When she wasn't teaching at private christian school, she loved hiking, fishing, snorkeling, and exploring new things. She married David Rollins and after they had their first daughter, she began to write novels to inspire people. She then had two more daughters and moved with her family to Washington State. There, Julie home schooled her girls until they entered college. She continued writing novels, drawing from her many life experiences to enrich her stories.
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Anyhow, Wellington is a needless antagonist who is anemic and shallow as the rest of the cast. What he does near the end of the story is as inexplicable as why he's still around at all. The only apparent reason for this turn of events was because something important had to happen related to the Mysterious Phantera Prophecy plot of further books, which I'm not sure will be explored until book nine anyway. They justify it by essentially saying "You didn't ask.
They basically pre-judge him, even before they find out he's a trigger-happy nutjob. If I'm going to address anything else, it will be the death of this one character. It's a pretty blatant example of Stuffed in the Fridge, meaning that the character was killed off in a gruesome way in order to give their love interest emotional trauma. No, it wasn't one of the main cast per se , but it was someone who's been around since the initial trilogy who is quickly and newly established to be important to a main cast member, but the issue then gets brushed off.
Stuffed in the Fridge is a horrible precedent to set, mainly because it so frequently happens to women. It marginalizes women in a hugely demeaning and horrific way that doesn't have to happen. If it happens to a guy, the same principal applies, and I'm not to keen on this sort thing. It's not good writing if it serves no other purpose than to traumatize the love interest, which is exactly what happened here. If it had far reaching consequences, which it didn't, and was reacted to by all of the characters in depth, then I might let it pass.
As it is, it doesn't. I mentioned the too many subplots issue, but now I'd like to elaborate on it. Earlier in the book, it's made to look like that David is going to struggle against having to kill his opponents, the closest thing to a character arc I've seen from him in the entire series, or from any of the main characters for that matter Todd's character arc was limited to book 1, and skipped over to where he has remained since Book 3: Blackwell's Wrath. Instead, it's quickly shunted aside in favor of what is apparently an effort to deconstruct the notion that all phantera are literally ordained by God to be perfect there can never be a mel phantera.
My creative writing teacher could go on all day about perfect characters not existing in real life, and when they exist in fiction, it is very annoying. It's annoying here, and multiple such characters dying horrible deaths doesn't make it any better. But even this poorly handled subplot, and, dare I say it, a theme, didn't stick, as we were then introduced to Stan Wellington, and you all know how I feel about him. I wish she'd had a bigger role in the plot. Likewise, another new character that really stood out was Mr.
I like it when we get realistic characters who aren't constantly holding the Villain Ball or Idiot Ball, and that's what we've got here. He appreciates what's going on around him, and he sounds like someone I'd like to work for.
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He's not perfect, having sent Stan Wellington to Arana, but that actually makes him a good character, because he has actual flaws. He's essentially the one thing about this book I liked.
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Of course, there were plenty of things about this book I didn't like, and one thing I especially didn't like was the abrupt reintroduction of Haltek. He was David's first disciple on Morsala back in Book 2 Vashua's Messenger , and he appears here, briefly. To give David a dadblamed horse long story. I would have liked it much better if David had had a tearful reunion with Haltek, with more book devoted to it, but here, Haltek barely gets two chapters. It's gratingly frustrating, especially in light of how well Shektul was handled in Book 4: When Dreams Die.
Hopefully this issue will get patched up in Book 8: Gift of the Phantera when David goes back to the three dark planets. All in all, this book was another disappointing installment in a series that was pretty great for the first three or four books. With any luck at all, the next book, which promises to be Something Completely Different after a fashion will go a bit better. It sounds like they'll be ramping up the stakes in a way that we haven't seen since Book 5: The Defender 's deus-ex-machina-resolved feather shield thing.
Truly, I like Mrs. Rollins' style, but there's only so much to like about it.
Terrible shame. When Penny asks Debbie why the mels won't leave them alone, Debbie simple responds, "Because they're mels! I know the doctrine goes that it's impossible to be neutral towards God, but that that doesn't necessarily translate into all heathens being antagonistic towards Christians. This is just a lazy way of providing villains for the heroes to fight without developing much. Do they want to take over the universe? Aren't there peaceful planets who have no quarrel with either the mels or the Naharam Alliance? Just, why?
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