This is an addictive series that keeps my interest.
Love the story.... really challenges my imagination,
Todd McLaren should do his homework. He does not pronounce Oregon names correctly and this really grates on me because I lived in the state for 30 years and know that the Willamette Valley is pronounced Will - lam - met and Corvallis is prounced Core - val -iss. Every time I hear these errors, I just cringe. On a positive note, McLaren does a nice job with the accents.
It progresses the story and finally fills in some details (vague as they are) about the origins that we have been waiting 7 books to hear about, and the characters are quite good. But there seems to be a pretty long dry spell in the middle where the author seems to be dragging things out unnecessarily. The beginning and the end were pretty good though. It was good enough to keep reading, the next one seems like it could be quite good now that the new characters have been established and the plot has been set back up.
I have enjoyed this series so far. The early books were a great deal of exploration of how much we require our technology and how things would change with out it. This book in particular is more of an adventure story with an almost classic fantasy adventuring company. The tropes are there and the characters are aware they are tropes.
All in all a good read. It is not going to blow your mind or change how you think, but it will be a fun romp.
I've never reviwed a book on Audible untill now but I just can't let this slide. I've tried twice now to listen to this book and cant get passed the first 2 or 3 hours without being torn between laughing out loud feeling insulted. If you can wrap your mind around the concept of a takeover of the world by ren fair junkies spouting elvish to each other, swinging swords and thee and thoing each other all over the place within (acording to the authors timeline) less than 20 years of all our machines breaking down. In which time they have constructed elaborate monarchies and religions fought several wars (and don't forget speaking elvish) and basically reverted to a Dungeons and Dragons version of midieval England maybe just maybe there is a story in there. It's beyond me but good luck!
Sorry for the rant.