The story began slowly and continued that way. I tried 3 times. No luck. Narrator is Ok, but couldn't save this. Too bad!
A better story to tell.
Laying in bed on sat morning listening
Thing is there are plenty. But the narration is some of the best.
He does such a good job with a wide variety of characters. Almost as good as Marsten with the Dresden files
I actually enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it several times. The concept of magic used in this book was interesting and they developed the characters well. There was one point in the book where the point of view kept shifting between the sides in a conflict so much that it was kind of "dizzying" and that part of the book I didn't like too well.
The author definitely left plenty of open threads in the story to permit other books in a series. I just wish that there would be another book.
I like a variety of fantasy titles from many different authors and I would say this is one of my favorites. It all depends on how well the author does with following books in the series.
Great action packed storyline that's keeps you wishing for more. The Red Knight is the real deal !!! Can't wait for the next book, and next, and next.....
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Four Stars OUT of Five. "Dam I am a good reviewer."
This story had a different feel about it. I still got that o this is fantastical but it had something more I could not really play my finger on. The magic system is very interesting. I am not sure I really understood the whole magic system. It was explain in happen change conversions during the entirety of the book.
Reading some of the reviews some people didn't like Matthews performance. I thought he did fine. He is not a five star but at least a 4. I would have to say the captains voice was my favorite.
No the start is slow. Just going to warn you. THE START IS SLOW. Stick with it and it will get better.
I say if you got all your great epic fantasy done with and are craving some. This is the book for you. After all the greats are done you have practically start doing research on what book is next for you.
Mathew Wolf's performance was top notch - perfect voice for this book
Even at 30 hours long I was sad to see the book end – Most first novels have story glitches and I suppose this one does too, but I have no complaints. This book is defiantly “credit worthy’ I can’t wait for the next book
I liked that the characters had a lot of back story, some of which gets explained and some doesn't.
I liked the magic combat systems too.
Have to think about that one.
Well narrated with different voices and verbal punctuation.
Never left wondering which character is speaking.
Yes, if it weren't so long.
Made good car-listening though.
I'd definitely recommend both the author and the narrator.
The story was good but a lot of military ramblings that allowed my mind to wander. I like to know whats happening in the battle and how the characters set the scene but sometimes a little less is better.
And a lot of strong language, but I guess in a military camp there will be strong language. - - - I did keep wondering though 'Did they use that particular cuss word when the knights were around', then I'd think it's not actually earths timing but fantasy". As I said, This book did not keep my interest enough to keep my mind from wondering. It was like when you are cornered by someone at a gathering and they go on and on, and on and on, And you think "I really should pick up some milk on the way home"... And then they actually say something interesting or ask you a question, that's when you back the book up 30 seconds or so to hear what happened.
I gave it an overall 4 stars because although it's not my cup of tea, the main story itself was enjoyable (once you get past the babbling) and I'm sure there are some out there that would appreciate all that military babble.
I bought this book because it was on sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find a new author and his characters to love. May I have some more, please? The story was so well written that I cried at the funeral of the Mother Superior. I even cryed when the Red Knight's horse was killed. I cared about the characters. I hurt, struggled and triumped when they did. The narrator had perfect delivery. He went from an ancient nun to a rowdy solidier seamlessly. I laughed at the rough soldier humor and cringed when they cussed in front of the nuns. I really appreciate a villian that is written sympathetically and a hero that is written with a dark side. It makes the story so much more interesting. I really had doubts how this would end. At any time it could have gone several ways. If you enjoy swords, knights, and fantasy then you will enjoy this book.
Hard, gritty fantasy at it's best. It's Bernard Cornwell meets HP Lovecraft with some the best medieval warfare scenes warfare scenes I've ever read. If you like Joe Abercrombie or are looking for something new now that the Wheel of Time has ended, you might like this.