One of the things that I really enjoyed, and which quite surprised me, was that the dragons which function as a substitute for air planes are not portrayed as mythical or wise creatures. They are basically treated as normal animals, and portrayed as very stupid animals at that. This might seem a weird thing to like, but I found it to be quite refreshing. It's This was a decent read, and it was quite interesting at certain points.
It's an original aspect of the story, and, in my opinion made the concept of dragons far more interesting. For example, for Adolf Hitler, the ideal soldier was tall, blond and had blue eyes. In "Into the Darkness", the Kaunians whom are the substitutes for the people of the Jewish population are the tall blondes instead. I don't know whether Turtledove did this on purpose, but I noticed it and I liked it. Things that I did not like were that the author seemed to have a very limited vocabulary for certain aspects of the story. Eggs the equivalent of bombs for example, are forever thrown by "egg-tossers", I don't think he used a different word for it even once.
Furthermore, when the eggs were carried by dragons, they were always "dropped". They did not just fall, or rain down from the sky, they were just dropped. Now this might seem like only a minor thing, but at a certain point I had read these words so often that they actually started to annoy me. I think it's a shame, because I feel like it would have been just that much better had he put in a little bit of variety in his choice of words. This was also the first book where I could not actually distinguish between characters.
When I'd start reading a new part with a different viewpoint again, for example I'd think the character that was 'telling the story' was a Valmieran, and then he'd turn out to be an Algarvian Valmiera and Algarve are on opposite sides in the war. Some of the male characters especially were sometimes hard to distinguish from the others, since they mostly all had a single goal; they were all hoping they could win the war so they could get some sexual intercourse with some pretty or willing lady.
In the end, however, this was not a bad read at all. I will definitely finish the series someday, because the concept interests me quite a lot. Some story lines especially managed to capture my attention, and now I am curious about how those will continue. Mar 25, Helle rated it really liked it. The first or so pages you get a complete people and location overload. I guess I should have seen that coming, considering the detailed map and the five and a half pages long list of characters… Then there are all the political relations between countries, which are changing all the time as well.
Wars are ending and starting all over the place. So I expected it would be hard to keep track. For some people it may even be a reason to stop right there, but strangely enough it was pretty entertai The first or so pages you get a complete people and location overload. For some people it may even be a reason to stop right there, but strangely enough it was pretty entertaining, probably because of the diversity of the characters. The stories are told from the perspectives of a lot of different people ref above mentioned list with all kinds of different characters, functions and levels in society.
Because of these differences the storylines are easier to keep apart than I expected and it also makes it interesting. There is plenty of fantasy: Harry Turtledove does a marvellous job replacing technology with magic. Using dragons as bombers is pretty cool, as well as slightly insane. The similarities to WWII dawned on me rather late.
Comparing the fictional countries to real-life added some fun to reading, although some are still a mystery to me. All in all I really enjoyed reading Into the Darkness, but I find rating it rather difficult: I realized that I really enjoyed this book very much and it made me look forward to the rest of the series. My initial feeling was right: May 11, Adam rated it it was ok. Too much going on, way too many characters to keep track of and only the first of many in a series. Of the dozen or so plot threads i only enjoyed 2 of them Once i got to the end and realized that this book was the first of a few in a series I decided to not read any of the others.
Very disappointed after reading "ruled britanica" by the same author. I usually go thru a book a week or so and this took me 1 month to read, very hard to really get a good p Too much going on, way too many characters to keep track of and only the first of many in a series. I usually go thru a book a week or so and this took me 1 month to read, very hard to really get a good page turning going when you only get pages per plot thread before you have to read another dozen plots to get back to what just got your attention.
By the time i get back to an enticing thread i have forgotten what has happened. Almost like reading 12 differnt books at one time. Just could not get compelled enough to keep going before the author put the brakes on and switched gears on me: Nov 11, James rated it really liked it.
I personally do not enjoy reading books like many others do but Into The Darkness written by Harry Turtledove really got me pulled in due to its storyline evolving around a fictional land called Algarve. At the beginning you follow a boy named Ealstan in a place called Forthweg I personally do not enjoy reading books like many others do but Into The Darkness written by Harry Turtledove really got me pulled in due to its storyline evolving around a fictional land called Algarve.
At the beginning you follow a boy named Ealstan in a place called Forthweg where everyone in the town just learns that the Duke of Bari suddenly dies. After everyone hears this new news all the people get scared because they know a war is coming. Many people that are soldiers, mages, wizards, and whatever reinforcements they have go off onto a journey to keep peace within the land.
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There are many pages of explicit and greatly detailed wars throughout the book that will definitely give you a good image of this fictional land and everything surrounding it. I would definitely recommend this book to someone that adores fiction anything that revolves around magical fairy tales that could never be true and I like I have stated before I believe greatly that this book is related to a game called Skyrim greatly.
Jun 27, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: Any book that starts with a multi-page Dramatis Personnae is going to be complex. I usually have a good head for characters so I didn't have to refer to it too often, although I probably should have checked it more. I had trouble connecting to the book at first because there were just too many people introduced too close together, and then not appearing again for chapters.
