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My only regret concerning this book is the fact that I passed it up countless times over the last couple of months. I had read the publisher's summary two or three times, but could never bring myself to get it. Why?? Simple… It didn't fall into my usual fantasy "epic" class of books that make up the most part of my Audible library. When I finally allowed myself to add this audio book to my collection, I never looked back to regret my decision.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book of a series of three. Like I said above, this book wasn't the type I find myself reading all the time. The problem I had was wrapping my head around a story revolving around a gang of thieves. I like swords, blood, and foul language. You can imagine my surprise when I found that this book had all three. Granted, it didn't have as much sword play as I'm normally accustomed to, but it had plenty of blood and enough foul language to make a sailor blush.
In the end, this book got a 5-star rating from me all across the board. I couldn't think of one good reason to give it a-half-a star less. It was refreshing. It was wonderfully written and narrated. And most importantly, it was as enjoyable as any book I've had the pleasure of listening to.
I'm no stranger to epic fantasy books. They are by far my favorite type books to listen to. Malice is right up there with the Riyian Chronicles, The Blood Song, The Desert Spear, and yes even The Game of Thrones series. It may not rank #1 on my list, but it's right up there in my top-5.
Malice may start just a little slow, but you soon find yourself engrossed. It's the kind of book that you're listening to in the car and you get in the driveway of your home, only to spend the next 5-10 minutes listening for just a little longer. It won't disappoint!
Of course you do! That's one of the main reasons one listens to "epic" fantasy books. And as far as EPIC fantasy books go, this one will not disappoint…. Except when you get to the end and realize you have to wait for the next installment to this series.
The main character in this adventure is a hero of all heroes. If I could take all the fantasy books I've ever read and pick just one brave blade wielding man of all men to be, it would be Vaelin Al Soma. I've read all the Riyria Chronicles and although both Royce and Hadrian are two of my all time favorite characters, I would still chose to be Vaelin.
The Blood Song has all the things you're looking for in an epic book. Hero… check! Swords…. check! Blood… check! A bit of magic sprinkled in to make everything interesting… check! Did I mention that this book has the best "hero" main character I've ever read about?
My fellow audible listeners, I make few guarantees when it comes to books. However, I can tell you with tremendous confidence that you will never regret using a credit on The Blood Song.
This is one of those books that I can't imagine anyone who likes these type fantasy books ranking it any less than 5-stars! It's got everything you could ever want in a fantasy "epic" type book. Drama, intrigue, blood, violence, great characters; all with a little love sprinkled in. It's the kind of book that has you running back to buy the 2nd installment. Buy it! You won't regret it! I promise!!
How to describe this book?? Well, it's just one of those you have to buy to understand. Now I haven't finished the series, so I'm speaking on behalf of Book 1 only.
The Warded Man sets the stage nicely for the unavoidable battle between good and evil. The evil comes in two forms: human and demon. At night demons rise from the "core" and reek havoc on towns across the land. The only thing that stands between the living and demons that want to destroy them are ancient wards. These wards are elaborate drawings that can have many different functions. But wards aren't easy to draw. They are easily destroyed by things like weather or human interference. Only a select few can draw and maintain these wards. The are called, appropriately, Warders. Unfortunately, the wards that were once used to destroy the demons (instead of just protecting the living) have been lost to time. By the end of Book 1, the Warded Man stumbles upon the wards needed to turn the tide of the war against the demons. Unfortunately, his first try at bringing this knowledge to those who could most use it, almost costs him his life. He learns quickly that demons aren't his only enemy and that the greed and ambitions of men can be just as dangerous.
This book has many intriguing characters. Although it may sound like it's all about demons, magic, and fighting; it's really much more in-depth. I loved it and I bet you will too.
This short opinionated "book" was entertaining. Stephen King gives a very honest look at what he believes should be done to curve the not-so recent streak of mass shootings. We as Americans have VERY short memories. It doesn't take much for us to forget about a recent tragedy and move onto the latest news story that catches our eye. It's nice to see that there are others in the world that don't consider themselves far left or far right. Instead, somewhere in the middle.
With that said, I can't say I totally agree with all the proposals President Obama has put forth. I agree with extensive background checks, but banning certain fire arms and large capacity magazines will do little if anything to prevent a mass shooting. If you could get ALL those type guns and magazines off the street first, then it might be worth it. I just feel there are much better ways to help prevent such tragedies.
I almost gave this book 4 stars. It's not a bad book in itself, but when you take into account that it's a series of four total books; it's not a series worth starting. Trust me when I say that's it's not worth the trouble. I got sucked into a decent plot with intriguing characters, only to see the author throw them into a blender by book 3. I'm never much for giving detailed reviews, I just tell a little about what I thought about the book and the author. So I apologize if I'm not more detailed.
In short, I wouldn't recommend this book. Not because it's not a good single book. Because you'll want more and you'll get more with book two (the best out of the series) but then it's over with. It's like the author decided at the last minute to make a two book series into a four book series. And it shows. By the end of the series, your favorite characters change totally and become weird characters that you can no longer understand or relate to.
I've found that most of the time the second book in a trilogy isn't as captivating as the first. However, The Well of Ascension was even better than the first. In the first book, The Hero of Ages, you learn a lot about Kelsier and the book tells a lot about Vin and her life before becoming a true Mistborn. But in The Well of Ascension, you get to know Vin the powerful Mistborn. You're introduced to things that seperate her from being just the most powerful Mistborn. Vin starts to become her own person. Both adopting some principals that Kelsier left behind and making her own decisions and destiny.
The book itself has more battle scenes and intense moments that had me waiting in the car after I had come home from work, just to hear how a certain scene ended. The author makes you fall for Ellen (hope I spelled that right) just like Vin has. You learn that he really is the right man for the job. But what job is that exactly? And Vin isn't immortal, but how far can she go before she destroys herself and in turn, those around her? Well my friend, you'll just have to read this book to find out. But just a little advise, go ahead and download the third as well because if you liked the first book in the series, you're going to love this one and in turn you'll have to download the third - just like I'm doing now. Enjoy!
This book is as good as the first one in the series. Maybe there's a slight down grade, but not near enough to not read the book. My only problem was the way it ended (I always hate it when reviewers write that). But it's true. It ended kinda sad and certainly left me longing for more. All and all an A+ book for me. If you've read the first Kingkiller Chronicles, don't stop there; read Book 2 of the series. I highly recommend.
You know the books; the ones that stick deep in your mind for all time? The Way of Kings is one of those books .... I loved it. The start had me cautious when I heard all these things about shard blades, men with armor that glowed, men that glowed, and men with marble skin being described. But it quickly enveloped me into small stories that were easy to follow and even easier to engross yourself with. It's one of those stories that will get your heart rate up through action scenes and keep you reading during all the other times of detailed writing. It describes amazing details of a turbulent world where the main region is split into 7 different kingdoms ruled by princes and held together by a weak King who seems over his head for lack of better words. Certain warriors and princes have a type of medieval armor called shard plate. It can make the wearer faster and stronger. An even smaller few have shard blades to go along with their shard armor. These blades are as long as a man and can be summoned from the heavens above by the owners. The only way to own one of these magnificent weapons is to kill the wearer. Or, pay the unthinkable price of an entire kingdom to get one.
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