I feel like I'm going to have two reviews for this book; one now, when I've only finished the first in the series and the second when I've completed the series. It seems this book is just building up for the next two books by creating a lot of plots and just starting to tie them somewhat together by the end. Almost like Joe wrote the whole series as one book and the editors cut into three... but they don't do that!
With that said, I am looking forward to books two and three.
Also there is language in this book that some might not appreciate.
I loved this audiobook. It has a gallows humor and enough fantasy and adventure to keep you entertained and your imagination racing. Logan 9 fingers and glokta are amazingly written characters. While there are others like Logan in the genre, glokta is spectacularly original. Recommend it wholly. Sad it's over. On to the next. You have to be realistic about these things.
I decided to 'read' this book based on the great reviews it had. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to the expectations and, while it is not bad, it is far from being a great book.
The story is completely plain, with no highpoint at all. Things happen in the many different character story lines, but there isn't anything that builds up to an interesting event throughout the book. No big plot twists either.
The villains are defined by their dumbness (and irritating voices, more on that below), making them little interesting. There is only one point in the book where you may think that one of them is smarter than expected and that something bigger might be going on (we will see in the rest of the books), but his following actions and reactions make me wonder if that was just a bluff...
There doesn't seem to be any magic system. Magic is just magic and there seem to be no rules that apply or limit its use.
The characters are all likeable, although kind of stereotypical and none specially complex. There are a lot of them and they are introduced along the whole book, but they are easily recognizable thank's to Steven Pacey's excellent voices.
I was impressed by Steven Pacey's narration and the huge variety of voices he does, which made it easy to keep track of the many characters. However, it was annoying that most of the villains had such an irritable high pitch voice. Luckily, all main characters had deeper, warmer and likeable voices.
Overall I think the book is entertaining to listen to and I will probably 'read' the rest of the trilogy, but it certainly does not shine in any specific area.
Not a bad story, not a great story. Character development is slow and shallow at times. The story is good but rather standard with some brief hints of greatness. I wouldn't put it as a top fantasy novel but worth listening to. I will try the second one in the hopes that now the foundation has been set the author can really start the story.
The book was amazing! And the narration was truly top notch! I felt as if I was actually watching the movie except with the added benefit of having everything played out in my head.
People that like books with a lot off talking and character build up without any action
Boring way off trying to make a story, nothing happened
He did a good job
Boring only wanted to end