Good plot, horrible film. Although these are meant for younger readers, I loved the story and the characters. I was a bit impatient to get to the end, but I still really enjoyed reading it. The adventures/characters just aren’t interesting enough. But,” she said, perking up, “I remembered that I have better things on my horizon. Smith. My rating 4.5 stars. Black Swarm ist meines Erachtens eher schlecht als recht. 5.0 out of 5 stars. why?? But at the same time it just doesn’t feel like they have any real feelings. Alexa Daley is a girl that is very powerful. But their efforts are being hampered by a mysterious and dangerous foe. Siiiiiiiiiiick! I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. There is less adventure, which made this feel slower. An odd assortment made up of a young girl, a tiny man, a she-wolf, a frisky squirrel, a tall convict, a hawk, and a huge giant journeys on the quest to save The land of Elyon from the darkness and evil. Nanotechnology, The Black Swarm, and The Others If you haven’t read my posting A Theory about LOST , you should probably go read that before you continue reading this page. But even with this book having constant adventure and not too many boring parts I have decided I won’t be reading the rest of the series. I didn't like this one as much this time. A quick read though and worth the time if you liked The Dark Hills Divide. I picked it up. I mean, I always knew that I was completely and improbably oblivious to religious symbolism in books (I had to be, So, after loving the first book in THE LAND OF ELYON series, I was really excited to read, [I love hearing the voice of Elyon as He speaks to Alexa!! She has a Jocasta that allows her to communicate with animals. All positive reviews › Shaun_R. This is the final battle for the mortal lands of Ro. The letter asks Alexa to commit to a new quest, one which will take her far beyond the previous walls of her country, and to a land where an evil man rules over ruthless giants. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. <3. The battle with the giants/ogres is not only implausible but... well... gruesome. Tomas Klein and Levisomaerni are working together to gather as many galactic powers together as they possibly can, hoping that they can form a galaxy wide alliance before the Enlightened decide to make a move. I was amazed by the amount and level of Christian themes and truths present. - but I don't think any of those diminished my enjoyment of the book. It seems to be one of those mass produced, written in a hurry series. Now everything is set up for the next part of the story. It's been a year since Warvold's death and the destruction of the walls around the city. Start by marking “Beyond the Valley of Thorns (The Land of Elyon, #2)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I will not be waiting so long to read the next one! Time to move on we have things to do.” Which I kind of understand because they are on a mission to save the land from evil. She has already fought someone that threatened to bring down Bride well. I had forgotten a lot of what happened, but there are a couple of things that bothered me this time. I just put the black swarm dbrand on my Pixelbook. "A globe-hopping, seriously creepy read." But I don't blame the writing. At the beginning Alexa was unsure and she didn't really know what to do but in the end she stepped up and was very independent. The book focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable outlier events—and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively. It’s more like “Oh he’s dead. It is filled with adventure. His Malazan Book of the Fallen series, including The Crippled God, Toll the Hounds and Reaper's Gale, have met with widespread international acclaim and established him as a major voice in the world of fantasy fiction.The first book … I don't know if I'll finish the series or not. I recommend it to ages 12-up, maybe 11. This book was very adventurouse and interesting! The figure may be either the comic-book villain Swarm, or a member of SWORD. ; they set a fire which rages across a rock-strewn dirt scape.... burning what?). —Publishers Weekly Ezekiel Boone follows up his terrifying debut thriller The Hatching with Skitter, where it is revealed that though the first phase of an attack by an ancient species is over, the second phase is about to begin; bigger carnivores are coming and they plan to colonize the earth. But Adrian has plans of his own. And the author included the animals more which I liked. My least favorite part was when John Christopher died. By the first few chapters, the reader is given a “road map” of the journey Alexa is going to take, the challenges she has to overcome, and the goals she expects to reach. Sorry. I don’t like progressive storytelling. Excellent story, fabulous characters! Add to Wish List. Seems a bit repetitive. Faced with this black swarm, the last remnants of a nation crumbles and falls. I expected more fro. It was crazed, foul, and beyond