Michael Rowe took a lot of time to interesting and original characters, and proceeded to meaninglessly kill them off. Oh sure not ALL of them died to ravenous vampires, but after the abomination of this novel's 'climax' and ending they were dead to me.
I really liked the characters he created, especially Elliot and Billy; the former a gay man loathed to face his past life, the latter a native Canadian still facing everyday racism as an established professor. But even after all that he still managed to twist the characters in a matter of minutes into acting completely outside their defined normal. Lets not even get into the 12 year old boy who spends half the story crying about his dog who ends up getting pity sex from someone who treated him as a younger brother.
I can't even really put into words how the last 20% of this book made me feel. Betrayed? Let down? Angry I even went out on a limb and bought it?
The performance was good. I enjoyed the native american (ok canadian) accent that Stillwell created. Really, his portrayal of the cast of characters was well done. I wish his talent was enough to make the book worth reading.
Overall? Don't waste your time.
Surprisingly good novel. The story follows an army , but I wouldn't really consider it heavy military fiction. While the overall plot will carry throughout the coming series the book itself ties up fairly well. There are a few teasers that are thrown out for each of the main characters that will hopefully not be drawn out for too long. The narrator has an excellent voice for the story and I personally had no problem distinguishing different characters or emotions. I will definitely purchase the next in the series.
Not really much I can say, this book was awesome. If you thought the twist at the end of book one was fun, the twist at the end of this book is going to blow your mind.
I can't wait for book 4. It's a damn shame there is such a time delay between physical book and audiobook release in this series. Hopefully this great series does well so we get to see Daniel Abraham's other series, The Long Price Quartet, released in audio format.
I had previously written a larger review of the book but audible apparently rejected it for who knows what reason.
Anyway the book is a good melding of scifi and fantasy, the last few hours are a bit romanticized, but overall I would recommend it for a listen.
I can't believe I've never heard Matthews before.I was absolutely hooked after the first, I listened to the entire set on audible in one week.
Word play combined with some crazy well crafted diction make the characters in this series shine. Point of view flies between almost every character your ever introduced to, you get to see conversations played through every participant. Trust me you'll get to a point where you can't wait to hear whats going on in the heads of the main characters.
The publish summary doesn't really let you know what you can expect. This series deals with torture, enslavement, genocide, and corruption on a galactic scale. There is a lot of scenes that may turn people off to the series. I guess steer clear if you've got a weak stomach for graphic detail.
Downside is the most recent in the series isn't on audible yet, and considering it's been 7 years since it came out I'm not sure you'll ever get a real conclusion to the series.
There's not much to say, this book is easily my favorite of the series. Author and narrator have done a superb job. Much of the book gives you another point of view to many of the events in book two, and tries to explain and justify the great betrayal.
The last 10 minutes of the book will have you gripping your chair in anticipation. I warn you now that after you read the last sentence you will curse Peter V. Brett for making you wait for book four.
After listening to Neal Asher's Spatterjay series I frequently check to see if any of his other works have been released.
Finally to my great satisfaction this showed up in my search results.
This is a revenge story where the Earth itself shakes at one man's fury. I can't really say much else about the plot without spoilers.
You'll notice the book has two narrators. Don't fret though, one of them only reads the intro's to each chapter in a documentary style diction. The other brings the story to life.
I think the worst part of this book is knowing you're going to have to wait for the rest of the series.
Usually when I pick up a book that very clearly focuses on a love story it ends up falling into horrible cliched traps that prevent them from being together. The author, seemingly fully aware of this fact loves to tease you with other novel's shortcomings. That being said its not just a cute little love story but also has a great fantasy setting. The story focuses on four youths forced into leadership while desperately trying to understand their awakening magic.
This is a great light read and I will be picking up book two.
At the time of writing this review I have also read "King of Thorns", its sequel.
I will say this series is one of the most fun I've read in awhile. Who doesn't enjoy a good revenge story? The main character is the very definition of an antihero. His actions are unpredictable, morally suspect, and deviously genius. Not only do we have a great main character, but an excellent supporting cast.
Do yourself a favor and pick up this series, I really think you will enjoy it.
This is the second Czerneda novel I've read, the first being a Thousand Words for Stranger. Having said that I can't see myself ever picking up the rest of either of their respective series.
Czerneda has an absolutely fantastic imagination, the worlds she creates are most impressive. The problem is I can't stand the characters she places in them. She has some of the most absolutely one sided characters I have ever read about. Her villains are the absolute worst of the bunch. Having a 'bad' villain really just kills the entire story for me. It surprises me to no end how she has consistently let me down and how I kept reading on despite this. This will be the last book of her's I will read.
Luci Christian Bell was an excellent narrator and I wouldn't hesitate listening to her again.
I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.
This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.
You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.
Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.
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