I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
Let me start by saying that Blood of Elves is technically not the start of the series. From what I have found out and read is that The Last Wish, wich is on Audible and Sword of Destiny, wich is not on Audible preceed this novel. Both are short story collections, neither directly impacts the story, but they provide background information on the characters in the series. They are not necessary to read in my opinion, but they do help a bit. Now to the novel, it is very well written with skillful prose and a decent plot. Because this is the first novel in the series, the plot is still being fleshed out so not that much significant happens, but that does not make the novel boring. The pace is steady and the characters are very well developed. The author does something rather unique wich I appreciated very much. Large sections of the novel are strictly dialogue between the characters with almost no description. Therefor, it is as if the reader is sitting in a different room from the speakers, and can here the conversation between them. I found it refreshing and enjoyable. Finally, the narrator does a fantastic job with both differentiation of characters and portraying their emotions correctly. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to the next one being put on Audible.
Let me start by saying I am a huge Abercrombie fan and have read all of his books. He is a superb author, his action scenes are nearly unmatched, and his plots always have many hidden parts. The one thing he is not meant to do is right young adult fantasy. I have read a lot of YA fantasy in my time and a lot of adult fantasy for that matter, and I would say that this book is very graphic to be considered YA. The first book in this trilogy seemed a bit toned down from his usual amount of graphic violence and explicit language, whitch made complete sense because it was supposed to be a YA novel. However, I would say this novel is much more similar to his original work in the First Law universe than it is to its prequel. I am not saying this is a bad thing, far from it, I really loved his first novels and was not too pleased with the first novel in this series. It was still a good book, but it just kind of felt forced. However, this book does not suffer from this issue and it seemed like he was in his full writing glory again. His action scenes were as always perfect, his plot was absolutely genius with many shocking turns, and his characters were well developed. the only thing that hurt this novel a bit were the romance scenes, whitch felt rather stretched and forced to me. Overall, it was a great book and the narrator also did a fine job. I would definitely recommend it as your next read.
No matter how many books I read, I will never be able to forget the sheer awesomeness of this book. This novel epitomized the enjoyment I had as a child in reading. I can honestly say I have probably read it at least a half dozen times. Everything about this book is perfect to me. As far as I am concerned this is where the true fantasy novels began. I loved the unforgettable characters, the simple but excellent plot, and the somewhat archaic action scenes. For me there are two things that truly make this book an instant classic. The first is the characters, which are all unique and lovable. Everyone of them has their own quirks and elements that make them stand out. All of them are fresh in my mind from Bilbo to Bomber. The other part of this novel that makes it incredible is the setting, which is described in loving detail by Tolkien. From the cutlery used in Bilbo's house to the sweep of The Misty Mountains, it is all there describe down to the last small detail. The plot while being quite simple, is perfect for the novel that Tolkien is trying to write. Also, we must remember that this book was revolutionary when it was written and it was one of the first of the genre. Therefor, even though the plot is quaint, it is still beautiful in its own way. One thing I cannot forget is Rob Inglis's narration, which is probably the bes narration I have ever heard. He captures every character in a unique voice that defined them for me perfectly, When they spoke I felt they were right next to me talking to me, that's how real he made them seem. Also, I have to mention his songs, Tolkien throws a few dwarven songs into the book, and Mr. Inglis sings them beautifully. If you haven't read this book yet, then there is something wrong with you and you better rectify that problem right now.