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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2021, 08:11:10 AM »
But, @cupiscent, I thought you'd already read the full 5 books, no??

This was prompted by a conversation about 1/3 into book 4.
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #31 on: January 05, 2021, 09:56:52 AM »
She hasn't read book 5 yet, if I remember right.
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #32 on: January 05, 2021, 10:38:55 AM »
She hasn't read book 5 yet, if I remember right.

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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #33 on: January 09, 2021, 03:21:11 PM »
This book 4 is being the weakest so far, I feel.
The series' strength was in the single tight plot, seen from a couple of POVs, and in this one, when they are actually in very different places, it feels a bit disjointed.

I'm about 80 pages from the end and things are getting a bit better, but I wonder if this one is going to have a "proper ending" like the other 3, or will it simply set the scene for the last book.

I love the development of some characters, and a few of the new ones, but others feel under-utilised.

I also love the general bits and pieces of romance throughout the story. It makes sense for couples to get together in an army when they spend their whole lives together, the odds are for a few couples to appear, and it's just strange that other books don't even address the issue, hehe

Edit: ohmygawd I just finished! What an ending, and I thought
Spoiler for Hiden:
the Beast having Jane was the worst it would get, but... Janus?? :o
And Bobby :'( I think Feor was very much underutilised!
And I was right, lots of pending things. So glad I got all the books in one go ;D
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2021, 10:49:25 PM »
And I was right, lots of pending things. So glad I got all the books in one go ;D

I'm honestly a bit jealous. There are just SO MANY things I desperately want to read next. I'll get to it soon! For now, I'm going to stop reading this thread, but please keep reacting and I will be back to discuss when I finally get to book 5. ;D

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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2021, 05:29:58 PM »
Getting a bit annoyed at how bad things are (the situation, not the book/writing!).

Spoiler for Hiden:
We had the Steel Ghost telling Winter in the beginning that he was going to warn Marcus and Raesinia about Janus being possessed - yes, he did say it would be hard to reach them, but I'm over halfway and there's no sign of him anywhere!
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2021, 06:59:53 PM »
So glad I got all the books in one go ;D
I had to wait a year for the release of book 5. After the cliffhanger ending of book 4...
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2021, 08:48:36 PM »
So glad I got all the books in one go ;D
I had to wait a year for the release of book 5. After the cliffhanger ending of book 4...
Oh gosh, poor you!!
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #38 on: January 17, 2021, 08:53:56 AM »
Right, after yesterday's comment these last 100-odd pages have been amazing :D
Things are finally turning, and I particularly love 2 things:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1. How they used the stock market to get one over Borelgai
2. How amazing and genius and incredible Janus is, being taken and yet still managing to plot so much!!
Yay for Sothe being back!
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2021, 01:30:24 PM »
I've just finished!
I was having a 'not so good' day, and with just 80-odd pages left, I got an extended lunchbreak and finished book 5.
It was amazing!!!! :D

I thought that book 4 had let things down a bit,not being on a level with the other 3, but this one really brought everything back. I loved that there were still multiple plots and highs and lows, not just everything preparing the big battle and that was that.

@cupiscent, no spoilers (or they're hidden), so please go pick this book up as soon as possible and finish this amazing series! Then come here and comment hehe

Spoiler for Hiden:
Sothe's end made perfect sense.
I was right about Winter and Marcus, and it was great that Django didn't leave the revelation to the last chapter.
It was also a great decision not to extend the final battle with the Beast to boring lengths, everything was ready for the short fight - and as much as I don't like Jane, I liked this ending, symbol of a victory for humanity (in general)
And I'm a sucker for a happy ending, so marriages, couplings, freedom from a demon and babies left me with a huge smile on my face!
:D

@eclipse, another series that we both like - the world must be ending ;D
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #40 on: January 23, 2021, 10:00:26 AM »
Acting all fangirl, I wrote to Django ;D
And made a reference to this thread (where you see he posted back in 2013, hehe) - he actually replied and said he doesn't have time for forums now but might pop over just to read what we've been saying ;)
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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #41 on: February 06, 2021, 04:13:43 AM »
I am finished! (Somewhat, unfortunately, assisted by spending six hours in the emergency department with my mother last night, though it all turned out well.)

Spoiler for Hiden:
Great call on the sibling relationship, @ScarletBea! And I thought it was just beautifully handled.

SO GLAD to see Sothe again, but :'(. I mean, it was also beautifully handled. The "I must die to atone for my sins" is the sort of "redemption" arc that I usually HATE because no. NO. Death is cowardly and living is bravery, but Sothe's arc has been so much more than just that, and it was the perfect end. It was the act that shows who she has become, to her more than to anyone else. I was perfect and I'm so :'(.

(In general, the latter half of this book made me tear up SO MUCH and that is a terrible thing to happen when you're stuck wearing a surgical mask in a hospital where everyone looks at you sidelong when you sniffle.)

Another thing I think Wexler handled brilliantly is the use of Janus through this last book. It makes excellent use of the phenomenon of his reputation, literally separated from him as a person, and also gives him a suitable challenge--something only he could do--while still ensuring he isn't the centre of the victory. Because, even though this is basically a superhero story and he has no superpower, he is still Charles Xavier and basically overpowered and he can so easily just take over everything. Really nicely handled.

Also I loved Prince Matthew. ;D

I did think that perhaps the finale was a tiiiiiiny bit rushed. Jane's realisation/capitulation happened quite quickly, once it happened, and I was really surprised not to go back to the battlefield after that. But perhaps just more of a textual marker--cutting that to an epilogue, perhaps--would have been enough of a pointer for me not to have that confusion.

Anyway, GREAT, I really enjoyed this whole series, and it's really given me a lot of respect for Wexler as an author, doing interesting things in really thoughtful and balanced ways.

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Re: The Thousand Names by Django Wexler (+ entire series)
« Reply #42 on: February 06, 2021, 09:50:45 AM »
SO happy you felt like that :D

I also loved Prince Matthew, and I called his... erm.. situation from the very first dinner ;D
Either I'm getting good at this or my mind works at the same rhythm as Django's, hehe

(probably the wrong place, but glad everything turned out well for your mum)
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