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I had high hopes for this book, but six hours in and I'm still waiting for something interesting to happen—for my own, personalized, definition of interesting. Yeah, there's fighting and torture and desperate journeys with few resources and even something of a budding romance, but all these things are jumbled together with constant point-of-view shifts and no hint of a central narrative to tie things together.
All of which I could put up with if the characters were engaging and/or working towards something interesting. Unfortunately, many of the POV characters are outright off-putting. Want a tally?
* Glotka is a torturer for a corrupt regime who actually asks himself "why am I doing this?"
* Jezal is a sot actively undermining his own ambition to be more than a waste of space.
* Logen has only just gotten someplace that isn't actively trying to kill him. He's actually the only interesting POV guy so far, if only because he's at least trying to be a good person.
* The politics of "The Union" just don't work at all. The king is an idiot—actual village-idiot-level idiot—and the council running things is stacked with people as stupid as they are venal. By rights, the whole country should have devolved into warring factions years ago.
So I just don't care about anybody or anything in the book. I want the Union to dissolve, if only to clear out the disconnected, self-involved jackhats now running the place—some of which are POV characters. I'm sorry, but without something to care about and a story going nowhere for hours on end, I can't see wasting any more time with this dreck.
No; it was a bit drawn out in parts and the book just ended without anything really happening. Someone should write a short summary of book 1 so we can all jump to book 2.
Inquisitor Glokta. He was the only character I really found interesting.
Nothing really stood out
Yeah at the end when I was looking for the other half of the story. Guess at some point I will have to use my credit to get the rest of the story as this book just stopped. Definitely not a stand alone story as it only had a beginning and middle. It bugs me that everyone thinks their story is a trilogy when it's just a single story.
The fact that I have no real desire to jump into book 2 says it all. To sum up book 1. A great warrior just past his prime goes on one last epic quest at the bequest of the lord of wizards to save an empire that has labeled him an outcast and criminal. Now you can read book 2.
It took me a while to figure out the one bit that was hampering my enjoyment of this book. It is well written with a host of interesting characters. It is just that they aren't really trying to do something. Sure there are minor goals, Nine fingers is trying to go here, Luthor is trying to win the sword fighting competition, and so on, but over all there doesn't seem to be a point. For the most part it feels like it is just a story about these character who are just going about their lives without an overall plot. You only barely get hints of something bigger going on, but it is all played very close to the chest.
I think it would have been better served if there was something stronger tying it all together, even if it didn't work out or turned out to be a ruse.
It isn't until halfway through the second book in the series that you start getting hints at the bigger picture and what some people are up to.
All that being said it is good and I'm well into the third book now.
This book was not very good. It got such high ratings and was said to be even better than A Game Of Thrones. Not even close. Cool characters but that's it. I will not listen to anymore of this series.
This is not your father's fantasy novel. The book is gritty and combines some heroes and anti-heroes that you may start out hating or loving and then you'll come to respect, enjoy and maybe even like or hate them later.
It's not for the faint of heart though, it's got sex and blood and some torture scenes that had me hovering over the fast forward button. Each time it faded to black just before I got too squeamish.
I've not read many other books like this, it's not a
Steven Pacey is excellent in this series. I will certainly look for more of his work.
Not a particular moment, but an overall enjoyment of the twists and turns and inter-play between the characters. Well woven an makes you re-think some of the initial impressions as the characters evolve through the books.
I've been a member of Audible for over 10 years and have only written a few reviews, but this book and series overall grabbed me so much that I really hope others take note of it.
It's isn't for everyone though, this book is rough, it pulls no punches and yet it is so engaging that I couldn't stop listening. The whole series is truly wonderful.
I will say that the narrator helps make the experience complete, as I've heard books by the same author with another narrator and it's not up to the same standards as these.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I am glad I purchased this one I enjoy the mix of politics and adventure. There is even a wizard and a quest! These characters are diverse and worth following! Well read and characterized. Loving Steven Pacey.
I read a lot of fantasy, but generally I like my protagonists likable and a happy or at least satisfying end to the story. I picked up this book due to all the great reviews and I can say they are justified. The reader can make or break a novel and this reader is exceptional. He made a good book into an excellent book.
The characters aren't likable, but they are highly enjoyable. I definitely recommend this book.
this book seemed to take forever, setting up the characters. The narration is great and the characters distinct.
but by the end, i wanted to know what happens in book 2--so i also bought that and will get book 3...
so despite the slow start, i am really enjoying this audiobook