We are introduced to some new characters and although it may be hard to keep track of them at certain times, especially with all the dukes and their ministers, veteran readers will adjust quickly. I especially loved how in the first book, we learned that although the two kingdoms hate each other, we only got the point of view from the Ebitharian side. Here, we get to see things more from the Aneissian side and that's what I loved best in epic fantasy series.
The ability for the author to present all sides of the story and introducing a whole bunch of characters to make for an interesting read without having to always resort to action.
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Seeds of Betrayal was another slow burner but one that was still surprisingly a joy to read, just like Rules of Ascension. If you didn't like the first, I doubt you would have continued anyways. I have a good feeling things will pick up in Bonds of Vengeance and I can't wait to start on it. Sep 08, Xara Niouraki rated it really liked it. The Seeds of Betrayal continues with the conspiracy of the Qirsi and their attempt to rise into power and claim the Forelands. Many of the characters are the same but there are a lot of new ones, most of whom I liked. The book focuses on another kingdom this time but the backstabbings and the intrigue are there.
Although, this was an thing I loved in the first book and I really enjoyed in this one, it was the reason of my 4 star rating instead of a 5 star one. It seemed to me that the first an The Seeds of Betrayal continues with the conspiracy of the Qirsi and their attempt to rise into power and claim the Forelands.
It seemed to me that the first and second book were the same, with similar plots and events happening but in different locations. I would have appreciated a more diverse plotline. Having said that, I really liked the book and I still believe that more people should read this series. I really enjoy well written fantasy books with a lot of intrigue and conspiracies, but the reason I like this series so far isn't only that.
My main reason is the characters. Coe avoids creating too perfect characters, who do everything right and are extremelly powerful for no reason. His characters are flawed like humans should be, they make mistakes which they pay dearly and all their actions and decisions are logical and rational. Their feelings and sufferings seem real and I can identify with them.
Even when they are selfish or do something foolish, you can understand why. A higly recommended series. I really hope more people will try it out. Jul 09, Jenny rated it liked it Shelves: read-on-shelf. The story line is still good as it was in the first book but the writing style has changed. It has become more confusing and hard to follow as it jumps from person to person and often retells the story or skips parts of the story then fills in later.
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Also, the names have gotten completely outlandish. Finally, the changes in various characters' personalities seem unrealistic and even tend to vary between two extremes that do not meld together. Overall, I'm still reading because I want to know what The story line is still good as it was in the first book but the writing style has changed. Overall, I'm still reading because I want to know what happens to Travis.
Oct 30, Stephen rated it really liked it. This one was a long slog. It was definitely a tale of political intrigue just like the previous book, but the scope has now widened and there are more characters and regions than were in the first book. It's a nice story, but man it's confusing keeping up with it and there's even a few typos where it was clear the writer got some character names confusing. Light on physical descriptions, it's hard to know what anyone looks like. Jan 10, Bobby rated it really liked it. A book I read a long time ago. I never finished the rest of the series, so I will be re-reading the first two at some point and then going on to the rest.
I kind of forgot about this author, but I recently saw his name again and remembered I really liked these books. I will write a real review when I re-read this. A decent second installment of the series. The pacing was a bit slow, hampered by the many povs that were used in the telling of the story.
However, all of the plot development was interesting as was the Weaver's maneuvering. I'm interested in seeing what comes next. May 22, Jeff S rated it really liked it. Oct 27, Keith rated it it was amazing. This one kept the momentum up better than the first. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Apr 26, Tara Foley rated it it was ok. Jul 12, Fran Santiago rated it it was amazing. Took a bit to finish, but was it worth it!!! View 1 comment. Nov 25, Justin rated it really liked it. This volume dramatically increases the political intrigue, which I tend to appreciate more after reading George R.
Martin's brilliant Song of Ice and Fire series. The traditional sword and sorcery elements are still present, but they play a lesser role. Rules of Ascension showed readers a glimpse of the events and politics facing the Forelands, but Seeds of Betrayal kicked the door wide open. Coe introduces a host of new characters and courts, and shows us the threads that connect them all. Nothing happens in a vacuum.
This volume illustrates how events in one kingdom play out in another, and how a carefully manipulated string of events can throw them all into turmoil. I admire Coe's ambition, but hope he hasn't overreached.
The characters from Rules of Ascension could have used more development prior to introducing a whole new group. Seeds of Betrayal also gives readers a much closer look at the Weaver behind the vast Qirsi conspiracy. Unfortunately he comes off as a bit one-dimensional. This is a character that would have been more effective had he remained more enigmatic. Despite a few bumps in the road, Seeds of Betrayal is another fine chapter in a very engaging series that should appeal to most fantasy fiction fans. Expect to be entertained, and you will not be disappointed.
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Oct 02, Tim Pollard rated it really liked it. Picking up right where the first book in the series Rules of Ascension left off, Seeds of Betrayal continues to develop the direction of the plot and, in addition to focusing on the realm of Eibithar as the first book does, it also begins introducing the realm of Aneira and various important characters within, including the main antagonist of the series. While I thought this book improved upon the already excellent first book in the series, I feel that it was a bit slow paced, and ultimately, Picking up right where the first book in the series Rules of Ascension left off, Seeds of Betrayal continues to develop the direction of the plot and, in addition to focusing on the realm of Eibithar as the first book does, it also begins introducing the realm of Aneira and various important characters within, including the main antagonist of the series.
While I thought this book improved upon the already excellent first book in the series, I feel that it was a bit slow paced, and ultimately, not a lot happens. To summarize this point, I would say that the book focuses less on story and more on character development. One thing to note--though this book answers some questions posed in the first one, it creates more than it answers, and many of those new questions are not answered for another couple books.
So, while this book is excellent, you will most likely find yourself immediately picking up the next book to keep reading to find out what happens next. David b Coe is one of the forerunners in today's more recent fantasy authors. This book was fucking awesome. I just had one qualm with it. Describing an author or his works as ambitious can come off as a negative statement, yet that is not what i want to convey. SEEDS is one of the more ambitious novels ive read because Coe goes above and beyond to lay out not one country's problems, but three.
Im gratefu David b Coe is one of the forerunners in today's more recent fantasy authors. There is no doubt that Coe is extremely imaginative and destined for greatness, but not including an index or dramatis personae until the fourth book puts a damper on things. This is a 5star book, but for reasons above it gets four. Jun 12, T J rated it really liked it.
The Forelands are under attack and they are just beginning to realize it. Qirsi conspirators has plunge the nations into the brink of civil war, which is what they have been working at for a long time. Lord Tavis and the Qirsi who rescued him are on the trail hunting and hunted. Great plot and good characters makes this a great series. On to Book 3: Bonds of Vengence.
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Jul 27, Pablo added it. Como segundo libro de una saga, un espera seguir con los protagonistas del primer volumen. Pero el autor sabe sorprendernos siguiendo la historia desde otros puntos de las forelands dandonos una perspectiva mayor de lo que la historia implica. Esta bastante bien, aunque tiene algunos situaciones demasiado evidentes. Recomendable para los que le gusta la fantasia. Dec 28, Tyler rated it really liked it. As the conspiracy continues, it has yet to add much subtlety to its methods even if the goals are complex.
Every plan seems to involve killing off someone to achieve a hidden goal. Most of the characters have in-depth personalities though oddly the one lacking one is Tavis, a principle. The story overall is fairly good but fails to really progress the series.