Lots of good reviews here and on other sites, but it just didn't do it for me. I really wish I had realised it was a YA genre before I bought it. I kept thinking of the old Stephen King story "Running Man" only with teenagers. I think if I had read this when I was a teenager, I might have liked it, but I'm not going to read the rest of the series. Hopefully there are better choices out there for me.
After reading the Farseer trilogy, I really wanted to skip The Liveship Traders and go on to the Tawny Man Series but all the reviews I read indicated these books should be read in the order they were written because some of the characters from here are brought into the Tawny Man. While not directly connected to the Farseer story, it is set just outside the boarders of the Six Dutchies.
I liked the characters and the idea of the liveships but dont understand what is going on with the sea serpents. It has taken quite a long time to start enjoying the story as I don't care for the narrator's voice/accent. We have Trader families in debt to RainWild families for their liveships, children used as bargaining chips, pirates, slaves and politics and an interesting mix up of characters.
I liked this book right from the start. I enjoyed the way it was written and the way the narrator told the story. An adventure very different from other SFantasy I have read. Worth the time.
New Spring takes the story back about 20 years and tells us the story of how Lan became Warder to Moraine. Although not critical to the overall story, once completing the final book in the series, it was nice to finish off with a bit of background.
The story continues to gain depth and the characters are evolving as they experience their individual journies. I have to keep reminding myself that the main charaters: Rand, Matt, Perrin, Egwene, Nyneave, Min and Elayne are all supposed to be around 20 years old. Perhaps the readers response is also reflected (appropriately)depending their own age, resulting in the differing reviews available here and elsewhere? I am in my 50's and my own children are older than these kids! Can I understand where they are coming from? Hell yeah! Can I put myself in their shoes? Well maybe a half a century ago! Isn't that what a good story/sci-fantasy is all about? Looking forward to the next book.
I love a long complicated plot that will keep me interested. I wasn't sure I wanted to start another Sci-fantasy epic on the heels of GRRM's ASOIAF. WOT was recommended by a friend who had also read the same books, but I put it on the back burner for a few months. I tried a couple of other genres and although I had the occassional win, most were 3 star and over way too soon. Finally, I started TEOTW and wonder now why I waited so long!
I am finding similarities of characters and storylines between writers of these type of stories. Sometimes I see Padin Fain and think of Tolkiens' Gollam; Perrin and Martins' Jon Snow; and even the Dark One with JK Rowlings "he who cannot be named" from Harry Potter. But no matter! I've jumped on the band wagon and I'm in for the long haul. I hope the journey continues to be as capivating as this first novel.
Definately not the story I had anticipated. I love a long read, with lots of characters and complicated parts. The beginning was excellent and for a while, I couldn't stop! I kinda wished he could have kept up that type of storytelling for the entire book but the pace slowed in the middle with the need to establish characters and set the background for the next book. Hope the next installment is as good as the first part of this book. Be a winner for sure if so.
I love a good vampire story, and although this was an original take, it did not live up to my expectations! Jennifer Ikeda's voice could have been more expressive. I got the impression of straight faces and serious expressions even when they were supposed to be happy! I loved the idea of the book, Ashmore 783 but the love story got priority. It got a little more interesting toward the end but I doubt I will bother with the next book.
Definately. This is a performance!
I've never read anything quite like this. It makes me think of the theatre rather than a book.
This is my first listen to Michael Page and I love his interpretation.
No, but I picked it up whenever I could.
A very good read. I'm going to read the next book in the series. The bar is set high now, so I hope Scott Lynch can back it up.
I enjoyed this book but nothing really happened.
For my next listen, I will be looking for something with a little more substance. This is basically a boy mets girl story with a magic background.
The description of the circus and the people in it is wonderful.
The story is pretty conclusive and I dont see a follow up.
I dont know what demographic this book was aimed at, but perhaps a the young adult reader would appreciate it.
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