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Recommended if you are looking for a bit of a journey into the dark side of fantasy. It is not an epically detailed story but quite a bit of fun.
A different story. The protagonist is a thoroughly horrible serial killer. All characters are helpless victims, even the protagonist. I think the author might need therapy.
Not sure. It was well read.
Disappointment and revulsion.
I worry about people attracted to this sort of trash.
It was dark, which I love but just overall not all that good of a story. A tad boring and I never really liked or got committed to any of the characters. If you are tried of all that goodie goodie stuff in your fantasy stories, you might want to give this a try but I personally didn't get hooked enough to go on to the next book in the series.
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.
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.
You must have a high tolerance for violence, but I think this is a great audiobook. The narrator is fantastic for Prince Jorg. The main character is far from a good guy, but he has enough qualities for you to root for him anyway, kind of like Tony Soprano or Walt from Breaking Bad. I'm on the third book now and I highly recommend the whole series for fans of dark fantasy.
yes, i was drawn in and found this a very enjoyable listen. I am about 70% of the way through and cant wait to hear more.
was very satisfied with the narration. Of course this is my opinion, but it was a good listen
No... this has not turned me off fantasy or even gritty, dark fantasy... but it may make me hesitate next time I read such conflicting reviews about a book. I assumed as I love such authors as Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Martin, Stephen R Donaldson etc who are all reputed to write "gritty" fantasy, that I would love this book too. I even bought King of Thorns before I had started this one. I really enjoy the anti-hero; the conflicted and complicated characters; but I guess in the end I personally need at least a spec of redemption. I forced myself to finish listening to the book, but in the end decided that though I found Jorg morbidly interesting and compelling, that I really did not care enough about Jorg or the story to find out what happens in the next books.
I have read and listened to a lot of fantasy books and I have no issues with anti-heroes as lead characters; however, Jorg just isn't an interesting character and I was never able to get behind him. At 9 years old Jorg experiences a terrible trauma as his mother and brother are killed while he is helplessly caught within the thorns of a nearby briar patch. His father, the king, is unwilling to risk war with Count Renar, who is behind the murders, and he basically agrees to put the matter aside in exchange for some economic concessions. This shapes Jorg into a monster bent on revenge against both Count Renar and his father.
Jorg becomes the leader of a band of thugs at the age of 13 and the book is experienced from inside his mind. That is a dark place and frequently Jorg envisions ruthlessly killing those he interacts with. Sometimes those thoughts are converted to action and sometimes they aren't but they are constant. Jorg frequently kills men 3 times his size through an improbable series of events and he quickly furthers his agenda against his father and Renar. Eventually it is uncovered that there are more powerful individuals behind the scenes who manipulate key people as pieces in a giant game of thrones. Jorg himself discovers that he is being manipulated and he adds his puppet-master to his list of targets.
Now I love a good revenge tale more than most and I'm willing to let questionable behavior slide in the name of revenge on those "who deserve it" but this book never got me there. Jorg is too young, has no redeeming qualities at all, and the improbable events are just too unbelievable. There is also nothing truly unique about the fantasy world although the book does get interesting at times it doesn't really last.
This isn't a terrible book but I still suggest that you pass on this one. If you want to listen to dark, gritty fantasy or root for an anti-hero then there are much better choices available. I give this 2.5 stars only because James Clamp did a decent job on the narration and his performance kept the story moving along. It just never wound up where I wanted it to be.
This book tries extremely hard to be dark. The hero is so sadistic that it's hard to care about their success. The story is mediocre, with the hero meandering through events that he survives through luck and ferocity. Too much luck.
The setting is interesting, albeit incongruent. Post-apocalypse with necromancy and mind-control Magic.