This and the two others to follow will have big shoes to fill when it comes to following up the previous three books. And while reading the first three books isn't necessary it provides a lot of background to the story presented. My only real issue with the book (and it might ahve been the narrator) was the Arcolin/Phaelan bits seemed... stilted. I wish there had been more Dorrin as her parts seemed to be rushed somehwat. Overall though I enjoyed this and look forward to the next book which isn't out until 2011.
Probably not. The narration by John Feather was sloppy. You could hear when he messed up and started over. There were sections missing and you could hear him using a computer as he narrated. The writing was just as bad with shifting POVs within the same paragraphs. Poor grammar (verb tenses shifted) and lots of telling rather then showing.
Clariel by Garth Nix
Oliver Wyman, Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki, Simon Vance, Gabriel de cuir
Yes, the idea was interesting and Tiffany was a fun character as well as Victoria.
I wish this book had been better. The idea immediately attracted me. Sadly the unlikeable main character, to the endless telling rather then showing, to parts of the book missing to bad narration just killed my enjoyment factor.
I really don't know who this book would be for. I can't imagine a Young Adult plodding through this and while I don't mind an "easy read" it's simplicity and stumbling plot advancement would even let me suggest this for someone looking for an easy story to enjoy.
Chop out all of the secondary characters. E.G. Lady Kate, I don't ahve a clue who she is or why is should care about her. Also they're are three characters who's name sound almost the smae and it's was very difficult in deciding who this particular person was. Narrow the number of POVs to three at the most. I'd stick with one.
Eh... the prologue. I thought that would be was the measure of the writer's craft but it appears to be only a fluke.
No and I found on another site that the author has actually released a "revised" edition to take into account some of the criticism from I guess early readers. I don't know which "revision" the audiobook used but this almost beta software style of writing really turned me off.
It's clear the author was inspired by Brandon Sanderson and his Stormlight Archive. And while the prologue was very nice, it's about the only tightly written scene in the book. Caldan's gullibility, understandable at the beginning, becomes unreasonable as the plot grows. I don't mind hero's who do stupid things. I despite stupid heroes that stumble into surviving long enough to rech the end of the book.
I've tried other books by the author and they're pretty much the same as this one. Perhaps different location and character names but it's the same story line. In this book it's not even well executed.
It's not a coherent telling of a story. The book is written more like a journal. there's 125 chapters of very short length that detail a short period of time and sometimes these chapters aren't really connected (especially in the first part of the story).
The narrator tried to give each character a distinct voice but most of them ended up sounding similar. The women sounded like men most of the time.
The main one. With the way the book is written the main character really isn't a character, he's a plot device. There are some interesting characters who could really shine but they stay in the background.
If you've read any of the author's other books you have read this one. The main character in this book follows in the footsteps of all of the author's other main characters. The places and names might be different but the plot's pretty much the same. The only difference between the author's other works and this latest book is that there's less verbosity... which detracts fromt he story even more.
The characters were well voiced and most of the main characters had a seperate voice. The Narrator was animated and matched mood of the current scene well.
I've seen claims that this is similar to Harry Potter and really it's not. I'd be more incline to compare this book to "The Dark Is Rising" volume 2. I think this is a better comparison because unlike Harry otter, both this book and the otehr are gears towards and older YA range.
I can't really answer this without giving away spoilers
Yes. While there were some areas that dragged, I was hooked form the beginning and had to resist the urge to skip to the end to find out what happened.
I'll be interested in seeing if the second book in the sereis stands up just as well as the first book. I enjoyed this novel because the characters seemed fleshed out, there was some mystery and not everything is neatly wrapped up.
I don't know I've only listened tot eh audio edition. I'd like to see the print one... just to see if the audio edition missed a few pages though.
Yes, I'd be willing to give this author another listen. While I do have some issues with the book itself I did enjoy the story overall.
The narrator helps carry the story along, providing distinct voices to most characters and just provides polish to the story.
A few scenes could have moved me if they'd been executed better.
I don't know if it's the author's fault or the narrator's but there's spots in the book where scenes shift without much lead in. For example, in one scene Carey and her family are around the table eating. An argument breaks out. Carey's dad says he'll talk with Del (Carey's step-sister) after dinner. He never does and the author loses a chance for some character development.
