This book is the best in the series. It has everything one could look for in epic fantasy. It has shades of LOTR (Remember, you shall not pass!). ASOIAF for the back stabbing / political intrigue and share number of characters getting chopped off. One of the last battles reminded me of a combat from 'First Law Series'. These are pretty big names and this book has elements from all these books in it.
This book had me hooked from the start, and it is one of those book which will entice you to take the long route home hoping for more traffic. Humor made me laugh, depth of characters made me feel for their sorrow and triumphs and felt that this book will give reader an emotional ride while telling a story spanning thousands of years. There are some surprises in the book for good measure. Use of language is great, it flows beautifully and very enjoyable.
Tim Gerad Reynolds narrates like a grandfather telling a story to children, and does it so effectively. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration, and I hope to listen to more books from the narrator.
I had a great time listening to this book, and I highly recommend this book.
This is the second book in the series, and book begins with Drizzt's exile where he has chosen to exile himself due to differences with his family as well as drow society in general. Time away from any social interaction takes a deep toll on Drizzt's psyche which is discussed in a lot of detail. Author continue to flush out the character, and readers gets to know Drizzt at a deeper level. His thought process, his principles and decision making is been discussed in more details that book is more focused on Drizzt than his environment.
Book introduces new races and their cultures which provide more contrast to the drow society. Drizzt's interaction with these races provides good action and entertainment. Drizzt's friendship explored in this book also provides good depth that it is put to test as dark elves hunt Drizzt to appease their deity.
Narration is the same as the first book. Though, not the best, It is well done and does add to the experience.
I find this book to be better written and more enjoyable than the first one, so I recommend this book. I look forward to pick up the next book when it is out.
It is a quick easy listen with intriguing concept. The story is about a dark elf (Drizzt) upbringing in a society that seems to have a lot of unique elements. Story arcs around the struggle between various leading houses. Each house is led by a female cleric. This society seems to be dominated by females where males sometimes thought of as less capable and usually subservient to their female family members.
The struggle between the houses is not about a throne, but it is about being favored by their deity. Back stabbing between houses is actually promoted as long as it is done with certain precision. In general, it is described to be a very paranoid and cynical society. Drizzt growing up in this environment struggle with his inner voice and expectations from his family and society.
Book has enough elements to keep things very interesting from over all story perspective, but a lot of hack and slash along with strange dialogue between characters keep the book less than great. For instance, a female who use to be in leadership position will not have to put male in their place all the time. I would suspect a command would simply be accepted as a matter of fact.
Also, book lacks any sense of humor which is understandable that story takes place in a very dark and in an alien environment.
Narrator does a good enough job here. Narration is at the edge of being too dramatic, but it is tolerable. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I will pick up the next one to see where the overall story takes us. It is a good book, but not a great one. Recommend picking the book up when waiting for your favorite authors to complete their book :)
Book is entertaining, but it is not as focused on the demon war as the title indicates. In my opinion, things didn’t progress much until 7 hours left in the whole book where before it was about the political intrigue and cultural, religion, and cultural differences. It was interesting for little while, but then it became repetitive. I think that book could have been shorter by 5 hours or so. Also, I do not sense the scope of this book as large as it could have been that story discusses few cities. I didn’t get a sense that demons were a global threat (honest word).
On the positive side, it is well written, and narrated. Characters been flushed out and reader gets to know about them and their families (who sometimes do not add much to the story).
Fighting with demons seems to get organized from both cultures, and there is a slew of new type of powers / methodologies to fight the demons which keeps things interesting.
Readers do get to know a bit more about demons, but the book is mostly dominated by humans and not much more is learned about the demons. I feel that author missed an opportunity here that book would have been much better if demon hierarchy / methodologies / goals were discussed in more detail.
Both contenders to be the 'deliverer' finally meet on the last 30 mins of the book and then book has an abrupt ending leaving reader slightly disappointed.
Overall, it is entertaining, and I will read the next book in this saga; however, at best it is a 4 star book that narrator did a great job.
Technical details initially descried in this book about various algorithm / sw development / hw / hacking of phones .. etc are very well researched. I was very impressed how well author is able convey the information to the reader while still making it interesting. I can get into details, but it will get boring : )
Character development is great that user will get to know the main characters and their motivations by the end of the book. Book is pretty fast paced even with technical details it remains interesting. I would describe the story as very plausible fiction.
My only gripe (which is really minor) about the book is that antagonist were not as well defined as I would have liked. Mostly it felt like “they are pulling the strings”, “They are causing this”. Again, it is a very minor gripe.
Narration works well in the context of this book which has a military overtone.
I enjoyed the book, and I will be looking to pick up other books by Daniel Suarez that I am very impressed with the researched put into this book
I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.
The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.
Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.
I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.
