I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it before the show was produced and love them both, for different reason. Wonderfully written, deep, insightful with a richly woven storyline and premise. Excellent characters and theme. It was wonderful.
I honestly can't pick just one.
The way he brings life to each character
I have a soft spot for Elliott. He's so quirky and different.
This book reminded me of a modern day Harry Potter meets the Chronicles of Narnia, but with an adult twist. The plot is complex, yet very easy to follow. The characters are fun and easy to relate to. Ready for the next one!
I can honestly say I cant think of anything I really liked about this book.
The story is a mix, it starts out like a bad Hogwarts tale, turns into a Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe tale with a little Schrödinger's cat thrown in for good measure.
Add to that the fact that at times you will need a thesaurus to decode some of the overly complex verbiage.
This story also tends to bounce from scene to scene without smooth transitions, one second there following a tree though a forest the next there sitting at a bar drinking with a bear.
More defined characters.
World building/scene building needs to be better organized/defined with out being overly complex.
Narrator was clear and concise.
Unfortunately he failed to convey the scenes or characters very well. it felt more like I was being told what happened instead of feeling like I was in the story.
I believe this was a valiant effort at a story but it very much felt thrown together from many of the story's I have read, it felt to familiar yet not different enough to make it stand out in a good way.
The story got me at times, but to me a huge part of having magic in a story is getting to imagine it and have fun with the idea that magic is real. I never really could picture what magic was like, it was portrayed as being awful, and most of the characters were straight up unlikeable or not fleshed out enough to care.
The story felt like an after story to Narnia. I spent most of the time thinking that the author was knocking off Narnia and giving it a more adult perspective.
My commute is so much better because of this wonderful gift my wife gave me.
It feels like Harry Potter in a sense, but then again it's all the Harry Potter books in one book. It is a very long book with many different settings. Many different stories following one magician through his learning. I'd recommend it if you like a little fantasy magic story lines.
The story is good..... a bit teen angsty at times, but it kept my attention. It's kind of funny listening to an old guy try to speak like a teen girl. I probably would have enjoyed it more with a more androgynous reader.