I am a big fan of fantacy books, like George RR Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire, and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and Robin Hobb's Farseer and Live Ships. Acacia: Book one is similar, but overall less complex. I was disapointed with the beginning, and almost stopped reading, but it really picked up within a few hours. The author has created a few new "twists" and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the series.
This book inspired a large variaty of emotion. The characters were very deep,and the plot was intense. The auther has a way of describing things, that I personally have not seen before. He knows how to get the blood pumping. The plot twists were great, even if some of them pissed me off. The narrator for this one, was a perfect choice. He had a great range and deep voice that that fit the mood of the book exactly.
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.