This book is pretty well-written, with a good grasp of the English language. It's descriptive, meticulously wordy, but often not very helpfully so. The story takes place... on Earth? In the era of... knights and kings? I'm questioning these points only because I'm honestly not completely sure where/when the setting is. I bought this audiobook expecting something akin to George R.R. Martin's fantasy world and was met with, um... historical fiction with dashes of the supernatural? Science fiction? Humanity living after some major apocalypse that set our modern/future culture back to medieval times? Fantasy with elements of horror? Names of places or religious institutions are changed slightly, but still very recognizable. The female Pope oversees the church of a man who died on a cross. There is A.I., but its use has been long forgotten. It seems that although Plato and Aristotle are still widely read, future technologies have been lost to time, along with any records of democracy (or any other world government, for that matter).
Generally, I love the "Anti-Hero" in just about any book. She or he is typically an unwilling participant in whatever great event that unfolds. She or he is chaotic, bent on vengeance for themselves or for others, or perhaps totally apathetic to the world's troubles that she or he is getting wrapped up in. She or he must work towards a goal alone or with a group. She or he must rise to the situation and further develop as a well-rounded, multi-dimensional character. The main character in this book does none of those things. Except for being evilly chaotic, murderous and bent on vengeance (kind of) throughout the entire book. I think that's what really hurt the story for me. There is no realization, no turning point for the "hero" of this story. He remains distrusting and cruel to everyone that he comes in contact with, even towards the woman that he falls for at first sight. He wants to destroy the world and every man, woman and child in it. He battles very little against that desire, usually only inwardly hating himself as he kills or rapes, but not for the act of killing or raping, but for his natural aversion to it. And he is 14. Not even halfway through his teenage years and he's this murderous and destructive while speaking like a man in his 30s? It's a bit hard for me to swallow... But then again, I was never a 14 year old boy.
As I said, the writing is meticulously wordy. Or perhaps a better word for it is "tediously". I'm not sure if it was the writing or the narration that had me zoning out when I was listening, only to find that I needed to go back whole chapters in order to figure out what happened. I got lost in the mire of unnecessary words.
I should point out that I did like the narrator. He has a soothing, easy voice and he represents different characters very well. However, just like a bad script and bad direction can reflect poorly on a great actor, I don't think this particular book does him much credit. I can't say that with certainty though, as this was the first book I've heard him narrate.
I'm sure that as the series progresses it will get better (at least, I hope it would), but I'm not willing to find out. This first installment just didn't hook me like I thought it would when I added it to my wishlist and then to my cart. It reminds me of a high-school student writing a story with a bit of self-insertion in the (almost flawless) main character's role. The refreshing part was that although it was like a teenager's fantasy story, it did have better writing. Or at least, more flowery writing.
No. I never listen to or read books twice.
I listened to this while working and driving. I love the descriptions and dialogue of well written fantasy. The main character of this book is not a nice person. Yes, he has good reason to want revenge against some, including his Father, but his gratuitous violence and lack of compassion is prevalent throughout. And yet the author has me rooting for him. I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the other two books of this trilogy.
The moment you realize what Jorge went through as a child to get soooo messed up.
I have not been impressed with a writer or a book in a long time and this one did it! The writing was fabulous... i easily forgot I was reading a book. (which is the point of reading a book) The magic / time - space reality of this book was surprising and although it could have ruined the story in another writer's hands... he not only pulled it off, but did it smoothly! I listened to this book in ONE day because I was so engrossed!
I wish the writer had come up with a different swear word than the"F" word... it would have made this book more recommendable to friends and family.
Conflicted, complicated, and morally ambiguous characters are great, but Jorg is just a one-dimensional dirtbag. Not interesting or compelling in the least. Martin, Abercrombie, and Morgan I like very much, but this is really a far cry from their work. It's as if Mr. Lawrence is trying to imitate work he admires, but doesn't really understand, and the result is caricature more than emulation. "Look everybody, my protagonist is way more vicious, nasty, and loathsome than anything those hacks ever came up with! And I won't waste your time with depth or character development!" Thanks, but no thanks.
Already started on the next book King of thrones.
Seems more realistic even with the fantasy
A real bastard.
The hero or anti-hero was not burdened with too much morals. He was supposed to be a screwed-up kid who fell in with a bunch of thugs or bandits. He became one of them who can rape, murder, kill without so much blinking an eye. I like that he doesn't hesitate, strong-willed & decisive. He's a monster for sure, but then he was suppose to be.
When he kick butts.
Not really. I was reading "Legend of Drizzt," a real kick ass dark elf. But Drizzt was so fricking nice, I was about to puke. So when I pick this story, I was about ready for a hero who can also kick ass for the sole reason he can.
It seems there's a lot of reader who doesn't like Prince Jorg. They look for redeeming qualities or something. They want him to be sorry for all the bad things he did. I would have been disappointed if he did. Not that I condone rape, murder & plunder. You don't do stuff like that and then say sorry or feel sorry afterwards. Apologies for the evil things you meant to do just won't cut it. So if Prince Jorg here gets his just dessert, I want him to take it defiant to the end.
Not sure how this one got so many 5 star reviews, kind of hard to listen to. The main character really is not interesting and the book is full of cliches. About half way thru maybe it will get better.
If you are looking for friendly talking dragons, and Happily Ever After this book is NOT for you. Violent, dark and brooding. Reminds me of books by Brent Weeks and Joe Abercrombie. I am downloading the second book now. This one was a bit short for my taste.
In the hands of a hack, even "shocking" violence quickly becomes formulaic, dull Mindless slaughter a plot does not make. Effective character development is also, apparently, optional during a pogrom.
No, this book is full of meaningless gratuitous killing with many unlikable characters. As with Game of Thrones and this book money and power rule the day and characters seems to go out of their way to a ridiculous extent to inflict pain, suffering and death. Over and over again you hear the main character tell you how terrible he knows he is and I would agree but that mantra alone does not make a good story. I would like to finish the story only because I always like to complete any series I pick up with the hopes that it might get better. After reading the reviews of book two I decided not to continue. The plot is too simple and character development is lacking and I think that at times characters actions do not match my expectation of how characters would behave given their circumstances.