Most interesting aspect of the story would be non-existent. The world is rather straightforward, the crafts/professions are fairly standard and to tie in with the least interesting aspect is the premise that a small skinny boy who is talented in climbing trees, moving unseen, and general theft and mischief has any belief in being a knight (full plate armor and heavy weaponry) but is forced into being a ranger (who fits his talents quite well).
The book never really gave Will any challenge, his training was skimmed through and appeared to be quite easy. The drama and suspense of the fighting never really drew me into it and Will didn't appear to really develop particularly compared to Horace. The characters are stereotypical and bland.
So, I listened to this entire series (including the lost stories) and I really enjoyed it. The details given to things like stealth and archery discipline was really enjoyable. The full character development that the main characters experience was excellent and you really feel like you are growing up with them throughout the series.
However, be prepared to spend 2 credits for every story after the first one. Yes, the books are just 1 credit each, but starting in book 2, you only get half of a story in each book. That was very annoying, but the books were long enough and I got some credits/books on sale so it was still worth it.
I feel like this book is the only one that stands on its own as a complete story.
I like the narrator for this (Keating), but I prefer the alternate narrator (Stuart Blinder). Unfortunately, audible did not have all of the books narrated by him (only 2 and 5). So, I stuck with Keating even when I got to book 5 since the change was too jarring (different pronunciations and accents on characters).
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the medieval type fantasy genre with swords and bows. It is targeted toward the early to mid-teen age (I think) but I enjoyed it at twice that age. The language and the content is safe for family listening (depending on your tolerance for violence, it is full of action) so it would work well for family trips. It might be a little intense for listeners under 10. I'll let my kids listen to it in a couple of years (mine are 6 and 8 right now) but I doubt they will really enjoy it until they are a bit older.
I was looking for a book to play during family car trips. I thought this fantasy coming-of-age book would fit the bill.
There is a gem of a story in here, and paced nicely enough to keep you interested. This isn't the work of a polished author, yet there is real promise. The language can be a little stilted. There are more than a few holes, and some holes which the author evidently could not bridge without resorting to "here a miracle occurs". These are a mild distraction.
The narrator could use a lesson or two from Simon Vance or Bronson Pinchot... It doesn't seem to matter which character is speaking, you can never seem to picture anything but a British university student desperately trying to land a role in the summer stock production.
Distractions aside, I was pleased to see a story where the kid (hero) couldn't quite measure up to his own unrealistic expectations, and yet finds he is ideally suited to be a hero in his own right. I was also pleased to see interesting and engaging secondary characters whose aspiration was NOT to storm castles or slay the dragon.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
I would strongly recommend this. It was one of our favorite listens as a family.
It reminds me of the excitement my son felt about the Percy Jackson series, though of course the setting is quite different. I first bought it because of the medieval setting -- we have been listening to other books set in that period at my 10 year old's request, such as Castle Corona and some books by Avi. It has familiar Hero's Journey elements found in many novels, and the theme of the talent found in the unexpected place (here a boy who is small for his age), such as found in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
The narration was one of the best aspects. He has a pleasing voice and voices the different characters clearly without going over the top. The differences are subtle but we always know who is speaking. The Irish accent for Halt is especially fitting and adds to that character's compelling qualities.
Yes if I could have!
A great book for tween boys, but this middle-aged mom is liking it as well as her son. I've now got the teenage older brother listening too.
elementary school art teacher
Started with the first one and couldn't stop there! Wonderfully written and read. Nice combination of intensity, action, and description.
Great easy book for a young young adult or advanced child. Probably a good way to get children/youth into book series and keep them reading.
It has its own world, kingdoms, hierarchy, and villains. Simple and limited character pool, with a consistent plot. Also would be good for ESL students or people learning English because of the lower level of complexity and repeated word use! Enjoy!
Really enjoyed this book. I liken the reader to Jim Dale who read the Harry Potter series. Great writing and I am looking forward to book 2 next week!
This is an excellent story driven book that can be enjoyed by all ages. If you have kids in the 8-12 range I would suggest reading or listening to it with them. If you want a good family activity (a family book club of sorts) this is an excellent way to go. It is a fantasy world that will inspire good deeds and focuses on thinking though and explaining actions. If you like the old hobbit cartoon or Zelda video games then you will probably enjoy this. It takes epic fantasy world and moves into the eyes of an honest but overly curious child who is rewarded for taking risks and admired for his honesty when he pushes too far.