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Book Title: Deathstalker Destiny|
Date of issue: September 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780451457561
The author of the book: Simon R. Green
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.54 MB
Read full description of the books Deathstalker Destiny:Well, I honestly don't know what to say about this one that doesn't give too much away. A general view, then, before I move into the heavy duty spoilers.
Simon R. Green does not disappoint in this stunning, fantastic and wrenching conclusion to this part of the Deathstalker Saga. The delightful banter, almost unbelievable worlds, huge problems and last-minute rescues continue in this installment, as well as many monumental plot twists.
Also, if you thought that the prophecies of the young esper boy back on Mistworld were insignificant - you were wrong. Everything the young boy said comes to have a deeper meaning, some of the predictions coming true in the cruellest of ways.
Well now, onto the spoilers that I feel myself bound to address. You should read these spoilers for either of these two reasons: 1. You have already read the book and therefore feel no compunction about reading what I thought of parts of the book, or 2. You desperately want to know why, after all my glowing praises, I have only given the book four out of five stars, and therefore do not really care about spoilers (like myself, sometimes).
Spoiler #1 - Kit SummerIsle: (view spoiler)[ Phew. What can I say? *cries uncontrollably into handkerchief*. When I said that some of the prophecies come true in the cruellest of ways, this, without a doubt, is what I meant. The smiling killer, the shark in shallow waters, the man who will not be stopped, save by his own hand. Kid Death... When the prophecy was quoted and I realized exactly was about to happen, I couldn't help crying. Yes, Kit SummerIsle's sword is turned aside and thrust into his own body by Owen Deathstalker, who had also just gouged his eye out. Now, some of you may think I am utterly crazy shedding tears over The Smiling Killer, but let me address the two reasons why his death was utterly disappointing.
Firstly - Kit had never had a great life. His family turned him into the killer he was. He was born into blood and death, and learned to like it, because he knew no other way of surviving. He killed his family in retribution for the childhood they never gave him, and then was trusted by no-one. He gained a friend, Lord David Deathstalker, who tried to teach him about the quieter pleasures of life. Kit began to bloom into something else, beginning to realize the potential that had always been there, and would have bloomed earlier if not for his Family. His Family deserved to die, in my opinion, for what they did with such promise. But upon becoming happy, for the first time in his life, Kit was forced to kill his one and only friend. So, what is most heartbreaking about Kit's death is that right before his death, though he had realized that he could never get away from his fascination with killing, he also realized some of what David had been trying to teach him. So he began to kill for the right reasons, rather than the wrong ones, and saved the lives of Constance and Robert. It is truly unbearably cruel that Owen killed him just as he began to make something of his life.
Secondly - I am beyond belief disappointed in Owen Deathstalker. I mean, honestly, you are running back through time from killer aliens, the Recreated, and you just had to stop and kill the SummerIsle. I guess I can sympathize, seeing as he had just said goodbye to the father Kit had murdered, but Kit had changed since then. And what is most disappointing is that while Kit had changed for the better, it seems that Owen had changed for the worse. In Deathstalker War, Owen says - "And what if I don't like what I've made of myself, whom am I to blame? Sometimes I think I've become everything I ever hated. A man of violence, driven by revenge. Just another pawn in my father's plots and schemes to bring down the Empress." Well, Owen, this is why I was so disappointed with you. You should have felt grateful to the SummerIsle for freeing you from your father's clutches. And not only that, in killing the SummerIsle you proved, once and for all, that you have become almost (I say almost, because I still believe in Owen, despite my anger and protestations) everything that you despised and hated, a man of violence. And in the end, you killed the SummerIsle for your father, not yourself, continuing to be a pawn long after he was dead. In the moment Owen killed Kit, I missed the old Deathstalker, the historian who was appalled at his destiny. (hide spoiler)]
Spoiler #2 - Jack and Ruby: (view spoiler)[ This is not so much - although it is partly - a disappointment as something I wish never had to happen. I know that if I was ever in love with someone, nothing, not principles, not money, not desperation or a changed life would persuade me to kill them. And yet Ruby still tries to kill Jack. I understand why she did it, she explains that well enough - but I am still disappointed in her inability to make a normal life for herself, or even an abnormal life, instead taking the easy way out and taking Jack with her. Well, obviously I was crying while Ruby was dying, but I was bawling by the time this happened - "Ruby. You won't have to go into the dark on your own. I'm here. He crawled slowly forward, leaving a trail of blood behind him on the cold stone floor. When he was almost there, he reached out to take her hand in his, but he died before their fingers could touch." *cries* Really Green, really? You couldn't give him that, at least? I mean, I appreciate the brilliant drama it brings to the writing, but how cruel can you get? Anyways, I guess my rant over that is over. (hide spoiler)]
Well, those two spoilers really bring me to the end of this review. This book is absolutely amazing, I would have to say probably better than any of the others, aside from the disappointments mentioned in the spoilers about how Green treated one of his characters. But truly, Deathstalker Destiny is not a book to miss - it is heart-wrenching, terrifying, beautiful, cruel and wonderful.
P.S. - If you, like me, absolutely adore the world of Deathstalker, then you are welcome to join the Deathstalker group I have created. Please don't let it's size put you off - I am trying to grow it! :) Here's the link:
Read information about the authorSimon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.
His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.
Excerpted from Wikipedia.
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