This is not for everyone. If you liked breaking bad just because of walts evil you will like this book. How ever it is a dark haunting read. Well written with a good twist but some parts do leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Say something about yourself!
Hopefully my title makes sense. I had to stop listening about 1/4 of the way through because I just couldn't find anything I liked about this character. I love villains and anti-heroes, I've loved them since I was a kid. When my mom was reading World Myths I was drawn to Ares, Coyote, Raven, Loki and Set. Wolverine, Sabretooth and Raisltin Majere were some of my first book crushes. Grey/Darker characters should be well-written and have at least one good trait even when they're being evil.
But Prince Jorg is a snotty little psychopath, who if he isn't killing his own men or trying to find an excuse to kill his own men, he's mentally whining about how he should be killing them to make his life better. I can deal with the fact that he seems to be a leader of this group of "bad-a**es" but what bad-a** would take this s**t for so long? Toss the little brat off the edge of a cliff and be done with it!
I know this is debut novel and the writer isn't the worst I've read. He sets the scene nicely and the plot (what I read of it) isn't original but he was making a good go at it. But his characters aren't engaging or they're underdeveloped (maybe since lot of them seem to die). I read most of my books for characters, their interactions with others and the relationships between them. Fantasizing about killing off everyone you talk to is not a relationship! So this book quickly became boring and annoying.
I've never listened to a narration by James Clamp but what I did hear in this book, he seems to be a good narrator.
This is not the kind of story that I usually like. The hero is an anti-hero. He's pretty evil. Yet I found it well written and intriguing. The narration was excellent and helped to draw me into the story even though the hero was not really likable. I would recommend it, and I plan to get the next in the series.
James Clamp (narrator) has no sense for timing and pacing, and at times seems to read in his own ill-timed and incorrect punctuation. I only finished this story out of boredom and the fact that I paid for it. The story itself is "just ok". Often awkward, it seems a pantomime of the grimdark ethos rather than a coherent articulation of it.
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.
Overall, I enjoyed it. The most frustrating thing were unnecessary long pauses between sentences, though, I didn't read the text, maybe this reading style matches it somehow.