some dedication!!!
Yes! Everything you've said about the character development.. for me, it's really the characters that are the selling point. The Final Empire was sorta entertaining, I mean it definitely is a fast read. But honestly, I really couldn't get myself to like the two main characters at all and after that it was really difficult to care about anything the book had to offer at all. Maybe it's just me, but I did find the plot quite far-fetched too?
There's so many that are recommending the Stormlight though, so I'm always tempted to join in on the excitement. It's just after what you've said, I'm super hesitant.. Worst case scenario, I guess I can always try reading the first one and see how it goes.
Both of you, thanks for the feedback :)
I can see why you could call the plot a bit far-fetched, yes. Although I did still enjoy it overall, but I think the Stormlight plot was better. If it's complicated characters you're after, I'm not sure you'd like it any better though! What fantasy books (or any books really) have you read where you loved the characters?
I'm pretty new to fantasy tbh (well, returning to it after my teenage years - during which i somehow managed to go through an emo, cheesy romance and horror thrillers phase. How time-efficient of me)
I've really enjoyed Game of Thrones **how original** and the The Name of the Wind.
I'm really loving the Bookthief right now, and i loved Homegoing and the Road. Im not sure if this is helpful in any way?
I guess i like my harsh reality stories, with very flawed but deeply sympathetic characters? And tons of blood&guts. The Final Empire (despite the copius amounts of violence) felt quite PG-13 to me.
Nothing wrong with loving Game of Thrones lmao! Who doesn't!? I thought the Book Thief and Homegoing were really good too but I haven't read the Road. Have you tried Robin Hobb before? Or if you're after blood and guts maybe try Joe Abercrombie. I haven't read them but my friend said they are totally dark and he knows his fantasy books better than anyone! It's not fantasy but if you like flawed characters in harsh settings I really enjoyed all the Khalid Hosseni books, espeically A Thousand Splendid Suns. I like that kind of character too. They're def not PG-13.
Oh I just thought too, you should try Stieg Larsson books if you haven't read them. From your descrption, I think you'd really like them!
The Road is quite odd. When I started reading, I really had no idea what I was getting into or even what it was about, so I was honestly unprepared for some scenes. I thought it was really good, though.
I actually have A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at home... I just have to get to them, oh.. My library actually has Abercrombie's First Law series, so I think I'll give it a go. Thank you :) If you like Hosseni, I can definitely recommend the Kite Runner (which in-turn was recommended to me by my grandma).
Cool! You should totally try them! I think Stieg Larsoon is awesome. I'd be really interested to know how you got on with his books