I am in awe of S.M. Stirlings ability to create realistic story lines that are interwoven with believable characters. I like the way he sums up little things that have been previously written earlier in the series. This helps me see the character development and follow the plot. Stirling is a genius.
McLaren does an excellent job. He doesn't read the book he performs it.
worth the listen, this is a good continuation of the series. I wish there wasn't so much repeating of details though.
the reader is droll; the story is NOT a stand-alone ... can't understand what is going on or what has gone before ... and even reading about it on different websites I'm STILL in the dark and bored to tears ... bored enough to see if I can get my $ back!
The reader really brings the story to life. Good series with an excellent reader.
This book was a novella expanded to novel length by adding in pure fluff and filler. There was only one significant event in this book, and it fits in with the overall theme of the series, but it didn't require everything that took up (wasted) space in this book.
I consider this book a prime example of how not to do things in order to make more money by selling extra books on a contract. Then I find out the new main story novel, Lord of the Mountains, is nearly HALF the length of this filler novel. All events of true significance could have been combined with Lord of the Mountains to make one good novel.
After all these years of reading him I expect far better of S. M. Stirling than this.
Waiting for the completion of this tale is agonizing. I truly love all the characters and after sailing through all the books to get to this point, I realize there's no conclusion. Because of this, I vow never again to begin a series that is not already complete. I truly can't handle waiting years between installments.
The author should be finishing this series. We all know pretty much how it will end anyway. Instead, new characters are introduced that I for one don't give a damn about. Also, as the 'explanation' of the new post-event world physics are re-hashed and expounded on, they seem less believable and just plain silly. I hate this book and have stopped listening 2 hrs into it.
I don't need deep, meaningful plot narratives. I do, however require that time I spend listening to/reading be rewarded by a progressing story. This series has utterly forsaken this.
Mr. McLaren is a good narrator whom I generally enjoy listening to. However no one could spark this useless drivel into anything worth calling a good story.
Mr. Stirling needs to finish this series now. Preferably by not writing another word and moving on to something else. He is a very imaginitive writer and is capable of far better.
I have listened to this series from the beginning, and have enjoyed them very much. This story however, was a bit of a let down. The High King of Montival ended with Rudy and Matilda... this story had very little to do with them or their companions. It wasn't a continuation of the series it was a side story.
The narrator seemed to have forgotten all the accents he used in previous books as well.
Overall a little dissapointing.
The little bit that the story moved forwaed.
If you they had already invested the time in the seriesRarri
Frustration over the story not moving forward.
I was really looking forward to some closer.
i thought this book did good job of putting everything together from the last book.and good foundation for the next.if you liked the others in this series you will like this one