The Ruin of Angels

January 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, )

angelsThe Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone


I should state up front that I’m not the target audience for this book. I enjoyed the first couple of books in the Craft Sequence, but the more I read of it, the more tedious I found it. Reusing the characters seemed like a cool idea in theory, but not in practice; it felt like the characterization got lazier with each book, and I couldn’t find myself vested in any of the characters in the stories.

Six books into the series, The Ruin of Angels is no different. Gladstone gets rid of the told-out-of-order sequence of the books and starts writing them all in chronological order, but he brings in two characters he’s already used in previous novels — Kai Pohala and Tara Abernathy. He also avoids the whole soul-as-money and magic-as-justice tropes on which he hung the first five books, which was a relief, but it didn’t make much difference to me. I didn’t feel engaged in any part of the story. It took a long time for anything to get going with the plot, which didn’t help matters.

Like all the books, there were a lot of neat ideas, but the characters were flat, the narrative was unengaging, and the plot was pretty boring. Gladstone has his fans, who I’m sure will love this and fawn over the book, but I found myself just wanting to be done with it. As a friend of mine put it, the shine is off the apple, but for me, the apple is bruised and attracting fruit flies. I won’t be returning to the series.

Started: September 23, 2017
Finished: October 15, 2017

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