The only positive part of this book is the narrator. If there is a plot in this I missed it. one of the worst books I have ever struggled to listen to.
Yes. I have three times, because you basically have to read it more than once there is so much subtle content.
Kruppe, no doubt. He's easily one of the most memorable fantasy characters ever.
Kruppe.... Lister nails his performance with this character.
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Not for those who don't love high fantasy. This book is long winded and gloriously detailed.
The scale of the conflict is truly epic.
This one took several restarts over a couple year period but once I got into it really good I'm glad I finished and have already purchased the next in the series.
I'd heard that fans of George R.R. Martin, Brent Weeks, and Joe Abercrombie should try Steven Erikson, so that's what I did. While I enjoyed the fine worldbuilding and characters, I had a really hard time investing in it all. It was hard to follow just what was going on, and while I liked most of the characters, none of them really grabbed me. I liked it enough to try the next books in the series, but not anytime soon.
Avid book lover and listener. Nuff said for this purpose.
The book is well written, no doubt about that! Maybe the second time around it will be even better. One certainly needs a PDF or the book or at the least a list of characters to keep up unless you have the time to give it your 'full' attention and I mean no other distractions.
The names/characters are difficult and some so similar unless you get a grip on them early on you're going to be confused in latter half of book. I've read (listened to), many, many, fantasy books and haven't had a problem keeping track of who's who however, with the flow of Gardens of the Moon being at times attention grabbing followed by (to me anyway), an almost tedious, laborious pace my mind wondered, then I wondered what was going on. Had to back it up and figure it out. Perhaps that was because some characters had monikers as well as names i.e. the Assassin, the sorceress, high Mage etal..and more than one might have the same moniker. You don't have to be a genius to keep up with this book, but you do have to be able to focus attention the entire book.
This book is different yet in the same vein as some other fantasy books but honestly I didn't enjoy this first in the series as I have with others. Not to say the series won't turn out to be as good maybe even better than others, I'll reserve judgement until (or if), I read the following books.
Its getting harder and harder to find a fantasy series that's not geared towards pre-teens. I'm happy to say this is one such series. The story is great the narration superb and this is just book 1. I highly recommend it.