The first book in this series held promise, but that was all. The Awakened Mage covered maybe a 2 months time frame in which the characters barely accomplished anything. The first and second book combined would have made an okay book, but separately the second book was a failure in my opinion.
The Sum of All Men; The Runelords
I feel the narrator did a fair accounting of a poorly written series.
Mainly disappointed in a drawn out series and an over indulges in the characters ranting and anger at each other and where prophecy was leading them.
Read the 5 books connected to this one at your own risk of disappointed. I know the two I did read, I was disappointed and I'm inclined to listen to the other readers on the rest of the books.
It has a good story and good characters. I've read a lot of reviews and I agree with most of them. Ryan changed writing styles in this book. That alone isn't a good nor bad thing. Ryan also follows more characters, I personally didn't care for this change. There was a lot to the book, but it didn't progress very far.(I hope that makes sense) I agree with most reviews on Reva. I liked her character, but I don't agree with her advancement in her combat abilities within the allotted timeframe. Overall, I just feel dissatisfied with the book in general. I also found that in listening to this book, the story would switch characters without a pause or breaks to let you know they've switched characters. It kinda of threw me at first until, I stopped looking for the normal pause or break off. I also feel the ending was a bit abrupt. The only forewarning of the end was the music the last few lines that were read.
If the second book was as good as the first I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book and series, but right now.... I'm a bit unsure. So many books have a good start and end with a total flop. This second book just wasn't up to par with the first book, but yet wasn't a flop either.
Does a excellent job reading the book. I look forward to listening to other books Steven reads. Keep up the good work!
I dearly hope the next book is better. If the first book was excellent than don't mess with something that is working. Just my opinion, but if you do change styles than make damn sure your work is just as good as the last book you put out.
I would cut out about half of shallan's story which seemed to be half the book and move the story forward faster.
I enjoyed story before and after Kaladin's fight with Szeth-son-son-Vallano.
Kaladin's of course. The amount of time spend on him this book was frustrating to say the least.
Yes, even if I felt the story moved at a snails pace until about 75 percent of the book was done than it started moving better. This book isn't Brandon Sanderson's best work. I've read a lot of his books and I feel he can do better than this.
I think the story line of Shallan in the first 3/4 of the book could be condense down. I really don't feel I gained as much has I should have for the amount of time spend on her in this book. I think there are other sections that seemed more important that were breezed over too quickly. Over all, I think the series will still be good. As for Michael Kramer and Kate Reading - I loved their performance. They have always done a great job bring the books alive with their reading. Keep up the good work!!
I don't know where it ranks among all my books that I've read - As I've read quite a few, but this is definitely a very good book and would recommend it to others
I didn't have a favorite character - I enjoyed each of them for their individual roles
I pretty much did listen to this entire book in one sitting. All but the last hour. :)
I enjoyed the story and look forward to listening to the next book in this series.
I love fastasy/Sci Fi books and have read my fair share. I've listened to about 8 hrs of this book and still have no clue as to what this book is about other then Storm this Storm that - Bright Eyes bah bah bah. I thought after listening to his work on the Wheel Of Time Series, this author would do good with his own work. Stephen King and Tom Clancy are hard to "get into" due to their overly detailed begans, but at least you have an idea about storyline. Then with reading the other reviews and seeing other only paying only 1 credit, I feel cheated, as I had to pay 2 credits for a failure of a book.
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