Compelling, fun, interesting
Enjoyed the character development of the main character
The final battke
Story is fun but has quite a few moments where you'll groan, because they do some overly obvious things that you see coming a mile away, and have been done before and better in other stories. For a Warcraft novel, it's very good. Looking at it as a purely fantasy novel, there are better books out there. Reading performance was great for general lines, Jaina and the gnomes. It was OK for the dragons. It was kinda terrible for the gravelly sounding Orcs and Taurens. This is hard to pull off for a female and she tried, but it made me laugh at the supposed evil shouts, rather than feel moved by them.
The start of the second book (Theft of Swords contains 2 books) was amazing.The entire first book felt pointless and was a chore to listen to.
It almost creates a new fantasy genre by itself - Generic Fantasy
Hadrian, by far.
This review does not contain any spoilers.
I bought this book based on the free short that was given to Audible members, as well as the high review score of it. First, this isn't a single book. Theft of Swords contains 2 seperate books, each with their own story and theme.The first book revolves around our 2 protaganists, Royce and Hadrian, getting framed for the murder of the king.
While the setup initially sounds interesting, it turns into one of the most generic fantasy books I've ever read. It follows predictable plotlines with writing that's all over the place. The characters our heroes meet along the way are very 2-dimensional, worst offender to me being a monk they meet early on who joins their entourage. The character development is minimal, and no parts of the world feel original. There are elves, dwarves, mages, people talking in 'Ye Olde' english, and is predictable at almost every step. Twists are foreshadowed miles in advance and I found almost no redeeming features in it.
The second book started so strong that I felt it was written by a different author. The first few minutes along were stronger than anything in the previous book. Unfortunately, after several strong chapters, it becomes boring fairly quickly.
For half of the first part of the book, we follow Royce and Hadrian again, who this time embark on a quest to retrieve a magical sword from a tower in order to slay a flying lizard that spits fire (but is somehow not a dragon). These parts, although generic, are well written and were interesting to listen to.
It is the other half of the first part, which is spent with princess Arista, that is beyond boring. Once again we meet characters that are so devoid of personality that I forgot their names constantly. The Church and its priests are the biggest offenders here, with characters who are so blatantly evil, that on multiple occasions, I chanted an evil "Buwahahaha" at the end of every one of their lines.
The storylines converge into a more action packed second half, that still manages to bore. I was hoping for an interesting ending, but unfortunately I guessed the ending about halfway throughout the book. In fact, the final line in the book convinced me not to buy the sequel, all by itself.
The narration is mostly very good. I had some gripes with the narrator's performance of some Arista's assistance, which were portrayed with a voice that annoys the hell out of you. I know the characters themselves are supposed to come across as annoying, but using a voice that makes me hate it whenever the character is present doesn't do it for me. Thankfully, these parts are very short.
So in short:The first book is utterly forgettable, with a boring story and forgettable characters. I would rate it a 1/5, being a story I've heard a thousand times before with nothing in it.
The second book has enjoyable moments, and you can visibly (audibly?) notice the increase in quality over the first, the writer clearly learned a lot. But it is brought down by a generic story, stereotype characters and a slow-paced plot that you figure out seemingly long before the writer does.
I would recommend this book if you haven't read Epic Fantasy books before. It is a very light story with hints of something greater going on, that I'm sure appeals to some. If you're familiar with the genre, avoid it as it will disappoint.
The first book of the Dark Elf trilogy ranks among my favorite books of all time. It's sequel was less memorable, but still a great book. Now, the final installment of the trilogy, unfortunately doesn't come close to the first 2.
While the writing is still fine, there are no memorable characters anymore. As there's nothing of interest happening in Menzoberranzan anymore, the main antagonist changes from the extremely interesting Matron Malice, to an extremely stereotypical Rowdy McGruff, who doesn't develop at all throughout the book and is your typical mercenary who just wants to kill someone. There's no real background story on him, no development at all. There are other antagonists, but they fall in the category of 'I will kill you because I am evil'.
The people Drizzt meets along the way are equally plain. Some characters have pages upon pages of introduction, only to never return again after a seemingly insignificant encounter.
The book starts off excellent but went downhill for me, ending in a rush. Whereas the last book, a relationship between Drizzt and his friends was developed over multiple chapters, here, both friendship, good and bad events seem to happen almost instantly near the end of the book, as if the writer was trying to cram it all in a set number of pages. The fast pace combined with the overuse of several words ('lament' comes to mind) makes the book feel less polished than it should be.
It's a good book, but ultimately falls way short of my expectations after the first 2 excellent entries in the trilogy.
The writing is among the best I've seen.
Nick Podehl sets himself apart by portraying the written emotion during spoken sentences. With other narrators you often need the ", he said excitedly" at the end of a phrase to understand how the character felt. Nick just gets really excited when he says the sentence. It made me laugh at several occasions as it felt like he was really acting out the part of the character, rather than narratinng the book.
