The Druids. There aren't any real Druids in this book. They are child pretenders and not real Druids. Grianne Ohmsford was a real Druid and so was Allanon and even Walker Boh. Can you imagine what Bremen would say about a Druid that would confront dozens of armed soldiers and the only thing she can do is "fling" 3 of them back a little bit and then send a tripping magic at a few?Also, Paranor has fallen to treachery in the past and they know it. Now soldiers are at the gates and they know for a fact that a traitor is in the Druid Keep. Do they think to....Oh I don't know....maybe CHECK THE DOORS???? They know the soldiers can't get into the keep unless someone opens a door for them and they know there is a traitor, and even have it narrowed down to two people, and the next morning a few hundred soldiers amass in front of the keep. The Druids know they can't attack or if they do attack, they will be destroyed. So, do they check the doors? No. They stand on the wall and stare at the soldiers saying that "hmm, we have a traitor" but do nothing about it.Once the Keep takes down the airships and kills all those men, maybe 400 are left? 500 at the most? That ends up being enough to take the Keep and only the old magic, from the pit below the keep, is enough to save it? It has to take the keep and lock it away the way Allanon did years before. Those Driuids were pathetic.
Think about the Druids a little more.
Yes although I hope its not as whisper quiet as this one.
Yes but it's not his best work, not by far.
Yes, when the elfling Druid defended herself in Arborlon she had to kill a man. His body disappeared and no one ever mentioned it again, not even the Druid.
Most often I find that protagonist in most books lacking in certain ways but often the author compliments the hero with a supporting cast and they often come together to make the story enjoyable. The Gray Man is awesome in that the supporting cast is a plus but as legendary as he is in the book, he is very human in that he has his flaws and many I can relate with easily. I have zipped through the first two books and I'm a little sad seeing that there is currently only 3 titles in the series. The 4th will be out soon but not soon enough for me.
One thing that I couldn't help but laugh at. The Gray Man struggles with what is starting to be an addiction to pain killers. The author needs to learn a little more about morphine. It is not a psychedelic which at 20 mg will cause him to stare at the ceiling during a phone call and not be able to speak to his superior without stuttering, saying "whoa" and "wha?" when it comes time to talk about the exfiltration of a kidnapped president with his commando team leader whom he is holding captive can only say "Wow, they wind up those celing material strands by hand into these little......so on and so on". This was not his first time taking extremely strong painkillers and the amount he took would take the edge off, not cause him to trip as if he was on acid. I love the way the author does not get preachy about addiction but instead treats it as a normal person would treat it. Drugs are bad, we all know this since we are adults after all, and I was happy to see the author didn't decide to preach to me about it. Instead he describes how our hero deals with it, or doesn't deal with it for that matter since I don't know what will happen later.
Lastly I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The story kept me interested and as with some books, I did not have to go back to reread a section because something just didn't click. At times I forgot I was reading a book (listening, you know what I mean) and just enjoyed the story. The narrator gets a big thumbs up from me for this as well. They both hit the mark dead on.They were both....On Target! Sorry, I could not resist.
I was only able to give this book 4 stars for Story because although I really liked the book, it felt somewhat incomplete. Maybe it was the way it swapped back and forth between the two time lines, I don't know. Please don't misunderstand, I did like the book a lot, but each time I started really falling into the one time line story I was pulled back into the other. The two stories were well thought out and presented, my complaint isn't there....it's just that, well, maybe I'm not a fan of the split time line method.
That said, I still had to rate the overall and story a full four stars. It was that good I think.
The performance I gave 5 stars because the narrator is truly an artist. His narrating was good enough that often times I forgot I was hearing a reading, he had me so engrossed in the story.....know what I mean? It's hard to explain but please trust in this, James Langton is an artist and he really brought out the best in the novel.
I enjoyed book one in this series but this book really took off. It's nice to see a story written for adults that doesn't involve teenagers stumbling along and having everything come together in the end mostly by accident.
