A pleasure to have a first book of what could be called a fantasy epic. Extremely entertaining. The author is building characters with furtive escapades that have resolution in "books". Like it a lot.
I am a big fan of Wheel of Time, Kingkiller Chronicals etc... (Jordan, Rothfuss)
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If the authors ant stand the sound of his own voice as he has stated, why would I like it any better. He fails to perform. I can read the book myself with that intonation. His first two books are truly a magical recipe. Like Nutella and bananas. Why succumb to hubris and read the book himself? Greed? I don't know but this "performance" drones on. I can't even imagine the characters I have come to love so much.
No. I recently finished Micahel Sullivan's series which I found engaging in its adventure, action and humor. This book was recommended at the end of the third book by the publisher. Having already purchased it my library; I delved in. Fantasy ought to have some adventure. The first six hours were spent waiting for something to happen. If you like Robert Jordan as I do, you may recall that the early relationships in "the Two Rivers" blossoms into great dynamic connections explored throughout the series. It was a backdrop for the author to begin the adventure. The greatness of that series is the authors' ability to build momentum like a crescendo in a great symphony.
In this book, the story finally gets going as it ends. I was hopeful that the warded man, once made, would serve as the protagonist in a host of adventures. The stage is finally set after a dozen hours and we are left with one tiny battle with characters we just meet. The warded man is prepped to get on the road, meet his new clown and begin the adventure. The story is open for exploration into the entire world now that we know his entire mundane childhood. (I felt as though I was doing his seven year apprenticeship). There is the whole underworld to which he now has access, which the author could explore. IT NEVER CAME! The warded man spends time in an an oasis to prepare himself for what? I began the second book and no mention of the warded man. Not one. The publishers summary mentions a "new hero". Why take 12 hours of 18 to develope an intricate background and never use the character you have built? The author has a great imagination but the adventure never gets going with steam. There is a great character out there and the author would have a real winner if he decided to set him on the road above and perhaps the one below ( he can access the underworld but never goes) with his newly found group! Can you imagine if Robert Jordan spent his first book entirely in the Two Rivers discussing the daily life of the village and the family strife? If the trollocks never came but you waited, listening for hours and hours? Well, that is what happens here. I hoped that with a character so fully developed, there would be an adventure with a hero. It just came at the end for a brief battle in a little hamlet and then it was over. You will wait and wait but the adventure is not the point of the story. I am really, really disappointed since I was so hopeful for a "fantastic" series.
One other pet peeve. If I hear "he said" or "she said" one more time, I would have erased the book right then. I think that Pete Bradbury had a button he could simply push with the sample "he said" or "she said" so he didn't actually have to say it so many times.
Yes, he sets up a great plot ... But that is all he did - set it up.
Mr. Bradbury has a great voice. He did a great job with what he had to read.
If and only if the author pens a sequel exploring the adventures of the character so meticulously developed. Waited and waited. So disappointing.
Mr. Brett, if you pen another book after the warded man with an adventure outside of one hamlet exploring the world you created with a group of travelers; you are assured success. I wish you success in this endeavor.
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