As stated in other reviews, the book is slow to start, but in my opinion, that slow start adds to the success of the book and the series. We learn about Imaging as Rhenn does, we see how the "World" works, starting from the Master/Journeyman/Apprentice relationship, the "Family" as it applies to both business and apprenticeships... and the failures of both. And then we learn of the first of the magic's of this world, the imaging... the small act of making some paint... the accidental acts of lighting a lamp... and later, more deliberate acts.
I was disappointed in this book and really didn't enjoy it. Some of the core ideas were interesting but I just couldn't get into the story. There was little character development, so you didn't feel like you actually knew them and hence felt no empathy for them. There was very little description in the text (apart from the food and wine strangely!) and overly long dialog between characters. I found the writing particularly clunky.
The narration was OK but not great. I guess he did the best he could with the material.
I persisted with the story after reading some other reviews that said the last section was quite exciting. Unfortunately I didn't find it so and wish I hadn't wasted my time!
I won't be reading any more of the series. After just listening to Patrick Rothfuss's 'Name of the Wind' and 'The Wise Man's Fear' perhaps anything I listen to is going to be disappointing...
The concept of the story seemed intriguing, and some parts of the story were entertaining, but the majority of the story was boring. I felt like I was back in school and learning all kinds of boring historical facts. The interesting parts were the character relationships. The narrator did not do a great job of differentiating characters. There were many times that I could not tell the voice of one character from another. But the narrator did have a pleasant, entertaining narrative. I won't be listening to the sequels.
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At first, I hated his book. I am not a stupid person, but the terminology used left me feeling confused and idiotic. I tried to return the book, but the site had an error. I decided to continue and I am glad that I did. Once I began ignoring his odd use of calendar and time terms it got a lot easier to follow. (Ex: half glass = half an hour) As the book continued, I got very involved in the plot and began to attach to the characters. If you have the will and determination to overlook the first two chapters and allow your mind to "skim" as it is read - the rest of the story is brilliant. If you love magic, science fiction, and the like - you will love this story. I look forward to hunting for more from this author.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I'm going to be short and not so sweet - I love good sci-fi and I'm not averse to YA tales. Some are really great. However I wanted to tell the author to Just Tell The Story. The premise looked interesting but I couldn't wade through the endless introductions of characters, locations and situations. My impatience, I guess, but there are too many enjoyable books in the world to take my time with one that hasn't gotten to the "good stuff" within the first 2 hours.
Pretty good book. It was an adequate world with two moons, magic, varying religions, races, cultures and politics. I always wonder when I finish long books if it needed to be such along book? It was interesting to get into the life, daily thoughts and minutia of an imagers life . Yet, I feel it could easily have been an eight to ten hour book. I'm still off to buy the next one, I still think this one is worth a credit.
As always L.E.Modesitt Jr. writes an interesting plot. The politics are very intriguing. Keeps you on your toes all the time.
The courage of the hero. His handling of problems and the heartaches and troubles his family and loved ones faced were truly terrible indeed.
William Dufri's performance was very good indeed.
When his brother was killed, that was sad. I also like his growing romance.
I like the first book so much that I purchased books two and three. Very worth reading.
Was ok, narrator poor, espessially voice acting.
I'd buy more books, yes. The author is somewhat inconsistent in quality though (for sci-fi and fantasy)
Don't know about names, buit someone who doesn't read too much into the characters and situations they are in. The narration frankly irritated me with this book.
No Explosions, well some but it is not an action filled stpory with constant twists and turns but a well written tale of an unusual person who discovers their power and abilities in a time when they are needed. More along the lines, where a world is created whilst a story is told; whilst you seem to be a part of the story.
Brilliant, i will be a fan of the series and author!
I am a over the road truck driver for the past several years. Which gives me a lot of time to listen to audio books.
L E Modesitt himself admits if you want action on every page he is not the author for you. The beginning of the first book takes for ever to get to any of the "good stuff" But the Characters are very well developed and the world is great. A very different and unique approach to a world that has magic in it. If you have patience this gets very entertaining. The second and third books are more "action packed" But the politics towards the end gets a bit drawn out. That is just how Modessitt is however. He likes deep rich worlds and it is not just about power and zaping things with spells. William Dufris reads it well but like others have said. Most of the others talk to the hero in a condescending tone. This makes sense in the beginning when hes just finding out and learning whats going on. But the tone seems to carry thru even when he evolves.