This first installment is a HUGE throwback to a more fun and relaxed storytelling method. This is not to say that there isn't sufficient drama, darkness and excitement. I am just saying that this story is brought about in such a way as to be equal parts slap-stick partners meets classic fantasy. It is a VERY enjoyable listen with a talented narrator. Kudos to MJS and I CANNOT wait to hear more!
Two of the most engaging characters I have come across in a while. Engaging and fun. Can't wait to read more in the series.
This book is an amazing story. Love the good guys and hate the bad guy with a twinge of romance.
No - but I will certainly look now.
I am waiting for Book 3 very patiently, Hmmmmm!
There were times withing this book I found myself saying "this series hits every fantasy cliche ever conceived and... I just don't care!". If you are in the mood for pure swashbuckling fun in a deep, fully realized world, or you're looking for a palate cleanzier after a George R. R. Martin/Joe Abercrombie marathon, then series would make a fine addition to your library.
Love the characters.
I'm not sure what book compares to this...
Listen to it... you'll like it.
Haven't read the print version
Utterly engaging from the very beginning. This first novel in the series is comprised of two "books," the first of which could very well stand on its own. This first book brings the reader into this world, introduces the characters and has its own amazing plot and culmination. Thereafter, all the various plot lines and story arcs merge seamlessly together. You can tell this is a well thought out story, with plenty of action, good humored banter between the the two main characters, mystery and intrigue, and deep, deep plot. You have to love the exchanges between straight-laced Royce and the jovial Hadrian (the "Odd Couple," perhaps?)
The final scene of book one (which I will not spoil) that puts a nice stamp on what it means to be Riyria.
Thrace's unconditional love for her father was especially poignant, and helps set up the culmination of the plot of this book.
Get this book! Can't wait until the third and (I think) final book comes out on audio!
I listen or read to escape. This book has allowed me to do that. Reynolds does a fantastic job of reading the book, and has me laughing out loud! I can't say enough about Michael J. Sullivan. His characters are great, as is his writing. I listen to the book riding back and forth from work each day, and it just makes the time fly! You won't be disappointed. I sure wasn't!
This is the beginning of a saga set in a fairly typical fantasy world - although there are a couple of surprises. Magic is shunned, and elves are both the enemy and a despised underclass. The two main characters are a pair of rogues who hire themselves out to nobles for odd jobs that nobody else can do. There's a real sense of camaraderie between them, as well as a constant but restrained sense of humor throughout the books.
This audiobook is really two books in one. The first book has a simple, predictable plot with overpowered main characters and two-dimensional villains...but it gets better. The second book picks up where the first left off, and now it really begins to shine. Details from the first book that seemed unimportant or incongruous come back and take on new meaning. The characters from the first book get more back story and personality. While I never quite lost the idea that I was listening to someone's RPG campaign, I ended up enjoying myself quite a lot. It's no grand literature, but what it is isn't bad - a bit like how fast food can hit the spot, but will never replace a fine meal.
Professional truck driver. Avid reader. I love series. I love long books.
The story was pedantic, boring, predictable. There was nothing original about it. As I listened I kept feeling that I had heard this story a thousand times before, but done poorly. Character dialog was stiff and stodgy. It had no flow and didn't have a natural rhythm. It wasn't clever. Better similar story lines would include The Princess Bride or The Lion King. It seemed really juvenile to me. I couldn't even finish listening to it. The narrator was okay. I don't think he is to blame for not bringing the story to life, I just don't think there much there for him to with which to work.
There are some parts that are a bit slow but the funny parts are great, was laughing while driving down the road. Hope the rest of the series turns out the same.