A pleasure to have a first book of what could be called a fantasy epic. Extremely entertaining. The author is building characters with furtive escapades that have resolution in "books". Like it a lot.
I am a big fan of Wheel of Time, Kingkiller Chronicals etc... (Jordan, Rothfuss)
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.
I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
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.
I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.
This fantasy has a pace and style unlike any others I have read(listened) to. The mood of the book is always light, and the author doesn't slow down the story for the sake of trying to describe the world/ atmosphere. The first half of the book was hilarious and fun. My only issue with the book was that the second half of the book was not nearly as funny and some of the characters disappeared from the story line. Also the second half of the book didn't seem to have the same significance to the major story arcs the first half did. In a matter of taste I am not sure this fantasy shares the style my favorites do but I will certainly read the next book in the series.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
Id like to begin by saying I have purchased The Lord of the Rings, and fully intend to read it one day. I came to the fantasy genre by way of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which this certainly is not. And let me say, as much as I loved those hefty tomes, I couldn't be any happier about it.
What we have here is a far more straight forward narrative with good guys and bad guys and some people in the middle who'll break one way or the other as the plot requires. It is full of action, people doing the right thing, a touch of intrigue and a dash of romance. It isn't that complicated but it is well-developed and most importantly, it is a whole lot of fun. And when I say it isn't complicated, I don't mean the author hasn't taken his time building this world. You will find plenty here worth your time, particularly a good sense of humor and characters you can't help but cheer for.
This first installment relies heavily on plots involving linear journeys and fairly direct conflicts but does throw in enough twists to keep things interesting, which sets up the characters and overall setting for a much grander adventure. I was incredibly impressed by the narration, particularly the characterization of the two heroes from the sample alone and am not surprised that it has since garnered an Audie nomination.
It's hard to express just how much I enjoyed this entire series. I can only hope the author continues to put out such great stories and finds the right vocal talents to bring them to life.
Relaxed readable epic
The main characters are wonderfully vivid and real. The story starts slow and even sounds a little bit generic, but it builds and builds until it's absolutely capitvating. It doesn't really need set-piece battles, world-shattering doom, or magical pyrotechnics; this is a fantasy story you want to get lost in.
He's a great narrator.
"Not your ordinary pair of thieves."
The sequels are even better...Sullivan is like the Terminator of fantasy authors; he relentlessly batters his way into your heart.