The Scar seemed a little one dimensional to me. I liked the first part of the book a little past the point that he meets the Wanderer (for the action), and I liked the ending. But, the middle was a bit directionless and agonizing.
I would not give the slightest consideration to any other writing of either of the two others.
Jonathan Davis made an adequate narrator. Everyone praised his reading with such vehemence that I expected something really excellent. The first minute and a half was truly excellent in terms of narration. The next 15 hours were exceptionally mediocre.
I had high hopes for this -- all the reviews said it was good. And yet.... and yet....
The entire thing was disjointed. It flowed like a bad fan-fiction: predictable, artificial, and tedious. And now -- having remembered that there were two authors on this travesty -- it makes all the more sense why nothing quite worked well. It read as if each author wrote one of the main characters and forced them together because it was on the To-Do List, not because there was any reason for it. The plot devolves into cliche tropes and unrealistic situations for the sake of having any kind of story to tell that wraps up neatly. Only it doesn't wrap up neatly. And there aren't even just a few loose ends. Half of what the story was building to is never explained or referenced again in the wake of getting the two protagonists together. Truly, after the first hour of listening, I just wanted both of them to die and spare me from having to listen to the next fourteen hours.
The first minute and a half is excellent -- and only then because of the narrator. The rest of the book is painful and badly written.
If I had been the editor, I would never have agreed to publish the book. It needs a serious re-write. If I could only be the editor of the audiobook.... can I say that I would cut everything after the first minute and a half?
I am extremely disappointed in this -- particularly after reading all the glowing reviews.
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.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I thought this book started out the gate at a great pace and continued for a while, but once the curse was pronounced on the antagonist, I honestly don't feel like much happened in the rest of the book. Pretty good character development for Sol but as soon as you get that, he is cursed and his character attributes no longer apply for the entire book. I was not satisfied with the slow pace and poor action. Even at the end when the curse is removed its like 2 minutes before the end of the book and nothing eventful takes place. The secondary supporting characters are weak also. The entire book is spent detailing inward feelings and emotions and conflict, I needed more than that and the entire books spans only 2 years, so you know not much has happened. I feel like this is a poor knock-off of World Without End... now that's a book worth investing in! Not this one unfortunately. See my review of WWE. hope this helps someone. later.
Enjoy the adventure
A wealthy, young, military officer uses his position and opportunities to harm others because he enjoys the attention and knows punishment is unlikely. Like most bullies, he goes one step too far, receives justice and is cursed by overwhelming fear.
This book contains hours of graphic cowardice. OK, the man is a groveling, crying, diaper wearing grown man who cannot be pitied. But, it felt unjust to punish me with chapter after chapter on the details of the man’s fears. At one point, I almost deleted the book and moved on.
Now that it’s finally over, I’m glad I had the stamina to listen to the entire book.
I'm generally a patient reader (or listener) but I've stopped and restarted this book three times and still have only made it half way. It's more of an allegory than a novel, and forgoes real character development in favor of stock characters (the unloving father, the beautiful maiden, the tavern wench, the ink-stained student, the brash city guards) who fit into the author's morality tale. There's nothing subtle about the story and I just don't care anymore about the protagonist's lapse into cowardice and his (I assume) eventual redemption. Boring, boring, boring.
Relistening to Towers of Midnight from Wheel of Time series while I waiting for the final book in that series.
Waiting for book 3 of the Warded Man series
Waiting for book 2 of Theft of Sword (Raira Series)
Waiting for book 3 of Shadow Prowler series
I'm sure this is a story of redemption but its hard to listen to the main character live like craven coward for so much of the book. I know its the curse but I was looking for more story on his transformation from cocky charlaton to humble quiet warrior. Its hard to enjoy a book about a cowardly man that's afraid of even his shadow. I probably won't finish the book unless really bored.
I've been an audible subscriber for several years; this is the first book I have ever felt compelled to review. It contains some of the best writing I've listened to to date, and perhaps THE best for the genre. My next plan is to actually read the story. The translation to English is superb, not a wit of character nor the soul of the story is lost.
The character development and story arc are a perfectly crafted fairy tale. A true joy to follow the protagonists' journey.
Passionate, but poorly edited/modulated.
More or less. Finished it in one weekend.
I would have enjoyed seeing more strength coming from the main character in fighting the curse of "cowardice." I still have ugly thoughts of the scene involving a stagecoach & robbers. The authors worked so very hard at making the character look like a complete jerk in the very beginning & then such a feeble excuse of human flesh throughout the rest of the book I had a hard time getting the love story. When I read a love story in fantasy & truly enjoy it, it requires that I fall a little in love with the characters myself to make it real. In this case I just couldn't see how any woman (save those missing some marbles) could find anything remarkable or loveable in the main character. Yeah he was a good looking guy (throughout the book this is really obvious) but otherwise he was such a jellyfish!!
Make the character more human.. less like an insect.
Jonathan Davis did an excellent job narrating the story. I find no fault with his work.
I liked the idea behind the story which is what brought me to the book. I thought if written differently I could have really enjoyed it.
I listened to the first part 7 hrs & then 3/4's of the 2nd part before I gave up on the book. The last straw was when the heroin got put in prison & tortured & our gallant knight would do nothing to help her for fear bringing the torture down on himself. This is the initial impression.. I have no idea what he eventually did if anything because I couldn't stand to listen to it anymore.