I read this knowing that it had had rave reviews, so my expectations were high. And they were not disappointed at any point in the story.
While I'm more into classic SF rather than fantasy, this was an enjoyable foray into this world. What was particularly enthralling was the portrayal of the equivalent of maybe a 16th century army. The main character spends most of her time progressing from recruit to combat veteran, and you really get to appreciate the fighting techniques and problems involved in hand-to-hand contact between sword-wielding soldiers.
A must read for anyone interested in warfighting of any era.
The book summary really didn't do this book justice. I found it an excellent read with a lot more complexity than I was expecting..
It follows the well-trodden path of a magical world separate to the "muggle" world with rules about not letting the non-magical people find out about the reality of magic. However it establishes a good universe through which the story unwinds. The characters are all rich and have a depth to them, and the author doesn't separate them into distinct good/bad groups.
After reading this book I immediately downloaded the next in the series. I rarely do that.
To top it all off, the narrator is brilliant. Her performance significantly enhances the experience and adds an additional dimension to the main character.
She is so good that I would pay to hear her read a telephone directory.
As a hard-core sci-fi reader, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. But thousands of great reviews can't be wrong. And they weren't.
If you can imagine a story about ancient secrets, conspiracies, history, heros, evildoers, and saving the world, then this book is for you. And a pleasing blend of sci-fi in there as well.
I first read this book, I think as a novella, about 30 or more years ago. It's been in my wishlist for quite a while because I could still remember the story pretty well. I liked it then, but I loved this version. Not just because it is an audiobook, although that helps, but because I appreciated the story a lot more, or maybe I just absorbed the nuances better.
This is a definite must for anyone who loves the theme of exploring ancient cities and rediscovering lost worlds.
The narrator was excellent. Once you're into it, the character voices click and you can't imagine any other voices.
A good continuation of the previous books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are multiple converging storylines for each of the major characters that are going their own way, and fortunately the author has firm directions for each so you aren't left wondering where the individual stories are going.
In this book, Rand takes a bit of a backseat to allow the further development of the other characters that were painted more shallowly in previous books. But all have pleasing battles. It was also good to have Matt become a stronger person and less annoying.
This book is also excellent value for money when you look at the $/hour basis and especially when you look at the list price.
I found it hard to reconcile this book with the first two in the trilogy, it was as if the author decided to radically change the direction of the characters without any real reason provided for the change.
In this book, previously strong characters become weak shadows of themselves. Katniss herself spends most of the book in some sort of mental and emotional paralysis. Instead of the strong leadership she portrayed in the previous books, in this one she seems unable to cope with her reality and retreats into just being a pawn in plots dictated by the other characters. I spent most of the book waiting for her to wake up and take a grip on herself, but alas it never happened.
A great opportunity for a classic trilogy was wasted.
Unfortunately this was one of those books that I couldn't finish, probably because it falls in the fantasy rather than scifi category that I was expecting. It seemed to be a series of episodes of a demi-god trying to defeat a god, of course with neither of them ever dying. It just seemed so pointless. But obviously other reviewers liked it, so maybe it's just not to my taste.
This was a fantastic read, and one that I was sorry to have to finish. Having read the reviews I knew the major plot line of the book and anticipated it it through the first two thirds of the book. However, it's one of those stories where the journey to the climax is as enjoyable as the climax itself.
The details of the main character's training is an important component of the book, otherwise you'd end up with a seemingly unreasonable super-soldier appearing to defeat his enemies with ease. But after living through both his training and experiences, you are in a much better position to understand his performance in the latter third of the book.
I was surprised to read that some reviewers considered that the book was a quick ending to the series. To me it seemed well paced with plenty of action mixed with strategy. It is a fitting conclusion to the whole story, even though the door is open to a sequel.
If you've read the previous 2 books then this is a must-read. It has good periods of military action balanced by periods of strategic planning, and enough action to keep things interesting throughout. With the last half of the book working to the inevitable climax, the book ends with a very satisfying conclusion.
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