It is a pleasure to read fantasy which has broken free of the conventional medieval European-esque setting and cast its sights a bit wider. In this case by creating an Indian inspired setting which is very refereshing. The work contains an environmental message which thankfully does not detract from the quality of the two stories presented. Previous works by Niven and Pournelle (Burning City et al) have explored magic as a non renewable resource while this work takes a more modern environmental approach and deals with the impact that sustained magic use would have on the biosphere. The description of magic use is very visceral involving more senses than simply sight and sound with a great deal of its impact revolving around its smell and the memories that this evokes in the characters.
The two stories are uneven in both quality of writing and narration with the Alchemist performing excellently on both fronts while the Executioness performs strongly, many parts of it are genuinely good even, but not quite reaching the same level. Both stories are better by far than the bulk of recent mainstream fantasy and the shared world building excercise has created a setting of real value which I hope that either or both of the authors return to.
Importantly the price is right (in both time and money). The risk to reward ratio is very favourable so I urge you to give it a try.
I've tried to enjoy the Wheel of Time several times without success. I just could not get past the extremely derivative first instalment in the series. However listening to the series during my daily commute I've passed that hurdle and have found the second and third books to each be significantly better than the previous one. I really do like how the two readers handle the different male and female point of view chapters although there are some words which they do pronounce significantly differently. However this does not detract from my enjoyment of their performance.
It was worth both my time and money.
Yes, Nazis and Warlocks. Competent prose coupled with good narration.
The crows in the interludes. Portraying the progress of the war from the point of view of carrion birds was a neat idea and was well executed.
The attack on the farmhouse by British forces.
Thankfully not as I listen while driving.
The first in the series.
The first in the series. This one came second,
I listen in my car. I'm almost always moved.
There are no subtractive comments either.
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