Solid 3.5 for me. I didn't love this book, but I didn't dislike it either. At times I thought, 'this is pretty cool!' But then at other points I just felt like the author mashed CS Lewis and JK Rowling together and this is what popped out. Undecided if I'll continue listening to the series, but since I'm a 'completionist' by nature, it'll likely happen at some point.
It was like a failed attempt at the name of the wind for the first half, then a failed attempt at the chronicles of Narnia the second half. He had a good plot in mind, it seems he just failed on the execution of making it engaging. Crazy things would happen in the book and the author would move on without the least hesitation or thoughts on what the characters were going through. I'm not planning on recommending this book to any of my friends
I am a fan of Harry Potter but it's always felt a bit twee. This book is what I really wanted; more adult, more human, with more real emotions and consequences.
The narration is brilliant. Adds a whole other later.
Started this book because of the new Magician TV series, and I can HONESTLY say that I Loved the book AND the TV show!
The book gives this story line some serious depth that will, in my humble opinion, give any fan of the show will undoubtedly appreciate.
So I picked this up after watching the scifi tv show. (Which I find amazing.) the book, however, was particularly depressing the majority of the way through it. It had long chapters that had nothing to do with the story.... Really, but rather added to the depression if it all. I understand that he's trying to set the tone but really, you read/listen/watch a story for entertainment.
It's redeeming factor was the end. When it actually started diving into the story for which the book was started for. It was then when I wanted to know more... Maybe book two isn't so depressing.
The story was excellent and the narrator only helped improve the story with distinct voice differences between characters. I must have 60+ books on audible and this is the first one of this length I have binged listened to.
I might try the next in the series... but honestly, I found this book, not just the story, but the writing style underwhelming.
If the narrator wasn't so pretentious while mispronouncing simple words.
Not at all.
Between the off-putting narrator's reading style and the exposition-heavy story that seemingly led nowhere, there was little to like about this book. Actually, I shouldn't say that it led nowhere, there was some action around chapter 24 (of 27), but by this point, I cared so little for the characters, I just wanted the book to end.
I struggled with this book honestly. The characters were all too mopey and depressed to the point of it leaving me with the hope that they all would get replaced with some half way normal, emotionally well adjusted characters. It has a well built world and reasonably traditional magic system. I just felt it lacked character development, which left me not really caring about what happens to them in the story.