It would be SO much better if the main character was not a cold blooded murderer & rapist! How can I get behind a person that enjoys killing innocent people for the sake of killing?! That being said, I did like the authors voice. He is an excellent writer. He does a great job developing the story and characters. Unfortunately there was no way that I could continue to wade through the carnage to get to the end.
The Shadow of what was lost by James Islington. I read that one, now I'm waiting for the second book. The author seems to be serious about getting out the next books in a timely manner. Unlike some other authors...I'm talking to you Patrick Rothfuss!
The Way of Kings, the Riyria Revalations & Mistborn are all awesome books. The name of the Wind is also very good but you might want to wait for the last book to get finished so YOU don't have to wait 5-6 years in between books!
Jorg was done very well.
Definitely a rated R book. Why is it the books aren't rated for appropriateness again...?
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.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
DREAMS TELL A MAN WHO HE IS.
This story is told in first person, by a guy who loves to hear himself talk. I might have liked this better if written in third person. At times I just wanted the kid to shut up. I am always weary of people who brag about themselves. Tell me they are smart, honest or tough. It usually ends up being the opposite. This guy was tortured at 10 years old and now at 14, he is a bad ass, okay we get it, now let's get on with story, shall we. The first half of the story is all about convincing you that this fourteen year old is a bad ass. He even kills without warning his own followers, sometimes because their looks irritate him. I fail to understand how you can get a group of guys to follow you if they never know when you are going to kill them next. I listened to all of this and there are glimmers of real writing, but it is surrounded by double talk. The second half of the story reads more like Conan the Barbarian. The late middle part of the book, where he is under the mountain and fights necromancers, is the best part of the book. When he is doing something and not talking about doing something.
I SWALLOWED THE NIGHT AND THE NIGHT SWALLOWED ME
I always feel it to be a cheap trick to do a lot of double talk. A lot of people seem to think it clever and you even it see it in some of the classics, but this guy does it constantly. I DON'T LIKE TO BE ANGRY, IT MAKES ME ANGRY. ALL OF A SUDDEN IMPOSSIBLE ODDS, SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE. YOU LOSE THE GAME AND WHAT DO YOU LOSE? YOU LOSE THE GAME. IN A REAL FIGHT AND MOST FIGHTS ARE REAL. EVEN AS THEY LEFT ME, THE WORD SOUNDED HOLLOW, CHILDLESS.
AND IF PEOPLE CALL YOU KING, THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.
Probably the biggest fact that you comes out of this story, is that kings are nothing but the biggest bully on the block. That is how they get started and then it is nepotism from then on.
I'M A SOLDIER (reviewer) AND THAT'S THE END OF IT.
I wish the main character was a tad older and a tad bit more believable. I did laugh out loud and cringe at his antics. It wasn't a terrible book, just not to my liking.
I love PNR's but will listen to a good thriller, fantasy and Sci-fi any day!
This is a well written book; however, it has a very morbid story line and dark characters. I did not enjoy.
I only suggest this book for those who like their fantasy stories on the darker side.
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
This book is hard to review, I found the main character to be somewhat unrealistic, he was super nasty and ruthlessly killed people, but he just didn't quite act like that type of person, it felt like a nice guy trying to be a ruthless killer, rather than a nasty ruthless killer. Additionally the fact that he became a member of a band of ruthless killers at the age of 10 was just a bit too over the top and forced one to bury his incredulity a little too much.
There are parts of the story that are quite good and the storytelling itself was not bad at all.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a dark gritty fantasy with a bit of YA flair to it.
Just happy to be here...
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.
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.