This is an excellent tale in good science fiction fashion. Its the type of tale that you cannot wait to get back to. I highly recomment it for readers of all ages.
This is a familiar story of a group of heroes that go on a quest to acquire an artifact that the King needs to save their society. It takes place in a world teeming with all types of fantasy wonders and horrors. The group is opposed by the forces of nature and it's creatures, the Orcs, known as the first born, who dislike all other races in this world, and the forces of the "nameless one", whom the artifact will be used against. The action and adventure in this book is constant and the heroes move from one dangerous situations to another.
Note that this tale has been broken into three separate novels, my comments apply to all three of them as one.
The main character, Harold, is my favorite.
There are so many terrific scenes in this tale that it is hard to choose one. Perhaps the scene where Harold manages to convince a Demon (who might not kill him if he provides a certain artifact), the Goat men (who have been trying to kill him because they think he has this artifact), members of the thieves guild (who actually have the artifact, but are framing Harold), and the guild of Wizards together to meet in a tavern. He manipulates each group using their specific weaknesses with tales that they cannot pass up. The upshot of this meeting is that many of the issues chasing Harold all are resolved.
This book is full of excellent scenes that are sometimes funny, or exciting, and even some that are heart breaking. The author a masterful, creates rich believable characters that one grows to love and admire.
I have read and listened to a lot of Fantasy and SF novels in my years. Many have been very good some outstanding, but very few do I consider great works of fantasy. I consider the Chronicles of Siala novel three of the best I have every enjoyed. This will go on my top list and I will defiantly listen to or read it once again.
Another fabulous Discworld novel, In this tale, Mr. Prachett investigaes our banking systems and the people there-in. True to a discworld novel, the characters are enjoyable, the story fun and enjoyable. A chuckle every page! Great job. I can't wait for the next Discworld novel!
Having been a fan of SF and Fantasy for a long time, I am amazed that Isomhow missed this story/series. It is excellent! Lightly humorous, not too serious, fun a really fun listen. The characters are rich and colorful and really tend to grow on you. By the end of the book, I found myself looking forward to more.
For a comparison, think of a combination of Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide series) and Robert Aspirin (Myth series). I am really looking forward to the remainder of the series.
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