I would listen again if only to hear the narrator. You can get lost in the story with his talent.
The story reads like an adult fable and fantasy adventure.
Egerts dual with Dynar(?). after which you can't decide if you are disgusted with him, pity him or are sympathetic to his story.
he can really paint a picture of characters and situations with his inflections. he draws you into the story as if you were an eyewitness to the events.
Just kept me listening, and entertained.
The novel is ver distinct in it's approach to tell a modern fantasy tale. The authors' approach is psychological in nature and adds a lot to the suspense of the book. The entire read has a foreboding feel that things will not end well. I'm not saying that it doesn't end well, the authors just do a great job of creating a real sense of peril for our protagonist. Also, I like that we dislike (or possibly even loathe, depending on the reader) the protagonist. Egert is brash, egotisitcal, and dispassionate. So why read about him? At first this may be a problem for some readers, but the cockiness of Egert is the reason that his fall from grace is so very powerful. We learn to feel real sympathy for him and along the way even like the guy. That is the work of a true story teller. So, if you're preparing to read this, prepare ot be manipulated...and love every minute of it.
Although the main Character, Egert is not my favorite character. I really like Toria. She is a strong female lead and not a stereotype, who is passionate. The hatred she holds for Egert when he arrives at the college is true and we (the reader) are pulled into her compassion when she actually forgives him. I also liked the Wanderer, but that is merely for the attraction I have for powerful, mysterious people in Fantasy fiction. (call it a short coming if you will...)
Jonathan Davis does a decent job. His job is made hard because of the text. You see, since this was originally written in Russian, the prose is different. There is much more telling here than there would be in any American book. This is the ONLY hiccup I had while listening. We are TOLD that Egert doesn't fear death. We are told a lot of things at times which almost makes it feel like an exposition, at least at first. I attribute this to the translation. (I typically don't enjoy translated books) The translator in this case, however, did a REMARKABLE job in maintaining the almost poetic prose. Still the odd way of telling the story does get in the way of the narration at times. But as the book progresses, the story is told so well that it all fades into the background. At first, however, you will definitely notice this exposition feel of which I'm referring. Still the narrator handles the book well.
Come on this isn't fair question... If I say "YES" then the male reader disregard the book as melodrama. If I say "NO" then I'm implying that the emotions the author strived for are missing. I will be honest, then. No, I did not have an extreme reaction. I don't remember chuckling at any point, but it is possible I'm not remembering. I definitely did not cry, but the list of books that actually made me cry is VERY short indeed. (I could name them, but I won't) THe story does a good job of relaying emotion, regardless of my reaction.
I really hesitated picking this up because of the fact that it was a translated piece of fiction. I rarely enjoy such books. For example, Battle Royale is supposed to be an awesome read, but I couldn't get into it due to the prose. (I tried reading it not listening to it) The wording just pulled me out of the fiction.
BUT, this is NOT the case here. THis book reads/listens well due to the skill of both the original authors as well as the translator. I couldn't believe some of the beautiful prose that was left in tact after translation. Still, there is a hiccup, especially at the begining when the narration feels more like expositions. (there is another rough section about 3/4 of the way through after a major plot point is reached, but it is over soon enough) I mention this here to explain my 4 star rating instead of 5. I also mention it becasue I want to let listeners know that the read gets better after a shakey start. I use the term shakey very loosely here to explain that the prose isn't perfect at first.
Overall, a GREAT read. I am very happy that I read it. So happy that I went out downloaded the only other translated piece of fiction that I could find from these authors (called the Burnt Tower and available on the Kindle for free last time I checked). Enjoy this!
The story and the reader are outstanding. this is a story that has true meaning in todays world
One of the ultimate goals for me in reading a novel is to be encouraged to think and reflect on various themes or occurrences and the messages behind these, and how they translate to real life circumstances. A standout element of The Scar is the story's realistic portrayal of human interaction and morality, in that there are very few (if any) of the "black and white" dichotomies often used in many stories, particularly in the fantasy genre.
The writers of The Scar have done a fantastic job of presenting this story in such a way that the reader's own prejudices and experiences will have a profound effect on the way he/she views the dynamic between the characters, as opposed to forcing the reader to distinguish between "the good guys and the bad guys" as is most often seen.