We learn much more about Nathan in this book as well as Tommy the Werewolf. Tommy wasn't exactly a major player in book one, or at least not one I cared much about but in this book we learn much more and to be honest, the more I learned the more I liked him.
No spoilers, don't worry. I'm just glad the author included Tommy and I think you will also
I can guarantee that if you enjoyed book one, this one is a no-brainer. You will love it. Nathan just gets better and better.
For fear of giving up a spoiler I can only say, some things start to make more sense...finally.
I kept seeing the Night/Day Watch titles in my searches at Audible but for one reason or another, I kept skipping by them. I finally took the chance and I regret not doing so sooner. Maybe its because of the translation from Russian or maybe something else completely, but the flow of the story is captivating. Sometimes I forgot I was listening to a book. I would start thinking about this or that aspect of the story and often I had to rewind a section because I would just "space" out during a part. LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed the rich and detailed world the author setup. He has quite a talent for keeping the reader interested and wanting more. This book more so than others I've loved, kept me wanting to listen "just a little longer". More than once, after driving home listening I'd sit in my car on the driveway for a bit, just to get an extra 10 minutes farther into the story.
I will most definitely be following up this book with the Day Watch that I believe comes next. For those of you looking for something just a little bit different in the fantasy genre, this is it I think.
I like the genre, the sherlock holms like sleuthing and the british narrators, and this book did deliver that but it is clearly not geared towards adults. Many of the plot developments are obvious to an adult and if anyone had read Sir Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels, one particular development would have stood out like a sore thumb. I'll not say more because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone but as I said, to anyone who has read the original Sherlock Holmes it would be obvious. Even at the end, there would have been a blaringly obvious development being setup for the next book(s) in this series.
That said, I did enjoy the book to a degree, enough that I don't regret purchasing it but I do wish it was properly labeled. This should be in the teen or pre-teen sections.
Ok, I couldn't stop listening. lol. You understand my point. I was very surprised that the premise in this book could be taken so far. I was taken aback at first, at the idea that the protagonists in this story were so long-lived and almost immortal and the fact that having the power they do, most people I know would abuse the heck out of it. As the story developed I just couldn't stop listening. I'd stay up late an hour or two just to get farther into the story.The imagination of this author amazes me and his talent in writing kept me interested throughout.
I was also amazed at how richly the author developed the world and the Incrementalist's power or magic, however you look at it. Some authors have trouble detailing such things in a series but this author handled it quite marvelously in just this one book.
I'm not familiar with this author but I think that very soon I will be.
I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't often interested in fantasy or sci-fi stories. I think almost anyone can enjoy this story. It was well worth the time spent.
I'll mention it because it's mentioned in the book description and review so I'm not Spoiling anything, once again Richard can't use his magic. How many times has Mr Goodking played this card? I really hope he gets around to Richard really learning about his power soon. This "anger" is the key to a war wizard's power is just plain incorrect and Mr Goodkind knows it. The readers know it. In the Temple of the Winds Richard learned all about everything in the Temple as well as his Power, so he was able to use his gift at will. He was bored sitting on his throne and with no anger involved he was able to use his magic. I'm thinking Mr Goodkind is saving this part of the story for a later book and Richard will probably learn that his Gift involves the "Balance" they keep talking about and just like with the Sword of Truth, his power will have both the anger and the love aspects to it. (and boredom as well if the Temple of the Winds events can be applied)
Regardless, this isn't his best work but it's not his worst. I was surprised at some of the events and I am actually looking forward to the next book. something happened at the end here (No Spoilers, its ok) that at first I was shocked and a little angry, but then as I thought about it, I was more and more intrigued. I think we'll get to see one of the main characters grow as the haven't yet since they were introduced. I'm sorry to be so vague but I don't want to ruin someone's read or give out a Spoiler.
