1 Get rid of the annoying irish accents, in 20 years we all sound like an Irish spring commercial. PALEASE! a little goes a long way.
2. Have a story.. all this book is, is a single big battle and characters getting ready for the next book.
3. The evolution of magic in this world adds nothing
Todd is good, Someone finally told him about the way to pronounce the most of the local names in Oregon.
Anyone who talks about the past books. These is so much looking back in this book at previous books that not a single story gets moving.
The first three books of this series are awesome. The next whatever books all blow ass
It put the Uck In Suck. How many books are we into this series? Do we really need more writing about the daily lives and how this world works? We get it, They are Proto-super Celts... we understand this. We understand the PPA and Corvallis do we need more about them? I have no curiosity about their developing culture or about the past that we all read. If you remove that from this book there is almost nothing left. Yes everyone is hyper Capable. All women are are 100% equal or superior to all me, especially in fighting. This is why you see men Heavy weights and MMA fighters ducking matches with women because they don't want to get showed up. Sure the Katana is the light Saber of the sword world. The bad guys take no action in the story. We have one major encounter with them but it's just that a meeting encounter we don't see there plan, there action and most of what the main characters are doing is not based on information it's based on Dreams... That's right Dreams. Because THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE! Take out the Dreams and the stuff we already know and the Travelog of this story and you have about 20 Pages of real story. The main battle at the start of the story is over and is only told in retrospect. This is not a story, this book is simply a prolog for a story. Todd McLaren is great reading it. S.M. Stirling had one good idea he stretched into the first three books. After that it has all been down hill until this one has impacted at what can only be said to be very bad young adult fantasy. Can one character have a flaw? Can there be a lazy guy or a Woman who is a main character and is not a secret weapons master of some kind. How about someone who is near sighted, or doesn't have a hand, or speaks with a lisp. Expect Low fatality in battles, enemies that only show up to goose the story, and nothing else to happen. Please please please!!! STOP THIS WRITER!!!
Oh and the Bear Killers have turned into almost a joke. They were awesome in the first set of three books, then good after that. Now they are just along for the ride.
S.M. Stirling is not bad at all he really makes this steam pile of brown mound acceptable as far as you can swallow it.
Living in Oregon I can tell you. 0% chance of any sort of Irish or Scottish accent ever developing here no matter how many people you kill.
Everything that has to do with...
1. The history we have already read. We are just in a new world, move on.
2. Anything about how super able the Celtic way is, it's just a clan system of people.
3. Anything about Traveling, Ok horse, boat, rail, horse, boat, bicycle, rail, Yes we got it.
4. Any talk about how deadly someone is. Please!
5. How cute anyone is, talk about writing on the wall.
6. Enough Katana Porn. I got it! in your mind the Katana is the Atom Bomb.
7. No more super sense predicting ambush.
8. No more archers ready at every battle.
9. No more super able, ultra deadly anybody.
10. Anyone who is related to anyone else. Too much of this story is explaining who is related to who, why and how they feel about it.
11. Enough about the Pagan ways, we got that, just a little refresher is needed.
Wait if you cut this out, there is no more book. Just an out line that would read.
When the bead guys are not in the story, when they just show up to be defeated or evaded. When they have no more motivation than "i'm evil and this is what I do" it makes detracts from the Heroes story.
Star War: we know what the bad guys are doing and why, we see what the good guys are doing and why.
Stephen King: The stand. a post apocalypse world. We see Flagg his successes and failures and frustrations. We see heroes taking action and why.
You can get away with not showing the bad guy in motion, but to do you must make up for it with great story telling, not just, Bad guys show up and everyone get's away, or Bad guy shows up and is defeated, or making the action happen off screen and the most important point of the book (The death of Artos) a memory.
I don't care much for the Queen because it's all getting handed to her. She is not really growing she is not facing risk she is not making happen. No bear out of the woods, no dire enemy,
Ok the bad guys in the story. We know they have some sort of spooky powers but how and why it works seems only to be limited to what first the story. There is no scale or rules to it,. Why the bad guys are doing what their doing makes no sense. How they are doing what they are doing is still, after all these book unseen.
Please Please Please stop this series
Once you read something this bad you never go back. No No A thousand times no.
I'm going to the Hornblower series just to clear my head
Craig Wasson is a great Narrator, that fact that I made it halfway though the book is all on him and not the writer.
Remove all the crap that has nothing to do with the story. There is so much endless details of encounters and reports that further no story narrative. 70% of this book is glorified unrelated padding.
If you are in a hospital and suffering from a neck injury that leaves you fully paralyzed. Pray to the gods this is not the book your brother brings to you to listen too why you are laying in bed and powerless to move. Beg to be unplugged.
A brain dead donkey would find this book very edible and would get more joy out it than any human who looks over the words.
After listening to this book put a Makita 6271DWPE 12V Cordless 3/8" driver drill to your ear and drive it home. It may be the last thing you do but you will never have to listen to another book by this ass clown.
Todd McLaren is the only thing great about this book.
The ending was awesome... no not the planned ending go the book the fact that it ended. No doubt the writer was able to buy a deluxe swimming pool out of this investment. High five for that.
You don't have jump from the back of one buffalo to another in a rampaging herd to know that this book is another sad chapter in what was such a promising start to the series. I loved the first three books and I want to love the ones that followed but they are partial stories filled with partial characters I don't even care about.
The good guys boarder of Super Heroes and bad guys make no sense. This is something that tend to happen in Post Apocalypse stories. I call it the "Postman Effect" Remember the Postman with Kevin Costner? Remember the stupid bad guy in that film who was torturing everyone, capturing slaves, to... dig a big pit... for what? Nuclear weapons? Old Tech? Maybe even a tank? No that was not important just to dig a pit.
So here we see the same thing. Evil guys, doing evil things cause... that's just what evil does. I would give this a 2.5 Postmans because I have read 2.5 of these books and thought the CUT field troops are kind of cool. I've seen deeper Villains on Power Rangers Shows.
Even adding in a reason now, well it would just seemed goofy.
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