University administrator. Commuter cyclist. Dad, husband. Loves books of course. Aspiring Jedi Knight and Warder.
Just a short review to say echo what most other people are saying about this series. It's fantastic. The writing is wonderful. Very witty at times. All of the characters get developed to satisfying end. And the story. It's been a while since I've read (listened) to anything so long that flows so well, concisely and ended so satisfying. I appreciated the limited thread plots vs some of the other big series out there where there are many more. It's a bit campy at times, but heck that's fantasy. Thankfully, throughout the novels the author is able to make the characters and storyline realistic. The fight scenes are generally very well done, though there's a bit of super hero stuff going on. A real strength - it's clear the author is a sailor or has researched sailing really well. Whereas most other people glance over the technicalities of sailing in fantasy novels, Sullivan demonstrates command and it's a real plus to the story.
One concern I had was the magic system. This could have used more detailed explanation. As it was outlined, anyone could have become a powerful mage. I did like how Arista stumbled her way things and never became all powerful. Just a bit more explanation is all.
Finally, the narration was fantastic. Really loved the portrayals of Gaunt and Sauldor. The voices made you loath them even more.
A fantastic listen and real credit to the genre!
I listened to all 3 volumes in a row, which is the way to do it, as the story continues straight through. I lived with Royce, Hadrian, Arista, Myron and the rest for close to 2 months and I hate to say goodbye to them. I loved it so much that I wanted to start all over and listen to it again, if it weren't for all the other Audible books I haven't gotten to yet! It's not the most original fantasy, or the most poetic, or the most complex (though enough to keeping you guessing), but emotionally it's very satisfying and feels more 3-dimensional than the typical sword and sorcery tale. There is a whole cast of characters that you learn to care about, with their foibles and flaws.
The narration is superb. I think I would have liked this series in print, but I'm sure it wouldn't have grabbed me immediately as the recording did. From the very first scene, I was hooked. This must have been very challenging to record, as there are literally dozens of characters, and Tim Gerard Reynolds always makes them totally distinct and adds personality. I had never heard him before but I would put him right up there with the great Jim Dale.
I'm sorry there is no sequel but there are a couple of prequels coming out and I hope Audible will supply them.
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.
I also really like "The Way of Kings"
The last 4-5 hours of the book.
I really like the story but also loved the character development. I ended up really caring about the people in this book and what happened to them. I don't often write reviews of books, but like this series so much I just had to say something. It is well worth a listen! The narrator was excellent as well.
This was such a well told story that it would be hard to pick one special moment. But did love the final duel and the revelation of the heir. And I loved the development and growth of Arista and Thrace characters throughout this saga.
I loved the interactions of Hadrian and Royce.
Move over Game of Thrones..we have another great contender!
Can't wait for more books from this author!
I listen to audiobooks while at the gym, running, shopping and while doing yard work. There are few books that I can listen to over and over again. As soon as this book finished, I started the whole series over and I liked it better the second time. It has everything you would want in a great book series. Tim Gerard Reynolds is an excellent story teller and I couldn't recommend this book enough.
I wish HBO or Showtime would pick this up and make it into a series.
Good story and great character development. Has a good message and I think its a great book for teens.
Yes, but would start from book one, Loved the entire series. Rich characters I really grew to care about.
The last couple of hours!
Probably Hadrian, because he's suc a fun character. He voiced them all well and I never had any problem telling the characters apart.
Of course I laughed but I did something I almost NEVER do with books, written or audio...I cried. It took me totally by surprise that I did too and it made me mad since I had to redo my mascara! :)
START FROM THE BEGGINING! It's a must.
The Series was long, howeverer in the end I don't regret a single minute of the story. It all paid off in the final book.
Royce and Hadrian are two characters that I cared about. I enjoyed the other characters that were introduced along the way. The story wove around and through them in such a way that I was thoroughly engaged from the beginning until the conclusion of the last book.
There was wonderful character development, and impressive story telling evident in each part of the trilogy!
Tim Gerard Reynolds's narration was perfect for this story. It was truly icing on the cake.