The book could be 4 or 5 stars, except that it feels more like a teen-fiction checklist. It sometimes felt like the author had a checklist and she was writing stuff to cross those items off rather then a full story. There was quite a bit of insta-love going around too.
I did really like the idea and quite a bit of the story. It was the execution that brought the quality down.
Rerecord it in a proper sound booth. There's hissing and the narrator sounds like the distance form the mic is changing constantly.
A different narrator might not have made the book such a painful listen either.
Yes, I think I would. It's a different and somewhat refreshing take on the rich girl theme. I didn't really care for Vickii but again it's not the typical step-mother cliche found in most books.
The main character is supposed to be 12 but she sounds about six. But it's the recording quality thatneeds to improve.
I don't think I would cut anything. I would have liked to seem some expansion on things though. I mean our main character was at a boarding school and is now being sent to a "normal" (read public) school. This is brushed over in the rush to rach the ending.
No, While the narration wasn't terrible the story was badly structured, and seemed to try too hard to be mysterious.
I'd have to be paid to listen to any of the author's work.
Not sure, the story suffered form too many structure issues.
Michael as he seems redundant.
It started off good but soon devolved. I didn't know what was happening. Not knowing w2hat is happening does not make it "mysterious".
I don't blame the narrator, I blame the author for giving the narrator such bad material to work with.
A book that didn't start off with a big, fat Dues Ex Machina in the very first 10% of the first chapter.
What I got form the cover was that the main character was going to be teh greatest mage in the world. I thought the book would detail his growth into that position. What the author gives us instead is a shortcut to this greatness.
The "Jaunten" are a race that passes knowledge down through the blood. So whatever the persons ancestors knew they know. No this isn't a spoiler, it's spelled out within the first 10 pages or so of the first chapter. Our protagonist meets Jaunten and they trade blood. Ta-da! Instant suped up main character without any need to actually grow into the role of the advent Mage.
Have a better novel to read. Honestly the narration suffered because the writing was just horrible.
The entire scene where our main character meets the Jaunten. If the author's resorting to these sorts of shortcuts in the very beginning of a book they really should restructure the plot.
I have the impression the narrator was trying to go for a Asian accent of some sort for our protagonist but he just sounded like he was constipated. An Asian accent would have been understandable given names of people(s) and places. The narrator just can't do the accent justice though.
While I normally enjoy strong female protagonists, I found Maya (our heroine) too strong. Her world view (and I think the author's) is that if your female your a perfect being. If your male your lower then scum.
I could accept Maya's world view because of the time period the story was set in. But As soon as our main male character meets up with Maya he's immediately cowed by her verbal warning.
I could also accept this if Peter was presented as a whishy-whashy man, he's not though. He's presented as a strong Water Master, that he was a ships captain for several years before starting a business ashore.
Maya has an English father and an Indian mother. This in itself isn't a problem except that everyone that meets her (except the white males) loves her instantly without her having to do anything. She faces no discrimination because of her sex/race except, again, from teh white males who seem to be put in her path so that the author can preach the evils of men.
If the time period was a modern era setting I could understand the lack of discrimination better. However my understanding is that this book is set around 1902 so the lack of discrimination and insta-love for our main female character just doesn't make sense to me.
The handling of Maya's mixed race. Maya could have been half-human/half-martian and it wouldnt have made much difference to the way people react to her. As I said above if the time period was more modern I could understand people's reaction to Maya's mixed racial background better.
I don't think cutting any scenes would ahve saved this book, there were too many flaws int eh foundation.
I wanted to like this book, the premise was interesting. I just didn't like the main character Maya.
I think if you haven't seen the miniseries or are looking for a Romeo-Juliet sort of story you could enjoy this work. I certainly did when I was in my teens.
Disappointment because while there's resolution, you're mostly told what happens rather then shown what happens. I also wanted to know more about Blackthrone's future.
The narrator only had three "voices" for all the characters. Blackthorne/narration, female and everybody else. Sadly the "Everybody else" voice sounded like the narrator was being tortured while reading the speaking parts.
As I've said when I was a teen I liked this book. The story/idea was very interesting. I enjoy stories set in Japan, each character was distinct from the other characters and didn't feel like cardboard cutouts.
I think the author became confused about who was main protagonist was because as the story went on Blackthorne seemed, to me at least, to become a secondary character.
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