I had high expectations and that might be why I'm disappointed. The story line was very weak, the characters were incredibly hard to care about one way or another, and I invested so much time that I couldn't give up on it. Just kept getting more and more disappointed that it started to edge up to anger.
There are conflicts that are forced, the relationships had aspects that added little value or were never really developed, and you just can't get behind any of the characters and cheer for their eventual victory. Seems almost like the book was targeted to angry teens and because of that the author added content that he thought would appeal to that audience, but all it really did was detract from the story line.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
It's a more realistic Harry Potter with the inevitable lesson of "wherever you go, there you are." There is a dark foreboding mixed with expectant wonder. It is the not so fantastic fantasy. Funny, insightful, intrepid, and intelligent. Great book.
I liked it - it had a really well-developed world and the characters were pretty deep. The last section felt a bit rushed, but I can't complain too much, otherwise.
The book was great I just wish the main character had one saving character trait. I found myself hating him almost every step of the way after the middle of the book. It's a great thing that there are a host of supporting characters that are truly awesome and in my opinion better designed than the main character. I have to keep in my mind that making the reader truly hate the main character with the passion I do is a skill and the mark of a good author.
The performance was good. No complaints really there. The overall story is interesting. The setting is one I would like to explore. The plots are intriguing. I want to like the characters, and I guess I do. But the tone of the books is constantly depressing. The characters are always in a bad mood, and it gave me a bad mood. I hoped it would get better after the first book, but it did not. As much as I did enjoy reading this series, I would not recommend it, and will never read it again.
No. Frankly, it's boring. Nothing really happens, and the main character is extremely unlikeable.
Mark Bramhall was an excellent narrator, although it was a shame he had to read stereotypical and often racist characters.
In this book, there is nothing magical about magic. The protagionist is a narcissistic, self-absorbed teenager who spends the majority of the book moping and/or drinking, despite having come from a well-off middle class family from loving parents (he even has a girlfriend!). The majority of the characters are white or racial stereotypes (the mysterious, vodka-drinking Russian!) Not much happens beyond the main character A. Learning to do magic and B. Angsting about how it's not as cool as he imagined it would be from the Narnia--ahem, Fillory--books he read as a child. I will, however, say that the narration was excellent. It kept me listening far past the point when I would have set down a physical book.
This book sort of destroys any romantic notions you may have about using magic or traditional fantasy tropes, but it is a darn riveting listen. I highly recommend it.
Shockingly fast paced plot relative to something like Harry Potter. Unpredictable ending that could go either way depending on the listener.
No, I absolutely had no empathy for the sniveling "poor me" main character of this book. I was intrigued by the story and finished it to because I was hoping there would be revelation, a change, an improvement in who Quentin as a person would be. Nope, he's a waste of space.
Probably not, if Quentin is indicative of what Lev writes about.