Its a fantasy novel, and it does what fantasy novels are meant to do, which is invoke a thought process and take you to a world detached from your own.
He has a very intense way of reading the book. It took some getting used to but I think it was befitting of the content he was reading.
My major complaint about the book is not with the narrator but the book itself. The whole thing is like an embellishment. Its in some ways everything we hate about the personality of arrogant people. The entire book is about this preteen/teen.....(what can only be described as an attempt at) superhero?? Its a book that overestimates the abilities and the cognitive complexity of a very young man on a grand scale. At almost every turn of the page the main character is boasting about himself, about his prowess on the battlefield, etc., one-upping characters with whom he should really be easily out of his depth. And yet, listening to him describe things is almost laughable. If you can get past that, which I found to be the only rather off putting aspect of the book, the rest of the story is actually pretty ok. I liked it sufficiently to consider listening to the rest in this series.
I urge you to ignore the overwhelming angst within the first couple chapters of this book and remember that the story is narrated by the main character, a teenager. If you stick with it, this novel and series can easily become one of your new favourite high fantasies, like it has for me!
If you like gritty books, where the protagonist is more of an antihero then "good guy", then this one is for you.
The narrator is fantastic I see him completely taking on the role of Jorg. 5/5 would listen to again.
I read the book when it was released, and the story and writing are great. I picked up the audiobook, and couldn't be happier with it. These are wonderful.
Before you read any further, The First Law Trilogy, A Song of Ice And Fire, Kingkiller Chronicles are among my favorite fantasy novels. So I do like grim and dark. This one is not bad and t world building is nice. However the characters are not fleshed out and the story relied on too much deus ex machina to my taste. Also the fact that this young man's exceptional talents don't seem believable (to me that is).
There is a certain dryness to the prose exacerbated by the reader.
All in all the style may work for you but approach with caution.
Beer Brewing Nerd at heart--emphasis on the nerd.
The story is really different. The twist near the end had me biting my hand while driving and saying "OHH SNAP!"
It's a very very dark and board-line uncomfortable book for the first 4 hours (I drink and cuss and I was saying to myself, "C'Mon Lawrence, haven't they heard enough of this?!"). There are no lovable characters that are still alive in the book itself!
Imagine being inside the head of power hungry psychopath who is somehow out to do good??? Maybe?? Bring balance back to the world...maybe?! I still feel dirty for liking this book so much.
Reader - Am NOT a fan. He has 3 different tones he uses for all 25 characters. Just not that engaging.
This series is not for everyone the protagonist Jorg is an antihero that you actually grow to love. The charecter development continues throught the entire series. I can see how some people would think that he is a wretched human being throughout most of the book but I liked that.
By the end of the series though you come to understand how he was shaped by the world he lives in. The setting is an awesome concept on its own which makes the events easier to relate to.
I've never writen a reveiw on anything but felt compelled to do so for this book and series after reading some of the reviews. Like I said before its not for everyone but if you have a dark sense of humor and good grasp on the human condition this book is a great tale that you will be glad you experienced.
Also the narrator does an absolutely amazing job in conveying the dark tone of the book.
The protagonist is vile, but at least in part that is the workings of those puppet masters behind the scenes. I found the introduction of a computer odd. it was ok. I will finish the series.