This is a good tale that will keep you hooked. The magic system is quite unique and there are some plot twists near the end that will catch you by surprise. Characters are very enjoyable and there is good humor here. I recommend it.
I'd recommend this to Epic fantasy fans. There is a lot of world building here and much of it is pretty good. There were a couple times when things seem a bit convenient (the rival wing, for example, was a bit over the top in being 'the bad guys) or there is a bit too much 'tell' rather than 'show' when learning the history of the world, but overall the story moves at a nice pace. I never felt listening was a chore and I really got into it.
I liked the Kettral training parts the best...but my favorite character was Adare. I liked how she was clever and actually was very proactive in dealing with things.
Ton of fun
When you cross two genres like zombie apocalypse and super heroes it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Some of it is going to be jammed in for 'best fit'. And I think the author did a very good job of fitting the pieces together enough for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief.
This is a fun story. Great action and tension. Plus there are things that the author sets up in earlier chapters that seem to be random that turn out to be key elements later. But he doesn't belabor them. He keeps the pace moving.
Nothing outstanding about the narration, but it works. You forget that you are being read to at times and that is a good thing (in my opinion).
I love it when Cerebus finally got her power back.
There are times when you might feel Tigana is over-written. Sometimes you want to yell at the narrator, "I get it! They feel very very oppressed. Do we have to wallow in yet ANOTHER memory of this!" :) But the language is very beautiful and the concept is pretty unique. The characters (even the bad guys) have true depth and the world feels very very real. Someone compared this to Sanderson's Mistborn. While Mistborn is more action packed and may be a bit more fun to listen to it feels artificial and shallow when compared to this setting. Kay creates legends, mythology, rituals that make this world live and breath. Kay is definitely a master. And best of all he FINISHES a very complex plot in ONE BOOK. Everything ties together quite nicely and doesn't feel rushed at all. Recommended...
I loved mistborn. So was quite excited to see Elantris while I waited for the other mistborn books get converted to audio.
This book, however, is not good. I can't believe Orson Scott Card has such high praise for it on the paper back cover. The idea of Elantris is quite original...but there is very little forward momentum in this book. Instead we get endless banter between characters or long internal monologues. To make up with it the series ends comes to a rapid 'dramatic conclusion'. Only because so much of the first part of the book was needlessly wasted character revelations/etc seem forced, rushed, and inconsistent.
By all means read Mistborn, which is both original and finely crafted. But I can't recommend Elantris.
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