Gretna, LA, USA | Member Since 2014
I have waited for this series to make it to Audible for so long, and finally, it's here!
You want good fantasy, both bright and dark, intimate in details, sweeping in storyline, and compelling writing to complete the perfect package? This is visionary storytelling on an epic scale. This four book fantasy series by Weiss and Hickman started a literal firestorm in the fantasy genre, and spawned HUNDREDS of novels that are only now arriving at Audible! If that 's what you seek, then look no further, this is...
Wait a minute...who's the narrator? Ax Norman? AX? What? Where's Roy?
WHERE'S ROY DOTRICE???
Wow, way to drop the ball.
If you can get past the mediocre narrator, this is AWESOME, to say the very least. Despite Mr. Norman, there are beloved and hated characters herein, many with numerous other books on their lives, both past and future. Again, I do NOT give away spoilers, but I will say the following to you: You will not be disappointed by Weiss and Hickman. This is epic, and you deserve this wonderful series. And because it's epic, it requires an equally epic storyteller, and the narrator here is simply okay. He does NOT detract from the wonderful story, so much so, that you'd not listen. I bought all four audiobook in the series. I just had wanted me some Roy D!
That being stated, these are MUST BUYS for ANY fantasy lover. Just remember...Get past the narrator, and you will have tremendous listening in front of you, with hundreds of other books birthed from this very first book in this series!
If you follow my reviews, you know that I like to roll the dice, to randomly buy a series on a whim, on the luck of the draw. Sometimes, it's a bust.
This time, it's a definite win, but if you go by how the series was created, you'd probably run in the opposite direction.
Here's one for the books: Jim Butcher is well-known for his "Dresden Files" series, created a fantastic fantasy series on a BET. Yep, a bet. Read on.
To quote the Codex Alera Wiki site, "the inspiration for the series came from a bet Jim was challenged to by a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”.
It DOES sound lame.
Well, Butcher makes it work. To the nines.
I've finished this first novel, and I'm enjoying this unique story line of humans with Roman similarities binding with elemental furies. Add unique races, backstabbing, politics, military battles, duels and an interwoven story line that pulls it all together, and you get a fantastic story that's simply put, a VERY VERY good listen.
The whole concept of fighting alongside elemental familiars used here is wonderfully executed. It's deep, well-thought magic-based partnership of man and magical creature is a pleasure to experience.
So, what about the writing?
Again, if you follow my reviews, you know that I love ENGAGING fantasy or scifi writing. Anything less won't do. And this is definitely engaging. There's great characters that plot, backstab, challenge, fight for their beliefs, devour their enemies, and celebrate their victories. You're taken on a great romp of a story, and in the end, isn't that what we all want in a good listen?
I know I do, and I so enjoyed this first audiobook in the series, that I bought the entire series. Yep. And I'm not disappointed with the decision.
Who knew that Lost Roman Legions and Pokemon could knock it out of the park?
Home run, Jim. Home run.
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