redemption which means it was easy to hate and dispatch, and I’m uncomfortable with that. This one was more action packed than the first one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No sudden changes of plans or unexpected setbacks that make you. I'm on the fence about reading the rest of the series. I liked Beyond the Valley of Thorns because it is a great book. A few weeks ago, I went to a free seminar at the Holiday Inn. Top positive review. I found the dialogue to be clunky again; it doesn't read well and I can't imagine a middle grader being able to follow it easily. They encountered bats, dogs, and ogres. The continuity/logic gaps were distracting (Alexa complains about her unprotected shins getting scratched by bushes (even picking scabs), then later describes the ragged hem of her tunic reaching to her ankles (and what kind of tunic reaches to one's ankles? But the writing is just... clunky. —Publishers Weekly Ezekiel Boone follows up his terrifying debut thriller The Hatching with Skitter, where it is revealed that though the first phase of an attack by an ancient species is over, the second phase is about to begin; bigger carnivores are coming and they plan to colonize the earth. They went to Bride well then to The Dark Hills and they went threw the valley of thorns to the dark tower. Which they rescued people during this book so now they’ll have to go do it again in the next. The widow, Deputy Sheriff Jane Kozik, moves from Manhattan to Black Stone, … Black Swarm is book 11 in the Rise of the Empire series, an epic story that follows humanity as it grows from a single world to ultimately becoming a galaxy wide empire. It felt like they constantly wanted to be close and have some sort of connection with each other but the author never allowed it. Taleb calls this the Black Swan … The continuity/logic gaps were distracting (Alexa complains about her unprotected shins getting scratched by bushes (even picki. ), but I still managed to enjoy this story. September 1st 2005 It was full of adventure, and had a interesting battle. Top subscription boxes – right to your door. it has a lot of random weird things that wouldn't happen in real life. But the thing that bothered me most of the lack of connection between the characters. Warvold has left instructions and Alexa was told she is the one that has to do it. I was surprised when it turned out that Ganesh was working for someone, and when Warvold and Renny were both alive. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Black … It was as good as the first. But the Erasi have a long memory, and the Weaver of the Erasi will not allow the alliance more time to become a greater threat than it already is. I expected more from the exceptional writing in the first book, but I will surely read the next and see where the story goes. I'm not sure why I expected the second book in this series to be different than the first but I guess it's the eternal optimist in me. They encountered bats, dogs, and ogres. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book… It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. To be honest, I can't remember the details of the first book (Authors, you really should include a recap at the beginning of every book in a series! Swarm is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The world-building is half-hearted (more like a D and D game thrown together one weekend than a carefully crafted thing) the plot is full of holes and it has that weird "pretend not to be sexist by having a strong female character but keep slipping into patriarchal ways of being every second" thing that used to annoy me about American TV back when I could still be bothered watching TV sometimes. Some bad things do happen but we got some surprises too. Everything seemed to fall into place a little too conveniently. Select the department you want to search in, From Book 1: -NOTE- This book has been professionally re-edited as of March 17, 2016, Update your device or payment method, cancel individual pre-orders or your subscription at, By clicking on above button, you agree to the, Hide books you have in your Kindle library, -NOTE- This book has been professionally re-edited as of March 17, 2016, -NOTE- This book has been professionally re-edited as of March 23, 2016, -NOTE- This book has been professionally re-edited as of April 2, 2016, -NOTE- This book has been professionally re-edited as of April 19, 2016. First, there was the black swarm … Rereading it, I definitely noticed more of the flaws - this one is a bit info-dumpy, the side characters aren't fleshed out as much, etc. Marek Štros is on Facebook. Brand New. their group had Yipes, Armon, a squirrel, Alexa, and a lot of dogs. Nothing like a huge black swarm of hideous bugs to suck the magic out of a romantic evening. At the beginning Alexa. It's too bad because I do enjoy Alexa and her adventures. After The Dark Hills Divide, the first book in the series, I didn't think anything more could be said or made better.