And Tim Gerard Reynolds' inspired reading only makes the book that much better.
The characters are compelling and the story epic. Thoroughly enjoyable!
This book is not listed in the teen or pre-teen category but it's billed as The Chronos Files 1.5. On Audible, the first book is listed for 11-13 year olds and teen/young adult on Amazon.
The problem with this book is not the content per-se for any adult. It's that the 11 and 12 year olds who read the first book will naturally want to read this one too. Why is that a problem? Because it contains inappropriate content for those ages.
Sexual situations and dialogue are significant throughout the book. Although the sex act itself is not described, it is obvious that it takes place. Nakedness is described as well as some intimacy while unclothed.
Some parents may also object to the drunkenness portrayed in it, even if by the bad guy.
As a result, I had to shave a star off of my rating because, as a parent, I would not want my 11 year old reading this book. I would not have minded her reading the first book (which I almost rated 5 stars). That's a real shame.
Something I didn't mention in my review of the first book: the discussion of religion in these books is interesting and thought-provoking. If your kids read these books I suggest you discuss that aspect of the book with them. (Hey, fake religions exist and there are plenty of them even in our current timeline so it's an important discussion to have with them.)
NOW to the book itself:
The reader is fine though nothing stands out particularly about his performance.
I agree with some readers that Kiernan just feels like a better match for Kate than Trey. I keep finding myself rooting for Kiernan. That shows how real the characters become for the reader while experiencing these books. That's a genuine credit to the author.
I really appreciated the perspective in this book after reading the first one. It lets us know how and why some of the events from the first book happened and sets up (I presume) some events in the next book.
Adults and older teens might enjoy these books. But I wouldn't get pre-teens or younger teens started on the series because they will want to read this book. Again, that's a real shame.
(Couldn't resist that headline. Sorry.)
First, I enjoyed the book very much and was deeply invested in the characters.
I really don't like it when people try to pigeonhole a book for a certain age. I'm far past 13 and I liked every bit of it! Don't let age ranges for a book deter from reading a great story like this one.
The book handles time travel really well. It can be a very tricky proposition with all of its paradoxes. There is, incidentally, a paradoxes (pair of docs[es]) in the book. Nyuk, nyuk.
The reader has such a high-pitched voice that every man sounds like a 13 year old boy. It's my only beef with this otherwise great reader. She is really good at expressing the emotions of the characters, particularly a crying woman/girl.
Looking forward to a sequel.
This second story starts right where the last left off with all of the first book's adventure, intrigue, sorcery and emotion. And that continues all the way to its blockbuster finale.
These books have a classic feel, like I'm reading Treasure Island all over again.
The reader is amazing! There are few readers that could have brought these stories to life like Michael Page. He has me casting the movie in my mind.
Everyone raves about Patrick Rothfuss and deservedly so. After reading his first book I thought seriously about reading the next right away but changed my mind.
On the other hand, these stories I am DEVOURING. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!
I devoured this book! It's a great adventure in the classic style a la Treasure Island. This story, however, is a fantasy novel with magic, fantastic creatures, political intrigue, assassins and of course, conspiracy.
The writing is well paced, the story compelling, the characters interesting. It leaves you craving for more. What more could you ask?
Michael Page's rendering of this story is nothing short of superb. He has an amazing repertoire of voices and he gives each character just the right emotional feel. He has claimed a place in my top five audiobook readers.
I look forward to reading the next book. Like, right now.
The story is interesting but I had to groan and eye-roll in several places when some things were said and done.
It is not a time-travel story (but he tells you that up front). Time travel is just a device to get us to a place where the author tries to illustrate some personal and political beliefs (I guess). He builds a dream world as far as some university sociology professors might envision it.
Sad. One of my very favorite authors, Michael J. Sullivan tells an amazing tale in the Riyria stories. If you have not read "Theft of Swords" go get it right now. You won't be sorry. But don't buy this book.
I would have been mad if I funded this on Kickstarter. I'm glad I didn't know or I might have. I like the author that much! I try to get everyone to read him.
The reader is good but he is saddled just a little bit by the nature of most of the characters in this story. (I don't want to add any spoilers.) I would listen to him again.
While interesting to see the future as the author envisions it, it's not at all the world I would hope for. I don't mean to imply that it's dystopian. I wouldn't necessarily mind it if it was because it's just a story. It's just a very disappointing world.
This book is very finely detailed. Too detailed. I began to wonder if Rothfuss wrote a long history and just couldn't bear to leave anything out of what has to be an epically long outline. The plot is a little short on action. Ok. That can be fine. Give me some great political intrigue. Some spy craft maybe. NOPE.
