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.
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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This is either a first novel or this is this generations' Terry Brooks. It is not a Brandon Sanderson (This generations' Orson Scott Card) or is it the best Assassin apprentice story I have ever read (The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb). BW tries to act tough, but usually comes out sissy like. In this book the bad guy says what he might do, such as cut a person's hand off. In George R.R. Martin he would actually cut the hand off and then threaten to cut the other hand off. Four times a character is killed off and then is brought back to life, this gets old. Yet there were times when the story captured my attention. There is a pit scene which is pretty cool. I have never liked Terry Brooks too well, but he sells lots of books and I would say if you are a TB fan then you will love this. TB, BW and Kevin Anderson are guys with great story ideas. When they write they tell you this character felt this or looked like this etc. Card, Sanderson, Hobb and Martin all make you feel like you are the character and so you don 't have to be told that so and so is taciturn or sad or angry, you know because you are the character. You feel what they feel. If you like this type of story then listen to Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.
I'd been hesitant to get this book because of the conflicting reviews, but it kept showing up in different places as a book I might like based on other books so I finally gave it a shot when it was on sale. I feel the need to conunterbalance all the ridiculous good reviews. Not even worth the $5. The Review by "Gregory" below is pretty spot on. There is just so much ridiculously awful about this book it's hard to summarize, but yes the names are bad and the plot is random and patchworked. The author tries to develop characters, but has a poor grasp of good prose and no real idea of how people actually behave, and as a result the dialogue is incredibly contrived. It really feels like the whole books was written by a 14 year boy that has no idea of how interactions between people actually occur. There are a few redeemable plot elements and the overall storyline could be vaguely interesting, but any hope of that is so lost in it's poor execution that it's not worth the time or money.
If you're looking for good fantasy go check out the books by Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, or Jim Butcher. Only get this book if you are a horny teenage boy. This is also not the first book I've come across by Orbit Publishing with the similarly-styled cover that is grossly overrated, and I think they actually have very poor standards for editing and plot development in all their books.
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.