I love Scify, History and Christian Fiction.
I tried out this book based on a recommendation and all I can say is WOW! I love it and will start on the next book in the series .
No. I'm not an expert but I read a lot of fantasy. This was a frustrating experience. The characters, setting and plot are good. The dialogue makes me want to throw something. If the other components of the story weren't as strong, I'd give this book 2 stars.
There are times when a character translates what another character says in case we're not smart enough to understand words with more than 2 syllables. There are several times when the characters sum up what's happening to each other in case we missed it. This is insulting to the reader.
The author uses the plot device of having a character conveniently well-versed in random facts fill us in on lots of details to push the story forward so we don't get to feel like we're discovering things. This is a huge part of the experience of this genre.
These feel like rookie mistakes. It's perplexing because so many other aspects of the story are really good with tons of potential. At one point, the book says a comment is made by a character who isn't even In that scene.
There's no sense of wonder in this book. The fantasy reader wants a moment to feel some wonder or intrigue about the story, but, in this book, it's spelled out quickly.
I could not possibly go through another book written this way.
I loved this book! Fun character dynamics between the two main protagonists. A different take then the other fantasy books I've listened. Outlaws getting mixed up in political intrigue with patriarchal religious organization vying to subtlety pull all the strings and have ultimate power thru brokering deals and using kings and such as pawns. 2 am, gotta work early but getting next in series right now to start..Thus, can't write any longer of review and have to listen to what happens next. Stoked to have another author in my wheelhouse and love the narrator too. A must listen if you enjoy this genre. Indubitably you will enjoy this epic adventure of how the two thieves look to mess up the Church's plans by accidently getting involved in this complex political and war torn medieval fantasy world so artfully created by Michael J. All Livan. ☆☆☆☆☆