I wouldn't cut scenes. But I would have made the scenes fit. One minute a character can't walk or stand is in prison with another character wounded and unconscious. Then they are riding away on horseback ready to do battle. How did they get out, where did the horses come from, and how did they heal up? That's unimportant, we must get to another fight.
The main character is driven by revenge, but not sure against who. He is a leader with no plan. The whole book can be summed up by the S.T. Album title "Controled by Hatred, Feel Like s#&t, Deja Vu".
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because the next book is even better. Don't think for a second that this isn't a great book, it is, but the next book takes it to a new level and because of that I needed to give this 4 stars instead of 5.
First it is important that you read this book before going to the next they don't stand alone.
The anti hero in this book will make you squirm at times and you will dislike him, I'm all for violent acts but Jorg wasn't quite right in this book. He was misdirected often hyper violent for no reason and that was as it should be, he himself didn't understand it but as you read the second book you understand the first book better so don't leave after the first couple chapters they really do set up a complex man who you will find yourself liking more and more as the series progresses.
This is the start of Jorg's journey and it's important to understand the beginning.
Yes, there was alot of mysticism that all came together in the end. There is a bit of going back and forth between time period, clearly stated in chapter headings, but still a re-listen , after the whole series is listen to, seems to be in order.
The characters are hard to like, namely because at first introduction is set during the sack of a villiage , with all its violence and mayhem. While the story progresses you will hold back judgement, but the heroes in this tale are soiled with alot of blood.
James Clamp's performance was brilliant and made the story come alive. This is the first time I have ran across Clamp and he is now one of my favorites. A great listen.
There was a chapter in which the main character participated in a Tournament evemt that was well written & voiced by Clamp that was bloody and exciting.
Cormac McCarthy meets JRR Toliken, a great introduction book to a series that hold a lot of promise.
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.
I read constantly. I love Jordan, Sanderson, Weeks, Lukyanenko, Erikson, Butcher, and Michael J. Sullivan.
I met Mark Lawrence on Reddit. I read this book because I told him I would. Knowing the author (however obliquely) made listening to it far more of a big deal to me.
Lawrence doesn't pull punches.
Never heard Clamp before.
James Clamp did a brililant job with a brilliant book. The voices of the characters were all distinct and memorable.
Lovin me some Audio Books since Audio wasn't cool. CDs from the Library style LOL. Thats how I listened to Wheel of Time Originally even.
Good narration good story
Shadows edge by Brent Weeks
Starts young and violent and escalates
I will tell someone I read a book eventhough all I did was listen to it on Audible. What do you say?
While there were many interesting moments in this book at times the story was hard to follow. I felt that I have heard some of the plot in the book before in other fantasy books. But the Narrator did put on a decent performance.
If you are a big fan of the fantasy genre and fighting done with bows, swords, and daggers then this book is worth a listen. The book is fairly short compared to many so the commitement isn't that large. If you are looking to get your feet wet in the fantasy pool then you may want to look elsewhere.
But I did enjoy this book enough that I will listen to the 2nd installment of what I believe is a trilogy.
Saving the world one word at a time.
Blood, revenge, betrayal.
Jorg was undoubtedly my favorite character. I've never read a decent book with such a compelling anti-hero.
It's nice to have a voice actor who actually fits the role for once.
“There's something brittle in me that will break before it bends.”
im pretty sure i just listened to the narrator say "i stabbed him and blood went everywhere" for 10 hours straight. seriously this book is one big pile of uninspired violence and confusing flashbacks.
FLY, YOU FOOLS!
I havent listened to many yet (expensive...) but easily top 3.
The main character was the most interesting, having a very twisted personality.
While it made me wince to hear him do female dialogue, the range of accents he
gave male characters was very good, it got to the point where most of the time
you could tell which character was speaking with out having to be told.
After I got over the fact the book was in the first person, it was very engaging. There's a lot of plot elements that keep you wondering for just the right amount of time, also the way the books story is split between the past and present, while annoying at times, kept the suspense high.