I play the MMO and was glad this book was written. In game, the zepplin just drops the bomb on Theramore and then you arrive afterwards. They never explain what happened exactly. This book tells that story. I liked that I could relate to every character because I had seen them in game. I did want them to go deeper into how exactly Garrosh got the focusing iris and how he got his hands on a mana bomb.
The voices of the horde were a bit hard to get past. Justine Eyre did the best she could to speak Patwah but it didn't come across well. Please let me say that she did a fine job it was just the horde voices were a bit tough.
She captured some of the characters really well. I had to go back in the MMO and redo the Sunwell Plateau to see Calygos lose his love. I was not bored by her reading at all. She did a great job.
Yes, I would watch anything World of Warcraft related as I am a huge fan of the lore Chris Metzen and his team have created.
The story was very well told. There was never a time where I felt that something shouldn't have happened. I love how everything came to a head and exploded in a well paced manner. I hope this is not the end of the Scott portion of the series.
The Hospital, The Mountain Man, and Safari. All great books. This is a really good series.
I have listened to The Martian and Yesterday's Gone. Both are well done works and this series is no less. R.C. Bray has done a great job. I put his skill up there with George Guidall, Roy Dotrice, Michael Cramer, and Kate Reading.
The fall of Tenor. That was so well deserved. I was wondering how they would do it or if they would take Scott completely out of character. Very very well done and described.
I have not read the print version but Michael Kramer did an excellent job.
The characters were believable. Every fantasy novel has the same elements:
- the hero doesn't know he/she is a hero
- the hero undergoes strife
- the hero accepts their lot and becomes a symbol
- the hero defeats the dark and saves the land
These elements are part of every fantasy story written. For someone to say this story is nothing new just sticks to these elements and doesn't look deeper. A really good story is in the details and journey. The end will be the same as the normal fantasy formula but the journey to the end is the key. Personally, I think Jacob Cooper hits it on this one.
I was never bored with the flow of the story. The characters were not one dimensional. The plot never hit that point of "oh come on! that can't happen" for me. It was well done.
Aidan - The loyal bodyguard of house Kerr.
No, but that is not a bad thing. I was watching the children's lives unfold and there were hard times and fun times but nothing stood out to evoke a high emotional response.
Jacob, you've done a great job here and I can't wait for book 2. Keep up the good work.
The story was so well written and the narrators did a wonderful job.
The series stands on it's own. Great writing and great narration.
Kittai, Fidelius, and Amara are my favorites.
Jim Butcher is the man :-). I would say the tag line would be Children of the Lost Legion
I want more of this world.
I think if there was one more book to help get all the plot points resolved. This book seemed very rushed.
This contains spoilers so please don't read on unless you don't mind or have completed the book. My suggestion would be to make this into two books and flesh everything out properly. I am about to post spoilers to explain my annoyances. If you haven't read the book then do not read on. Let's start with the main irk I had about this book. Pawdon Fane, his side story was just given at the last five minutes and did nothing to advance the plot at all. Here was a character who was a major plot point in multiple books. Why was he given such a short finale? Perrin's side story was going very well and followed with the previous books but close to the end he just become a super saiyan out of no where. All that was missing was three days worth of screaming and golden hair. The last battle...the last battle was not the issue, the length of the last battle was. It took up the entire novel. Now I understand that the last battle was supposed to be the biggest thing ever but Demandred side just dragged on and on and on. There were pointless character deaths that did nothing to advance the story. Egwene's passing was pointless. She learned the anti-balefire weave and then died. She didn't pass it on and no one else will ever know it so what was the point? The Shar army.....where did they come from? There were 13 previous books and not a single one touched on this army but, literally, out of no where comes this massive army that no one has ever heard of. Morraine's character appeared for a few minutes and then did nothing worth mentioning for the rest of the story. There are other issues I had with the book that go past these main items.
I liked the first fight between Perrin and Slayer before Perrin became a super saiyan. I liked the battle of creation with Rand and the Dark One as well.
Disappointment, I loved the entire series and this book left me feeling very saddened that a wonderful series ended so terribly.
The world is really interesting. In this novel we focus on three distinct places. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the world looks like. The main thing I liked most was the Kettral and Hal's trial.
I would compare this book to The Way of Kings and Lamantation: The Psalms of Issac. All stories revolve about key characters and hit on the overall depth of what is going on in the world. There is political intrigue but not to the point of A Song of Ice and Fire or Wheel of Time. It is the amount needed to advance the plot without diving into each character or too deeply into the back story of the world.
No I haven't but now I want to. My main worry about audiobooks is the reader. You can have an A+ story but if it is read by a F- reader then the story just fails to reach it's intended audience. My top super favorite A+ readers are Roy Dotrice, Kate Reading, George Guidall, and Michael Kramer. Simon Vance has now joined that team of A+ readers.
No, it made me ready for the next book in the series to see how it all turns out.
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