I just finished book 3 of this series as I write this review. Despite the cheesy book covers, this is a very entertaining series. Is it as dark as Game of Thrones or the Malazan Empire, absolutely not. Is it still an enjoyable read for those that like dark fantasy, I say yes. The author is great at keeping you guessing on what is going to happen next, which keeps the books from ever turning boring. Mix in some of the humor and I can say I am enjoying this series and can't wait to start book 4!
Beer Brewing Nerd at heart--emphasis on the nerd.
This book starts out slower than I was lead to believe. It was my very 1st Audiobook and so I didn't have my "routine" squared away like I do now. But man-o-man- when the action in this book starts it literally never ends. I was listening while I was washing dishes, listening in the parking lot, and listening while I was showering in the morning....I could not stop. My wife had to stop me from talking and laughing at the book while listening!
The story is amazing and the only thing I would tell you is this. GET A MAP. Since I bought the audio book I didn't have access to the printed maps of the world they are in...but beware! This series is so massive that there are spoilers in maps relating to later books. The journey gets expansive really quickly (especially in book 3 - it goes nuts!) but I love to follow them on the map so I have a real feel of where they are in the world.
I read the whole Game of Thrones series and while the type of fantasy is different the story does not lack that itch to keep listening.
I love how they access and use magic - its not like it has been in other books. Plus the male/female magic use is a nice twist.
I did not like Michael Kramer's voice at first- I don't know why....but as I am picking up book 4 today in the series today I would feel like I lost a best friend if he stopped narrating. He does an A+ job. The male voices done by Kate Reading are rough but I am starting to like the duel narration.
Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.
I first read this book when it came out and put it on my list of favorite fantasy novels. I then took a 10 year break from fantasy and on a whim I picked up the audio book. I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn't wait to pick up the next audio book (though I'd read it when it was first published).
Narrators - This deserves its own section. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are outstanding. I've come to view them as the best performers in the audio book arena today. I've gone so far as to search for other books by Michael Kramer because I know he always delivers an amazing performance.
I do want to warn you - this book is the beginning of a very long series and not all the books are as good as this one. That being said, you don't have to commit to the whole series. This book stands alone as a great story.
If you're a fan of fantasy you should absolutely pick this up. You won't be disappointed. I don't know any fantasy reader who hasn't been thrilled with this book.
Yes, the characters have, as yet, unexplored depths.
The knowledge of the connection with the wolves.
Both read well, and made the book come to life. They did a good job of distinguishing between the characters.
Epic fantasy fan
Yes, I've listened to it several time now. It's one of the great books in the series.
I wasn't hooked until Moriane tells the story of Manetheran early in the book (chapter 7?). After that, I think every single page is a work of mastery.
Perin, as I relate to him the most.
The Dragon has been reborn!
It took 20 years, but the series is finally finished. It's 14 books long, so buckle your seat belt. Books 6-10 (especially 10) were hard to get through, but books 1-5 and 11-14. were great! Definitely get the audio version and listen to books 6-10 at 3x speed. You won't miss much. I listen to book 1 at regular speed though to savor every moment!
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
A young man and his companions flee their backwater town after discovering that a terrible and mysterious dark spirit seeks them with demonic minions.
This book was just to long and to full of un-necessaries for my tastes. It was slow and i got sick of hearing about everyone's cloths described in all their glorious details. I purchased this back in 2011 and have tried several times, over that period, to get int the story with no success. It's just not for me....
But the narrators smoothed out nicely after a couple of chapters. Despite the beginning, I highly recommend it.
And for Kindle readers, despite it not being marked as such, this book has been 'Whispersync'd'.
I loved the story and how intricately it is told throughout the series.
It is less predictable than you would think. At times when you think you know what will happen, you more often than not are wrong. The continuing sense of mystery keeps you interested in the book.
They seem to disagree about how to pronounce some of the authors words. This is the only annoying thing about this audiobook, and it persists throughout the series.
Yes but slightly impossible as you would have to stay up much longer than is healthy.
When you have two narrators you need to make sure that they will pronounce things at least similarly if not the same. It gets annoying as you continually hear the difference between the two interpretations.
Found it entertaining when he met the princess. In general, this book doesn't really have one thing that stands out. Its more like a serialized novel like a three musketeers or something, with many smaller adventures escalating into a larger plot line.
I enjoyed them very much, but the first time Kate appeared it was a little jarring as Michael's voice had already been present for a lengthy duration in the book.