The author writes well, and the voice talent is perfectly capable. Nothing in this work draws attention to itself as being sub-standard. I'd probably try to author again, and definitely try the narrator again.
No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,
Was I the only one who didn't like this book? I kept trying to like it, but I just never really did. It never really captured my interest. I wanted it to, but it was a struggle all the way through. I found it quite dull, actually.
Finally, some stand-out new fantasy. It checks all the boxes for traditional epic fantasy without feeling formulaic. It's well-written, intelligent, and introduces its own flavor of the mystic. Highly recommended to the seasoned fantasy reader.
I would recommend this book to someone new to the genre. The writing is skilled and the story is engaging.
However, I found it to be average and forgettable - literally. I had to reread the publisher's notes to remind myself about it before writing this review a scant couple of weeks after finishing the book. But that's probably because I've been reading this genre for decades. If you've read through Butcher, Sanderson, Martin, Brett, Rothfuss, and Abercrombie, and you're looking for more, this isn't it.
Decent Steam Punk Detective Story. Any necromancy in the story is incidental. I bought it based on the first, which I enjoyed well enough because of the supernatural angle. This book was a disappointment, because it was just a piece of fiction staring a character who happened to be a necromancer. Almost none of the subject matter which made its predecessor enjoyable.
Just a solid piece of fiction, with clever and intelligent writing. I plan to purchase its sequel.
I should start by admitting that I'm sick of YA Fiction. I was jonesing for some great epic fantasy a la Abercrombie, Sanderson, etc. when I saw that this was rated well. Yes, I did see that it was YA, but I gave it a chance in the hopes that it would stand above its brethren. It didn't, but it wasn't bad, either. Just not memorable or noteworthy. I'd say, it was solidly mediocre.
I usually go for swash-buckling adventure, fantasy, espionage, or zombie fiction. You know - fun violence. I have little tolerance for "chick lit," which I know is terribly uncouth of me to say, but there you have it. I did really like _The Help_, which has nothing to do with this novel, and yet it does, for the following reasons: it was well-written (no cloying language), has characters who are flawed and interesting, and has a plot with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested.
If you asked me whether I'd enjoy a novel about elementary school parents, I'd say , "um, no thanks." But this book isn't *about* parents of school-aged kids per se. It's about everyone you know, and their complex yet simple motivations.
I enjoyed it, and I'm going to check out more of this author's work. Right now.
I agree with what everyone is saying: this is a complex (but not overly so) novel that scratches all of my Epic Fantasy itches, and then some. Upon completing it, I immediately restarted it to see if the seeds of the ending were present. Of course they were. Nothing in this book is extraneous. It is multi-layered and accessible. I loved our hero almost from the word 'go.'
The story is a very interesting one, and there were a lot of directions the author could have gone. But the book never really got there. I stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, bored. That's not a good sign for a book about ghosts.
What happened, Mr. Brett???
First, I must say that I have been counting the days (and weeks, and months) until this release. The other two books, I’ve read and listened to MANY times each. I love the characters, the action, the whole concept of the demons and wards. I was even so starved for the story that I listened intently to the Krasian’s stories, rather than just tolerating them as a means to an end (namely, getting back to Cutter’s Hollow).
I’ve sung the praises of these books to anyone who’ll listen.
So when I saw that Audible had The Daylight War nearly two weeks early, I thought either Christmas came late, or there was some mistake.
And then I WISHED it’d been a mistake. Thank God they used Pete Bradbury again, because that’s the only thing that got me through the **tedium** of the first half of the book. The interactions between Arlon and Rena were especially painful. Not only did I feel like I was back in junior high, but Mr. Brett made sure I REALLY understood the point he was trying to convey about Arlon’s new aww shucks, Regular Joe demeanor (another huge disappointment) and Rena’s neediness. Even Leesha’s parts felt weak. There were many things he glossed over (Leesha and the duke), while belaboring the broader points of Arlon’s and Rena’s insipid interactions.
Finally, around the half-way mark, we get some action, and things progress. We have battles, thank the creator. And then, after all that, the book ends with a cliffhanger?! Ugh.
In summary: yes, you should get the book. It’s got some good content, even if it takes its sweet time getting there. But PLEASE don’t judge the series by this book. And, Mr. Brett, PLEASE write the fourth book as well as you wrote the first two.
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