Marco remains focused mostly on his believable, flawed characters, the choices they make, and how those choices bring about mostly unwanted consequences, while also bringing on quite a bit of raw action–a powerful combination.
Unfortunately, the novel begins to stumble as it focuses on the eponymous Devil’s Armor, and ends in a setup for the next novel in the series. Sigh. The Eyes of God felt like a complete novel at the end, albeit one that was wide-open for a sequel, but this feels more like half of one.
Nevertheless, The Devil’s Armor is highly compulsive and rich, and manages to deftly avoid most fantasy clichés, which in and of itself is an impressive feat.
If you enjoyed The Eyes of God, picking up The Devil’s Armor is a no-brainer.
Posted Tuesday, 25 January, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.