I'm a big fan of Kay's. He peoples his worlds with some of the most fully human characters in the fantasy field. There's not much action but a great deal of tension and subtlety, which is a rare and enjoyable thing. The world is fully realized and believable as are the motivations of the characters.
The reader is both brilliant and a bit off. The narration is beautiful holding a consistent and appropriate melancholy throughout. Where he's a bit off is in attempting to give some of the characters Chinese accents. Those don't quite work. That's a minor niggle, though. I very much enjoyed the story.
I'm a big fan of Weber's Honor Harrington series and will listen to his Safehold series. This will join Prince Roger as a don't bother if there are any more installments effort.
The story starts out fine and maintains a good momentum for about 2/3 of the book. It's not great, but compared to the typical SF it holds it's own. Then when things seem hopeless a savior comes and fixes all the problems. What a cop-out.
I picked this audiobook on a flyer without knowing anything about it. I'm so glad I did. It has engaging and interesting characters and a compelling story line. Also, I very much like the reader. I only listen when doing yard work or chores. Audiobooks are my motivation. I've gotten a lot of things on my honey do list completed with this one.
This is a pretty good story and I'm not sorry that I bought it, though if I had known that it was about and for teens I might not have. Much of the tension in the plot is based around typical teen themes as bully jocks, first love, fitting in a new school and the like. All pretty standard teen stuff.
I call it a fantasy because the science part of science fiction is frankly terrible. The author has obviously not paid much attention to this area and it's glaring obvious. Fortunately the story is well enough told that I didn't mind terribly. I'd give the story 3.5 stars but round up because the narration is good and the story held my interest in spite of the lack of science grounding.
An excellent conclusion to a quality series. This is easily one of the better series in modern fantasy. Interesting, 3 dimensional characters, good pacing, a satisfying climax. If it hadn't been so relentlessly intense I wouldn't have wanted it to end.
Not having listened to previous titles in this series I don't miss the first narrator and think that Mr. Culp does an excellent job. And since I've read everything that Weber has written, I'm not surprised by the pace and political machinations.
The focus of the story has shifted from Merlin. I actually think that makes the story more interesting. It involves mere mortals, highly and perhaps too gifted and altruistic mortals, but at least they're not mere puppets in the plot of a super cyborg. Good job.
If you like books by Guy Gavriel Kay or Lois McMaster Bujold, you'll enjoy Rothfus. It doesn't have the thrill a minute action of some or the steamy sex of others, but for brilliant character development and some of the best fantasy prose written, period, give it a try. You'll meet one of the singular characters of fantasy.
The narration is competent, not outstanding but not off-putting. It doesn't get in the way of the superb story.
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