The observations contained in this title were mostly outdated, stereotypical, and childish. The only help offered is in reminding the reader what he/she almost definitely already knows. The "pendulum technique" for deciding whether to accept criticism or not is rather similar to using a magic 8 ball, only with flawed logic to pass it off as being scientific. Despite being so short I still felt this title was a waste of time.
It you can get past the narrator's HORRIBLE accents which seem to come and go at random, then you'll still have to contend with this basic, simplistic, boring, plagiarized story. It seems as though it was written by an eleven year old who just finished The Lord of the Rings for the first time and decided to use it as a step-by-step recipe for his own story (actually not far from the truth though Brooks was a decade or two older). My assumption is that those who have enjoyed it, read it first as children and like it for the nostalgia.
Parts of the story that should be tense are resolved almost instantly and without difficulty while other parts are drawn out past the limits of a reasonable attention span. Interesting points are left unexplained...What exactly are the Elfstones and what do they do? I guess they just get the author out of any difficulty he is too lazy or un-imaginative to write his way out of.
Characters are two dimensional, and don't ellicit much sympathy, empathy, or any other thy's.
Pretentious, juvenile, and unintelligent, a real dissapointment. Better to go with an unabridged Robert Jordan title or wait until Audible adds some additional fantasy works.
Mostly bland and poorly acted but it has enough going for it to hold your attention. If you can't find anything else to buy, buy this. Otherwise look elsewhere.
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