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Kylar Stern Odrzuci Ycie Zab Jcy Po Krwawym Przewrocie, Zorganizowanym Przez Kr La Boga, Mistrz I Najbli Szy Przyjaciel Kylara Zgin Li Przyjacielem By Logan Gyre Nast Pca Cenaryjskiego Tronu Jednak E Niewielu Arystokrat W Prze Y O, Eby Op Akiwa Jego Mier Kylar Zaczyna Wi C Od Nowa W Nowym Mie Cie, Z Nowymi Towarzyszami, W Nowym ZawodzieKiedy Jednak Dowiaduje Si , E Logan Mo E Y Uwi Ziony, W Ukryciu Staje Przed Najci Szym Wyborem Mo E Na Zawsze Porzuci Drog Cienia I Odnale Spok J W Nowej Rodzinie Mo E Te Wykorzysta Sw J Niszczycielski Talent I Lata Wicze , Eby Ratowa Przyjaciela I Kraj Jednak Wtedy Straci To, Co Dla Niego Najcenniejsze What can I say about this book How about a list of reason why you might love it.If you think the power of love overcomes all, and that belongs in a story about an Assassin, you know a guy that kills people for money Then this book is for you If you think all women fall into one of two categories Those being virgins or whores Then you found your book right here If you like reading books that feel like the story to an 80 s video game, you know a plot just thrown in there so you can watch some cool action Then this is for you If you think people should sacrifice themselves for no real good reason at all Then this book is for you If you enjoy cannibalism and pissed on bread, then you are in real luck here If you like your relationships in stories awkward Like a playboy model walking up to these guys awkward Man is this your book Oh, and the action scenes were good too. My ocular muscles are sore from all the eyerolling I did when I read Shadow s Edge It is even obsessed with virginity chastity than an average American Sex Ed class Because all women are either virgins or whores, rightsigh The terrible, atrocious portrayal of female characters annoyed me even than in the first book I cringed very time a female character took stage. They all lack any depth whatsoever, becoming little than caricatures The virgin whore dichotomy rules this book and the entire worth of a woman is reduced to her sexuality This may be the view of this quasi medieval society, but we are not shown anything to disprove it at all This is NOT.COOL Sidenote By the way, can somebody please explain to me why EVERY SINGLE GOOD CHARACTER men included, at least no misogyny there must be a virgin Because CLEARLY the state of your reproductive organs is what determines who you are. cue exasperated eyeroll The only acceptable state of unmarried genitalia Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to some examples of the aforementioned virgin whore situation we ve got on our hands..EXHIBIT A ELENE VIRGIN Saintly mind numbingly boring Elene is clearly the embodiment of goodness in this book and the entire story arc, as the events of the sequel show She is supposed to be sweet, kind, and innocent She tries to help Kylar denounce his former murdering ways by turning him into a mundane law abiding peacefully living sorta spouse Well, that s good, right Well, unless you take the only guy that can use his super powers to save thousands of the inhabitants of his hometown from bloodthirsty invaders and force him to leave he city and start a regular life with you as long as he does not kill, even the bad guys Let me repeat she abhors murder and thus removes from the city the only guy WHO COULD HAVE STOPPED THOUSANDS FROM BEING MURDERED. Instead of righting the wrongs, Kylar gets to be all sickeningly cute and sugary with Elene while attempting to raise the world s most annoying child everBoth my hand and my head hurt from the endless facepalming in addition to all the eyerollingand EXHIBIT B VI WHORE Unlike whiny Elene, Vi is a trained assassin She is supposed to be a badass, but a deeply flawed one Well, apparently all her badassery goes out the window the moment Kylar s sexy man charms reach her And ALL of her problems obviously stem from being sexually used from a young age But hey, there s still hope for her since all those bad sexy things she s done yeah, none of those were for pleasure, so it s gotta be okay The rest of the characters remain rather flat and underdeveloped in this exclusively plot driven story We are quickly introduced to a slew of characters, given one or two defining characteristics, and move on And these characteristics are told, not shown In the whirlwind switch between POVs every few pages, we lose what little character development there could have been, since no page time is devoted to showing any of it For instance, I know that Kylar and Logan are supposed to be best friends, to the point where Kylar is willing to risk everything for Logan s sake I know Kylar and Jarl are supposed to be like brothers I know Kylar is supposed to be madly in love with Elene Unfortunately I only know that because I was told that at some point, often by the characters themselves, but I have not seen any interaction between any of them in the book to actually convince me and show me that those feelings and emotions are true With all the telling but little showing, I just don t believe the characters motivations their actions just become the ways to advance the plot and not much Despite all of my issues with this book, this was still a better story than the first installment The action scenes remain fun and well written The plot, after the stumbling block of Elene Kylar tortured love, picks up and moves at a breakneck speed The loose ends continue to be nicely tied up, even if often in a predictable way Basically, this can be a quick, fun and mindless read, if you don t stop and think much along the way I still think that Weeks has potential if he learns better characterization his storytelling skills are already better than many fantasy writers 3 stars 2 starsAfter realizing that I have given 3 stars to quite a few books that I liked way than this one and its predecessor , I realized that the fair thing to do would be to knock this one down a star For the life of me, I have no idea why I was so generous with rating it in the first place. This book was nowhere near as interesting as the first book, in my opinion The first half of the book focused mostly on unimportant details, and there wasn t nearly as much action and political intrigue However, that epilogue really makes me want to finish reading the trilogy VERY INTRIGUING. Some time has passed, and I m trying to think of something positive to say about this book And it turns out to be a real struggle.Most of it is about Kylar constantly complaining that he s a virgin, Logan constantly complaining that he s a virgin, Elene being dreadfully annoying and Kylar and Elene trying to avoid the topic of sex around little Uly It s like the book is a pendulum switching constantly between annoying and awkward.The storyline is just a sidetrack A break between the actually interesting stuff It still is exciting occasionally, I ll give it that But mostly it s six hundred pages of boring, annoying, juvenile stupidity that ends with going or less no changes And it also includes the utter destruction of my sole remaining favourite character.Now, me not being able to recall any positive things does not necessarily mean that there weren t any I like this world, some of its characters, concepts and background stories very much, and I really like Brent Weeks himself I would feel justified in giving this the capital punishment of a one star rating because I know that he can do much, much better.However, I m going to be nice because of two amazing lines near the end that single handedly saved my enjoyment of the series enough to go on.