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I got this book when it was only 1 credit as a promo. Initially it was on the strength of him being the co-author on the last Wheel of time book(s). It was definitely a slow start, he obvious is a long book writer like say Tad Williams. I liked that there was a bit of mystery and a somewhat dystopian world, but was glad it wasn't as thoroughly dark and depressing as say the Game of Thrones books (which I also liked, I will rush to say).
It is definitely for those who are avowed fantasy genre enthusiasts. You have to love SF/fantasy to love this book I think.
With those caveats in mind, I'm giving it 4 stars, and would give 4.5 if that was possible. 5 stars IMHO is saved for the exception, and I rarely give it out. The greatest recommendation I can make is that I will willingly spend 1 or 2 credits for the next volume.
Sooo good. perfect writing. Just complex enough. Listened to it twice in a row. 35hrs is just so nice. I hate 10hrs books. Waiting for the second book with lots of anticipation.
This is another great book by Brandon Sanderson. It is not predictable "formula" sword and sorcery fantasy, so if that is what you are looking for don't buy this book. But if you are looking for an epic, unpredictable and new view point you will love this book.
Brandon Sanderson is seriously great. This book starts off fairly slow and uses most of this book to introduce the characters and setup the plot and the politics but by the time your finished reading the epilogue you will be hooked screaming for the next 9 books in this series. I saw several reviews that were not entirely positive before I purchased it and almost made me decide to spend my credit on something else. I am very happy I got this. Being an avid fantasy reader I dont say the next statement lightly. This guy is a much better author than Robert Jordan. His books are easier because he keeps you interested. I think I will enjoy this series more than the wheel of time or the sword of truth series combined!
I found this book hard to get into at first. Seemed to skip around a lot & I found I had to really pay attention to understand the characters. However, once I was past this part of the story I started to really get into the story. I couldn't wait to finish work so I could hear the latest on Caleden. I was very upset with the way the book just stopped. Obviously there is a sequel to this book, but wish that the author had finished at least some of the stories.
Thank you Brandon for giving us this experience. You really captured me in this amazing story! Michael Kramer and Kate Reading are the two outstanding narrators, earlier experienced in the Wheel of Time audiobooks, to give this book the life and nerve it deserves. I've become a great fan of you Brandon!
-Andreas (29), Norway
If you are a fan of the Wheel of Time series just listen or read this book. You won't be disappointed. The advantage of coming to the Wheel of Time series around when the 8th or 9th book was being published was I didn't have to wait for the next book to come out ... I can't STAND waiting for book two of this series.
The characters are rich and amazing, the history is there, the setting is there, the world is amazing and unique - no complaints at all. The narrators are the best in the biz. Can't go wrong with Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.
I loved the story, the writing style, the characters, and the narrators. In short, I loved every minute of this book, and was very sad when it came to a conclusion. I hope a next book in the series is being written.
I don't generally choose to listen to fantasy books although I've enjoyed them in the distant past. I had heard good reviews on this book and decided I'd give it a shot. Well, yes, as others have commented, it starts off a little slow. But, if you can pay attention and get through the first couple of hours, everything begins to make more sense. This book actually brought me to cheering on the characters and thinking throughout the day that I couldn't wait until my commute so that I could listen for a few more minutes. This is one of the best that I've listened to!! I highly recommend and am thinking I'm going to send $ to the author to help convince him he needs to write book two next year, NOT in 2012!! :)
I found this book very slow at the start and had a bit of hard time getting into it but after I did I found the characters and the story very interesting. I was sorry that it ended without seeing how all the characters tied together and that I couldn't find Book Two.