This book has a pretty steep learning curve. I struggled in the beginning to follow what was going on but it all worked itself out eventually. Great book once you get sorted out.
Im really trying to get through the series because there is great potential. Just a lot of try to figure it out with no information going on in this book. Hard to follow for sure.
Kind of confusing. Lots of powers that be that were barely explained
The narrator was great. definitely no problems there
It needs a graph or chart so people can understand it better
Be prepared to be completely lost. Even though this is book one I feel as though I am starting in the middle of a series. Just as I think I am starting to understand the purpose of one character more are thrown in. I have reread both part 1 and 2 of the novel and very little has been cleared up. Was hoping for another GRRM ...disappointed!
Many characters, yet few with any true depth of character revealed.
A fan of fantasy for decades I will continue my search for epics that appeal to me, this series did not catch my fancy.
Mr. Lister's performance is perfection personified. Indeed it is his ability to personify many characters with his voice that I find so admirable.
The original idea that started the story, soldiers of an Empire so weary of war that they want to rise up against the Empress that overthrew the old Emperor is okay.
The characters were impressive with their diversity. They felt real enough.
Yet in many ways, this idea is diluted by far too many plots being woven into the story. I want to say I counted at least five major storylines that were being told, to the point you weren't sure in many cases what was the most important storyline. Almost every single person in the story has segments that are strictly for the character, which is okay when the particular person actually helps drive the story. Problem is, everybody has segments. And I mean EVERYBODY. It doesn't matter if the person is basically a stand-in character, they STILL get their own segments. This had the nasty effect of making it very hard to keep track of what was happening in the story and leads me to believe the author only wanted to crank out as many pages as possible much more than giving a concise story.
I have heard people talk about the story has a good world. Umm.....no. Part of world building is the ability to subconsciously be able to understand where a place is in conection to the rest of the world. That simply isn't the case. The major city, Derujistan, is supposed to be near Pale. Yet, where is Pale and how far is pale from this other city? What part of the world is it located in? How close together are the two continents of the story? Frankly, this wasn't a strong point in the story because you never quiet knew where things were in relationship to each other.
The one character that is best I would say is Grappa. Lister is a wonderful voice actor and despite a few times where a character's voice changed, he was pretty consistent.
This would have to I think be heavily edited, otherwise you'd have something longer than the Middle Earth movies.
I hear good things about the series, but the story, despite the talents of the author in character creation, makes me think the author was more worried about page length than story.
There were too many characters, none of which had much personality. As a result, I really didn't care what happened to any of them. Either use fewer characters, or at least develop some of them further.
No, but I love the fantasy genre. I just wish I had listened to this one first before buying the rest of the series. I'm dreading listening to the remainder of the series.
I haven't heard any others, but I enjoyed his performance.
If I was editor, I would never have published this book.
You can have a lot of characters in a book if you make them memorable. George R.R. Martin has a huge number of characters in his books. But most are very memorable, and you care what happens to them. You love them. You hate them.. But, you care.
In this book, there are many characters, but you don't learn much about them, beyond, oh, he's a sergeant in an army, she's a mage. I don't really care who lives or dies. I never felt engaged by the plot. I just wanted it to be over. I didn't really care which faction won.
Deep Rich Fantasy
It has a rich history and deep world-building on which to base its story. To me the pacing was good, with plenty of action and intrigue. There are many layers of emotion and motivation, with "real" flawed characters. Decent magic system defined, along with gods, dragons, and magical weapons. I do like that the setting is more grim & gritty than say, The Lord of the Rings.
Too many to choose from, along with a wide variety. Everything from large scale battles with magic, to humorous card games, to bargains with gods. One of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time.
Hoods Breath! Do you dare enter a world where even the Gods may be slain?
The only downfall to some might be that there is a rich history to learn and remember along with a huge cast of characters.