Currently studying psychology in Norway. I primarily read fantasy, sci-fi and fictional books
What an amazing listen this was. I got dragged into the story from the very beginning, and enjoyed every bit of it. Books rarely get me emotional, but this one certainly had moments where I audibly gasped or had to fight back tears. The Way of Shadows is almost on par with The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. The magic (talent) system isn't explained as well, but I'm hoping it will go deeper into that in the books that follow.
The narrator Paul Boehmer does an excellent job of acting out each character, and makes the story come alive. You know how they say some books are better read, well Paul Boehmer made sure of the opposite in this case. Five out of five across the board, can't wait to finish the trilogy!
I love this author and his characters. The characters were the strongest aspect of this novel however the plot got a bit lost. There was no clear purpose for the hero and there were so many minor characters that I had to keep going back to figure out who certain people were. It was also a lot more violent than I tend to enjoy.
The narrator soundslike a computer program donr
Feels like a computer is reading to me. Just awful
I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.
This is a good adult fantasy series, certainly worth the time and credits. Great story.
In my humble opinion performers working in the fantasy genre often perform the story as though for a "young reader" audience, even when the content is clearly adult. Such was the case in this performance. Boehmer repeatedly imposed a whiney petulance to the tone of the characters dialogue that was over done and not believable.
I loved the story, especially as it developed through the next 2 books in the series.
No, not in this series, anyway.
[Possible spoiler alert] Basic story has been used probably in thousands of other fantasy novels - traumatizing childhood experience forces protagonist to become hard and train under "unconventional" master --> Master makes protagonist to question his beliefs and force growth --> all hell breaks loose when protagonist disobeys master --> somehow it's resolved (I'm guessing. I still have 8 or so hours to go). Either way, plot feels lazy and the narrative structure is overused.
Probably not. Several better readers out there - Michael Kramer, Steven Pacey, Roy Dotrice, Nick Podehl, even Will Wheaton or Victor Bevine. Boehmer talks like he's telling a fairy tale to a little kid, like the audience won't get that a scene is supposed to have tension, or is ominous. It's patronizing.
[Spoiler alert] The few times it discusses or implies larger socio-political motivations and mechanisms at work (hopefully to be developed in future books) were the most interesting parts to me - that the characters who thought the consequences of their actions had a limited scope when they actually were just a small part of a much larger plan of other players. This shows potential for tremendous improvement over the tired and lazy world and character development that this book has spent the majority of its time explaining.
Character and plot development was tired and lazy. Book spends more time outright explaining how and why things were the way they are rather than letting reasons come out organically. It takes the reader/listener out of the experience.
Pacing felt erratic. I sometimes got confused when listening. Sometimes, I can't figure out why the author spents a significant number of pages on a seemingly inauspicious event, then breeze through more interesting ones like action sequences or character crossroads.
Introduction of world elements or story-specific terms is weak. I was often left wondering what the hell the narrator was talking about, if I missed something earlier. New terms feel like they come up without warning.
Also, and it might just be me as a fan of grimdark, but I felt that the author couldn't decide if he was writing for young adults or adults looking for something serious that doesn't hold back. Earlier in the book, while there are very serious and dark situations, descriptions felt sanitized and broad, and actively avoided more gruesome specifics. Later in the book, violence is described in great detail, enough that I suspended skepticism and really visualized. Anything involving sex was also written like it could (almost) be included in a Harry Potter novel.
All in all, I was mostly bored and disappointed, especially after mostly 4-star reviews. I'm going to finish it because I hate leaving books unfinished, and I'm hoping for more interesting events towards the end.