The problem with many others that create prequels and sequels is that they try to make the story too outrageous and in a way unrealistic. This is a fantasy book, but the characters actually feel real.
In revelations Royce and Hadrian seemed like an odd pair, but it was stated that at first they actually despised each other. This book describes how it all began better than I could of imagined. The best thing about this book it made me understand Royce and Hadrian much more. Character development is lacking in some series, but with Riyria Chronicles and Revelations the author makes you feel how they are feeling with every loss and hardship. He makes you understand the type of people they are.
Also the back story on Gwen makes you understand her more as a character as well. You also start to see how genuine and nice she actually is. In Revelations she was a little bit of a mystery and did not seem as much of an important character.
There is also some extra mystery coming out in this book that makes me wonder if the author will reveal more of the story from the point of view of the professor. How he knows what he does and whom he is working with.
All in all I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone that has read Revelations or is just looking for other great books as well. Michael Sullivan really knows how to develop his characters so you can really understand who they are. I would probably still read Revelations first though since I believe you will fall in love with the characters quicker there and really want to know how they came to be.
This book was not as enjoyable as the first, but still a good continuation of the story. The biggest gripe I had with the book was probably the lack of communication between characters, and how some characters believe that they are smarter than all the others. There are some good twists and preparation for the next book as well. I saw one of the main characters in this book make one bad decision after another, but I also saw others countering the characters decisions behind the scenes in a way. The only problem is that now I have to wait for the next book to see how it finally plays out, and I want to see some characters put in their places.
Fitz is back and there are many new things going on in his life. If you expect a lot of Fitz and Fool action in this book though you will be very disappointed. This story is well written, but ease to figure out early on. It seems that Fitz is blind sometimes and very stubborn at what is in front of him too. The book was enjoyable, but the whole time you may have an urge to smack Fitz's head to make him see what is in front of him.
This book also ends with a fairly large cliffhanger, so of course I will be reading more. If you enjoy Robin Hobb's writing style pick this up and you probably will regret it. If you hate people making terrible choices by withholding information from each other you might not like this book.
I have been waiting for this book for a while now, but I believe it was worth the wait. I have read some reviews that do not like the multiple point of views, but I could not see another way to tell his story. In this book you will receive some answers that you might of asked in the first book about things like the 7th order, and who some of the assassins were. As in all good writing though you will have a few more after you read the book.
Some of the best parts of this story are how the characters developed since the last book. In this book many of the characters go through some really bad things. Some become the better for it, others much worse. In the first book most things worked out in a way. In this one expect a little more grime and hardships throughout the story. Truly a great read.
The Stormlight Archive is really beginning with this book in my opinion. Sanderson really makes you explore other characters and makes you feel that you really know them. You really get to know Shallan in this book which at first annoyed me in a way, but at the end she did really start to feel so much more real and I am starting to like her in a way. I think that might be because of the jokester she has along for the ride though as well.
This book is long, but it actually solves many questions from the first book. Then it adds on about a million more, but really what else can you expect. If you really love character development and getting to know Roshar you will love this book.
Then of course at the end their is about 4 consecutive "curve balls" thrown your way to make you even more confused and of course more excited for the next book.
I like to listen and read along which will give you some opportunities to look at some of the nice illustrations that are in the book. It really helps me understand everything much better when I can see what monsters and areas really look like. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are really fantastic narrators that really give the book a good flow.
I have listened to it a second time because I really enjoyed the way the author writes. He makes everything so descriptive and makes you understand their world well. I also listened again to see if I could make out some extra information I did not notice until I read the second book.
I enjoy how he describes Trapis and how he shows how the man did not see anything, but the hearts of those he helps. His details on the small things are the most memorable to me.
He is great at giving characters their unique voice. I can always understand who is speaking without being told which is very nice.
The Kingkiller Chronicles might have some characters you may not like in particular, but the way that it is written makes you want to listen. You understand why most people are the way they are and it goes into the depths of many characters. After you read this once you will realize how beautifully it is written.
If you are a fan of the series this will be one of the more exciting books so far. There are new powers it seems and many ways for everything to turn out. James Marsters is of course an amazing narrator as well. If you like Sci-Fi you will love this series.
Ender's Game is an audiobook I have been told was always amazing and it did not fall short. The end took myself by a little bit of surprise and the book is one that is best when finished. If you listen or read it without finishing you may not enjoy it, but the author really knows how to put it all together.
This is probably my second favorite standalone audiobook I have listened to.
Truthfully I can not compare the rook to any audiobook I have listened to so far since it is very fresh and new. There are many new ideas that really kept it interesting.
She seems to be a perfect match for the book.
This is a new type of Sci-Fi book to myself. This does not hold to the whole wizard, vampire, and werewolf theme. It goes into many well thought out abilities and makes the book a lot more entertaining.
I enjoyed the narration, but this book must be wonderful in paperback as much as it is as an audiobook.
This is a story that appealed to my nerdy side. The author really did paint a picture of the story.
Will Wheaton has a good voice for narrating.
When you find out who all the characters are in real life it shows how people do not need to know your face to know you.
At first the premise of the book did not appeal to myself truthfully, but is possibly one of my favorite standalone audio-books I have ever read. The author does not only make you understand the characters, but makes them really feel like real people.
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