Dark gods battle Light. Wizards battle mages. Priests summon demons with virgin sacrifices. The just god of war seeks a champion among the five races of man: elves, dwarves, halflings, humans, and the berserker-crazed Hradani.
This fantasy novel held my attention well enough, and I liked the main characters, but the author interrupts the flow with lengthy info-dumps at times. Also, he describes things and places at length, including some things that don't matter to the plot.
The narration is such that the book began to feel like it was written for juveniles -- older kids. The narration is clear and comprehensible, but Sullivan overdoes it -- he stresses almost every sentence. Personally, I find that type of over-emphasis distracting.
Good Story though the hero's are to invincible
Don't wanna ruin the book but the end of this one made me so mad never anywhere would that happen!
This story, in some ways, reminds me of reading Conan stories.
This reader is terrific with his descriptions. I can almost hear the crack of spines breaking and skulls splitting.
Good hack and slash.
Everything is too easy. No one important dies. Just a plain good vs evil with a happily ever after.
Also all of the "funny" banter falls short of being funny at all.
The first book was ok. I'm not listening to the third. Couldn't wait for this one to end
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.