Ok, I will admit to being a bit of a GGK fanboy. I love his work almost universally. I even have his book of poetry (I treasure it.)
That being said I found Last Light of the Sun hard to get into and the intro to the mosaic books very confusing.
Now that you know were I stand I will address A Song for Arbonne. The beginning of this book is tough. There are a lot of characters with strange names introduced very fast. This is hard to handle in the printed version. I found that with the wonderful character voices used in the audio version actual names became less important than knowing who was who from there voice. Buy the time the story gets rolling you learn the names.
The descriptive writing in this book is breath taking. People and places come to life. If you are a fan of music and the idea that something as everyday as a song can change the world this book is for you.
Often in audio books male readers butcher the female characters. I think this narrator did as good of a job with the females as the males. Multiple characters sing, both girls and boys, and they were all very well done. I really liked the slight but present troubadour style that was applied to the singing.
To sum up: A little hard at the very beginning but well worth the effort.
What more do I have to say than this is Guy Kay. He is in my opinion not only among the best fantasy writer working today, but one of the best writers. This is an early book of GGK's and still one of my favorites.
Concentrating on the book it's self for a moment. This is a truly epic tale with a different twist. Although you will see shared ideas with some other great works of fantasy you will also be confronted with ideas you have never seen before. A second wonderful thing about this book is that it is unapologetically adult in tone, situation, and level of writing. There is nothing dumbed down in this book. The writing is hard, and beautiful. The deaths are real and painful, and yes the sex is also real and also sometimes painful. The last point I want to make about the book is that the "bad guys" are not all bad guys. They do horrible things but unlike much fantasy they are not just evil incarnate, they are real people that you end up caring about.
Concentrating on the reading...perfect. You could not ask for a better reader.
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