By Grace and Banners Fallen, as you know is a prologue to the final book in Wheel of Time. The good news is, this prequel will get you ready for the final book, the bad news is... it is so short in comparison to my 20 years of waiting!!
However!!!!! With the full book scheduled, tentatively, to come out in January, this is a good warm up to the final chapter of a legacy.
This novella goes into a more in-depth story to what is happening to Atticus and his apprentice between books 4 and 5. So this is basically book 4.5. I love this story series because it blends the common era to a old-fashioned druid who has merged with new styles, lingo, and acts like a common 20-something from today.
The reason I love this book and series, is because it allows for more development of story and explains many things that are not explained in the 12 year absence to book 5.
The narrator does a wonderful job and is one of the best readers out there. he has the ability to use accents like they are normal to him, he does a great job of differentiating between the males in the story and most of the females.
Overall, great story, narration, and filling in the holes that are developed between book 4 and 5.
If you are a fan of the movie, you should love the book. This book goes into the story of a vampire Louis and how he was created, developed, and the trials he faced as a "fledgling vampire" and how he interacted to today's world and lifestyles.
Here is why I said but... I am almost finished with The Vampire Lestat and there are a few things that just don't add up, and many things that don't connect to the movie. I may change my opinion once I finish Lestat... look for my review there once I finish the book. :)
So!!! If you have watched the movie, be prepared for more story and more depth to the characters and a few unexpected surprises that will make you want to watch the movie again just to compare!
This is just my opinion don't hold me to it as a fact, for all you crazy vampire loving people out there who worship Ann Rice.. :)
The prequel to the famous Wheel of Time series is a good listen. I have always enjoyed Michael Kramer and Kate Reading as narrators. This book should be for those who have either read up to Towers of Midnight, book 13, or have not read any books.
This book involves a inter-twinded Aes Sedai plot that unravelled even before book one of the Wheel of Time. A good read for those who are caught up and a good read for those who have not even started.
Kevin Hearn brings a new edge to magics and modernism. No don't be afraid, the story is good, the book is a quick listen and Luke Daniels does a great job performing his characters down to the last one. His accents are great and the story seems in its natural form. Great job from both. Can't wait for book four, already listened to 2 and 3.
Even referred a friend to this series who does little to no fantasy novels and he enjoyed it as well.
George R.R. Martin continues to impress. This was the book I expected to follow book 4. The story continues to wind to what is still a mysterious ending. I enjoyed my time with this book and can't wait for the next instalment of a great saga. Thanks Mr. Martin.
On a side note, the performer is the respected Roy Dotrice, but he a should have went back and listened to the first three books he narrated. Characters voices were again changed, as with book 4, but I was lost between converting the voices back and just dealing with it, thanks but no thanks. A great listen once you convert the characters back to their better form.
Great story, but Roy, listen back to your first books in this series and get back on the right path. :)
Martin runs a great story, however it lacked parts of the first there that I enjoyed, Roy. John Lee does a good job, but changing the performer always changes the characters, a little. No offence John, but you are no Roy.
Otherwise, a good story to continue in this epic saga.
Martins story again rivets me to the end. Roy is perfect for these stories and encompasses the personalities of the characters very well. With all the twists and bends this saga continues to prove why Martin is a great author.
The whole experience was great. The in depth story, the twists and the individual life each character brings was all around great.
I have no other book in mind that encompasses the story of Mr. Martin.
Roy brings a new light to the story. His cove of the characters brings out the individuality of each. He is a very good performer that deserves a thumbs up.
Deceit, sex and much more.
Love the book, love the performer and love Martins ability to captivate everyone who reads or listens to his novel.
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