Yes, here they are: books that disappointed the hell outta me. They’re BAD. Why? I shall explain.
#10: A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
I sort of knew what was coming because the last book in Sabaa Tahir’s Ember series was already a disappointing ‚WTF‘ for me, but I’d hoped that the ending would still be epic. And it was epic. But filled with all the tropes I hate, so I did not enjoy this one. It was pretty much a trainwreck for me and I can’t get over the feeling that Tahir had only outlined the first book and not the rest of the series when she published ‚An Ember in the Ashes‘. Cause I feel like she’s making things up as they come, I can’t explain all of these inconsistencies any other way. She CAN write, but the whole plot was all over the place imo. Also, I never could make myself care about Helene. She’s just so useless. I mean, how can you have an inner conflict while deciding between your best friend a complete psychopath who just happens to be the emperor? There shouldn’t be a conflict. The decision is an easy one.
#9: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
200 pages of nothing happening that have had no effect whatsoever on me apart from making me more angry at Rothfuss for not releasing The Doors of Stone.
#8: Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
A brutal catastrophe narrated from the villain’s perspective. The villain is a terrible Gary Stu who rapes girls already right at the start of the book so I could never connect to that guy. He’s just terrible. This whole thing’s terrible.
#7: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The worst-written fantasy quest ever: a mage, a thief, and some other people go to steal something. Terrible, infuriatingly whingy protagonist. Illogical actions and character relationships. Then there comes a big twist out of nowhere and suddenly everybody’s awesome. Didn’t buy it, hate it.
#6: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Yep, I also didn’t expect me to not like this one. Everybody kept recommending Sanderson, and I adore Brandon Sanderson as a person with all my heart because that man gives a FREE lecture on writing fantasy on Youtube which I’ve binged in two days. If you want to get into writing, you should check that out. Regarding this book, though: a huge letdown. Basically, it’s just worldbuilding and nothing else, just info and info and info coming from all directions. Too much for me: I DNFd it after 208 pages. First book I ever DNFd a book. As I can’t live with that and as I really enjoy Mistborn so far, it gets a second chance next February.
#5: The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
This is the final sequel to ‚The Three Musqueteers‘ which is one of my all-time historical fiction favourites, and it was a huge disappointment. It had nothing of its brilliance and everything it did was ruining every single character, bringing out the worst of them and killing each and every one. WHY would you write this book? No idea. But I hate it.
#4: The White Prince by Matt Horton
An Indie fantasy book I read this fall that embodied everything bad fantasy books published via KDP include: there is no depth, no interesting characters, the plot is a huge trainwreck.
#3: Kissing the Coronavirus by M.J. Edwards
No words needed. By the way, there is now a sequel which is called ‚The Second Wave.‘ How fitting.
#2: Die Legende von Enyador by Mira Valentin
Same as #4, but worse. Also includes a dragon named Saphira that is a sex object. I’m not okay with that.
#1: The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett
Cheerioh, people, this is the worst book I read this year. My top three are pretty much interchangeable, but I think this is the worst one. Has a good basic concept but the way it’s done is just a complete catastrophe. Also, depiction of women is a MESS.
C’est tout, those were the worst books I read in this long year. I sure hope to avoid such experiences in 2021.