This military fantasy has the potential to be an epic fantasy series. No ground was broken in this story--pretty straight forward battle of opposing forces (one nominally "good" and the other nominally "evil"--yet those lines are certainly in question in the book and likely developed further in the series). The story set up enough convolution between the characters' backgrounds, the magical system, and the main conflict that I could see an interesting series developing out of this mostly run-of-the-mill first book.
In short: the characters were engaging; the motivations, setting, and plot all interesting.
This was a good "pass the time" book for me. I'm not dying waiting for the next book in the series, but I will very likely read it.
Some of the reviewers compared this author with Joe Abercrombie, so I listened hopefully. Unfortunately there was not much of a story here. The reader didn't help things as his delivery was flat and without expression - rather yawn-provoking actually. A few times I found myself distracted by the thought that when readers come to an unfamiliar word, shouldn't they look up the pronunciation before making the listener roll their eyes?
Some of the more interesting characters that appeared at the beginning faded away shortly afterwards never to be seen again, and we have to wait until the last quarter of the book before we're told why they're all fighting.
I did try to like this but failing an interesting storyline I found myself picking at things that annoyed me. Like the shrugs. All the characters shrugged. On every occasion however inappropriately.
Perhaps the ending made up for it all. I'll never know.... (I just shrugged.)
The character development was great and i will be looking forward to the next book. For me the strange part was the use of the Catholic Church / Jesus along side demons. Not a big distraction and will still look for next book..
This book is great. I would say one of my favorites for sure.
Mag the seamstress I find to be very amusing for here old lady nagging and solid advice.
The reader did a great job of making you feel as if they are very differentiated.
There were not any gut wrenching moments in this book it was an even read but that did not take from its quality.
The book has great detail in small thing but its not overdone like in some books where they describe a sunset for a page.
Very well done, only negative thing to say is that you will tired of hearing so and so shrugged.
I'm a pretty picky in my criticism of audiobooks. I demand three dimensional characters, a good plot, good writing and of course an above average narrator to tie it all together.
While Red Knight showed promise in many of these areas, I don't like having to pay a "price"
or "premium" of "getting through the first 10 hours" to appreciate a story. I demand to be ensconced in the story throughout most of the book.
The narration was probably the best part of this fantasy story. The battle scenes were done well, but after a while, I kept asking myself whether I cared if the bad guys just killed everyone. Unfortunately, my answer was...No, I don't care.
No. Let me start by saying, I'm NOT a Christian. But it's the religious aspect of this book that has made stop listening. I have not finished the 1st download, and I will not download the rest. I feel like this author is a good writer and story teller. I like his style and would love finish the book. But for all his creativity, he couldn't be bothered to create his own religion like any other author would have. I'm cool with calling your god " God ". But, he refers to The virgin, and the Christ, and he uses our own constellations, Aries, Taurus, etc. the holy priests are magic users who draw pentagrams and pray, not only to god and Jesu, but to the constellations as well as they perform their spells. If you have even the faintest belief or respect for the bible, then this book will make you fear a lightning strike. My belief in the god of the bible is usually subject to the day of the week. but this author's absolute disrespect for believers in Christ is just that, disrespectful. Try mangling the Quran in your next book and see how that flies.
P.S. if you don't care about what I've said, then I DO recommend the book. I was intrigued and I am curious to know how the series plays out. But I never will.
not the genre, but the rest of the book, the series, and maybe the author
overall, I liked his reading. But he does make awkwardly long pauses.
With the wack-jobs we have making decisions about such things, yeah probably
Great weave of characters and very engaging story. The author expertise in armor and medieval weaponry is evident. Looking forward to number three this July.
The narration was fine.
The story was too disjointed. In part due to the constant shifting of viewpoint to different characters. Neither character nor storyline came together. I did not feel any attachment to any single character. Lots of interesting pieces too many threads started and not connected. Do not kill off the most interesting characters.
Well written. Lots of great ideas.
There is plenty of fighting and many colorful characters too many in fact. Some seem to have no purpose. Too many questions unanswered like what is the wild? Is magic good or bad? How does religion fit in? What is the difference between magics? How is it relevant to this world?