Summary: Not a huge book reader...couldn't put this down.
Comment: First off, ignore my grammar, spelling, and puncuation (see spelled that wrong) im typing this fast.
first off, LOVED the characters. loved the idea that i could root for not just the main, but the other 10 or so characters that come with it. the idea, the darkness and mild humor, the way that the battle could just be imagined. the idea behind the entire series, i couldnt put them down. i just wanted MORE. after reading all of them i felt like i was cheated. i wanted this to be a wheel of time series with 10+ books. but all good things must come to an end, and i enjoyed this ending but agian, i felt very sad. not cheated, just sad that it was over. so now im looking forward to another series, and i will recommend this series to ANYONE who enjoys a good semi PG-13 or maybe PG-15 since there is a few 'demons' who are like, topless and naked or whatever plus a few references to sex. over all, i wish i could read these again they were just as fun as reading harry potter but without the teenager twists.
Summary: the story of the blood diary
Comment: The third book of the banned and the banished series picks up where we left off in book two. Again, the action is almost non-stop, cover to cover. Enough plot twists are thrown in to keep the story engaging.
But with this third book a pattern has emerged. Small skirmishes with evil beings throughout the first half all leading up to the larger battle of the novel which climaxes at the end and leads us to the next book. It's getting a bit formulaic to read, although I breezed through this installment as easily as I did the first two.
Some of the plot twists seem ingenious and others seem trite and predictable. Once again we are introduced to more characters, some good, some bad. Some bad characters in previous novels end up being good, and some good characters end up being bad. I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series if for no other reason than to see how it all comes together.
Our heros are split into two groups during the course of this novel and I'm curious about the paths they will take. We are also given more pieces to the puzzle of the Dark Lord and a more complete image is slowly being revealed.
I'm still caught up in the story, with Clemens doing an excellent job of keeping my interest and attention despite the odd faltering of overwhelming cliches or characters dying and being resurrected.
I have the last two of the series in my library and look forward to finishing them.
Summary: action filled series
Comment: I've enjoyed the two previous books in this series and looked forward to reading the third. For the most part the characters are interesting and diverse. My only complaint was that the author could drag on a fight scene forever. A short encounter can go on for thirty pages with discriptions and flashbacks. These "action" scenes can be a tension grabber, but when a reader has to read and read and read and read just to find out who the attactor is, well, you kind of just loose interest. I kept finding myself flipping to a few pages ahead to see when it would end. Normally I would give three stars for an author with this problem, but because the two previous books were for the most part much better, I gave her an extra star for previous good writing.
Summary: Looking for More
Comment: James Clemens continues to evolve in his writing style with each new release of this series. I have now read the first 3 books twice, and enjoyed them even more the second time. The author's ability to spin a tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat is astounding.
I believe Mr. Clemens has a long career ahead of him as a Sci-fi/Fantasy writer.
Summary: A peak in a won'derful fan'tasy ser'ies!
Comment: Starting with "Wit'ch Fire," James Clemens introduced the character of Elena. A young woman born a wit'ch (a woman with the abilties of great magicks), she is of a mixed prophecy - either the savior of the world, or its death.
That was the beginning of the "Banned and the Banished," series. Since then, Clemens has rounded out the cast of his books with wonderfully drawn characters: rich in elemental magics that don't overpower their characters and personalities.
In this third book in the series, Elena's group of friends and protectors is mostly scattered, and one of them, as told in book two, "Wit'ch Storm," has been corrupted by the Dark Heart. A very worthy read, the new characters complement the old, and we gain much more depth in the entire cast, not just Elena. Particularly, we delve more into Kast, Sy-wen, and Joach. This third book was definitely worth the wait, as the quality of fantasy writing has stepped up a notch.
A climax of sorts, this is still not the end of the series. While part of me wonders if Clemens can keep up the pace and the exceptional writing, I'm willing to wager on it and look forward to the fourth book.
The only quibble is, as always, those stupid apostrophies. Wit'ch. D'warf. El'vin. Eb'onstone. Gosh they're annoying. It seemed, however, that they're not as prevalent as before, and mostly just repeats of the ones we've seen previously. Perhaps Clemens has realized that they're really distracting.
Don't skip this book. If you've not read Clemens before, treat yourself to the whole series. He puts Robert Jordan to shame, and mirrors the deep characterizations of George R.R. Martin.