This book can be a little confusing some times, as the time line slips back and forth in small parts between past and present. But I found this book to be a great listen. I loved the characters, and Yes to the other gentleman, Wetboys can be a hard title to swallow, for a deadly assassin, but that is part of what makes a story and its author unique. Wetboy is a title unique to Brent Weeks stories and thus he makes his book his own.
I would also like to supply the definition of the word Spartan that so irritated that same reviewer.
1.Of or relating to Sparta or its people.
a.Rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained.
b.Simple, frugal, or austere: a Spartan diet; a spartan lifestyle.
c.Marked by brevity of speech; laconic.
d.Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity
Perhapes before slandering a persons choice of words, you should yourself do a little research.
The reader only used a few changes of tone to seperate different characters, but the author provides enough clarity that it doesn't confuse the listener.
all in all 5 of 5 stars, and I hope to see more stories from Mr. Weeks.
I was worried. I am a known sucker for any sort of 'assassin' book, especially fantasy ones. This one started out and I worried even more. It seemed flat and stale at first, like I had heard it all before. But slowly, slowly the book got its hooks in me. The story is there but it is not told in a straight forward manner and I wondered if there was more to it. There is, just keep going. It turned out to be a pretty great character piece, more akin to, well...
The comparisons are there to be made. Not that it doesn't have a unique voice, but they are there:
Pick out any of the really good 'gritty fantasy' authors out there and the comparisons come pretty easily.
I expected this to be a guilty pleasure, and it is but now I feel more like its a guilty 'treasure'.
Bought the second one, and will review it, too. If you like some dark, dark fantasy then give it a try.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
...this book delivers exactly what you think it will: a street urchin slowly transforms into an assassin under the leadership of the Most Feared Killer Ever.
It's listenable enough. The writing is lively and in many cases beautifully done. The villains are drawn perfectly and the story chugs along with maybe just a touch too much personal agonizing.
This is the first of a series. I found that at the end of the first book, I'd had enough...and don't much care what happens to the hero.
It is, however, a fine book for a road trip where you don't need to concentrate entirely on the story. Not inspired...but remarkably average in every way.
I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.
The first book started off great, I had high hopes for rest of series. The end of the first book was not bad but the whole style and pace of the fantasy changed. The second book I wanted to stick a nail in my eye when the author talked about love (perhaps due to my cold heart). He had creative plots ideas but really needed to just slow the pace down and focus on the quality of the writing. I loved some of his characters, Vye (or however its spelled) must be among my favorite women in fantasies, but like every character in this book she is unrecognizable by the end. Truth is I am very angry about this series, it had such potential by the third book a new plot twist was revealed every chapter like any bargain bin fantasy. I might give the author another shot but I have many more worthy authors to spend my money on before then.
This book was very unrealistic and left a lot of questions as if humans don't learn from their own mistakes. I also found it hard to believe that someone who is born in the slums would be as naive as the lead character.
Book Addict and a Fantasy Fanatic!
After accidently getting involved with a pretty YA series that had great cover art, I was so relieved to find this gem. There's nothing like a story that you can't put down.
We follow this young boy of 10 through the ghetto where is he part of a crime guild. He does everything to protect the only two friends he has in the world. When they both are "hurt" he seeks the training of a Master Assassin. To protect his friends he leaves them and his old life behind. It reads like a "Grown Up" version of Sarah J Maas's assassin story.
This book isn't for children. But if you are over 18 and looking for a good action/suspense story this has them both. The story comes fast and keeps you on your heels. If you are looking for a love story, this is not the story for you. If you love the kind of stories where none of the good people die, then this story isn't for you. However, if you love fantasy and can handle alittle sex, a few curse words, and a lot of killing. Then you've found your kind of story.
I'm a daily commuter who squeezes every penny and minute out of each book. Audible gives that much needed break from my busy schedule!
If you like Mystborn from Brandon Sanderson then you will enjoy this tittle. Characters are deep, story is full of twist. Great start to a series, can't wait to start the next book!
If the author would have left out the multitude of swear words. It could have been much better.
I would have kept most of the scenes, rather I would have made it a cleaner read. I was not expecting the vulgarity in this book.
I won't be reading or listening to any more of the series because of this.
After reading this one I was really excited to finish the series cause it developed some really interesting characters and had a interesting world created for them....... Then the second and third books got really weird and dark. The other thing that bothered me about the series was the "women" in the story that are in most of the sex scenes are like 14 and 15.