This book had me hooked from start to finish. Unforgettable characters and don't even get me started on the battles. Highly detailed and I could see them in my mind. Miles Cameron is definitely a new favorite of mine.
Although quite a bit of new points of views from different characters it was still good... Because of all the jumping around on both the map and from person to person it makes it hard to follow and keep straight as you listen. The narrator is a very fast speaker and doesn't give that much of a pause in between thoughts.
The book and premise are good although is some parts it kind of hard to keep track of who their talking about at any given time. The premise is quite different from most epic fantasy books I have been use to. I'm Jordan, Sanderson fan. There are a few more but you get the idea.
Very tough to get into. The author switches from 2-3 dozen points of view randomly as the book starts. Sometimes from the "hero's" point and then to the villain and then on to a random village with a caged bear from the "wild" where you hear the events described from different points of view including the bear's view. Some of these switches are only a few sentences long. Many may be the one and only time that anything is told from that point of view.
Despite the "I want this made into a movie" style of writing, the core storyline is not too bad. Typical quasi good vs quasi bad bad guys plot. You're well past 8 hours before you begin to pull out an overaching storyline. Up to that point it feels like you're just listening to random scenes. The 2nd half of the book (about 15 hrs) is basically a series of battles at different places and points of view.
Debating whether to get the 2nd book. It if picked up in a similar fashion as the way book 1 ended, that would be OK. If it repeats the way the 1st one started, ugh.
I love fantasy and with children I rarely have time to read anymore. So I love listening to books while doing mundane tasks. but even they take some attention. That being said this book was full of action but lacking in plot. For me without a good plot all the action is senseless. Most of the characters were descent but it to me was to black and white. I found my self drifting off far to much, mostly because I realized if I did I wouldn't miss out on really anything of importance. To me the over chivalry was a bit taxing as well. it wasn't horrible but it was very far from the best and I have been through well over a hundred fantasy books. it won't be something I remember nor will it be something I'd listen or read again. But I will get the next book not so much out of curiosity but because unless it's terrible I like to finish what I start in book series.
This book is excellent, well-written, and a true pleasure to read. It will leave you wanting more. The second book, The Fell Sword, is even better. I am counting down the days until the third book is released in October 2015.
I would like to know when the next book ia going to be narrated. it is not cool to stop without completing the story