What fun to return to this entry in the Dresden Files. This was the first of the series I read years ago. Since converting to Audible I've been waiting for the Master's version to be released. Finally it has been and it's infinitely better than the auto-voiced version floating around out there.
Anyway, this story takes our hero into deeper water than ever before. It sets up many of the more interesting themes and relationships that Harry will wrestle with for the next handful of books.
Plus it's just a fun romp!
As usual, Sanderson creates an internally-consistent world filled with just slightly more than average people - plus a few whoppers. In this case, the story takes the super hero cliche and assumes (perhaps correctly) that when suddenly presented with awesome powers, normal people will abuse that power completely.
Our heroes are the average folk who were left behind when a few selected individuals are granted epic powers. Their point of view is that of an oppressed sub-class and the story is their revolt against the powerful.
Sanderson often flips the assumptions of this type of world and this is no exception. Well told, fun, slightly chilling, and deliciously twisted. His ideas are frequently thrilling but sometimes the story does not quite capture the glory of the concept. This book had a bit of a comic book feel to the story. That was perhaps intentional but I didn't feel as connected to the characters as a result. Still, this is one of the good ones! Fills the time very well while waiting for the next Stormlight Archives volume with baited breath.
Fully envisioned world.
The sense of scope and depth to the society and the interactions between castes and factions.
You knew immediately which character was speaking without being distracting.
This is a sound book and launches a great series. It does feel a bit rushed towards the end. After so much of the book being a well-paced build up of people, events and the introduction to the use of the powers, the end arrives a bit abruptly.
Yes, but more on the stregth of the first book, The Hunger Games (AKA - The Running Man).
The performance is solid despite the main figure feeling a bit flat at several points.
This is not as interesting a book as the first one. Despite our learning a bit more about the world and the politics, it manages to feel less diverse. It seems far more rushed and fairly predictable even as a YA read. Overall it seems like a lack-lustre me-too version compared to the first of the series.
Quiet, competent and compelling.
The narrator puts on a stellar performance. It's a master class of voicing characters. He's obviously read ahead and has planned his performance embellishing it just a touch to add a sense of theatre and improv.
This is a quiet book in a lot of ways. The narration of the main character is calm and self-deprecating. It's not a swashbuckling romp, but a well-told, if slightly familiar, story.
Not strictly original but this story is a welcome take on the classic "wronged career soldier washes up back at home only to find himself at war on the battlefield of courtly politics" motif. It's a true storytelling exercise much in the same low-key approach of the Kingkiller Chronicles. It took me a while to warm to the passive nature of the story, but by about half way though I realized that I was thinking about the story while at work and elsewhere. Once I admitted that I was enjoying it, it enfolded me.
Absolutely. Have already done sone. This is simply a well-told story which never takes the expected turn.
The leading figure is the focus of the story and is very sympathetic - and flawed depsite immense gifts. The loan shark though is the character that I'd like to know more about.
This books is a pleasure to read. I fell into the story early and feel like I'm wandering around the various adventures. The characters are both familiar and comfortable, yet challenging. The world is well depicted - the social aspects, magic and politics are fully realized but subtle. This is not a sledgehammer of a story. It's precise and evocative as any good campfire tale of a legendary figure should be.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not familiar with Sanderson previously even though my wife has been a fan for ages. High quality story-telling and an interesting, quirky-but-understandable world. Again, this would be an excellent entry for Audible to include maps and other supporting info on their site as geography looms large in this story.
Was gratified to not be faced with another "orphan doesn't know their destiny - but it's a good one" premise. This book avoids these obvious pitfalls and surefootedly leads you down a story path where the "oh, here it comes, this is where that guy dies" expectation is shattered and replaced with unexpected events that force readers to review their prejudices. A few bits of repetition but not without reason.
Not exactly an entertaining listen. Slow and laborious without a payoff.
Save your brain cells.
The war promised in the previous book does come to pass. Familiar faces return and a few lesser known characters are explored in more detail. Story is split between 4-5 major factions as the action becomes more diverse.
This book seems more "comfortable" with itself and hits the mark promised by the basic premise of the series. Descriptions become a little less repetitive and some characters get a lot more interesting.
Narration is good and addresses some of the more common complaints about pronunciation found in previous books. Could stand to have a slightly longer moment of silence when a scene ends dramatically and before the next scene begins some time later.
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