I read the other reviews and almost didn't buy this book but I've listen to most of the trilogies available. The names are horrible especially in the start of the book and even some of the descriptions are cliche, but if you get past the first couple hours it's a pretty interesting story and a very interesting twist on "magic".
With a lot of media today, plot points and "extra details" are spoon fed to the audience to ensure they understand absolutely everything that is happening. I found this book refreshing because the author does not give you all the details of everything up front. As you listen to the book, the plot engages you while you try to also figure out the background details of the society and how they work together. I can see why this would be annoying to some, but personally, I found the story enjoyably different than many I have read (or listened to) recently. The characters of the book were also likable and were developed nicely though out the series.
I often listen to books before I go to bed, and I found I was staying up way too late, just to get through one more chapter. I hope to see more books added to this series in the future!
I was captivated by this book from beginning to end. This was an excellent start to what I hope will be an excellent trilogy of stories. I've listened to well over 60 books on Audible and I honestly feel that the narrator was excellent. His voice acting was consistent across all story characters and the gave ample attention to the drama of the story. I've listened to some poor narrators and this one is definitely not one of them. Just my opinion.
Wow... what an awesome book. I've never taken the time to write a review on Audible, but this book is worthy of some extra attention.
I can understand the comments regarding the writing style, but I honestly found it refreshing to not be spoon-fed a story. The author gives you pieces here and there, which makes the final reveal much more exciting. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
A very good story, with moving action, set in a believable world with a full range believable characters. A very engaging plot with twist along the way. There are some hints along the way about Durzo's past that only come clear at the end that may require a re-listen to pick up. The magic system is never really explained in detail, it just works, and is slowly introduced as the story unfolds. The characters are added in a pace that make it easy to follow too. The only problem is that Audible has not gotten the 3rd book yet, but has been available since the 16th of September according the authors web site. I would recommend waiting on getting this series until all 3 are made available, because you will not want to stop and there are quite a few plot holes left to fill by the end of the 2nd book. You can get 3rd book now on CD from other web sites, but at almost twice the cost.
I don't even want to know what books you've read if you place this freak show among the best; WHO is responsible for that rating!? Let me show just a few ways, in which, this book made me die inside just a little.
1. Utter lack of any sort of writing skill, awful plot, and terrible descriptions, as well as painful lines, such as "about as smart as a box of air." You majored in English, you can do better..can't you?
2. The names! Oh the NAMES! Each one is worse than the last. Azoth isn't terrible, though I would be embarrassed to have come up with it, but Durzo Blint? Ja'laliel? Rat? Doll Girl?! Even with a good plot and writing style, the names would severely hinder my enjoyment of the book. However, as we've discussed, the style is something no sane person would aspire to, and after reading the plot outline, I almost cried; it was that bad. What's worse, I found a list of names at the end of the Wikipedia article for this book, and I have to say that the worst is 'King Aleine "Niner" Gunder IX'. There's nothing I can say about that, if you don't find something wrong with a name that bad, you should spare the world and not write reviews.
3. It's hard to get over the fact that the "wetboys" are assassins. Really, if you're going to pick a different name for your assassins, don't call them something that sounds like you're talking about a male prostitute.
4. End of minute 25. "..it was Spartan, like all Ceoran (sp?) houses." Do you see nothing wrong with that? Come on! You can't use a real world civilization to describe something in a fantasy realm; unless you're Terry Pratchett. How would Durzo Blint know what "Spartan" meant?!
As you may have realized, I only listened to the first half hour, but I was so utterly repulsed in that time, that I will not, cannot, continue. As terrible books go, this ranks with Hickman's Bronze Canticles.
I am begging you, do NOT buy this book.
This audio book is definitely worth the price. The story and characters are unforgettable. Give this one a shot.
This book reminds me of the Shadow Dance series from David Daglish. The plots are very different but the characters leave a lasting impression. The characters are very memorable and the author doesn't spend most of every scene describing the environment. I appreciate setting in a book but describing the rocks and trees in every scene can get a bit redundant and annoying. Especially when the characters are extremely interesting.
This is the first book in the series so it warrants your attention if you are interested in the assassin style fantasy novels. The story is good enough that if you have an issue with the narrator you can at least buy the written novels.