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.
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