I must warn you, this review will be biased. I am a huge OSC fan. That being said I loved this book. Just as much as I loved the last one. There are a few things i didn't like about it but i will get to that in a bit. First and foremost this book is going to leave you wanting more. When it ends you're going to say what i said, "NO." I don't like the idea of spoilers so i wont be giving much away. I will merely say this is a definitely a book worth reading. The questions from Pathfinder finally get somewhat of an answer.
My biggest critique is that due to what happens in the story figuring out what is true and what was merely presented as truth can become a bit taxing. But I think the rapid changes to theories leads to a rather exciting story.
The performance is great at time. Stefan Rudnicki is great, but when the story switches over to Umbo's or Params point of view it leaves you longing to be back in Rigs perspective. Not to mention the development of Param's character take someone what of a snobby turn. This leads you to almost hate her point of view, team this with Umbo's whining and you hope that Rig is the only person who speaks to you the rest of the time.
Though i dislike them, Isn't that the sign of a good book? I couldn't merely right the characters off I was engaged and wanted to hate them or like them. OSC does a good job of bringing out that emotion.
all in all it's worth a credit. :)
I love the way the author mixes the Truth and the Facts with the mystical world in which he chose to portray. The facts seem to add a realism to this subject which is shrouded with impossibilities. With that being said, at times the story felt a little corny. As well, some portions were a little tough to follow.
The narrator would randomly speak a number which i thought was the chapter. But as these numbers were not following any kind of order, it was rather confusing.
As a whole i found the book fun and interesting. A must read for those who are intrigued by both fantasy and history.
This ranks in the top 5, though i only have 10 audio books lol.
Danny was by far a favorite in the book. I find that O.S.C. has a tendency to create main characters with these amazing abilities/ talents that always end up shocking people. Ender and Bean with knowledge and I.Q., Rig with his powers, and now Danny. You can't help but hope for that shock when you realize his greatness. You want the main character to show off and be great. O.S.C. is one of the few authors i have found that has the ability to allow this to happen with out it feeling forced. With other authors it feels forced and corny, but with O.S.C. you seem to always want more. You almost feel let down when the characters stop showing off.
My favorite scene was when you made the realization that wad was actually Loki. In my head i kept thinking that Wad was Danny some how.
When the story unfolded it created a nice little twist.
I listened to it in 3 sittings while at work. I really couldn't manage to turn it off.
I cannot wait for the next book.
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