This victory is a pyrrhic one, as the Gurkish forces begin to breach the city and Glokta almost gets murdered by an Eater. Glokta barely escapes with his life, though he is credited with defending the city for much longer than expected. Under pressure from the Arch Lector , he is forced to extract a confession from an innocent man. Now with both heirs to the throne dead, the next High King of the Union will be elected in Open Council.
To the west, Bayaz journeys across the vast broken land with Ferro, Jezal, Logen, Quai , and a navigator called Longfoot to retrieve an ancient magical relic called The Seed from the edge of the world.
The long and arduous journey sees the group accosted by bandit, and cross the desolated splendour of the ancient capital where nothing lives, except for Shanka. Would Logen and Ferro actually be happy together if they could only spit the words out? Is being forced away from his cocoon of luxury making a better man of Jezal? And what is going on with Quai and his brooding silences?
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The quest ends on distant shore where the supposed relic turns out to be a simple stone; Bayaz has been tricked. Sign In Don't have an account?
Your view on the characters is completely different than that of my sister. Like Like. Maybe I was in a particularly fitting mood when I read this?
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Of course, every reader brings a little bit of themselves into a book so maybe I read to much into them. As I said, Jezal is the most glaring example and although his change is degrees, I liked seeing him in this new light. But if you try reading this book without liking the characters, I feel for you.
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The biggest problem I had with this series with the plot, too. All about the characters. Once I did finished the trilogy, the plot did make a lot more sense. I am still surprised about this.
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I went into this series expecting mediocre characters but a great plot — and this turned out to be the opposite. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Glokta operates as an adviser to the city leaders and quickly discovers a spy in the Union midst. He tortures his way through the Dagoskan nobility and eventually uncovers Carlot dan Eider, a Union noblewoman, as the Gurkish spy.
The victory is a pyrrhic one, as the Gurkish forces finally breach the city's defenses and sack the city. Glokta barely escapes with his life, though he is credited with managing to defend the city for much longer than expected. In the North, Captain West suffers a series of defeats at the hands of the Northmen. The barbarian Northmen have united under the rule of a king called Bethod. Bethod apparently has managed to forge the unruly northern people into powerful fighting force.
After a bruising defeat, West and Prince Ladisla of the Union are isolated from the rest of the Union army. They come across a young northern woman, whom West quickly falls for.