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.
Rarely do I come across books that I don't like. I went right in with in with my normal enthusiasm. But I soon found myself bored due to the lack of details and descriptions.
We what we get is:
"He got angry and hit him"
Why not make it something like this:
"John could feel the blood rush trough his veins, his hands clenched. Before Tom could react, he struck. His fist made a satisfying crunch as it connected with Tom's face" ?
The characters don't come alive in the first case, and the characters are the ones that make the story.
A few hours in I had no idea about anyone's story, appearance, motivations, or character.
All I knew is that the main character is a blond tomboy who wants to be a soldier
(for no real reason).
Another thing, you don't name 10 characters in 2 minutes, with no description if you want people to remember them. (I actually forgot the antagonists name.)
In my view there is nothing that drives the story, no tension, no emotions, nothing.
But perhaps its my young male mind who can't handle a female voice doing the narration.
Or perhaps it becomes vastly better after she was locked up?
All i know is that this book was a disappointment.
Aurthor gives a loose plot with no real feeling or empathy for her characters. Story is boring and ridiculous!
Reader has trouble pronouncing words and the characters are hard to follow; change in voices poorly delivered.
I could not listen after chapter 6; I think I did well to try for that long :(
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
The story started really slow, but was interesting enough to keep continuing. It just builds and builds all the way to the end. This first book covers Paks' training and first couple of campaigns, with a hint of a mystery of what will Paks will likely become. It has a kind of dungeons and dragons feel to it. Was surprised about the fighting/action scenes, never found anything quite like it, yet. It follows more a tactical pov than a one on one type of setup most authors favor. Instead of listing blow by blow action, it goes more by armies moving lines or tower sieges as a group, but from Paks' pov. Magic is a mystery and you feel like an outsider, just like Paks, when encountered. I liked narrator, but it was hard for me to tell the difference between some male voices. She does accents well and she does not try to lower her voice as much as some female narrators do to get a male voice, which can sound gravely and fake. Was disappointing to find out that they change narrators in Kings of the North(wish I knew who to complained to about this when it happens and not just this series).
The first three books are:
Oath of Gold.
The second set:
Oath of Fealty
Kings of the North
Crisis of Vision(due in mar '12)
There is also another set containing a prequel and sequel(not found on audible):
Tell us about yourself!
This is the first book in a trilogy, that when you have finished reading you wish you had found much sooner, or even better never remember reading so you can read it anew again.
I would have lost the obvious Dungeons and Dragons worldbuilding and stereotypes. Clear the author plays Dungeons and Dragons and allows that to color her terminology a lot. The rest of the story is slow, which would be ok if the world were more interesting, but it feels too much like a boring D&D adventure.
Her ability to have recognizable characters by voice inflection is enjoyable.
No. Probably not even to read the next book....
I bought this on sale. I think there may have been a reason it was on sale. I listened (mostly)and apparently a young woman went killing guys for a army renting pseudo duke. She was filled with pride. She had no thoughts during a 18 hr book but was sad occasionally. Killing guys made her sort of sad but hey...
So,as I said "Huh?"
World strong. characters flat plot weak. Wanted to feel more connexion between characters and know what Paks was thinking more often.
I got half way thru the narration of this book and had to quit. The storyline was simplistic and the characters uninteresting. Half way thru the book I realized that I did not really care to hear the conclusion of the story!
An amazing story told a little too harshly making it come across a bit too ordinary and military which was not all the written words held. A bit of a disappointment since I love this book. The narrator makes this book seem military which is great but looses the more than ordinary aspect to it making it seem too mundane and without feeling.