Definitely pleasantly surprised because I wasn't sure where they would take this after the climax of the first book. But it's excellent (Chuck Hogan's writing is worth the price of admission alone).
Careful what you read about narrators... this guy is perfect. I forgot about the original narrator very quickly, even though his different pronunciation of the main character's name is a little disorienting at first.
Some reviewers didn't like the story; not the case here. While the 1st book was better, I still enjoyed this story. The audiobook itself is far less polished than 1st. Perlman was awesome (except for mispronouncing Ephraim) and you could automatically tell who was talking vs narrator narrating. Very helpful too were the clear breaks between scenes/chapters. Gone now is that finess. There are no scene delineations so that was VERY jarring. The narrator pronounced Eph correctly... But lost the wonderful storytelling Perlman had.
I saw the show, listening now to this. Since I saw season one I figure just go to book 2. It answers most questions about the origin of The Master and the ancients. I actually like the writing quite a bit but at times it is dragging and over done.
The reader for this gave it the gravitas it needed but a lack of vocal range made me go back and re listen when I found the person I thought was talking was not. This happens in normal reading too though.
It's a very creative plot and in its second book the story was kept in motion without losing the listener attention. Hoping to hearbthe third book.
I really liked Del Toro's take on vampires in this series. It's completely made up and I love it. Just enough science to be interesting, just enough human fallacy and stupidity to continue the story but not be too frustrating (governments never ever act appropriately in times of crisis in apocalypse novels so don't complain about that), and great mythology development.
Towards the end of the book, when scenes changed rapidly, I would get lost on who was where doing what because the narrator gave no indication in either tone or pause that there was a shift.
Also, I was used to the accents and tones set by Ron Perlman in the first novel so it would have been a nice continuation if Orseke has done the same. Or made any vocal differentiation between narration and dialogue.
I really loved the narration in the first book by Ron Perlman. It's a shame he wasn't able to continue his work with the series.
The second part of this series continues a short period of time where the first ends. It continues in the same storytelling style as the first part of the series, however the narration is much improved in my opinion.
The vampires history is more deeply explained and the futility in the main characters struggle is well described and easy to take in. The book is quite high paced although some of the parallel stories feels less interesting than others and this sets the book back a bit.
I would recommend this to anyone that has a liking for vampires, that are as I think they should be, intelligent, evil and relentless.