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.
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've read and reread this story so many times I've worn out 3 copies! I love this story and the characters in it. I hope to one day pass it on to my kids the way my dad did for me.
Very detailed epic adventure in three parts. very entertaining. I've listened to it over and over. Good to listen to when you're doing something you don't need to pay close attention to.
Steady forward movement
The protagonists were good people, the bad guys were very bad. The story kept me interested throughout, to know what would happen. While it didn't have big surprises, I still enjoyed the escapades of Paks, and plan to get the next one.
Speak naturally. Her pauses were in the wrong places, putting emphasis where it needn't be.
Of the few books I have listened to so far this was by far the worst and would give it a rank of 3/10
the story in itself was not bad, however the narrators performance was so annoying to me, she made Paks seem dimwitted at times when she was learning