As a 'Constant Reader' since 1978, I saw, felt, and heard SK in all these stories, but the title doesn't lie. There are no 'stars' here, no bright light to see by. These are not children's stories, not escapist fiction, nothing 'feel-good' here. This is the keen imagination of a story teller reading the horrible things that happen daily and looking behind the headlines. Disturbing is a mild word for these stories. They feel like Pet Sematary, without the magic. I can't say I enjoyed them, you'd be demented if you did. This is adult horror. Not the children's horror of monsters in the closet, but the adult monsters inside each of us. You are forced into the place in your mind that asks, "what would I do if that was me". Sometimes that's a place we don't want to look. Honest, sad, heart-rending, and too close to my own nightmares to be comfortable. I think I will remember these stories for a long time. I also think I will probably never read or listen to them again. Be prepared.
I hope we'll hear more from Alex! It's hard to write this review and not be a spoiler. I'll just say that Goodkind fans will feel right at home and find a lot in this one. Folks that haven't read any Goodkind should enjoy this modern story with a fantasy twist.
It just seemed too short for a Terry Goodkind.
I love this series. But I am really tired of this narrator, Scott Brick. These books read so easily when you read them in hardcopy. The characters are fun, and you get involved in the storyline. This guys narration is just grating. If you only listen to books on audio then go ahead and listen. Just have to ignore the narrators tone, silly cadence, and emphasis on every single line.
I read this series years ago. When you read the first book, you feel like it's a Tolkien knockoff. But keep going! The world Terry creates is rich, deep and real. This is a wonderful series for teens that love fantasy. I have many dog-earred paperback copies that made the rounds of my boys friends. Of course, the best way to decide on books for your kids... read them first! Then you have something to talk about.
As I expected, Dan Brown goes a bit overboard with some of his decriptions/lectures/sermons. Overall as a book of fiction it's fun. I enjoy books that invite you to discuss the premises with others. You can't miss nor lack appreciation for the overall theme of the book, we have more in common than we have differences.
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