Surprising, unconventional, exciting, and the ending leaves you wanting the third book NOW. Superior book in every way to his debut novel Bitter Seeds.
Just read up that Ian Tregillis's had this manuscript finished since 2010, and the hard cover is only coming out in June of this year.
Really hope these editors can get it together over at TOR. Would hate to wait two more years for the third book.
Cheers to Audible for getting this months before the hardcover edition. Hope they can pull strings for the next one as well.
Great listen. Fascinating story.
Absolutely wonderful listen. The plot is intricate, and the way it plays out is simply beautiful. Remarkable debut.
I have to admit I was frustrated during this audiobook. The ending was fantastic and definitely helped to make up for a laborious read at times. The premise is intriguing, characters interesting, and a strong starting point for the series. But this book could have been 200-300 pages shorter without losing much and it would probably be a better book. The flashbacks were too many and too long. When you read it, you'll know what I mean. I kept on saying to myself "get on with it already!' That said, the remaining 800 pages were great and I look forward to the next book.
I had a real hard time with this book. I liked the plot line and premise, but the execution of the characters was such a hack-fest that I was constantly fighting with myself not to turn it off. The author feels the need to add corny and unfunny asides to every new development. "...gives a whole new meaning to 'Tough as Nails'." And that the lead character has to put up a struggle to move foreword at ever juncture is just completely played our and pedestrian. He vacillates from being the pre-eminate mind on roman and hebrew developments, to not knowing huge swath of the bible. And the character comes off as a whiny brat. It doesn't help that the writer has to play these asides for laughs every time. So to recap - cool premise, interesting plot, lame characters, sophomoric writing style. The author is a hack who happened to have a good idea for a book.
First time reading (listening) any of goodkind's books and I have to say it was infuriating having to listen to the author repeat himself over and over again. He has a habit of writing the exact same thing in three separate sentences. A good author is able to write it once and be profound, suspenseful, endearing... But rather we get "Richard felt alone..., He look around with a feeling of aloneness, His eyes spoke of a profound loneliness..., etc. etc., etc." (paraphrased) These aren't sentences spread out through the book, but back to back in the same paragraph. And he constantly does it. We get it already! I had to actually stop listening to the book because it was so badly over written. Hopefully an editor stepped in on the next books. But I sure won't be trying them. If you like hack writing built around an predictable plot, but with likable characters, go for it. But be warned...
I've read pretty much every book he's written over the last 15 years. I've always found him an easy read, fun mystery fiction. Not on the level of Mankel, or Rankin. Until now. This is a very suspenseful book that also is quite touching and horrific in places. Very intense. I honestly think its his best book. The voice talent does a great job. If you like Connely, you cant go wrong with this one.
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