my only issue is that the narrator did not keep all the characters' voices consistent from the first book to this book, which makes it more difficult to follow the flow of the book since it is different from what your mind expects.
So I picked this book almost randomly from a $4.95 sale thinking it would be as quick fantasy troupe. I was blown away by this book. No mere troupe, that is for sure. Sullivan mastered the art of manipulating readers into believing the wrong conclusions that kept me guessing where the conspiracy was turning.
Sullivan envisioned great characters for his books. I loved the witting byplay between the thieves, and Harian's "annoying" need to do good deeds that gets them deeper and deeper into the conspiracy. I loved watching the prince transform out of a petulant boy into a leader.
You can count on the next two books I buy being books 2 and 3 of the Riyria Revelations.
Great continuation of Kvoth's story. Unbelievably believable narration. wholehearted recommendation except for the slight spoiler below
I did not enjoy Kvoth's time in the Fae, mostly because his companion was the Fae Queen of Cavorting. I know a lot of young men think about sex a lot, but I don't like my books to dwell on it so much.
I loved listening to this book, both because of the masterful storytelling and the amazing Narrator.
Patrick Rothuss wove an awesome tale out of three stories: the ancient past, the recent past, and the present. each time the story returned to present, I must have felt like Chronicler and Bast, ripped out of an enchanted dream for mundane things like dinner, yearning to sink back into Kvoth's Story.
Nick Podehl really makes the divers regional accents come alive, making me feel like I was actually listening to a group of people from various walks of life, various countries, much better than i could have managed reading from a print book.
I absolutely loved Cards spin on Sleeping Beauty! I've never read such a good fairy tale novel that was not written for children or teenagers. I was enthralled the entire time I listened to the book. I liked it so much that i listened to the book three times in a row (of course i was recovering from surgery and couldn't do anything else...).
I also loved Rudnicki's Russian accent while narrating the book, it made the Russian characters in the book come alive much more believably than if anyone else would have narrated the book.
However, whenever the book is told from the point of view of a female character, the narrator changes to a woman, who is awful at narrating believable male characters. the woman narrator does not have very good male character voices. In her voice, all the men sound like they are yelling, or if not, they all have exactly the same voice. I would have preferred the whole book narrated by Rudnicki.
Overlooking the second narrator (which fortunately is less than half of the book) I recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales!
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