It isn't the best audio book I've listened to. Kate Redding is great and it is written well, but it falls short of The Wheel of Time, or the King Killer Chronicles. It is better than anything Terry Goodkind has ever done though. I'd put it on par with the Iron Druid Chronicles which I really do love, but it isn't the best out there as far as performance and writing ability).
Cool magic system and that is a big thing for me.
Yes, she is quite good, but I liked her better in the Wheel of Time Series.
I laughed a couple times.
The magic of the Furies sounds cool and is sort of, but the story itself it not very original. There is a chapter I had to skip over some of it because of the violence to women was disturbing, and literally the last 4 hours or so are all one long battle scene.
I was hoping for a new series to stay with, but this wont be it. Guess I am spoiled forever by Branden Sandersons Mistborn series.
I enjoy adult fantasy, this is certainly adult oriented with graphic violence and other themes. I was sometimes lost in the mass of characters, too many. The wholesale slaughter, mostly of the good guys, I'm sure meant to make it edgy, "real" , and perhaps to take fantasy to the next level, left me unsatisfied. Also the concept that somehow the recovery of a single knife was required to prove a conspiracy, while thousands of eyewitnesses saw the bad guys and their dead minions were scattered all over the battlefield as proof
I could not recommend it. Within this genre there are far better (Patrick Rothfuss comes to mind). Inconsistencies abound, Some characters appear virtually indestructible in one scene then quite challenged in a much less threatening environment in the next (trying not to leave too many spoilers) As I mentioned above, the use of graphic violence when required can be very useful, but here it is used in excess. Too many characters lessens each ones impact and creates some confusion.
I think the recovery of the medicinal mushrooms was very satisfying
It has a follow up and obviously needs one as the story is not concluded
Epic attempt and flawed enough to be a failure
One of the best!
This would rank with Harry Potter or a Dresden Novel. This is fantasy Sci-Fy at its best!
I have never heard Reading before but she has a knack for creating characters and it is very enjoyable.
I became very attached to the characters and even though I knew they showed up in the rest of the series I became quite stressed when they were in life or death situations!
Jim Butcher wrote this on a dare that he could not write a good story based on a bad idea. I think this was based on Pokemon and the lost roman legion. Good, fun Read!
Let me start by saying I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan. I have read all of the Dresden files, twice. Great stuff. So I assumed I would love this series just the same but I didn't. At least not right away.
The start of the book is confusing and it's hard to get into the swing of things. I never had a good grasp on how the furies worked and what they could do, that wasn't really explained in a manner that I could digest. There is also a great number of characters that don't get introduced rather just get thrown into the story. After some time I got to know them and enjoy them but it took a while. It reminds me of how Characters were introduced in the first Game of Thrones book. Of course after a couple hours (days) I got to know them and enjoyed them but the introduction was sloppy in the first books like it is here and that turned me off at first but the book eventually won me over.
In the end I enjoyed the book very much but like I said it's hard to get into even if you are a Jim Butcher fan. Give it some time 4 hours + before you make a judgement.
Engaging characters, good magic system.
Kate Reading's readings are all quite good. She is one of the most talented readers around.
The book tends to jump, skipping a places where there should be a small pause. Seems like a rookie mistake made by a new audio engineer.
How hard can it possibly be to edit out the stupid trumpet sounds -- which seem to have marked the beginning or end of original CDs? It's so annoying to be listening to the story and to suddenly have those stupid interjections.
Love the story so far otherwise, and the reader is great!
The strongest element that this work offers, I feel, is the character development. I immediately formed a bond with several of the main characters. The story line is interesting, if not a little predictable, and the action moves very well. The only negative that I would add, is that a few of the scenes were a bit too gruesome for my tastes, but all in all, the book was most enjoyable and I immediately purchased the second one in the series.
The story line was excellent. There was a flow to the book that kept you interested throughout the book.
I liked the unique environment that was portrayed by the writer. It was easy to pitcher the world.
I enjoyed the character Fade. He had a simple but profound part.
I listened to all of the books in a few days.