Kelso, WA, United States | Member Since 2012
No, I am not a repeater and you should not be either!
I liked the character development that came along with a good quick pace in the story.
Holden and Ryall's little conversations. I kind of felt Michael was breaking some new ground for himself during these conversations.
Extreme reaction? Well I didn't break into hives or anything. But if your just asking about normal book reading reactions sure. I laughed and had a general good time while listening.
Good book and worth the read. It is a little battle heavy, so for some who are not into that I am giving you a warning. The last battle was kind of drawn out but still enjoyable.
It would depend on the person. If they love the YA demographic I would recommend this book. As for a Epic Fantasy reader no I would not.
I don't think so. I really have no interest in reading the second book. I almost turned it off near the end but I dredged through it.
There are a couple books that are on my wish list with this narrator. I didn't like him for this book. I felt that it was a bad pairing and would tell Derek to try and stay away from young characters. The whine in the protagonist voice just starts eating at you. It could be the writing as well. I am going to give Derek another chance.
It has a couple more books in this series. I will not be partaking in that adventure.
My vote is to pass on this book. Its just so average I cant really say anything nice about it. I mean, I tried to like it.
I think I might have liked this a little more if a different narrator had read it. Might be a better book to read in print.
First I would eliminate all the world building that has ties to our own world. (Geography, Religion, and racial stereo types.) Next I would put a better set of rules on the magic system, In the book it just felt like everything ever magical ever thought up is fair play.
Character development was the best thing about this book. You will end up liking almost every main character in the story. Also the story line is pretty good too. Even though it feels like you are reading two stories. I thought the battle scenes were pretty good also. Kind of felt like I was watching a battle in a X Men Movie.
Nick Podehl is a 6 star act. He is my all time favorite Narrator. He was so great in The Name of the Wind. And he shows his skill in this Narration too.
Well yea... Alaron Mercer needs to chase down that conniving thief Kim.
I personally some up main characters story lines in my head but never publish them (for humor purposes). Today I will share.
Alaron Mercer (Harry Potter meets Sherlock Holmes and still ends up a wimp)
Kazim (Save the stupid princess)
Elena Anborn ("Kevin Costner has got nothing on me!" The Body Guard "the movie")
Ramita Ankesharan ("Im the Princess Save ME!' o wait never mind.)
Above are just jokes that kind of stand close to the truth for humor purposes.
Over all I really liked Alarons main story line. I thought it was very well done. Some times I felt as if as if two people wrote this book. One female and one male. I am sure that's not the case but it felt like that at times.
Is this a skip or a read? The waters are just too mucky for me to send you my advise. I feel that some might really like this book. Its definitely not a gem however. If you really enjoy Nick Podehls readings you will like the way he kicks butt on the Indian accents.
Yes I had a great time listening to this one. It was a fun adventure. You have to get over some things and just immerse yourself into the story. Did you know there are almost 10 million horses in the US ... "who would have thought." I was having a real hard time believing that there had been this many horses rounded up for military use in this story. So I had to look it up. (your thinking lol THATS WHAT you had a hard time believing)
Yes, From the reviews I am fearing the second book however. The whole Wicca thing was one of my un-favorite parts about this book... and apparently he has a whole bunch of ramblings about Wicca in the second book. I think for the re-installation of a magic system onto earth. I would have gone with something brand new. (with a nice bright shine to it.)
I liked this guy. He is no five star but he tries real hard and I appreciate that.
Sure I don't see why not. For a show like this though Ron Perlman is mandatory.. not the main star... but in the show... mandatory.
I dont plan on reading the second book right away. So I dont know if this is a pass or a must read. I heard the series gets better. You know that book in your favorite series that was just bad. AHHH Lord of Chaos Robert Jordan Cheewww I feel that this second book might be that.
This question is hard for this book. It really depends on what type of book you like. It ranks in the top 20 for character development and character relationships. But if you looking for a action packed adventure this is not it. The story is written well and if you like the Farseer Trilogy you going to like or even love this book.
