To be honest, I don't usually like far future, all over the galaxy and many races kind of sci-fi. However this one is imaginative enough without too many cliches. Story lines start out loose but nicely merge eventually and the world seems well thought through.
If I compare it with Hyperion, I enjoyed this one more.
I'm definitely going for the second book.
It would be probably even better if I read the previous books of Hammilton, as he often refers back to the events of the Commonwealth saga. It is not necessary however.
Also some characters are difficult to understand due to their extreme accent, but those are allways minor characters, so it never hurts the story.
I listened to several audio books and I would place it to the second place after songs of ice and fire.
Somewhat it associates with The Rise of the blue moon. It has a nice sense of humor but not diminishing the seriousness of the story...
This is a book that would fulfill that description. I didn't want to interrupt listening.
Definitely worth it. One of the best fantasy books for me...
Some parts were very interesting, other parts were told in a way that made it difficult to follow. There are also 2 or 3 mistakes in cutting of the audio book, which do not make the material unintelligible, but still, shouldn't be there.
All in all, it's not a bad audio book, but there are better pieces from Modern Scholar.
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