The book could have been 20% shorter.
That's really the only bad though.
Here's the good:
The reader is quite good but took me a little while to get used to. He is at his best when using accents, especially when the character is emotional. I was really sold when he used three slightly different Scottish-Irish accents for three characters as they conversed. A really well-done scene!
I am invested in the characters and I want to see them succeed. Some of them are fascinating (including the main character Kvothe) and I want to know what will happen to them.
I like Kvothe's moral core in spite of a difficult childhood, part in which he had little adult supervision.
I want to find out how a supposed king killer ends up a bartender.
I liked the interpersonal relationships and I enjoyed the sometimes witty banter.
The magic system is interesting and tries not to violate the laws of physics. That's cool!
I bought the sequel mostly because I liked the characters so much. Only after that did I discover that its 25% LONGER than the first. God help me, I'm going in!
If I don't come back in a couple of weeks, send in a search party...
I am a sucker for time travel stories and this one did not disappoint. It has a fantastic premise which is excellently executed. The mystery unfolds like petals from a flower as each step in Nick's time travel unravels another part of the explanation for the days events, including the death of his wife.
I also enjoyed the discussions of the repercussions on future events of the decisions and actions we take.
The reader is great and fits the style and feeling of the story very well.
Fantastic idea pleasingly implemented!
(Note: Ignore comparisons of this book to "The Time Traveler's Wife," which is a book I hated.)
I didn't really care that much what happened to the characters. The beginning shows a lot of promise but then the book bogs down with things that just seem to happen without that much importance. The middle is interminable.
The reader just can't do an accent to save his life.
I so enjoyed the short story by Mr. Speakman in the Unfettered anthology that I decided to listen to this novel too. I was not disappointed.
Any fan of the Merlin television series should love this book, though this story is set in modern day.
The reader portrays each character well and helps you see that movie in your head (always a goal of mine).
Richard McCallister protects the secret Seattle portal between our world and Annwn--the world to which all of the fey creatures (fairies, leprechauns, centaurs, and the like) had long ago been transported to protect them from extinction. The Knights protecting the portals use magical items but so do the forces of evil on both sides of the portal. Without giving anything away, some of those magical items are ones that you are probably familiar with. 'Nuf said.
The book is full of action and adventure as a small group tries to reunite the fey creatures to battle the forces of evil. Any war in Annwn threatens both worlds. In the meantime, the forces of evil are also after Richard and another character he is trying to protect. Can evil turn these two or bend them and/or their weapons to their nefarious purposes?
Which creatures are on which side (if either)? Can war be averted and, if not, can good triumph? Which men of our world are simply trying to protect the portals and which really have their own agenda? Can the two worlds be saved?
A minor disappointment for me that these knights are supposed to be Knights of the Word here on our side as defined by a certain church (i.e. the Word of God). But when people try to defend their actions in the name of the Word, no one actually uses any of the actual Word to refute them. That would have been fun!
That's a small objection though and it did not prevent me from giving this book 5 stars. I couldn't stop listening and that's one sign of a great book. I look forward to the next one!
This book is well worth reading for the quality of the writing. The bonus is that it's for a great cause. Hooray for you wonderful writers, artists and readers! And man are there some amazing readers in this audiobook. It's always great to help a brother out.
Several of these stories are so good that I have placed the author's books on my wish list. So it's a great introduction to these authors if you are not already a fan. If you are a fan, you won't be disappointed with these great tales, some set in the worlds you already know. All of them are well-written.
Rothfuss: Haven't read his books. Maybe something about that would have made it better. Otherwise: What the...?
Salvatore: Um, OK. Weird.
Orullian: If you were a band geek you might like this one. I wasn't a band geek. I got lost in all of the musical references.
Jordan/Sanderson: Love the Wheel of Time books but it's been a while for me. Maybe that's why I didn't connect with it.
Brooks (Word/Void): A charming tale.
Vaughn: Interesting premise well carried-out.
Lockwood: A great story that is far better than his first novel.
Durham: Really imaginative! And just a really nice story.
Bosworth: Intriguing story with an electric ending.
Williams: I smiled all the way through this great one.
Thompson: I really enjoyed the characters in this one and want to read the novels.
Novik: I tire of dragons sometimes but this story rekindled my interest. I put her novels on my wish list.
Sullivan: My favorite story by one of my very favorite authors. If you are unfamiliar with Michael J. Sullivan go buy his books. All of them. NOW. You won't be disappointed.
Speakman: Great characters in a compelling world. Made me want to read more.
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