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.
One of the real pleasures of this audio book is its narrative depth. The story arcs of the major players manages to be wholly natural and yet surprisingly subversive. At no point does the book simplify or get boring. I purchased the other books on Graphic Audio and can say that Simon Vance's voices are pitched perfect. I truly enjoyed watching Kip come of age. Seeing the story from multiple points of views has always been a favorite of mine and Brent Weeks does this exceptionally well in this book. The dialogue in this book is smart but not pretentious. He really has a way of making the characters realistic. Some of the scenes are seriously laugh out loud funny. There are also some hard scenes to watch (at least that’s how it is in my mind) with Gavin Guile. I can't help but pull for the Prism even though he has done some truly wicked and downright evil stuff in his own right. Brent does a terrific job in portraying Kips transformation and voyage from awkward, fat, out of shape young Guile trying hard to fit in, to eventually getting to kiss the girl. If you have made it this far you already know the magic system is wonderful and unique. The world is still vast and getting bigger. New enemies and friends (or are they really) have been revealed. The book ends with Kip making a huge decision and should be really interesting going forward for the next book. Although not perfect I truly enjoyed this book. Simon Vance is now one of my favorite narrators. This is fun ride. I recommend this book to get ready for what I am sure will be a killer final book.
Great books which capture me as this one does don’t come along very often. Listening to Kate Reading and Michael Kramer is like having old friends over for dinner. They were the readers for the Wheel of Time series so I feel very comfortable listening to them read. Brandon is a master story teller. I love how he gives you view points from multiple characters. It's always nice to know what was in the mind of multiple parties viewing the same incident. The world of Roshar is vast and filled with amazing creatures and people. The magic system is very interesting and believable. The book is over 45 hours long but it zipped by. There were never any dull moments. The conversations are witty and engaging. No one is all evil or a perfect saint just a matter of view point. Mid-way through this book I purchased the next book Words of Radiance and have just finished listening to that one also. The only negative thing I can say is it will be hard to wait for the 3rd book. Brandon Sanderson is a genius. I had fallen in to the trap of only wanting to listen to hard core epic books with violence and bad language with authors like Joe Abercrombie and George R. R. Martin. This book has as much realism as those books and I don't think I heard one curse word or saw one rape scene. I truly love this book and the next one as well I can't wait for the third book to be released. I am a fan.
I just finished reading the book and I want to go back in that world again and again and again. I'm very astounded at finding this author, whom I have never heard of before, write such a spectacularly beautiful book. I really feel like this book would be worth 2 credits it's that good. The characters are built up just enough so you feel like you know them. There are surprises, there are laughs and there are tears. I have not had a book that allowed me to drive 7 hours than once I arrived to my destination made me want to drive around the block for another hour just to not stop listening. If he can duplicate this feat on his next book I want to be the first to say a Star is born. I highly recommend reading this book. I am a fan now.
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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