I probably listen to these way too much.
Normally when a science fiction writer turns to fantasy, the result is sub par. With this book and its predecessor, David Weber makes great classic style fantasy on par with R.A.Salvatore and Raymond E. Feist. The addition of the excellent voice talent of Nick Sullivan only serves to better the story overall. Definitely one of the best fantasy audio books I've listened to.
I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.
I have really enjoyed all the stories in this series. They are relatively light reading - unlike some sf/fantasy books (for example Modesitt), there are not significant underlying ethical or moral commentary. However, they are great tales about people choosing to fight against evil in a well developed world. The author does not leave strands of unanswered questions, though each book sets up the next.
What makes these books great is the narration. the narrator's voice are distinct, the pacing great, and the emphasis is all in the right places. Master story telling.
This is a fast pace light read. The narrator is one of the best I have heard.
At times I found listening to some aspect of the different ways each group of peoples behaved in this word to be tedious . I understand the author was creating a whole world but at times the story got bogged down in description.
Not being a person who can sit for hours on end reading I find all of the audio editions better than print.
Bahzell is my favorite character, he keeps having situations thrust upon him and he humbly takes them on even if he doubts the word of the one giving him the challenges. He is picked by the war god to be his champion and he does what is asked of him even though he feels the praise and authority are things he doesn't deserve.
His performance was as good as in The Oath of Swords.
I don't know about listening to this all in one sitting but I will say I found it hard to put down.
I can't wait to get more books by this author and this performer.