I imagine this would be a good time-waster for a road trip or the perfect droning voice to fall asleep to on a plane; missing large chunks doesn't matter as the story never comes together anyway.
This is my first Baldacci book and unfortunately I won't be reading any more. Perhaps something by Clancy, Silva, or Hunter.
The narration wasn't bad and I actually enjoy occasional sound effects and multiple narrators. There was zero emotion, though, but I guess that's hard to portray with writing as terrible as this.
I don't read (or listen to) this genre very often but I found this to be incredibly boring for a genre that is full of excitement and intrigue. I'm afraid I was swayed by the many positive reviews. This books feels and reads as if it could be a 5th grader's book report.
Absolutely no character development, predictable, no surprises, bland dialogue, and the word choices were overly simplistic; not in a beautifully simple way but rather as if it was written by a child learning to portray emotion through writing for the first time.
Only finished because it was so short and I'm a completist. No payoff at the end, either.
The depth and explanations of the magic system while still appearing to be rather simplistic; just chalk, circles, and lines.
Great voice acting. Soothing yet exciting when needed.
Like most of Sanderson's work you get a very detailed world with a fascinating magical system. Unfortunately, at about 10 hours, it feels a bit rushed and many things were left unexplained. However, the main plot line was handled well and there is an opening for many more Rithmatist books to come.
I think Lynch is a fantastic "new" writer and I'm looking forward to reading any work he does outside the world of Lamora, or perhaps, newer books in the series.
Page was fantastic; I'll be searching out his work for sure.
Absolutely. He has a knack for beautiful prose and world building; even if this one was a bit overdone and rife with annoying flashbacks and interludes.
Even in the end, when I finally began to feel for some of the characters, I am still left with some lack of overall interest and I'm not quite sure why. I'd love to read something in a world outside of the Gentlemen Bastards; something new.
This is a hard question to answer simply because the character development was extremely slow. I nearly put the book down for good several times because I did not care at all for any one character. Eventually, I grew to love Jean.
If it weren't for my determination to finish what I begin, I would have missed the eventual character dev. This is mostly because Lynch decided to tell the story with several flashbacks and interludes which left a complete picture of the Gentlemen Bastards (and my love for each them) unfulfilled until the tail-end of the book.
Slow start, slow character development, beautiful writing if a tad overdone, fantastic world, slightly disappointing climax.
This is a book by a very skilled writer and talented storyteller at the beginning of his game. With some experience and honing he could very well become something great.
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