Initially, I purchased the kindle version since it was so cheap. I was hooked within the first few pages. I then switched to the audible version and I have enjoyed it even more. The narrator is excellent and the story line is addictive. This is clearly not the author's first book!
IMO, this is the best fantasy debut for many a year. I can't wait for the next novel in the series.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book was an excellent debut for Cameron in the Fantasy Genre & it encompasses all the hardcore fantasy elements, Magus $ Clerics with a terrific power system, all sorts of monsters from summoned demons to golden bears that are normally similar to grizzlies, magic weapons & armor, to name some of the elements I consider hardcore fantasy. Very graphic yet with thought behind the violence compared to violence because violence tends to sell. Its hard not to be graphic when u fight a monster that will easily leave 6-8 fully plate armored knights after a fight if u are not prepared or have been surprised. I also loved the use of the fear aura that increased depending on the monstrosity, it reminded me of my younger years. A knight fails his constitution or intelligence to fight off fear & is eviscerated while in chock with terror.
The one huge complaint I had about the book was that at points the POV shifted so often that if was annoying because each POV was only covering a small amount of time but the back & forth felt like a tennis match on multiple levels. I was used to all the different characters from GRRM & 'Game of Thrones' so that didn't bother me but sometime the speed of the back & forth was testing... other than that I can't wait for the next installment - 'Fell Sword'.
The Narartion was done well as well, no complaints but nothing outshining other portions of the book,
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.