SOme people seem to think it was rushed, but looking objectivly it seems rather realisticly based, 1. travel home is greatly sped by the application of the push carts and railways, and 2. there was also a lot of content, a lot of stuff actually happens, though this is more apparent in the physical book then in the audio version. It did seem more like a prelude, (like he plans to either put the war in the next book or two), or like he plans to leave it there, complete but not finished, not over. I want to know the rest, but the books would more than likely end on a morbid/sad note as the end of the war has been linked with Artos' death. I am glad that audible fixed the glitch...and replaced the old copy in my library with the fixed copy.
Some may not be able to find the actual plot line in this story, It took me 2 listens to realize just what the heck was going on. It finally dawned on me that the story is a chess game, and like a chess game it's the lower pieces that get the most play. I also paid attention to which scenes were dramatized, as it says in the forward "key scenes" that apparently was a hint. I rather liked it even if some of the sound effects were more distracting, I really LOVED that the background talking is actual talking, with lines, instead of people mumbling under their breath.
If you find watching a chess game riveting, this story may be for you.
If you like understated gay romance between 2 amoral men, this story may be for you.
If you like subterfuge and puzzles and a plot line that takes actual work to understand, this story may be for you.
It was for me.
Narrator ruins a good story! He mispronounces several word, and there are some odd background sounds. I loved Brite's stories, but this was almost painful to listen to.
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