Well its a bit beat up. But as usual Poor Fitz hits rock bottom. And the ending is where everything gets back to normal. Kind of finding a pattern in Robins writing.
James is a great narrator. He is a strong four star. The fools voice is my favorite. Being as he kind of has to do a unisex voice, I find it amusing.
I would stick with the book tittle on this one. Golden Fool
Its a must read if you love Fitzchivalry Farseer. I could see some who are use to a action packed novel not liking this kind of writing.
I would have to say when the Prince Jalan came to the realization that Snory was his friend. It was nice moment in a action packed book.
Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater lol. It takes a chapter or two or three to get used to his voice as a new character if you have heard Tim before. The Narrator is most excellent. "dude"I read normal books but its never as much fun. Reading takes all my attention. And granted some audible books do require almost all my attention most do not.
I choose to treat my self to a book when doing mundane tasks. But I could see someone listing to the book in one sitting.
Nice solid book. It was missing some figurative magic somewhere. I cant really place it. So I don't feel right giving it a 5 star. I almost want to say parts of the book felt slow and others felt to fast. The other thing is, I really liked the Prince and Snory, but I wanted to love them.
Character, Action, Story. Those are my favorite parts about this book.
The best moment was when the sword gave old matty a splitting head ache. lol
This Narrator was Fabulous. I want to steal him and make him read Epic High Fantasy books.
This book was so action packed I had a hard time being moved. When Browning shot the Grey Horse in the head. Threw the entire conversation I was thinking just shoot him all ready.
As other reviewers said don't judge a book by its cover. If you looking for something a little different this book is a must. The whole Alternative history in the 30s is something that is completely not up my ally. But the story steals the world building and you don't even really notice the time frame. The characters in the story do act and talk like you would from that stereotypical time frame. I found that very enjoyable to listen too.
All and all this book is very fun and action packed. 5 stars on all accounts.
The world building and his magic system had a ton of potential that felt unfinished. I can understand and appreciate a slow build for these two subjects. The story "I felt" needed a more solid base of magic and world building for it to stand out from other epic fantasy books.
The thing I disliked the most... Hands down the narration of the girls voice. Princess Elaine
Prince Herric's fight at the near end. It was written well and was pretty exciting.
He did ok. As i said, his little girl voice just just so very annoying.
Not for me. Some others seemed to enjoy the book. I just have so much to read. I was hoping to find a gem but I did not.
Generally I would say skip or read on a book. But I am up in the air on this one. It was ok and a bit long for what it was. I did feel relief when the book finally ended.
Also I think the book might have been a little better with a different Narrator.
World Building was almost nil. Its not really a Fantasy at all. Nothing FANTASTICAL happens or is shown in the book. Basically, there was nothing cool about this book. Him getting the horse was my favorite part.
No I have not. I probably wont again.
I have not. He does a good job however. The Narration is not the issue.
I would take out all the romantic encounters. So Darius love interest and later his wife.
On a positive note. Character development is done very well in this book. But not enough to support the book as a whole. The plot was basically a oath, a couple battles and a marriage. And the world building is pretty much nil. I hate to give bad reviews but, I bought this book due to its positive ones. I don't understand why people have given this book great reviews. Unless they are just used to boring or audible rookies.
I didn't read it in print. I think this book would have been better if I would have taken the time and read the book. Most of the time a narrator will make a book even better. This was not the case.
I really liked the beginning of the book. His trails and tribulations at the beginning were interesting and fun to listen too. Later on the story starts to get driven by politics and war. I kind of felt this is where to book went the wrong way.
I am sorry NO.
Yes. I was mad. A few hours into the book, I was like this is a really good book and this Narrator is horrible.
I would pass on this book and read the print version. I think you will have a better appreciation for the book.
I also wished for a little bit of a better understanding of the Blood Song (his special power) I still feel I never really grasped what it does. I guess my complaint is the author left the whole magical system in a vale of mystery.
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