As far as the other events in the book, I did enjoy most of it. I did speed up the narration when Mr Goodkind went on and on about explaining some of the intricacies of their magic but to be honest I didn't do it too much.Overall The Thrid Kingdom is classic Richard and Kahlan, which is why I bought the book in the first place.
Being a Forgotten Realms fan for a long time I couldn't wait for the books in this series to come out. I miss the old gods like Mask and Mystra and their Chosen. I especially like all of the Earvis Cale books. I was excited to hear that Mags and Drasek Riven would be back but maybe I was expecting too much and raised the bar so high in my mind that no story could measure up? I don't know but I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in some parts of the story. The two twisted and cursed brothers? I just didn't understand why they were featured so prominently. I listened at 1.5 times normal speed to get past their blathering nonsense like "We do this and the Head Devil of the 8th Hell Mephostopholis, he will keep his promise and remove this curse, bla bla bla". A king of the Hells keeping his word? A child would know better.
I'm going to try and stay away from Spoilers but Magaden wasn't involved in the story very much. His contacting the Source, a huge event in the past, is treated as being as trivial as making a sandwich. In the end, I thought a book with Mags, Drasek, and Cale would keep me at the edge of my seat. I'm sorry to say it didn't.
I am glad to see some of the events that happened in this book (I won't go into detail to keep this Spoiler Free) so I do not regret reading it. I do wish it had kept me more....well, on the edge of my seat the way the older Cale/Drasek/Mags/Jack/Mask stories once did.
If there was a half star I'd have given the Story 2.5 stars but since there is not, because I am such a Forgotten Realms fan I'll give this story the benefit of rounding up to 3 stars.
I was a little worried that this book would just be another Singularity or AI being created and it'd be book 1 all over again. Well, there was another Singularity but that is where the similarity ends. The author once again does an awesome job of meshing good storytelling with accurate tech to keep everyone engrossed in the story.
This Narrator does a much better job than the narrator from the 1st book. Others have disagreed with me but I just didn't like the narrator's performance in Book 1.
I stay away from spoilers so I will only say this, I hope that there will be a 3rd book. The author could very well end this story here, with the end of this book, but I hope he doesn't.
Thank You Mr Hertling.
I agree with another reviewer, Tom from CA, in that the author seems to have lost interest in the Drizzt Character. He does seem like he wanted to wrap this up and finish it.
Mini-Spoiler Alert- I'm going to try and stay away from some details so I don't ruin this for those who have not read this book but some things I can't help but mention. Please, be warned. The book started out a little slow and it never really sped up. The action scenes always left me wanting a little more which can be a good thing but the author never delivered. I read page after page trying to figure out where everything was going but I just couldn't. The mother-son storyline was cliche in the extreme between Dalia and Effron the Broken Tiefling. It was easily predictable where that storyline would lead. The Drizzt, Entreri, and Dalia triangle was more of an obtuse rhombus and if my description there doesn't make sense then I succeeded in showing exactly how that "triangle" led nowhere and made no sense. Sorry for that.
I have enjoyed Salvatore's writing style and his Drizzt books for years and even if I wasn't interested in the story specifics themselves, Salvatore was always able to pull me in and keep me turning pages. He is that good a writer and storyteller. This time it seems his heart just wasn't in it. I was very interested in the Regis and Cattie-Brie teasers but they ended up going nowhere. The ending was just like a flooded back yard that slowly just drained and faded away. If this is to be the end of Drizzt Du'Orden, and it is by no means clear that this is the end, then he met quite the sad ending. Again, to be clear, I can't even tell you if this was the end of Drizzt, that was how unclear it was. I was forced to go back and re-read the advertising for this book to make sure it was the end of the series and sadly it was.
The ending timeline was perfect for ending this book in 1,000 different directions but I am dissappointed in the way the author chose Drizzt to go.
I am very happy that at least Artemis Entreri isn't dead or even close to it. I hope he comes back in a trilogy all his own someday. He is one of my favorite characters and I don't want to see him go.
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