I was over pages in before I really started getting into the story. I did grow attached to a lot of the characters, whic Any book that starts with a multi-page Dramatis Personnae is going to be complex. I did grow attached to a lot of the characters, which kept the book from becoming a hard slog. I did have trouble keeping track of which countries were which, and who was doing what to whom and when. Part of that was deliberate, I think, to draw attention to how difficult it can be to tell the difference between an aggressor, a liberator, and a victim.
The shifting alliances and the difficulty in keeping up with who was supposed to be the "good guys," was probably also deliberate, to prove that things aren't always as clear-cut as we like to think they are, especially once the "fog of war" rolls in. I look forward to continuing with the series, now that I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the current situation.
I just hope it's not an entire new set of characters in the second book, and maybe the cast list will thin a little. People die in war, of course--preferably the people I already don't like. Nov 21, Carly Krewitsky rated it really liked it. This book is an alternate history of World War II.
It has magic, dragons, unicorns, behemoths, and leviathans. There are so many characters to keep track of and sometimes it's hard to tell who's who. Algarve is supposed to be Germany. The Algarvians are described as being redheaded. The Unkerlanters are supposed to be the Russians. King Swemmel of Unkerlant is such an idiot!
He goes to war with anyone and everyone whenever he feels slighted. He doesn't think about the consequences of going to wa This book is an alternate history of World War II. He doesn't think about the consequences of going to war all the time. He once fought against his own brother because their mother didn't tell them which twin was older. There is a lot of racism in this book, most of which is directed at the Kaunians those with blue eyes and blond hair. The Kuusamans are described as being slant-eyed. Some of the characters like King Swemmel are unlikeable, but there are others who are really interesting.
A fantastic retelling of World War 2 set in a time of magic and fantastic beast.
I couldn't make it. Too long, with too many characters and too many random kingdoms thrown into the story one after the other. It probably gets better after the first half, but I couldn't bring myself to continue it. Aug 20, Katherine Coble rated it did not like it Shelves: Dec 29, Chip Hunter rated it really liked it.
Here we get our first glimpse into the vaguely familiar, but starkly unique, world that is meant to mirror our own, but in a fantasy setting. Loosely based on our own history's World War II, this story may be more enjoyable for those with a greater familiarity with the major events and figures of WWII.
That being said, this is still an enjoyable story even if you are ignorant of -or simply ignore- the connections between it and our own history. The greatest complaint that this book has received has been the overabundance of point of view main characters. However, as you become more familiar with the terms, lands, and characters, you'll find yourself becoming comfortable with this style. One thing it does lead to though, is very slow character development.
If each chapter was dedicated to a single character, most characters would only have had a single chapter all told.
That doesn't leave very much room for really getting to know the characters. I at least hope that Turtledove stuck with the same POV characters throughout the series. Another interesting aspect of this book is the complete lack of 'good' and 'bad' characters. Each of the them are cast as being very 'human' with good and bad qualities, and with unique perspectives that cause them to act and believe in certain ways. Soldiers on both sides of a war typically think that they are on the side of justice, and Turtledove manages to capture that aspect of war very nicely.
You may like some characters over others, but you can't really pinpoint which characters are the heroes and which are the villains. Overall, I enjoyed this read. Not as much as I had hoped for, but I look forward to continuing the series. Recommended for fans of fantasy, especially those with a good grounding in the history of WWII. Aug 30, Logan Young rated it really liked it.
Two things got me to read this fantasy epic: I also liked the broad range of characters Two things got me to read this fantasy epic: I also liked the broad range of characters Turtledove covers in this epic, so that we get a good sense of how the war affects characters at all levels of life. Probably my only complaint about the characters though is that sometimes the viewpoint characters seemed too similar, especially the soldiers for the different countries. Another reviewer pointed out that they all want the same thing, to push through the next battle and hopefully get laid afterwards.
Also, there are only three female perspective characters, one of them is unbearably annoying, one of then the scientist is not very interesting, and the only one I enjoyed reading was the Kaunian young woman but then view spoiler [of course she is the one who has to watch the ones she loves suffer and then she gets raped by the book equivalent of a Nazi.
I know things won't get better for her too because the Kaunians represent the Jews, and the Holocaust is coming The magic wands that stand in for guns are always called "sticks. And the dragons always "drop" their eggs. Not released, not discharged, just dropped dropped dropped. Apr 15, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: I mean, who wouldn't like to see WWII played out with dragons and sorcerers? While Turtledove obviously drew most of the action and plot from actual WWII events, I liked how he adapted them for his setting as well as changing a few things up that I did not expect such as the Holocaust analogue.
Turtledove does a nice job giving all the countries in the world he creates unique cultural characteristics that in some ways mirror their real world analogue and in others are completely novel such as the Finland analogue being a desert peninsula where everybody complains about how terrible roofers are. Doing this really help the story avoid being a 1: One of the main strengths of this book is the multiple POV characters. And just as good: These books are, however, behemoths see what I did there people who have already read this?
Tons of characters to keep track of across thousands of miles of space. Thankfully there is a character list at the beginning of the books and a very useful map as well. I could see how some folks would be put off by the size and scope not to mention the subject matter.
