The story had a lot of depth to it, despite being fairly short. Sanderson has really matured as an author (comparing to the first Mistborn book), and it's great to read almost anything by him.
The book is pretty unique - but it did remind me a little of the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch - where they would create various personalities for use in their various schemes. In this story, this is done magically, but it had a slightly similar feel.
Alternate History Fantasy
While the setting is different, I found a lot of parallels between this series and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series.
The way magic works in this book reminded me a little of the Mistborn system, and the main villain and the main female character also have a lot of similarities to those characters in Mistborn - though not enough that I'd say there was any copying going on :)
The ending - such plot twists! The author does such a marvelous job of foreshadowing but only giving you a little information so you are still not quite sure exactly what is going on - or even making you think something completely different is happening than what really is.
yes, but without some pretty major spoilers it would be hard to explain :)
The performance on this book is absolutely the best I have ever heard on Audible - period.
The honor previously went to the narration on the unabridged Timothy Zahn Star Wars Thrawn trilogy.
After some very precursory reading of reviews, I immediately bought books 2 and 3 of this series, and am working on book 2 currently, and loving it.
I grabbed this book when it was on sale and loved it. It has a similar feel as Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series. I definitely plan to listen to the second book!
Wow - this one hooked me - you have an engaging story within a story, and I can't wait to learn what happens next.
The wait for this book was long... we were delivered about 1/3 of it with A Feast for Crows, but the stories I most wanted to read are in this volume. Things are finally moving in the right direction.
As other reviewers have said, the choice of voicing for many characters - especially young and female characters isn't as good as it was in previous Martin books I bought from Audible - though some characters, such as Tyrion are perfect.
I enjoyed Zahn's Thrawn books immensely - this should be the canon - it's far superior to the Episodes 1 - 3 in it's imagination and scope.
Please bring out the rest of this series in unabridged format - I will buy them all, but I will not buy the currently offered abridged versions.
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