I enjoyed book one. It was a time of growth and learning for a very gifted child. I could understand his shortcomings in the first book. Book one works because it seemed to promise that Fitz would become this powerful skill user by the second book. Some things just do not make any sense at all. He has all this training on how to kill people silently and becomes wicked good with an axe, but is constantly punked by Regal and any other skill user. We only see the story from his point of view so why can we see what's happening but
on numerous occasions but he can not. The first book seemed to give us the promise if he could only live to grow up he would be a force to reckon with. All the good guys are really dumb and all the bad guys are really clever. There is no gray area the good guys are good and love the king and the bad guys are bad and want to follow Regal and bring down the kingdom. Thankfully I read some of the reviews for the next book and see that he will never reach his potential. I am not sure if I have ever been so disappointed with the sheer ineptness of a character with so much promise as I have with Fitz. I will not be reading any more of the books in this series.
After reading this all I can think is that Peter is trying to stretch this out to get to 5 books. There was to much soap opera type stuff going on in this book. Rena is a boring character with no depth. The book is called the Daylight War but there is no war that takes place. There is a great deal of talk about fighting a daylight war but thats all it is. The big square off between Arlen and Jardir lasted a whole 1 hour. While I enjoyed getting some background information on Inevera even that at times was a bit confusing with her in the present than all of a sudden talking about her in the past. The plot in this book just never really moved along like the last books. Jardir has all this new power and there is no story on how he is learning all these wards. In the first two books he painted us a lot of the details in this book it seems he was telling it to us. The book ends with a big cliff hanger figuratively and literally. Actually with out giving away to much the way the book ends seems out of character for Arlen. I really look forward to this book and still enjoyed being in that world but where the book ended that should have been toward the beginning.
I loved the way Lenny Henry read this book. His pitch was spot on.
I loved the transformation of Fat Charlie. I also loved hearing the stories of Anansi tricking the other gods.
First time hearing a performance by Lenny Henry. I will keep an eye out for his work in the future.
I laughed my butt off at points in this book.
Neil Gaiman is a master story teller. As I was listening to this story I imagined myself retelling parts to my children and the delight it would bring to their faces. I could actually feel and taste the places he was describing. I will read more from Mr. Gaiman; I have slept on this author for sure. He is brilliant.
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