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A huge diverse plot and a magic system that gives its armies modern type warfare - it should be good, but I just found its breadth too wide, too many actors from too many regions. The actors are not really introduced and I didn't feel any connection to them. I never got any feedback on why every nation was at war with every other nation. The author maintains seemingly hundreds of threads each only a few pages long. Its an incredible feet of storytelling, but Summary: Its an incredible feet of storytelling, but just too complex to follow. I constantly had to look at the map to see who was who, I would have had no chance finishing this book if it was an ebook.
I somehow finished the book expecting at least some answers, but no I've ended up giving it 1 star as I really wish I'd never picked it up, but their are elements of the book that deserve 5 stars. I won't be reading the sequel. Incredibly complex, huge breadth. Stunning magic system, really clever. Too complex without enough depth of character Ending: Boring from start too finish. First I would like to say that I really loved reading this book. The story is completely engrossing from beginning to end, and the narrative point of view shifts from person to person, so it is never boring.
Second, this is not one of Harry Turtledove's "alternative history" novels. It is a straight fantasy novel, set in a word where dragon really exist, fly and breath fire and serve men as machines of war. Magic really works as a form of technology, with sometimes unplesent side effects. And it i First I would like to say that I really loved reading this book. And it is a war novel set on a world wide plain, with a vast collection of locations and environments and cultural backgrounds.
It's a long book, more than pages and there are 5 other volumes in the series. The only problem I had as a reader was in decided if one was enough or should I go on reading? Recommend to any who love HT, or fantasy buffs. Feb 20, Samuel rated it really liked it. Been eyeing this series for a while, as Turtledove is known as an alternate-history writer with a focus on wars. In this book, rather than an alternate history in the modern world, we have a world war in a world where magic replaces technology.
But unlike fantasy books, magic isn't all-powerful or the main focus here. Reading this book can give you a headache due to the sheer Been eyeing this series for a while, as Turtledove is known as an alternate-history writer with a focus on wars. Reading this book can give you a headache due to the sheer number of characters author goes for a large cast of characters with no clear protaganist and locales.
The timeline might be linear, but skips along and leaves the reader to fill in the gaps. However, the book is still strangely engaging, as the war proceeds apace, seen from many different viewpoints. Will have to pick up the next in the series. Jan 02, Nathan rated it liked it. World War 2 as translated to a fantasy setting. The first book of a longer series. Now, when I say translation, I mean direct translation of events. Only the names have changed, with chrome such as tanks, subs and planes beig replaced with fantastic animals and rifles with what seem to be wands of lightning.
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The characters and story also lacked serious development, and there are "jumps" in the plot that are not believable or put into a proper context. I kept thinking to myself that several elements were "cribbed" from Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series and then badly re-interpreted to fit the story. Many were direct "lifts" in my opinion. With that said, the author shows some creativity and promise, but I don't know that this work is "ready for prime time". It is a fairly short work that was not a waste of 99 cents, but it also wasn't a "bargain". I'm ambivalent about buying the next one in the series unless there is drastic improvement.
I'll get a sample first. With more work and heavy revision there are some interesting ideas here, but the author doesn't yet have the level of experience required to craft the ideas into a more "solid" novel. I do encourage her to keep working at it until she gets it right. I was expecting more from this book then what i received.
While the storyline itself was okay, there were several bits that i simply did not care for. She appears to be a bit of a doormat, gives in rather then fights. And the biggest issue i had was that she is supposed to be a were-dragon, yet she never changed into one once in the entire book. In my opinion this story needs further development, less sex and a stiffening of the main characters spine. I am undecided as to whether i will get the second book or not, it would definitely need improvement over the first to get me to buy it.
Also it would have to have less formatting and spelling errors to make it a more enjoyable read. I gave it three stars mainly because I did not hate it, but saw potential for it. So here is hoping the second book is an improvement over the first. I was expecting a different kind of book based on the synopsis. This should be billed as a romance novel first and a vampire book second. I'm not a fan of writing that has a lot of gratuitous sex in it, so I would have passed on reading it if I had known the content.
But hey, some people like that, so if you're one of those people, I would recommend this book. If, however, you just want a solid adventurey-supernatural creaturey read, skip this and look elsewhere. When I first started reading this, I thought it was a great concept. But then the first sex scene appeared and it just spiraled downhill and never recovered.
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Kat goes from a shy virgin to having sex with just about every other guy she meets, and seems to attract rapists to her like bees to honey even though in her own words she's only averagely attractive. This is a quick story, but it really needs to be edited better. Blushing rather than brushing personally, I never blush my hair , threw rather than through, defiantly rather than definitely, etc.
The kind of things that spell check won't catch. Given that it is fairly short, the character development is too It's not often I find an author who can captivate my interest.
I read this in one sitting. The story is easier to follow. I wasn't too impressed with this book, there was a great deal of repetitive thoughts and the main character was not consistent in her personality. I will keep this short and sweet with no spoilers. The book is poorly edited, sometimes hard to read, and has more sex in it than plot. It reads like a high-school author writing a sexual fantasy book. Some of the ideas for the characters are good but there was no development.