Dark, Emotional, Epic
I wouldn't compare it to any other book. Plenty of books have assassins, magic and hardship stories but few can provide a sense of connection and understanding of those hardships. This book can get dark without going so deep into detail that you just want to walk away. It allows your imagination to fill in details without leaving everything to pure guess work. The development of characters takes place over all 3 books. You are never left with a main character or any minor character that span multiple books, that doesn't evolve and grow (for better or worse). This makes it possible to truly love and hate characters. Your opinion of any character may change as the story progresses. What may seem a heartless action in one book could prove to be a small part of what was really going on. Putting the character in a position that makes the choices unfortunate but understandable from their perspective.
A dark heart can still shine or this movie should have been longer to give full explanations but was gimped so we could sell more tickets based on time and reputation rather than quality of product.
Read or listen to them. Get them from the library if you are unsure. The most difficult part of this book is that it takes all 3 books to fully understand the story and characters. You might finish the first book and feel characters are underdeveloped. That is because it uses all 3 books to fully develop all of the characters. If you feel the language is inappropriate and unnecessary then remember that the use of more colorful language is being used in ways to show cultural difference just like in real life. This book has multiple cultures come into play over all 3 books. It does a good job of showing how poverty based slums exist in contrast to the rich in the same city and then expands to conflicting religion and politics. If you are easily offended and want graphic language and detail left out of your books then you are in for a shock. If you enjoy a book that tells a story using real cultural influence and behaviors in a fantasy based world then sit back and enjoy the ride.
This was EXACTLY what i wanted it to be! from the assassins to the magic to the intrigue, it just didn't disappoint. I thought i would be put off by the "street urchin turned master assassin" but i wasn't and i think it worked well here. I was on the edge of my seat at times and went right out and picked up the other two in the series!
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