This is an amazingly well written book, and as I was looking for other books from the same author I was rather shocked to learn this is his first one. The writing is very clever and the main character, Kvothe, is witty, intelligent and very interesting. The book is written in first person which may turn some people off, and the first few chapters are a bit slow, but once it got going, I wanted to listen through the whole thing in a single sitting. While the story is fine, the way it is written outperforms many other well known authors and I hope Rothfuss keeps writing for a long time.
My main disappointment comes mainly from the fact that it's a trilogy, and the book feels incomplete at the end. With other trilogies you can often stop after book 1 and feel like it could just as well have been a standalone book with a cliffhanger. Here, the story just kinda of ends, as Kvothe describes his life in 3 days, and this book is the first day. I know the idea is to read the whole trilogy, but I would still prefer an ending to at least part of a story. The book teases so many things to come and then just ends that it almost feels unfair.
I had not heard Nick Podehl narrate before, and his younger voice sets him apart from others. I thought his range was perfect and it felt like he had a great time reading the book. Because the book is written in first person, it ends up feeling like he IS Kvothe, which shows his skill as a narrator.
The lore and twists.
The first book presented an interesting world and was a lot of fun, but for me, lacked somewhat in writing, pacing and story. The story has been addressed, this time giving a story that actually progresses, rather than developing a single scenario. If you liked the first book, this is a must purchase as it outperforms the first one on many occasions. Gone are the introductions of terms and powers chapters long before they are explained, and the hours and hours of nothing happening are reduced to smaller moments, but like the first book.
Unfortunately, I found the writing to still be lacking. This is more noticable in audiobooks obviously, but the writer repeats a lot of the same words. Many dialogues result in every lined ending with 'he said' or 'she said'. Be prepared for a lot of lip chewing, head cocking, eyeing another character, or the writer's favorite, flushing, as at least 2 characters flush every chapter.
The writing aside, it's a solid book with a great ending and some unpredictable plot twists. It got me really excited for the third book.
Michael Kramer's performance is fine throughout, although I still wish he'd get a bit more excited during some of the fight scenes.
Although the author attempts to introduce first time readers to the universe, I would not recommend this book if you haven't read the first, you'll miss way too much.
First one of his performances I heard. His voice took a bit of time getting used to, but the performance was solid. I missed some excitement in battle scenes, which were being read in the exact same way as every other scene. Some people might prefer this but I like when the tone of the voice tells me what's happening as well as the words themselves.
No, there were too many slow parts.
While I ended up really enjoying the book, I wasn't so sure I would in the beginning. The book starts off very slow, with not much happening. It's not even clear who the main character is the first 4 hours or so. Afterwards, the story picks up and becomes really interesting. The pacing is still slow, and you can easily summarize what happens in the first 10 hours in less than a few minutes. It didn't bother me because it was interesting to read what happened, but it may turn fans of action-packed stories off. It's categorized as epic fantasy, but those expecting a long journey full of encounters will be disappointed. Most of the story takes place in a single city, and way more time is spent discussing how to fight an evil empire, rather than actually fighting it. When the fight scenes do occur, the magic system in Mistborn makes them very unique and unlike any others you might have read before.
While there's a decent amount of action, the majority of the book is spent developing a storyline and its characters. The story itself isn't actually all that special or original, but the character development and the way things unfold make it worth listening to.
I'm torn on the writing. Most of it was solid, but there were more than a few conversations that ended every line with the words "he said", for 10+ lines in a row, which feels amateuristic and got annoying.
Overall, the first few hours I felt like returning the book, but the reviews of others kept me going, and I'm really glad I did. it turns into a really good book. Just be warned that it's a lot slower-paced than most epic fantasy books.
Haven't read the printed version.
The character and universe development of every character, making it feel like a fully fleshed out world.
Many but that would spoil it.
Bought the book shortly after completing the first one in the trilogy. The second continues a great story with excellent narration. Compared to the first, I found the story lagging behind on the first one slightly. Whereas the previous book spent a lot of time in Menzoberranzan watching Drizzt grow up, giving you a lot of background on many characters, this one is spent mainly in the various locales of the Underdark. It moves the focus from Drizzt and his family, to Drizzt and the creatures he encounters. This allows for more action, but less story progression. The first book spanned several dozens of years. This one feels way more confined in that regard.
I felt the scenes in Menzoberranzan were less interesting now that the focus character of the book isn't actually in the city.
The excellent writing and great scenes more than made up for the slower story pacing though.
A fantastic book that makes me eager to listen to the next one.
Yes. Got me hooked to the character and the universe.
Victor delivers lines with true emotion, appropriately getting excited as you are and delivering spoken lines in a way that conveys the emotion of the speaker. It made the fight scenes more intense as he pulls you in, and the conversations more fun to listen to. Great delivery overall and probably the main reason I'll buy the rest of the series..
After the first 2 chapters or so which are quite slow, the book hits a highpoint that it never lets go of.
I had no experience with the series, the character or D&D in general, and came in hoping for a good fantasy novel. It's one of the best I've ever read and I can't wait to listen to the next one. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy books. Excellent writing and spot on delivery.
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