Definitely more intellectual than exciting. I don't mind intellectual writing,but prefer it in equal measures of excitement and either comedy or wit.
I was led on by the hope that it got better, only to find disappointment in the end.
The reason i gave the story 3 stars...there is an academy for children in the book, the treatment of the children is evil and made me want to vomit, i was beyond disturbed to red hot anger.
On balance the book is good, other than the obvious i enjoyed it. Perhaps i'm a little over sensitive where child abuse is concerned and if you are like me in that prepare yourself or skip the book.
The book was great and didn't need the added drama of abuse to entertain or add to the drama. It was simply gratuitous, in my opinion.
I feel unsatisfied by this series ending...not that this was a bad end, but because any end would be bad...there is something too epic in Jordan's creation for this to end, it has felt like perhaps it should have branched into a series of linked, but independent novels to explore and tell the stories of a few of the many characters Jordan created...the work is just that rich with potential.
Many times during this series we leave favorite characters behind to follow another leaving untold much that would be of great interest in this epic world. I would see those tales told, by new authors of course, but in the rich tradition Jordan spoiled us all on.
This tale has been a part of three decades of my life...and though i'm not a part of the 'fandom nation' he garnered online, nor am i so well versed in the detail of each book as some, i suspect there is a great market for a few branches in the storyline and more material than even a handful of authors could handle.
Over these past decades i often wondered what would happen should, god forbid, Jordan should pass, and leave the tales untold...or would i go before he published them...neither were welcome possibilities, but i have read them all, and yet, i still feel there should have been more...Thom Merillon pondered in this book when to end the telling of a tale, and his answer was to leave town while you were still a novelty among the people...not in those words of course, but close enough. I feel like we were left wanting more, that much goes untold, and of course that makes for a great storybook ending...but Robert Jordan is lost to us now...there will be no 'next big thing' from him...I don't feel ready to move on, to not look forward to what's next in 'The Eye of the World' epic three decade long series...
My compliments to Brandon Sanderson for filling impossible to fill shoes...no one could be Robert Jordan but the man himself...it was brave to take this on.
There will always be those who claim the book was disappointing...those same people have said that about volumes when Jordan lived, and wrote them himself...don't allow anyones comments keep you from bearing witness to The Last Battle....
I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters seem to have come from 1950's era novel and not in a good way. The world and it's varied life forms are fantastic and well conceived, So the book is worth reading if you like a well thought out world. The potential for that world is terrific for future books, but if the main characters aren't improved there may not be another book.
This is a book one might listen to while waiting for something better to come along, and really that category makes up two thirds of the books i read.
Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
Buy this series, you'll love them!
I loved this series! Very entertaining and very cleverly written. I would say it was PG-13 though for some sexual tension and frank, but not explicit, language.
I recommend this series for fans of every genre', and age save those under 13. I also think you must start from book one titled "Bloody Jack", also a great read!
The Narration is fantastic, save for the occasional folk song. The singing is very good, and appropriate for the story line, but after 7 books in the series a bit old.
The book is worth twice what they charge and I would gladly pay it for any single book in this series.
Very captivating, unique story, with both likable, and hatable characters. Overall a good book, though I would liked to have seen more fighting, and the action there was seemed a little less than exciting, but a book I'm glad to have listened to, and recommend it to fans of fantasy.
I am a sci fi war book junkie. This book seemed perfect for me after reading the intro. The plot is a good one, but it lacks the polish often found in the first in a series. I expect improvement in the next book which often happens.
There is a lot of room for expansion on this books plot line. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment. As I stated there is also a lot of room for prequels as well, we seem to step into a world that could use a little more background.
At the time of this review I do not know if there are paper versions of this series, but I'm an audiobook enthusiast, and prefer to find them here on Audible. Unfortunately Audible has issues with releasing all books in a series, to my eternal frustration.
All that said, this book is credit worthy, enjoy!
I was a fanatic after the first book of this series, I read all of them more times than I can recall. Jordan's death was a stunning blow to both his potential and the end of this series.
Somewhere along the way in this series I outgrew/ lost my fanaticism for the series, I'm not sure if I had outgrown it or if the writing had gone stale for me.
As a result my expectations for this collaborated end game were low. Thank god it far exceeded my expectations! I will be standing in line for the next two books, and am currently rereading the entire series. Thank you Mr. Sanderson, and Robert Jordan. May he rest in peace.
Harriet, you chose well. Your husband would have been relieved to know his fans are still out here and still love him for thinking of us in his final days. The greatest gift is to leave something behind that is loved as much as his work, quite the testament to his life.
the book was very good, the narrator cost this book it's fifth star.
I think a great book can be ruined by the narrator, and a bad book made good by the right one.
It's a job I would love, matching book and narrator.
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