Auberry, CA, United States | Member Since 2008
I can see why Neil Gaiman likes this guy. He can create a sceen and make it come to life with a creative resonance that is facinating to listen to. Just awesome. However, the reason I only gave it three starts is that nothing really happens in the story and this incredible writing can only get it so far.
In fact, I stopped listening to it about 4/5 through the book, but I plan to get back too it later. One reason was that their is this sex sceen that was just a little too wierd and graphic. But man, can this guy write...amazing.
Wow, a lot of people die in this book. Every character is pretty much a killer who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. The lead villain kills so many of his own men and family you wonder how anybody could follow him. His son constantly makes stupid mistakes which leads to dear old dad killing his friends one after another. Etc, etc etc.
The story is also just ok. Not great but not awful.
It's a kids book with a bad narrator. My spouse who doesn't get audio book on any level overheard some of the story in the car and asked how the narrator could have such a monotone. Which then lead me to trying to explain how there are some brilliant people out there narrating books. Just not this particular book.
I found this book to be tedious at best. Having LOVED the first Farseer books I was so happy to see his one. But the entire book is a long overly detailed setup for what looks to be a great series. I've got to say that Fitz is a bit of a dolt throughout. As a side note the ending made me lose some sleep worrying about what's to come next. Which means it touched me somehow in the last couple pages.
I think this parallel magical world in London is a bit overdone. Specially with the Harry Potter series. Which made this story a little in the boring side. But I still love Neil Gaiman.
The title says it all. I knew from the first scene that the monotones narrator was going to make it a tough listen and was right. But the story did not help either. One thing that was notable was the lack of description for the main character. They just don't give you much to help you picture any of the scenes. He was tallish and had brown hair. That's it.
The sex scenes were also mediocre. Then the story just ends. One second they are just getting to know each other in the early spring then they are packing up in the fall. What happened to the months in between.
The Dragons are definitely a side issue with book. It is all about the soap opera like relationships between the humans. Just a whole bunch of love triangles. The author constantly uses miss understandings to keep constant friction and hurt feelings between all these pairs if people. To the point you get sick of it and start wishing all of these idiots would just drown or die horribly.
Oh, and there are dragons in the story somewhere.
These two books are amazing and fun. But I've been reading fantasy books a long time and all the signs point to the fact that the author does not have an ending to this story. He pre-determined that it would take three days to tell the story but by the end of book 2 you realize that book 3 is either going to be HUGE or there are going to be some unanswered loose ends.
So if an ending is not crucial for you to enjoy a really good book then I recommend this series. If one is then you should move on cause this one is a dead horse.
The writing style here is incredible but it takes a bit of getting used to. The story is interesting and complex and sometimes I floundered. But it was a great series and I am very glad I purchased them. I recommend them for sure.
These books are really pretty good with great characters and science that makes sense. The reason I rated it a 3 instead of a 4 was the books are expensive and fairly short. So, it is a costly experience getting through the end of the story.
This guy is a great writer and I enjoyed this one so much. I have read all of his First Law books and this one is a must read. And the narrator was awesome as well. One thing I liked was it was a stand alone book with my favorite character from his books. Bloody Ninefingers.
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