Story starts with a dwarf's (Tungdil) journey to complete a chore a wizard assigns to him (Sounds familiar?) Tungdil who is also raised by the wizard from birth knows nothing of his own kin and very curious. This aspect of the story leads into how human perceived dwarves as well as the self image of the dwarves. Tungdil, incidentally, also turns out to be an important player to resolve succession issue within the dwarfish politics. Book is a translation, but it does seem to go through a lot of details of how dwarves might interact and govern themselves as well as their long animosity against elves.
Story has a pretty evil antagonist and turns out that Tungil is the character who is willing to work purely to defeat the evil without any concerns about his own gains. Eventually another journey of adventures takes place to rid of the evil. Party consists of interesting and mysterious characters. Sense of humor is great and delivered expertly by the narrator. Over all though it is pretty standard adventure in the scheme of different books.
Only gripe I had is that in the counsel of dwarves, they knew who the schemer was, but they took no action to stem his action and schemer keep on going about his business. I find that difficult to believe and frustrating to otherwise well written story.
I would pick up the next book in series due to entertainment of how dwarves interacted with each other. Especially the twins : )
This book is entertaining like the previous four books; however, style and story lines are pretty much the same here. This book is probably more entertaining due to narrator that it would be otherwise. The voice of the hound is very well done once again. Iron Druid again mocking a powerful being and running around to avoid the repercussions of his previous actions.
There are couple of problems for me in this series. First, story pretty much told from a single character's perspective lacking others point of view. Most folks who use to reading more sophisticated fantasy books would notice the lack of perspectives from other characters.
Second, Iron druid seems to be either too powerful or other players in the book (including major deities from various myths) are not putting their powers to good use which basically is the symptom of the first problem. I cant help but think that this is fantasy equivalent of fast food that it does not seem to have a lot of substance
Regardless, it is an entertaining book and I burned through it in few days. I would recommend this book, and would happily pick up the next installment.
The best thing about this book is that it treads closer to first law series, and it almost seems that Joe is setting up next trilogy of first law. I could go into details, but that would give things away : )
Like most of his semi 'stand alone' books outside of first law, the premise of this book is simple one as well. Though it may look like it is a revenge story, but it is story about rescue more than anything. If there is blood on the way, so be it.
The setting of the book is of a western but writing remains sharp and edgy. Couple of gripes : ) One, Inquisition is not as top of their game as they have been in past. Also, book has a theme of 'old' where everyone seems to be on the wrong side of age and seem to be reflecting a lot about their younger days.
One the positive side however, when come down to action, most of these characters are top of their game and execute expertly. It makes me think, where does Joe gets these life lessons for his characters? Because some of them are very funny and insightful.
There is violence as one can expect, but in this setting, it comes natural. Writing is witty as well, and I laughed outright on several occasions. A lot of it has to do with Steven Pacey's delivery, and it is match made in audio book heaven. I wish Steven narrate all Joe's book. He does an excellent job once again.
My 5 star rating criteria is that book would made me want to take the long route or even wish to get stuck in traffic. People can compare Joe's previous work with this book all they want, this book is 5 star book.
This book demands attention from the reader/listener that I had to frequently skip back secs / mins to catchup on things which I missed or did not understood because I was not paying needed attention. Partially it is due to the nature of the book the way it is written, and a lot of it is due to narration. The narrator though otherwise did a great job, did finish one chapter of the book and start the next one seemingly in same breath causing confusion at times. I had to get use to this style, but once I was in synch, I had a great time.
Book has mix of great elements such as mage assassins making it an entertaining listen. Even though there is free flow use of magic, author manage to maintain the intrigue of such things while combining it with great character development. Characters are very well flushed out, and combination of interesting skill set makes the plot lines very interesting.
Book does demand attention as mentioned above that not everything is spelled out for the listener. Events are taking place which make no sense at the time gets explained as user continue to read through the book.
Book sets ambitious goal for itself in terms of complexity and quality, and I have to say that it almost achieved it. Though not easy to listen, it is very entertaining sometimes awesome epic. I plan to next book in the series when it arrives. I would recommend this book for seasoned epic fantasy fans.
This book starts off where the first one ends. This book focuses more on courtly intrigue / politics of dealing with mages and back stabbing lords.
Unlike a lot of other epic fantasies, this book does not slow down and burden reader with too much detail about the surroundings. There is enough for user to get a good feel for what is going on yet story moves along at a quick pace. Decisions are being made, and consequences of those decisions coming forth in short order.
The policies of making a peace, I found, as entertaining as the battle focused first book. Struggle to forge a peace with mages turned out to be challenge, if you ever wonder how things would unfold if a nation of mages were to be your mortal enemy then this is the book for you.
Again, there is no complacency from the king, yet kingdom is in a struggle for its survival. The magic is there, but it subtle and evil. I really enjoyed how it was used.
This book concludes the story, and it is only the second book; however, author did a great job flushing out characters to a point a reader would really care for them. The only gripe about the book is that it is very serious, and there is not much levity.
Narrator did a great job here again, and I have become a fan of Mackay Wood that I will be impatiently waiting for his next book
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