SlyReaper wrote:I hated the Nights Dawn trilogy. More accurately, I hated the first book because that's all I managed to slog my way through before I gave up. My biggest problem with it was too many characters and too many completely unrelated plot threads. I'd be reading a chapter and following a plot thread, and then the next chapter comes along and carries on an earlier story I've already completely forgotten about. And nothing makes sense because you're assumed to have remembered what was going on earlier. Half the time, I couldn't even remember who was supposed to be who, or if we'd encountered a particular character yet.
Most of the disparate storylines do tie into the 'main' plot fairly well. It just takes 2500 pages for it to happen. But yeah, that's the kind of book I like, with a vast sprawling world, multiple interweaving plots and 20+ main characters. There were a lot of B-plots to establish the effect the events were having on the universe as a whole, though. Most of the Edenist bits, the New California stuff, the Valisk bits and the Kulu empire stuff was just scene-setting fluff really.
All the story really needs to function is Joshua, Quinn, Ione, maybe Louise, and Alkad Mzu. But that's really not the point.