This book, in 3 Parts, is almost good.
Part 1 introduces the characters. There’s the hero, a priest, who’s sworn his life to fighting evil. The anti-hero, the Hunter, lives in a deep, dark, evil forest. The maiden, who must be protected. And some others.
Part 2 is entirely about travelling. This little group travels endlessly, to get to the evil they need to fight. They travel over mountains, and they travel over rivers, and they travel and they travel. Yawn.
Part 3 gets interesting again, with a very good ending.
I like that the characters are not stereotyped. Not fully, anyway. The goodies have flaws and find it difficult to resist temptation. The baddies have likeable and redeeming qualities.
I liked the book (Parts 1 & 3), but not enough to rush off and get the sequels.
I could not keep my attention on this book; either the narrator or just boring story did it, I could not pay attention for more than 5 minutes. Author also failed to create any emotional attachment to the characters.
Everything! The story line was great, the characters were well developed and the narrator was amazing.
One of my favorite scenes was when the first venture into the Hunter’s woods occurred. I will leave it at that to not give out an spoilers for those who really want to read the book.
I particularly loved how all of the characters had to join forces to overcome an evil despite the fact that they really would have rather killed each other! The control and determination that was portrayed by each of them kept the story going and it really made you want each of them to triumph despite all the wrong some of them had done.
I am writing this after reading the first two book and I must say that I absolutely love this set so far. I started this set after finishing a more historical fiction trilogy and must say it took a little bit to accumulate to the different nature of the books, but man once I did I was hooked. I was honestly very surprised by all of the negative review. The book opened with a scene that grabbed you and made you hate the character and then it kept going and this character developed into so much more and then you cannot decide of you really hate him or not. Then once you move into the second book the line gets closer and closer together and you hate to love this character, but you just cannot help it.
I am a very vivid reader and I love making a book come to life and R.C. Bray was AMAZING and helped me do just that! I am so glad that I listened to this as opposed to actually reading because I really think that he made the book have that “it” factor that kept me hooked.
I loved the buildup of relationships between the characters over the entire series. If you have not read on you really should. The twist and turns and the moral calling between right and wrong is just so intriguing. I listened to the books every they were just one of those books that you don’t want to put it down, or in this case, take the headphones off. I am so glad that I read them and am excited to finish the third!
I felt like this could have been a much better book if it hadn't taken itself so seriously and gotten bogged down in how the protagonist and antagonist felt about each other (and everything else) all the time. I mean, seriously, I don't care how they feel. Let's just get through this plot. I'm not against a little introspection, but this was ridiculous.
I guess I shouldn't be too hard on it. The idea was good; very interesting. It just moved so slowly. I never get bored mid-book... except for this one.
Sadly, I won't be finishing this series.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Before jumping all over me, I want to say that my favorite Fantasy writer is Robin Hobb. I also really like Tess Gerritsen.
Shortly into this I said to myself, I bet that C in C.S. Friedman is a girl's name. This book is very touchy feelie. There are lots of sentences like "He sat heavily in the kitchen chair and wept." This was during a half hour argument this man has with his finance. At times this is very dramatic, almost like a Latin Soap Opera. I pictured in my mind quick close up view of the characters eyes, with dramatic music. Every time someone enters the scene, main character or nobody, we get a full description of everything they are wearing, how the wear it, how fast or slow they are walking and where there eyes are looking. Celia used to be a costume designer. When I bought this, the book had a high rating, but now that I have listen to it, it seems the rating has dropped. I think several other people bought and listened for the same reason I did.
So, what I am saying, is that if you like books written by females with all those things that you girls like to talk about, then this is for you and I believe it is well done.
If you prefer a more manly book on a similar subject, then get Peter V. Brett's, The Warded Man. It is less touchie feelie, but has all the demons and scared of the dark stuff.
I love this genre and was looking for a new series to enjoy. This is not the one. I'm about 16 hours into it, and I don't know or care about any of the characters. Their backgrounds and motivations have been left to our imaginations, and the characters themselves do little to explain themselves to us, or even to react in a manner that will shed any light. I will probably not purchase anything from this author again.
If I could give this book zero stars I would. I am an avid fantasy fan so in comparison to much better epics, this is horrible. The religious philosophy and magic system are so poorly explained. The characters are so poorly developed. New characters randomly appear and disappear with no explanation. I should have read more reviews. Like other reviews have said, the endless internal monologues of the characters replace normal dialogue. So annoying. The characters actions and motivations are so unbelievable. Do not waste your time or money on this book!
This is one of my favorite books of all time. And at first I was really enjoying the narration...until The Hunter first came on stage. He is, without a doubt, my favorite book character in the history of many years of reading. And this narrator gave him a terribly cheesy accent that wandered somewhere between Arabic and Italian, but rendered a chilling, powerful, emotionless character into a caricature. I couldn't stand to listen anymore and had to turn it off.
Gerald Tarrant, AKA the hunter. Villain, antihero, hard to quantify and yet always compelling and complex.
Great job differentiating, but see my complaint about the accent for The Hunter.
Honestly? Ciani. Which would kill it since the plot revolved around her, but she was always an irritant in the print edition and remains one in the audiobook.