At first it took a bit to get interested in this book, it just was not working for me. But then, once the different story lines came together, it became very interesting.
The author does a great job of juggling story lines and weaving them together...making the characters and plot come alive.
I look forward to the next book!!
I started listening to books to overcome the boredom of the commute to work. This book brought the boredom back.
I loved the narration but the story line was difficult to follow and the depth of descriptions made me want to hit the fast forward.
The first book I have purchased that I will not finish!
I will make this simple for you. Excellent George R.R. Martin clone, and when he got stuck for ideas (or was too close to having the same exact story line as GRRM), he borrows some Robert Jordan.
This is still a very good book, just dont be suprised when you notice the glaring similarities. And no, its not "just you"....its totaly like Game of Thrones, with an attack of Aiel led by Manse Raider thrown in for good measure. LOL
As a long time afficiando of the fantasy genre, I found this book to be a big dissappointment. The character development is wooden and predictable; the plot pedestrian and the descriptions unexceptional. It is not the time, place or action that makes these books good listening but the characters and their development. I had just finished George RR Martin's books and although they are far from without flaws, they excel in comparison to this one. So if it's fantasy and imagination you are after, you would do better to go with Terry Brooks or , if you have lots of time and can stand drawn out plots,there is always Robert Jordan.
I notice there are some complaints below that there are no clear-cut "good" and "bad" characters. Well who wants such a bland form of fantasy? David Anthony hasn't penned the best fantast novel ever here, but it's very good listening. Recommended to fans of the genre.
I'm a big fan of epic fantacy and Often listen to them over and over. But this book seem to care more about the discriptions then the actual story. Maybe my pallet is not as developed as some readers are but I could not stand this book. To care more for the details instead of the story was a new experience for me and well did not bode well. If you like to fall asleep listening to a book then I would strongly suggest this one.
Well i have a standard I hold new books up to after i listen to them...that is, are they as good as Robert Jordan or George RR Martain? This book falls way short. The autor builds up a chapter, ending it, and leaving you with a cliffhanger of sorts..which is fine...but he never goes into detail. just brushes over it as a event that already happened in a following chapter. And it seems he dont have a concept of distance and time. Chareters show up outta nowhere with no telling how they got there.