I have been waiting for the release of this book since I finished listening to the first one; I read these long ago, and it was like visiting an old friend! I now find myself waiting for the final book in this trilogy. As before, listening to it, I heard parts of the story I had forgotten or didn't remember and Victor Bevine did an excellent job keeping my ear tuned to the story no matter what I happened to be doing.
I read these books years ago and have been intrigued with the enigmatic Drow that is Drizzt Do' Urden ever since. The Dark Elf Trilogy was the first of any of R.A. Salvatore's books that I had ever read and fell in love with the tales of his travels and adventures. If you've ever wondered about Drizzt and what "made" him the way that he is, this is the best place to start. Victor Bevine also does an excellent job in bringing the story to life, you can almost "see" the underdark caverns!
I was really looking forward to finally finishing this series and enjoyed the story overall; however, the narrator was a bit mechanical in his delivery. Previous reviewer's noted the mechanized delivery but as I really wanted to listen to it, I decided to just deal with it. It wasn't too bad but it gave a very emotionless tenor to the story in some parts as if it was being delivered by the automated voice on my Kindle. If you're like me and "need" to hear the end of the story, you may be able to get beyond the somewhat toneless delivery. But, if you're looking for anything close to what Scott Brick did for the other books, you'll be disappointed.
Aside from the narrator, there were times in the book I wanted the "action" to move forward, there were several "lulls" in the story when the primary character's seemed to be "arguing" or "discussing" the same points over and over without actually coming to any conclusion. I found the female character to be whiny and incapable of following many thoughts out to a logical conclusion despite being part of a "super-collective". Her ineffectual "handling" of "the child" infuriated me to no end as she failed over and over to reason out or even see the points being made by the main character.
Given the "flaws" in the characters as I saw them, the explanations given by the "ultimate" final character helped me better understand the thought processes the characters were supposed to be attempting to get across. I'm not sure that it could have been done any better, especially in light of the fact I wish there was one more book to let the readers know what happens next...
Would Galaxia flourish? What happens when Daneel downloads his consciousness into Fallom? Will Fallom become the super monster I believe s/he will become? Will Fallom discover that it was Bliss and not Golan that "stole" her from Solaria...
The story took me by surprise in that I was not expecting a 'new' spin on such a controversial subject: Religion. You have a group of colonists effectively stranded at the outer edge of the universe on a planet that literally takes their hopes and fears and make them real. The struggle to control the human psyche and the 'monsters' that can be created from it comes down to creating and sustaining a belief system so that they can survive and thrive. However, just like in our own society, there are those that buy into the belief system and those that oppose it. The introduction of an unknown but increasingly powerful villain that requires an equally powerful but somewhat equally distasteful "hero" just makes the story that much more interesting. Imagine the creator of your most cherished and beloved philosophy turning into the very thing you're fighting against. A "creature" that embodies the things you hate and despise the most but, at the same time needing that self same individual to help you save the human race.
The first book took a little long to get around to the actual story and character development seemed somewhat slow; but, as I listened I became more interested in the underlying story. The narrator, R.C Bray did an excellent job, and I look forward to listening to other books he has done.
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