I read the books a few years ago and they were even better now than I remembered. A very ambitious book-series exploring the ideas of how the unprecedented intellectual prowess of one man entangled with arcane magic might impact a world of empires, wizards, beasts, barbarians and holy wars.
Like with the Dune saga, I find it easier to follow this story in audiobook format. Though if my attention wanders to something else (phone, radio, people talking to me...), I soon have to rewind in fear that I missed something important.
Also, the narration is excellent. Voices of individual characters are performed in a way that fits well with the story. Hopefully the rest of the series retains this high quality.
Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.
Not really. Friends have been after me for years to read this series and I just didn't get around to it. The book is a slow starter, but just good enough to keep the reader going toward the last third of the book or so where things start coming together nicely.
Well, I like philosophy. People should understand before going into this series, Bakker is a philosopher in real life as well as fantasy author. His world is large, complex and the people in it are complex. This is no dragons and magicians' apprentices type of fantasy world. The land Bakker writes in is at war and the magic is nasty, hard. The entire series is about a crusade launched against a "heathen" people who years before had taken over lands that once belonged to one of the empires involved. Many things involved in the series parallel our own earth's history (the Crusades mostly). The series is chock full of philosophy, religion, magic, war, politics and plotting/backstabbing and even tragic love. I liked the level Bakker writes at even though I enjoy more light fantasy too (something like the Wheel of Time).
He does a good job with everybody I think. I came into the series blind, not having read any of it, and by the end I think he represented the character's traits pretty well. It was interesting seeing the names in print after hearing them pronounced. I also suggest for anybody coming into the series without a book to go Online and find maps of the world so you understand what nations and peoples Bakker is writing about and where they are from in the world.
It's probably a little too philosophically deep to make a script and retain all of the plotting and conniving and philosophizing going on. The magic would be really expensive to do effects for also.
I stated before that the book started slow and dragged a bit. But, I will say that by the end of the first book I was ready to immediately buy the second book because I wanted to hear more of the story. I will also tell you that the rest of the series is definitely not a letdown, the second and third book are definitely better, so don't get discouraged if you decide to dive in and find it a little slow at first.
Enthralling, brutality, artistry
I personally love the moments when you gain insight into Kellhus' background and training
He has some flimsy accents, and sometimes the same character's accent will change. I found myself laughing a lot at his inability to keep track of those details, granted, there are a lot of characters.
Can't leave spoilers! I found the whole book quite moving.
I have read this book print three times. I'm almost finished listening to the audio version. I highly recommend reading this book in print. You can take your time with it and absorb things. I am really enjoying the audio, but I think it helps that I know the story already.
I love this series so far. However, It is not for the feint of heart. It is brutal. Awesome though.
The story has an expansive epic feel.
I found the secondary characters far more engaging than the main protagonist.
Nicely paced engaging audio reading. I did not find I was rewinding continually because I had lost the thread.
The strong religious, and moral absolutism of the characters meant that none of them appeared to develop much, as such I found my self rooting for unusual secondary characters. There is also a strong sense of homophobia in the cultures of characters which made me uncomfortable. This was not like the casual Game of thrones style sexism and homophobia, which in my opinion added to the believability of the environment, but seamed to be a moral statement by the author.
Altogether this is quite a good epic yarn about the people great and smalls, take and experience on events greater than all of them. If you are more into personal relationships with the characters development, rather than a more traditional Ragnarök style story of heroes and events, I would not recommend it. I am hoping book 2 and 3 offer more in that vain.
Maybe. When I really like a series, I'll listen multiple times to catch all the nuances. Once I hear the rest of the series, I'll know more.
Haven't decided yet.
A touchy feely exploration of world domination with lots of bloodshed. Mix in a bit of homosexuality and endless self-loathing, and you have almost written this book yourself. Still, even having said that, it somehow holds your interest...
This is badly written, and badly read. I can't blame the reader. He is just trying to get the ordeal over with. There may be some ideas in here, but I can't make my way past the painfully inelegant, tired prose. The author has a talent for the unnecessary, not quite "ept" word. It was "sort of" recommended by Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns), but he is a nice guy.There are too many descriptive attempts to evoke mood which break down on analysis.
It all sounds like a first draft.
Prologue - page 1 or 2
"wind moaned" - trite
"they traded breathless reassurances" - they had no reason to be breathless
"Before the wind swept his ashes skyward" ?swept skyward?
"pursuing his bloodline to its thinnest tincture" ?thinnest tincture? I know what he meant but it just doesn't work
"the cries of the dying crowded their thoughts with too much horror"
"Heart breaking assault" disastrous maybe, but heartbreaking?
"slurring the words in blasphemous ways" huh?
"staring down through the gloom at the bard's broken corpse it differed only from the others in that it was still wet" - he's looking over a wall in the dark
"was it murder when none was left alive?" just nutty
"once in a while, his eyes wide with hope and superstitious dread"
"savoring the wind's bite on his cheek" savoring?
I'm up to chapter five and i'm still trying to figure out the story. The reader moves so quickly from one section to the next that i lose track of who talking and where I am.Its wordy and convoluted, normally i like complex stories but i'm just lost on this one, i've stopped at chapter five.
If it was less raunchy.
It is in its own genre.
It doesn't get really bad until the middle of the first book.