Less superfluous info in this one. Everything was needed. Immensely enjoy all the elements of personality, civilization, etc the author weaves in.
Narration is excellent.
Another extremely entertaining, and creative work by Sanderson! I can't wait to listen to "Hero of Ages" next! The narrator also really adds to the experience. I think he is the most versatile voice actor I've ever listened to.
Loved the book. The narrator does an amazing job of keeping the different characters separate in your mind with different voices for each. The story itself sucks you in and makes you want to find out what is going to happen. I would get home after listening to the book and want to stay in the car to keep listening.
Talked about politics for too long for my taste. Still, was a great read. This series is amazing overall so far.
Book 2 in this trilogy has a very different feel from book 1, but rightly so given the way book 1 ended. Big changes have been made to the world these people live in, and they are all dealing with having to reinvent themselves and their homes and figure out who they truly are and where they truly belong in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes it moves a bit slowly, but it is all important and leading to important things. And there is still plenty of action! Even more so, in certain ways.
This is definitely NOT a stand alone book. You absolutely must start at the beginning with this story (The Final Empire, for those of you not sure of the order). While the first book CAN actually stand alone if you want, the rest of the series cannot. Everything is leading somewhere, there are threads being weaved and tied bit by bit. And this one is a bit of a cliff hanger folks, so you're going to want to get the 3rd book for sure!
Because it is a trilogy, I waited to write my review until I had finished the last book, so I would have a clear picture of the scope of the story and Sanderson's follow through on tying up all the threads. And indeed, he did a fabulous job! I absolutely love this series! By the end of the story everything is explained, every question I had in the first book was answered. Which was quite a relief! I hate stories that weave in little mysteries and questions and make you wonder about them but then never return to it or explain it. It's one of my biggest pet peeves. So thank you Brandon Sanderson for actually following through on everything!
Anyways, this book is great. As I said, a bit darker and more serious than the first, and a little slower in places. But not to its detriment, and definitely worth it! There are new (or old) secrets to uncover, new things to learn about the magic, and new beings and creatures to learn about. As well as more character growth and more plot development. And the action is even more epic. Really a wonderful second book!
I really like to use the sleep timer to listen to the end of chapter, but with this book the feature was almost useless. Each chapter was over an hour long and the audio chapter breaks were often *not* at the end of an actual book chapter. Grrr