Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
Buy this series, you'll love them!
I wasnt sure I would enjoy this story as it had a lot of war in it but I really enjoyed it. Jennifer Van dyk was a great narrator and made the story come alive. The description of the towns and citadels made it easy to imagine you where right there with them. I look forward to reading and listening to more of these stories.
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This has been one of my favorite authors and this saga one of the few I have read more than once The narrator seemed really uncertain, almost like she was sight reading, with many Shatner-like pauses throughout.
by the end of the book it was a bit easier.
The story is worth learning to set aside the discomfort of the awkward reader. I'm glad I stayed with it.
And... in the next THREE book Ms. Van Dyke really finds the story's rhythm and the flow is much better.
Thanks to Mrs. Moon for this wonderful story. Thanks to Ms. Van Dyke for the hard work to bring it to audio ... it's been YEARS of waiting!
This book was SO thin on ANY kind of character development or emotional involvement is was a very empty read. I bought this book thinking it might be a good book for me after LOVING the Hunger Games. WRONG. It's just endless dull descriptions of battle scenes and poor dialog. Sorry, I see many loved this, I just don't know what I missed. Depressingly dull and boring. Wasted credit.
I have listened to both the Serrano Legacy and the Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon which are among my most favorite. This series definitely goes in a different direction, but is just as entertaining. Moon is such a great storyteller. I have been thoroughly entertained with the first book in the trilogy. I am already starting on the middle book. I find the narrator superb. This is the first book I have listened to by Jennifer Van Dyck, but will look for other titles by her once I have finished the trilogy.
I've been with audible for about 2 years and average 3-4 books a month. This is the first book that I wanted a refund for. It's also the first book I've left a comment on. Since I purchased this book due to the fact it had such great reviews I felt obligated to provide a different point of view. My biggest complaint is that the writing is repetitive and simplistic, the author constantly restates the same idea or phrase over and over, then says it again just in case you missed it. Another issue I had was with the central character, Paksenarrion, she has got to be one of the most boring and dull witted characters I have ever encountered. Her constant "I don't know" responses drove me crazy. This being said I certainly do not have the skills to write a book even close to this caliber and it may be right up someone else's alley, just not mine.
I would recommend this book to epic fantasy fans. It has a solid story line and a fresh vantagepoint that kept me listening without being so deep that I wanted to re-wind. Reader was a definite plus to the experience and she made it easy to keep track of characters.
Only for Elizabeth Moon.
She is terrible. It's like listening to a female Captain Kirk. *shudders*
I have this series in paperback and have read them half a dozen times. I wanted to revisit them. The story is great but by Gird the narrator is bad. In book 2 she improves slightly for the main character and narration but uses a robot voice for some other characters which makes me wince. Sounds like the aliens in Galaxy Quest.
The audio book is not better than the print book, but you all know why I buy audio books, because you do too. It is lovely to be 'read to', and Jennifer is a very good reader.
Paks and Stammel are equally endearing to me, but this is very much Paks's story. Stammel is her mentor and 'big brother', and both are great. Paks is a bit of an idiot in this book, and a bit prissy, but she is a heroine and grows up incredibly fast.
She reads the temperament and mood of the characters. While Moon is a great writer of atmosphere and mood, Jennifer lights it all up and brings it to the top.
I don't want to spoil anything, but Paks's big drama at the Duke's stronghold was a little heartwrenching. Very little in these books makes one laugh, but there are plenty of warm fuzzy moments too :)
Read this after The Legacy of Gird for maximum understanding of the main religion of the stories.
I've read and reread all of these books a number of times, and just keep coming back. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes strong female characters, fantasy, and warm fuzzies. It's idealistic and uplifting, but it has its darkness as well, which keeps it from being silly....well, too silly.