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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Tall, strong, pretty, innocent and dumber then sheep. At first I though I would like this, but the story never got going and the character never developed a brain. It starts out as a typical boot camp novel. Then there is a long drawn out trial, in which we know the outcome before it happens. I am talking over an hour. The inciden,t in which had we lived it with the character we would have felt strongly about, was omitted.
Had the main character stayed on the farm it would have been just as interesting. The story has no story, no guts or soul.
The narrator did not sound inspired at all.
Once again I am bucking the system, but if your tastes in books are the same as mine, this will not interest you.
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 :(
I took on this book based on such great reviews, but I am not impressed that I didn???t find this book to be all that original. Book has words like 'damage' instead of 'wounds', 'fighter' instead of 'soldier' that would remind you that it is straight out of some D&D campaign. It was good enough that I was able to complete the book; therefore, I am giving 3 stars.
Here is the summary of the whole book. A girl joins the army after running away from family and then fought evil.
Narrator did a good job; however, she completes her sentences sometime abruptly which can be annoying at times.
I will not be reading the next book in this series.
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 started this book with high expectations, soon to be dashed. I soon found myself not caring at all about the characters. In short, this book is terribly written and add characters, places, etc. in at a moment's notice without any effort of putting these new names in context...so you can either care about them know or understand who they are. I do not recommend this book.
Minor spoiler, if you don't want to know what Paks becomes, don't read further...
I never had an interest in paladins. They just didn't seem like interesting characters. So some poor kid is brainwashed enough that he devotes his life to a god and is granted powers in exchange for worship. They seemed too goody-goody and bland.
Then we start out this series with a book called "Sheepfarmer's Daughter". If you are expecting high fantasy, you'll be disappointed. I found out entirely too much about how armies trained, maintained roads, and dug jacks. When I first read the omnibus version I got half way through this first book and just about quit. The next week I was staying up until 6:00 am reading when I had to work at 9:00 am because I just HAD to find out what happened.
So I wish they would have released the trilogy as a single audiobook, especially since it was originally planned as one story. If you don't want to spend three credits you probably shouldn't get this book, and if you read only this book you will probably disappointed. Looking back after finishing the third book, I appreciated this one more.
So the gods got tired of society basically training and presenting candidates to become paladins and decided to make their own. Some people in the third book seemed to have the same ideas about paladins that I had. What makes a paladin what they are? What makes someone a great paladin? Read these books and find out. A paladin should be trained to fight, after all there is plenty of evil that would do them or innocent people harm in the world and every advantage helps. But fighting isn't the only way to do good, and giving up the ability to fight or even one's life might do more good in the end than any magic or sword...
So if you're looking for something interesting in the fantasy genre and have THREE credits to spend, I would definitely recommend getting these books. This trilogy is one of the few books I regularly go back to and re-read sections of. If you don't want to make the commitment of 3 credits and 50 hours of reading, then you're probably better off not buying this book. If you only read this book it is like reading the first third of a story.
This was a good book, enjoyable but after listening to Remnent Population it lacked hmm, something, however I will probably listen to the other two books because it peaked my interest. Enjoyable, good writing. I'm not sure about the reader, she didn't seem to change pace, wasn't bad but wasn't great.
This book won't be a waste of credit or money, I just wasn't wowed by it, probably because I had just listened to a amazing one so... bad timing.