This novel was a dark tale devoid of light, perhaps what a godless world would be like, seems to be alot of novels out there like this one, espeacially all the vampire genre. None of the characters were developed or likeable, no romance either or humor, not sure how this novel received so many good reviews, the author and publisher must have asked all there friends to write fake reviews to sell the audiobook.
This is the first fantasy novel I've loved in a long time. I've become so jaded and all the fantasy novels all seem pretty much the same, same characters, same settings, same dialogue. This writer has created something new and exciting. The characters are great, feeling real, and genuinely humorous. I love the wit and sarcasm. The story was fairly predictable in places, but totally unexpected in others, and for me that was a exciting in itself. It seems I have become able to guess most plots. Not everything goes well for our hero (or rather anti-hero) and its seriously tough going. I was kept on the edge of my seat until the end. Oh, and the narrator did an uncommonly good job. His voices and reading were perfect. I looked up the other books he had read, and bought some of those too. I have avidly looking forward to listening to the second book in this series. I hope Lynch writes many more books. I'm even going to by these in paperback - maybe even hardback, they are that good.
It's so hard to find fantasy writing meant for adults. It's even harder to find a writer with a unique style and ability to let you visualize and feel a real connection to the characters. Now add a narrator who has a remarkable ability to speak in a multitude of voices and allow you to hear the various characters with their distinct quirks and personalities, and you know it's a downright impossible task. Yes it's violent and rude - that's what makes it an adult fantasy novel. I hope to see book after book from this author (and hear book after book from this narrator)!
This is a well crafted tale of adventure woven of desperation, cunning, mischief, friendship, danger, and revenge crowned with witty dialogue and vivid descriptions. I consider myself a harsh critic and I consider this to be one of my favorite audio books. If you love adventure I'll bet this will soon become one of your favorites as well.
This is a great story, and the narration is superb. Get this book, you won't be sorry.
I was not looking for much when I bought this AB but it has turned out to be one of the best I've listened to all year. The characters are rough and real, the action is gritty and the interaction between the characters is realistic. I agree with the reviewer that said the language and action is definitely mature, but worth it as it adds a very realistic flavor to the interactions. I was very happily surprised and am moving on now to the next book in the series and wondering how it could possibly top this.
The story is excellent and carries well throughout. The characters, development and history is exceptional and stays consistent. Some parts slow more than others but the many plots are wrapped up nicely. The sequel is also very good and stays consistent with the characters. Narration is excellent, one of best.
This is a GREAT book! The plot moves briskly, but slows to allow the reader to savor key scenes. There are flashbacks -- they enrich the story and add depth to the reader's understanding of the characters. I seldom rate books at 5 stars, but I did it here. The next book of this series is currently downloading to my MP3 player!
I must confess that i didn't listen to the entire book, so perhaps it gets better than what I heard in the first 5 hrs. I'll never know though, because the narration is intolerable and the dialogue rambles on pointlessly. The author clearly fancies himself very clever with witty turns of phrase piled one on top of the other, and it is occasionally pretty funny. Unfortunately, it just gets in the way of the plot actually advancing. If you want truly clever fantasy with a larcenous bent, I recommend you try the Mistborn series.
This book was an absolute pleasure to listen to, a well narrated, cleaver, compelling, amusing and original tale. To be sure this is a book for adults as it presents a great deal of violence in a pretty graphic manner and uses appropriately ribald language. If you love fantasy with a bit of an edge don't miss it.