I did not really need a recap of the last book, even though it explained certain characters better. I do like the growth of the characters and the twists and turns taken throughout the story.
The way the author builds characters makes it feel like they are making choices themselves, and not just unravelling a plot. Don't listen if you aren't willing to buy the next one too!
only downside is i wish audible had found some way to include the dictionary at the back of the book. it would be very helpfull to reference somthing incase you miss the definition on the playback but it reads well enough that its not essential
Great book, it was difficult wading through the back story for so long before reaching the characters we learned to love in the 1st book. In the end it was worth it.
This book contains some subject matter that is tough to read/listen to. With that said, it is a great continuation from the first book. This is definitely not your typical fantasy series and is well worth reading.
The story was good, and the characters interesting. Had many seemingly random characters that were woven back into the story line (eventually), but this is a series and that is to be expected.
Nothing stands out overall, but the idea of the corelings was fun and of course, the concept of wardings for protection.
Really needs a new narrator. During most of the first book, though thankfully not quite so consistently in the second book, the narrator's slurpy way of speaking (and nothing to do with character voices) made me hope I never have to stand next to him in a conversation in real life. It was really difficult to listen to, but the story was good enough I kept on, though I did give the first book back. I almost didn't buy the second book, but a family member wanted to know if the series was worth getting so I went ahead with it. I don't know if I will get the third one, or just buy the book, or not bother.
Narration made me cringe, repeatedly.. Otherwise, no.
Residential architect in Texas. Avid fan of Tolkien and Sanderson (are there 2 more opposite fantasy writers?) Very varied tastes in writing
This book follows much of the formula of the 1st book in the series (The Warded Man) but, seems to intensify both the good aspects of that story, and the not so good ones.
My main issue with the story is that probably the 1st third of the book is the back story to Ja-Hadir (the man who steals the spear from Arlen in the previous book). It's not a bad backstory- it does flesh out a lot more of the character and give more insight into his culture and the reasonings behind why he does some of the things he does. But it's not the story we are left with at the end of the 1st book, and I found myself impatiently waiting for the backstory to stop and the timeline of the 1st book to pick up where it left off. Bad news, you've got several hours before that happens, and I found myself relatively disinterested and impatient with Ja-Hadir.
Secondly, it's obvious that the author has drawn a LOT of inspiration for the Crasian (not sure how to spell these things- it was an audio book) culture in the story from Middle Eastern, "Arabic" societies- and the more strict ones at that (Taliban comes to mind). While there are aspects of that culture that are very honor bound, it is within the framework of their society's references, and as such it's pretty offensive to my western ways of thinking. Misogynistic, caste based, zealots, uncompromising, elitist, and a "weak serves the strong" instead of a "strong protects the weak" viewpoint make it difficult to view them in a positive light, or even to want to know more about the culture in general, much less read about it for several hours.
Also, the author uses a lot of culture-specific words (and I mean LOTS of them). Which is fine, except it forces you to go "now what the heck is a 'Kafite' again?" every time you hear the word until it's meaning syncs in your brain. Might want to keep a notepad handy for the 1st third of the book so you can keep it all straight- he explains the meaning once, and then throws the word around whether you caught it's meaning or not. A LOT.
My final gripe: Harl Tanner. I've don't think I've ever loathed a character with as much vehemence as this one- and we get a lot more of him in this book. He's a bastard, and reading about his exploits are just plain difficult. Guess it's not bad to have a person you hate in a story, but it's a hard and dark read to go through- that's all I'll say.
Good parts: The story all comes together masterfully at the end, though maybe not with every ending as you'd want it. Still, at the end, I looked back and it and was pleased with the story as a whole. It probably could have been shorter and not lost much, but I did really like the character arcs, particularly with the main characters from the 1st book. It felt like it really delivered in that regard, even better than it did in "The Warded Man". And of course, the narration is top notch- great job by Pete Bradbury.
Despite my review griping a fair amount about the story's flaws, I gave it high marks and felt it was well worth the credit, if you don't mind a fair bit of dark tragedy mixed in with your hero story.
The world is captivating and quite unique, but the consistent sexual overtone was wearing as it didn't add to the story, but was more a filler. I started skipping through certain characters chapters as they once again appear to be filler (since they're secondary characters)