I got about two hours into it and had to stop. It seems it was written by a 13 year old boy. Again some may like it but i could not get into it.
I would recommend this book to my Ukrainian friends who are interested in what contemporary Ukrainian/Russian authors are writing and how they are getting translated. The translation is excellently written. Not sure it would be interesting to others, though. The plot is problematic in that the main character suffers from chronic cowardice. As a fairy tale, or a short story, the heavy-handed bravado of the main character and subsequent insurmountable fear he is cursed to experience can serve as the vehicle for a moral, certainly. For a novel, though, it's frustrating to experience such a conspicuous transformation, and one that leads the main character to always give into his cowardice. It's so much more interesting to watch someone fight fear. In THE SCAR, the main character is magically bound to be incapable of doing that.
I think I would try another book from the authors. It was well written, and more importantly, well translated. Although the themes were obvious, this fantasy world is subtly magical. Wizards with magical powers limited only by their moods aren't throwing fire balls at each other. Conversely, the world resembles more what I imagine the European Renaissance looked like. I would need to know a synopsis first.
Formal. Plain. Manufactured.
I'm glad I listened to it. But probably won't again.
not at all but the whole genre is full of gems surrounded by cabbages
Carter? or at least reduce his importance. because he really just added fluff.
The Scar starts out with a few interesting anecdotes to introduce the main players. But despite my expectation for slow beginnings to new books, I was forced to take a couple days off from listening till I braved The Scar again. It finally moves into the event that sets up the following story. At this point it painfully slowly drawls out the consequences of this event... but very little actually happens! again I was tempted to give up on the book.
Finally the actually story gets started, making everything before it seem like it would have fit into a prologue or tucked into a fable over the course of 10 or so minutes and then in the following chapter stating that the main character of said fable was a real person and the main protagonist of the story. Now the amount of action increases to a full story, though not a very complex one. It builds up some intrigue and mystery though most of the story before the climax is of human nature between the few main characters.
Then the real action gets started and is short lived. There's a section that is good story though frustrating to anyone who gets wrapped up in the story and finally ends in an important choice which the clever will discern before the character and it's suddenly done leaving you thinking: hey, it just got started.
When I was younger I would have really liked this story. Probably would have been my favorite, and I have read a lot of books from the fantasy genre.
This would make a good movie, but as it was, I a getting too old for this kind of sword and sorcery novel.
Some good morals were attempted at throughout this book. The writing was above average to excellent.
This book went nowhere!! Depressing with no relief, disappointing beyond belief!!! A valuable lesson was learned, when reading reviews skip the first 15 and you will get the truth. Don’t waste your credit on this one!
Even though at times the story is quite predictable the author manages to deliver it in such a way it becomes remarkably pleasant to the reader
The story needed a better main character. I just made it so far into the story and lost all interest because of my dislike for the main character.
I understand you need to introduce the characters and set the events of the story but it took for ever even listen at 2x speed for anything to happen. Even then I just didn't care for the main character. Lost interest and wonder if I could get my credit back.
The reader was fine my problem was with the story.
Save you credit/money
Not sure what made me listen for so long. It just dragged on and on. Some may say it ended well, but I will never know, because it is the 1st book in a long time that I quit listening to after 7 hours of drudgery.
I love everything from an epic fantasy to a book on virology. I listen everyday.
Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's because I listened to Tigana first and by comparison did not like this, or maybe it's just boring. I couldn't get past the first few hours. I didn't care about the characters or what was going on and this hasn't happened to me before.
Accolades about this book (nay, 'great LIT'rature') informed my purchase.
I barely got through Part 1. It's a cumbersome telling of an ageless tale. Plain language; nothing clever or unique about the prose. Sounded like this - 'She looked up shyly..." "The sword was at his side before he knew what was happening...?" the entire time. Take the lessons of any cautionary nursery/disney story and it's been done with far more interest and appeal. A Dickens novel is Literature. This IMHO, is not.
Perhaps it loses any charm in the translation. Perhaps the topic... 'bad boy narcissist learns lessons by being turned into a frog, I mean, a beast, I mean by descending into varying levels of mood disorders until empathy is obtained', is too close to what I do for a living though it's not been a problem before. Perhaps the slowwww, deep, flat narration just doesn't appeal to me?
Not giving up yet. I turned to the beginning again, put it on 1.5x speed. Better.
Still doesn't change the mundane prose but it does move faster.