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 :(
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.
Short crisp sentences were a perfect fit for a military story. A balanced look at military life. The author changed points of view a few times and I found it a little confusing. Not much character growth. A few unanswered questions.
Anyone who is a fan of high fantasy and coming of age tales would do well to check this out. I have read it multiple times and still in love with the entire series. Moon creates a world that I would dearly love to live in.
If you enjoy endless battles, war tactics, skirmishes, maneuvers, body counts and just war time in general, you will enjoy this book. The soldiers and their naming is tedious. There is no real character development, or story other than moving from battle to battle. For sure I will not continue this series.
Very much so, I have read the Deed of Paksenarrion several times it is one of my most favorite novels. Being able to listen to someone else narrate the story gives that much more life to the story.
When Paks, Saben, and Canna made the dangerous journey south from Dwarfwatch to warn the Duke of Honey Cat's treachery.
When Paks had finished her season with the Lyonyan rangers and and returned to Master Oakhallow the kuagannir and had set the sacred fire for her to place her hands in confirming her abilities as a paladin.
The moment in Fin Panir following the expedition where Paks had to make the decision to allow the High Marshall to perform the procedure to root out the evil that had invaded mind.
I enjoyed the story being delivered from a female warrior perspective without large amounts of text focused on the actual battles. This is not a story about war, battles, and greed, although it does contain these elements. This is a follow-your-heart story; Paks follows her inner compass, knowing the path it leads her on will be challenging. Her self-integrity and dedication to her values drives her but does not come across as judgmental or self-righteous.
The narrator does an excellent job with the varying voices of so many characters - something I find many narrators are challenged with. She is consistent with each of the characters while delivering a performance that is perfectly paced and added interest to the story.
I look forward to listening to the rest of the trilogy.