This story ranked up there...no doubt. It has some strong moral lessons about doing what's right, regardless of your rights.
There were several, the first being the fight between the Traveler and Lt. Seoul. The good Lieutenants insistence of his innocence rather than admit that he showed poor judgment and could have been morally wrong even though socially correct. The most important point was when his newfound love showed him the path to redemption, although unknown to Egert. Her willingness to stand for him, the murderer of her betrothed, was as selfless as any I've seen, and provided much needed reminders of how we should be willing to go the extra mile for a stranger.
Although a min or part, the contribution of the Traveler was without a doubt the most enlightening of any in this story. He both laid out the plot, and showed the path to redemption for the main characters in such a way that I've not seen since the Soothsayer warned Ceaser, "Beware the Ides of March!"
Most definitely. I listen while driving between jobs (sometimes upwards of 3 hour trips) and occasionally needed to make an extra coffee stop just to get to the next chapter break.
There was a lot of wordy parts. I know that the author was trying to convey the vast changes but it droned on in many places
maybe, if they were not looking for something to sink their teeth into
I enjoyed the narration. I do not think I have listened to him before. I do like him better than Scott Brick!
I would say a weak yes
The narrator was great, beautifully written tale,the story carries you along in a vaguely fantasy world, a very entertaining listen.
This was a great listen, good story that shows in spots to explore the mental effects of living with choices made. It is a good blend of Russian literature and fantasy. Well worth the time and credit.
I haven't read The Scar, but the audio edition was so good I don't think I want to. The narrator was truly one of the best narrators I've heard.
It's not that kind of novel. Although Fox definitely get's a shout out.
To tell my favorite scene would give spoilers so i'll just say that the writing is such that every page was a delight to hear.
When the students led by Fox come to the defense of one of their own in the tavern. The scene when Egert administers the medicine.
This is such a good magic realism novel. The "magic" is so underplayed but there enough to lend menace. Such a good character study. Do not expect tons of epic sword fights, this novel is really about the depths one man can sink and the tension comes from whether or not those depths change him for the better or worse.
The writing was excellent and the narrator awesome, however, the plot was lame. It was so predictable: you knew that the boy was going to be the hero in the end, you knew that he was going to get the girl, and, of course, you had hopes that everybody would live happily ever after.
In the beginning of the story through to about half way, I thought that it was really good. However, it started dragging on with nothing happening to move the plot along. Then I was super disappointed and knew I would not recommend this book to my friends. It's a shame because it could have been an excellent story with the authors' crafty writing abilities.
Enjoyed listening to this up to the very end which was a disappointment. Liked the characters, the setting and the narrator. So, I enjoyed 14 1/2 hours of this 15 hour audible book.
This is the 2nd book in a 4-book series by the Dyachenkos, but unfortunately it's the only one that's been translated into English so far. Still, the story works as a stand-alone, and is strong in spite of the mystery of the Wanderer--whose identity we would know sooner had we read the first book in the series (which is about his story).
To get to the real meat of the story, you'll have to get past a significant part of the protagonist being excessively beastly--but once the story catalyst takes place, the plot picks up considerably. I'd highly recommend listening at 1.5x (via the Audible app)--the narrator is great, but I found the pace to be far more enjoyable a tad faster. I've discovered that only extremely experienced narrators are able to get the pacing just right--it requires a massive amount of preparation--and good ones sound far more natural--more like they're telling the story rather than reading it--at 1.25x or 1.5x. Try it out.
There were certainly a few significant holes/loose ends in the story, but I expect that this is only because the authors were planning to write two more books after this one. We can only hope that Tor invests more in translations.
If you enjoyed this book, there's a new Kindle book by the Dyachenkos that's currently available in English (called Vita Nostra--not sure why it hasn't been printed yet, though, as it won all manner of Russian awards and has been optioned into a film), as well as a free novella (The Burned Tower).
There were some things about this book that I found very interesting. Specifically: the descriptions of the crippling anxiety felt by the protagonist. However, I found the fantasy world trite, the role of women that same old path of not having anything much interesting to do beyond inspiring men to be more than they are and/or fade into the background. And it did go on a bit. Even Jonathan Davis let me down a little; he's one of my favorite readers yet it seemed that he felt the same way about the book that I did and we were both just plodding along waiting for it to end. Sorry, I normally avoid writing less than super-enthusiastic reviews and there was nothing truly terrible about this book, really. It was fine. Don't listen to me, go enjoy it.