The characters in the story are as standard as they can be. Story is predictable but the characters are stupid enough so they stumble at every point which makes it painful to listen to their adventures and makes me wish they die for their stupidity already but the author keeps on rescuing them. The enemy is rather undefined and I am still not sure why he wants to take over the world or kill everyone or something. It is unclear why spirit world is evil.
Read this story countless times in book form, thought I'd try the audible version. I despise the accents the author gave to the characters as it pulled me out of the story and away from the plot. It did nothing but distract from the story. Great story, poor reading of it.
I love fantasy but this copycat of Lord of the Rings tends to tell its readers everything about how the character is feeling rather than letting the reader have some intelligence. The characters are somewhat interesting, however the description that is constantly going on is unbearable in the story is moving too slow. I just can't torture myself to finish it.
book was very exciting and enjoyed it a lot however author appeared to be quite a novice in his transition from one scene to the next. quite often it would take a few minutes for me to gather that the author has switched from one area of the map to another and switched from one character to another character in the story. other than that the story was a good idea and well written
So I know that many will say that this book is just a rip off of Lord Of The Rings, And truly for the first half of the book the similarities are more than passing. But once you get past the similarities there is a great story on its own merits. Even if you can't get past the similarities - it's still easier for younger readers to get into than the Lord Of The Rings. At any rate, it sets up the world in which the author continues his story telling in the myriad of books he wrote after that. Specifically the ElfStones of Shanarra which I personally think is his best story and one of the best fantasy novels I have eve read.