This book ranks high on my list of audio books. It is really amazing.
The book is most like The Lord of the Rings, or like The Hobbit. It's full of action and it's full of fantasy. The world reminds me so much of Assassin's Creed. The difference is that the world has more fantastical elements.
My favorite scene is when the Locke tricks the Duke, whom he's already tricking with a different disguise, into thinking that he's the leader of what passes for the police.
It was something that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, but the book is really long. I really did enjoy it though.
The only thing that I don't like about the book is all the interludes that happen.
someone who is just getting into middle earth type fantasy and does not have a clue about "Lord of The Rings" just might enjoy
none of the characters captuerd my interest and the story itself was not engaging
not sure Micheal Page"s performace was bad i do'nt berlieve he had a whole lot of material to work with
this was thoroughly entertaining. if I could give the performance a 10, I would. Michael Page knocked it out of the park. :-)
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
I really wanted to like this book. It was exactly the sort of book that I would like, and it did have some good parts. I generally liked the main characters, especially Jean, and wanted them to succeed. And some of the mini-plots scattered throughout the book were fun. But despite that, I just didn't like it that much. The narration was too stiff/formal and there were some major story issues that I couldn't get past (see below). I've heard the next book in the series is better, but I don't think I will bother.
A review by someone named Emily put it best. This is supposed to be a story about a master thief, someone with a natural genius for plotting who has been meticulously trained for years on end. But he is kind of an idiot. He falls for simple tricks and constantly walks into traps, only escaping due to luck and/or the actions of others. And yet he's been milking the city's elite for years on end for effectively millions of dollars. In real life, people just aren't that dumb, and it's insulting (and boring) when authors write characters like that.
Furthermore, the mage in this story is way too powerful. If this was a video game, you would say that the magic system is completely broken. Why does the Gray King need all of these elaborate plans when he is essentially invincible? The day he hired the Bondsmage, he could have just walked right up to Capa Barsavi and killed him and taken his money, etc. whatever he wanted to do.
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All in all it was a pleasant book - particularly the first half. It is held back by the completely unbelievable premise that Locke is a smart thief, which is constantly undermined by his poor planning. As a result, Locke comes off as an incredibly lucky guy living in a city of nitwits with IQ's of 75 and lower.
Really good story. Once you get used to the way it's written, with the story switching back and forth between timelines, discussing the past to give context to the present, it's a great listen.
why so much garbage? waste of time and money. I think I would have actually liked the story, it's just not worth it to me to sift through the filth. I guess I'm returning this for another Brandon Sanderson Book with an awesome world, story, and writing.