I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but I found the narration to be confusing.
The tale of the thieves, Hadrian and Royce, starts off simple enough but it quickly snow-balls when they become embroiled in a conspiracy to kill a king and anoint a new emperor.
I found this story entertaining, and was very quickly caught up in the lives of the characters.
Sullivan's voice runs through the narrative with a quirky sense of humor that had me laughing out loud, and a vivid imagination that had me so caught up in the story I was very disappointed when it ended.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the narrator sometimes confused me. He did a great job, but sometimes the dialogue was difficult to discern. He did voices for different characters, and sometimes they wandered and melted into one another so that it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking.
And it's "Ry-ri-a" not "Ri-year-a"
I'd recommend to a friend. It is a good, easy, clean story where integrity (even among thieves) is the basis for action. I didn't have to listen to careful details and it was enjoyable.
So lets start with my favorite things about this book. It is adult fantasy, and when I say adult I do not mean it is a romance with a few vampires mixed in to be able to loosely call it fantasy. This is not to say I don't enjoy a romance from time to time or YA fantasies but it is refreshing that the fantasy has a strong plot and is not entrenched in the romance to keep the story going.
The book is classic in its structure. You have your thieves who somehow get involved with saving the royal family and the kingdom. You have commoners who have historical royal or noble connections, and you have magic. You may think I am belittling this when I say it that way but I'm not. This story has its own twists and turns and you do have to pay attention.
It is worth the read, and I'm excited that it is an epic fantasy. This is a long story and has several more long installments. It does not appear to be Wheel of Time epic but I think that is more than ok. I loved the Wheel of Time series but it is quite the commitment to say the least.
Read this because the characters are strong. None of them are perfect but you don't hate them either. They just have their own little piccadillos. Neither the women or men are stereotypical versions of their gender roles. Thank heavens! You don't have to worry if you have a teenager reading the books that you will be disappointed by what they might inadvertantly absorb.
The narrator Tim Gerald Reynolds did a fantastic job. I believe this is one I might prefer to listen to than read, but not having read it first, I can't be sure. He is very good at differentiating his characters, and he has quite a few, so that is saying something.
The first time i heard this book preformed was a wonderful and refreshing adventure. the narration is fantastic and i found myself easily engulfed in the storyline. I am just finishing listening to the trilogy of books and fully intend to immerse myself in this adventure again before long.
A story about a pair of adventurous lead characters that find themselves thrust into a game of kingdoms and intrigue. Not since the Shannara series have i found a story so carefree and compelling.
Tim Gerard does a great job of differentiating the characters. he is very diverse in his skills and i continually found myself impressed by how captivated i became during this story telling.
While this novel is truly a set up for the following books there were lots of moments that stick out to me. without ruining the story line you should just know that there are few times that things work out like you expect them to
a good read i would recommend for anyone.
Most of my reviews are good because I only tend to listen to books I like. Funny how it works out like that.
That make you write something here but I think my title says it all.
Easy listen, good characters a bit of humour quite an interesting story all in a tried and true format I am looking forward to the next book.
I haven't read the book but the audio was wonderful.
It doesn't really compare to any other book I've read yet. This is a great adventure story which made me giggle, warmed my heart and at the same time made me root for professional thieves, of all things :)
I loved the different voices and how he brought forth the characters sense of humor. He did a brilliant job.
Most definitely yes!
I loved how the author focused on the adventure and even though every character was real and human in their own way he didn't write this book like others taking place in similar "times". There are many authors who, with the understood attempt of making their characters "realistic" to the period or situation, write hard moments and make many characters, especially men, into pigs. I like that this book is very "grown up" but it was tasteful when it came to "adult" situations. Can't wait to listen to the others!
Well the narrator does a good job so maybe
There are some nice subtle hints that tells you something about what going to happen later. Its fun to try and pick up on them and see if your correct.
He does a good job giving the different charcthers a voice, and avoids making silly or annoying voices. He has a good voice and its very comfortable to listen to him read.
i laughed a few times
The book is really 2 books. The first one is decent but not very inspired. And if that had been the end i don`t think id want to get next release.
The second book is much better here the story really gets going and it sets up what looks to be some very interesting story lines for the future. Already bought the 2 next releases and can`t wait to start listening to them.
Enjoyable by the end of the trilogy that you wished there was a subsequent trilogy
I wasn't much into the first book but after I sped the narration up to 1.5x, I didn't mind it as much. Still, each subsequent book gets better so that by the very last book you'll wish there were more books. This is a lighter type of book such that my 15 year old son also enjoyed it.