A spellbinding read. It hooked me in like so many other books by Brandon Sanderson, and stole my life for a few day. Though I felt guilty for being entranced by adolescent Hairy Potter-esque book, I could not put it down.
Like so many of Sanderson's main characters, Joel the underdog has you rooting for him within paragraphs of starting the book. Then of course you are glued to the story until you learn his fate.
Michael Kramer does a wonderful job voicing the characters. He remains one of my favorite Audible performers.
Definitely worth the time and money. I just hope Brandon releases several more books in this series.
Exciting. Mysterious. Intriguing.
Has a Harry Potter feel to it but with a whole different story line and magic.
I can tell which character it is by his performance.
Its so good I wanted to savor it slowly.
Must read - probably my favorite from this author and that is saying a lot considering his many other great novels.
Brandon Sanderson has done it again. This was a great book that pulled me in from the very beginning. The world building and magic system were both unique. It's intended audience is young adult but I enjoyed it as well.
Just completed listening to this book. Mr. Sanderson makes great characters. This is a unique altered word story that is great for all ages. A bit of a "Harry Potter" feel, this will be a great series and I am looking forward to the next book so some of the loose ends can be tied up.
Michael Kramer did an excellent job reading the text and covering the various accents.
This book has a good magic system, which the author is known for. I prefer his adult novels, but this one isn't YA in a bad way. It's just shorter and has a teenage protagonist, and the scope isn't as large as in his epic doorstoppers. Basically, it's great for teens and adults, although not as good as The Way of Kings or Mistborn. Compared to other YA, I'd say it's up there with Westerfeld's books.
Michael Kramer is awesome, as usual.
Definitely follow along with the PDF. You can store it on your phone and (when not driving) look at diagrams for the chapters you're listening to. The narration does a great job of covering the diagrams without you looking, but it's nice to see them too. It's not a big deal if you lag behind the audio when looking at the diagrams, but don't look ahead! There are major spoilers if you look at the diagrams before you get to that part of the book.
This is a typical Sanderson novel; in that it flows well, has an engrossing story and leaves you wanting more. It's shorter than his usual offerings ( I usually buy lengthy books) but since it's Brandon Sanderson, I knew it would be worth it even so. It definitely was.
I haven't gotten a chance to read the print version, as I'm moving at the moment which made the audio version perfect since I can pack and listen to a book at the same time. ^_^
The final scenes of the melee stood out as something I could vividly imagine.
I absolutely adore Michael Kramer as a narrator. He has a way with bringing individual life to each character that is simply amazing.
Not a big fan of book to movie things, Hollywood screws them up almost every time.
So very much hoping this is the start of a YA novel series. I've recommended this book to all of my friends and the steampunk aspects are great. :)
I don't know how many books I have purchased. I think the exec's at Audible are pretty excited about my spending trend.
Anyway, this represents my first review. I have enjoyed other "books" although I had to sound-off about this story. It was really solid. Good mystery (scotland yard feel), good characters and a really cool concept.
Brandon Sanderson and Michael Kramer are a perfect match! This story pulled me in from beginning to end with multiple plot twists and a very unpredictable ending. The worlds that Brandon creates are both smart and captivating, the kind I never want to leave.
I have 2 favorites, Joel and Professor Fitch. Joel's inquisitive mind, logical mind and Professor Fitch gentle guidance make for an excellent student teacher relationship.
I think this book is one of Brandon Sanderson's best. Hopefully there will be some sequels. A Brandon Sanderson book read by anybody but Michael Kramer would not sound correct. His reading becomes the neutral soul of the story. I admit to being a great Brandon Sanderson fan, but something about this story appeals to me on a bunch of levels and I just really like it.