The authors constant jumping around from character to character made the book difficult to follow at times and found that I had to stop listening because my mind was starting to wander. He introduces characters through out the story that are insignificant to the story and makes you think that they were included just for the sheer sake of saying they were mentioned in the book (i.e. The Forsaken). What also troubled me is you are closely following one character at the start and then suddenly half way through it changes to another and the other is all but forgotten except at small parts here and there near the end.
In short if you are a die hard fan of World of Warcraft or the Druid class, this is a book you may like. If not, I suggest you focus your attention elsewhere as this was not a book I can recommend.
The narrators are very talented in giving the characters there own accents, making them very easy to distinguish who is speaking without having to be told who is speaking.
Most authors regardless if it is unintentional take their characters, plots, magic systems and other things from other stories. This book however is like picking up a newly built invention for the first time.
It brings the emotion alive from the book in a way the author intended it to. It also eliminates mispronunciations of names, places as well as not having to guess if sarcasm was used by a speaking character.
Light of the stormblessed
The book is written amazingly well, flowing like a river that bends, speeding up and down along it's journey. The ideas that fuel the plot are new and clean, making it very easy to get into the story from the very start.
Certain aspects are predictable, as most books generally are, but the author is brilliant in causing misdirection by seemingly elliminating certain outcome possibilities. This fact alone makes the reader want to continue reading to see what will happen next, not because they want to see if they guessed the outcome correctly but because they truly don't know what will happen.
The narration is well done. The narrators giving different personalities to each character helps the absorbtion of what is being read to you.
Of course with every book there is something that is negative. In this case the book tends to switch between scenes and characters not often enough and then too often at other times. The story will drag on at certain parts and then fly by at others, making it hard to keep up with what is happening. It is not as bad as it sounds, but I am still mentioning it as there were points where I had to stop reading because I found myself wanting to skip foward to more exciting chapters as I was still energized from the previous chapter.
I didn't like that the story flipped between 4 to 7 different scenes sparatically throughout the book, where one was so short I sat there thinking it was a waste of time putting it in as it was like a short story which really didn't do anything to help the story
Still these are weak and minor issues and everything else that was done well vastly outweighs them. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book that will keep you entertained for many days.
Yes. There is so much to absorb that the book is worth listening to again to see if anything was missed.
While no book is totally unique, this book was unique in several ways. It also wasn't a "fluff" book as I call it, where the author throws things in just to make the book seem longer. Another thing worth mentioning is the main character has to overcome brutal issues, which make it believeable even today in some aspects of our lives.
No. This was my only major issue. The characters are often hard to distinguish from each other. Also, the narrator at times flows his descriptive narration and character speaking in the same voice, making it hard to tell when a character is speaking. Mind you it isn't all the time but it was the number one thing keeping me from listening to the book in longer sittings. Too much energy was spent trying to catch character changes, description versus character speaking etc..
Yes, but if I list it here, it would spoil a major part for those who haven't read the book yet. I will say though it had to do with how the main character had to overcome things at an early age.
While there are many who think the narration was outstanding, I ask you to really listen to the book in comparison to other narrators out there before lashing out at my opinion of how this book was done. I've read close to a hundred audio books, and I believe it could have been done better.
The only reason I am so critical in how the book was performed is that this is an audio book site and if the person is not easy to listen to, it can affect the decision of purchasing other books done by the same narrator.
Yes, while some of the information is outdated 80% - 90% is valuable for any fantasy player to know.
No, but only due to the fact it has so much information you will want to read it in parts to absorb it all.
This book is great for anyone wanting to do more than draft by default player rankings or cheat sheets. It will point out what to look for, what to stay away from and how to perform your own evaluations. Please keep in mind that you will need to stay alert at certain parts as while not drastic, the game has changed since this book was written (2007) and some of it is not relevant in todays drafting process. Do not worry though as I mentioned before 80% - 90% of it or so it is useful. Think of it as new driving laws were implemented but driving itself has not changed.
First off i am a big fan of this series but after reading the first book I had a lot of difficulty staying focused with this one. The author spends too much time trying to explain the lore of certain races and clans and tends to ramble on. Unlike the first book this one moves at such a slow pace I was tempted on more than one occasion to hit the skip button to jump ahead.
While I gave this book a 3 I still think it is a good series but this book certainly could have been done better.
For such a young author his imagination is very impressive. He keeps the story flowing at a constant even pace and never found myself wandering from lack of interest in the story. The author is very descriptive when introducing characters and the environment around them. I had little difficulty getting a picture in my head of what the characters or the world around them would have looked like.
If you like sword play mixed together with magic, dragons and other creatures, this is definetly a book for you.
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