While reading through sequence of the protagonists fatal duel with the student for example, I was torn between disgust at his unnecessary killing of a less than equal opponent, and sympathy for the obligations bestowed upon him by his status, ego and temper which had, in a way, forced his hand. One question raised within the reader is whether it is the deed itself or the intention behind it which takes moral precedence, and whether or not he deserved the horrible punishment thrust upon him by the enigmatic Wanderer.
Johnathan Davis also does a fantastic job in narrating this story. His narration makes it very easy to loose oneself in the characters, events and imagery without any attention at all being drawn to the fact that the story is being read to them through an electronic device.
The Scar ranks among my personal all time favorites in any genre. I'm very much looking forward to reading the other two books in the series once they are translated and published in English.
Fluid, Robust and Beautiful.
Egert, the author made me hate him and then pity him then in the end he was the man that he deserved to be.
Great character vocalization! He really brought out the pain and the angst that Egert felt and made it a real weight bearing thing for me.
yes, reactions from anger at Egert in the begining, to the gut wrenching realization of the plans of the tower.
the was the first story I have had the pleasure to listen to by Jonathan Davis and the first book by Sergey Dyachenko that i have listened too.. and it was just awesome.
and again and again and again.This book is by far my most soulful and beautiful read in years.I am lifted and inspired. This story hits a note within and that note resonates deeper and deeper. At random moments I think about how this story made me feel when I read it; and that moment is enriched.
It mostly made me cry. It also made me hopeful that some day there would be smiles again.
This is one of those stories that is older than the people who wrote it. Its as though they reached back in time and coaxed a precious memory to live again and explain itself.The translator should get some kind of award.I would love to hear what someone who can read both languages would say.
Great book, unpredictable plot - didn't follow the standard script.
I though that the reader was great and did a wonderful performance. Enjoyed the book a lot.
This book has a promising beginning with the main character starting off being so annoying you hate him instantly. He deserves everything he gets! The two duels are engaging and well written. The idea is a good one and I read on fascinated at how he was going to learn to become a better person. He can only get better from where he starts, but lessons are hard learnt and from here the character development is slow, and the story begins to drag a little. I found the love interest hard to believe, even the way it was written.
Sinner saved by grace!
This is in my top 5 and if I really think about all the books I have listened to it is #2 for sure!
The encounter with the wanderer at dawn and the outcome from that meeting...
The knife throwing scene in the beginning of the book. There are many more.
What scars you.
This book is so well written and Jonathan Davis deliverers each line with perfection. You will not fall asleep! The writers are very creative how they describe the scenes. I wish they would bring their other books to the US and to Audible. I want more!
Just a note of caution: definitely a "mature" adult read, with a fair amount of inappropriate scenes and language. Rated "R."
Maybe this is a result of it being a translation, but I found the writing style occasionally tedious; the annoying overuse of similes, especially references to animals, was just very repetitive and annoying (paraphrase--"he held the bread in his hand like a small kitten clutched to his chest"). But it is definitely interesting to read fantasy from a Russian author; the background "flavor" was slightly different from the English medievalism of most fantasy (but still mostly operated in cliches)
The premise is interesting--a consummately popular, suave, utterly self-absorbed noble's life is ruined when his rash actions lead to tragic consequences. Yet despite his culpability, Egert still feels no remorse, until an encounter with a mysterious stranger leaves him cursed, with all his bravery destroyed before an overwhelming and constant surge of cowardice. His life in ruins, he flees the city and travels through the world as an outcast. Egert goes from a character supreme and off-putting self confidence to a sniveling and off-putting character with no ability to action or free will. If you can drag yourself through that third (or more) of the book, his slow journey into maturity and self-knowledge begins to get interesting.
The other main character is the girl he has hurt through his actions, Toria. She wavers between hatred, disgust, and a slow growing understanding that, while despicable, Egert is still a human being. There are some interesting developments from a Christian redemptive perspective, but then the story has to go and disintegrate back to the gutters of taverns and bodice-ripping.
There were definitely a few plot turns that surprised me, but mostly you read to see if Egert can come to terms with his past and gain mature perspective. It was really interesting as an OCD person to read this story, because some of the ways Egert copes with his constant debilitating fear are defensive "rituals," making his curse surprising similar to to OCD.
I found out halfway through that this is the second in a series (trilogy?) and it doesn't look like the others have been translated into English. That made me worried about a lack of resolution, but those worries were unfounded. Yes, it ends rather abruptly, but it definitely had a complete plot arc and a conclusion that wrapped up the story.