I loved the prose - the book is wonderfully written, but I found it ponderous. Rather like the characters themselves, slow and heavy.
I know that some of the previous reviews have been bad, but I liked it. Yes it was slow, but the story is a good one and I'm looking forward to the next book.
Some of the accents that the narrator used - were pretty cool, a nice change from the ubiquitous British (I actually love British accents when listening to narrators, don't get me wrong). The slow reading speed wasn't a problem for me.
Overall, not spectacular but a pretty good story.
I like most fantasy and sci-fi, but this book was a disappointment. First; it refers to things that have happened in the past that are very important to the current plot, but aren't really clarified in the prologue. I spent half of the book trying to figure out what happened during the "last mage war". If there is a prequel to this book I don't know about it, and if not - it really needs one. Second; and this might just be a personal opinion of mine, but I found the family dynamics, arguments, and characters taking forever to die very depressing (and it rains all the time in the story). The narrators voice adds to this psychological miasma. There's also a lot of 'language' in the book. Now, this ordinarily isn't a big deal for me, and I really like the scattered 'sentence enhancements' now and then, but I made the mistake of listening to this book on my computer with the volume up. One of my kids came into my work room asking "Mom, what's a poxy sh*t mean". The head phones were on after that. To be fair the story does get rather intriguing toward the end of the book when things finally start to get going, and there is a cool ending. Will I buy the next "poxy, bloody" (inside joke...if you've listened you'll understand) installment when it comes out? Maybe, but I'll have to buy some antidepressants first...
This audio book was amazing. The author uses lyrical descriptions to bring the land alive, and the narrator's warm voice adds life to the pages. Other reviewers have complained about mispronunciations but they didn't trouble me, and may have been done by direction of the author. Not a big deal at all and they do not detract from the beauty of the narration. Parts of this story (particularly the faery lore) remind me a bit of Tolkien. If you're tired of reading about sword-fodder and are looking for something a bit magical, I highly recommend this!
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