I’m starting to suspect that Larry Correia is secretly an “active” with writing magic. Every book in this series is phenomenal and Warbound is as satisfying an ending as I could have asked for.
The novel itself is solid 4-star crime procedural. The novel plus the included novella (which I enjoyed more the main novel and is performed by an All-Star cast of my favorite Audible voice talents) make this a 5-star listen. Scalzi nearly lost me as a fan after his last two books, but "Lock In" has all the hallmarks which drew me to his writing in the first place.
This is a review of the version performed by Wil Wheaton.
I’m a big fan of Clines and the Ex-Heroes series, but this installment disappointed me in the following ways:
It was VERY slow to develop. The first half of this book completely diverges from the successful formula of the previous three installments. I’m aching to say more, but I don’t want to get into spoilers. Let’s just say that prior to the 50% mark I was often tempted to commit the cardinal sin of fast forwarding, something that never crossed my mind while I was joyfully engrossed in the earlier books.
The antagonist was a letdown on several fronts. Again, I’m dying to expand on this but I’m trying to be respectful to the author and future readers.
The absence of two of the three voice actors who performed the earlier books really hurt the audio performance, especially for Freedom and Stealth. It was jarring.
I did enjoy the backstory on Stealth (who is easily my favorite character).
I hope the next installment returns to form.
A great, fast-paced dystopian fantasy with all the usual hallmarks of Sanderson’s excellent writing (strong characters, an original and well-developed magic system, an all-powerful yet fascinating villain) packed with satisfying plot twists and intriguing mysteries that pulled me along. I really hope this is the start of a new series (and I’m pretty sure it is given the number of major questions left unresolved). If you liked Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Series or Peter Cline’s Ex-Heroes series, you will enjoy this. Great listen.
The great story premise and synopsis led me to believe I was getting an urban fantasy with fascinating characters drawn into strange happenings at a mysterious bookstore that is more than it appears to be. Instead I got something like Ready Player One with Google worship and modern technobabble in place of 80s trivia and nerd wish fulfillment ruining what could have been a great plot. I wish the person who wrote the synopsis had also written the novel.
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