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Twisted Citadel [Jul. 3rd, 2008|04:53 pm]
The World of Tencendor


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So, I finished it two nights ago, but needed another day to process. Is it me, or did the series completely pick up? I fell in love with the entire world all over again... Finally Maxem and Ishbel got together, she wore the ring, the Twisted Tower became full, wow. Happiness! Am a little annoyed over Axis' reaction to having a new brother, but I expected it... Now I'm totally waiting for next May... Ten more months.

Anyone have a different opinion? Did you hate it, or love it?

[User Picture]From: dolorosa_12
2008-07-04 01:24 am (UTC)
I prefer the Troy Game books to the Tencendor (and its various offspring) books, so I'm probably not the best person to answer. One of the problems I have with the series is this: one of Douglass's key themes (a theme she explores in most of her series) is that people don't learn enough in one lifetime - but that if you give them another lifetime to fix their mistakes, they go ahead and make the same ones again. It takes thousands of years before people know enough about the consequences of their actions to learn and fix their mistakes as best they can. But what I see with the Darkglass Mountain series is that characters like Axis and StarDrifter keep on making the same mistakes and are not changing enough. Your point about Axis's reaction to his new brother is spot-on: it's entirely 'expected'. How refreshing it would be if, for once, Axis could have a brother whose arrival he welcomed, whose existence isn't problematic?

When the focus is on Ishbel and Maximillian, I don't feel so irritated with the books. It's more just the lack of progression among the older characters from Tencendor.
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[User Picture]From: dragonvi84
2008-07-04 03:37 am (UTC)
Same here. The reason I liked Ishbel and Maximillian so much is because they are new. I really hope they don't make the same mistakes in the next book...

I did notice a lot of similarities in the Troy Game to the first book in Darkglass Mountain. I saw Maximillian and Ravenna (or StarWeb), and I thought "wow, it's just like Brutus and Ariadne.." Same loving one woman, but getting upset and sleeping with someone else... I rant, I'm sorry. :-) I loved the Troy Game too.
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[User Picture]From: dolorosa_12
2008-07-04 08:48 am (UTC)
Well, Maximillian is not exactly new, since he was in Beyond the Hanging Wall.

Yeah, Sara Douglass repeats a lot of her motifs in her books. Lots of badly-resolved love triangles, lots of fraught parent-sibling (and sibling-sibling) relationships. And lots of bad stuff happening to people's wombs, for some reason...
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[User Picture]From: dragonvi84
2008-07-04 07:25 pm (UTC)
No kidding. Think Ishbel and Max will still be together in the next book?

And what I meant by "new" was that in BTHW, Max spent most of his time in the veins, so there wasn't a huge character development. I felt that the focus of the story was on Garth... Not to say that Max didn't have a large part in the story, but I'm a fan of the romance-development (previous supernatural Harlequin addict...)
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[User Picture]From: dolorosa_12
2008-07-04 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I would say you're right about the focus being much more on Garth in BTHW. In terms of Max and Ishbel still being together in the next book...well, it *is* Sara Douglass we're talking about. I don't like their chances...
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