I really liked this series all in all. I'm a Jennifer Fallon fan now. Book 1 and 3 are the best. At times I thought it reminded me of several high fantasy books (insert best sellers here) , almost to the point of plagerism, but it did have some definitely original ideas and a well thought out magic system. Sometimes the heroine is just a little too stupid and you want to tell her not to do something, but she does; however it didn't make me want to stop listening. The narration was excellent. I hope to listen to listen to her naration again some day
This story doesnt really go anywhere. The Dwarves and Talon are fighting new bad guys on two different fronts and that's it. Our Dragon Rider hero in nowhere to be seen. Worst of all, the Narrator does a horrible job. It sounds like he angry throughout the novel, unless he's using a voice of a specific character. After the first 30 minutes or so I started surfing Audible, and that always ill for what I'm currently listening to. This one is a skip.
which is as a nice chang for me, and I'm going to continue to listen to the rest os the series. I bought this series when it was on sale, without using credits, and I recommend that others do the same, as its not bad, nor great, and the books are relatively short, especially for me, because I like books that are 20 or more hours long...more book for the credit. The narrator continues to be excellent; however, the doesnt have a vast amount of character voices, and there are more than a few characters that have the same voice. Still, he reads well, pausing in the right tome, for the right length of time, and is able to put emotion appropriate for the characters in appropriate time.
One of the other reviewers remarked about the similarities of this book to so many other popular series, and that he basically listened to this series just because the narrator does such an excellent job compaired to the other series. I agree! Still, one of those other series is by far one of my all time favorites, and this one just gets 3.5 - 4 stars.
The first book in this series (The Forsaken Lands) is Very Good, but the second one is Excellant! It picks up right after the first book and takes off running.The first book was slow to start and didn't have my full attention until a quarter, or maybe a third the way through and then it really drew me in. The Dagger's Path, on the other hand, captivated me from the start and I just couldn't put it down. I love Epic Fantasy, and one of the things that I am always on the look out for is a unique and believable Magic System. Well, this one has not only one, but two, and it's not the other side of the same coin kind of thing, it's two distinct, unique, and believable magic systems, and the author actually pulls it off. Looking back I can see that there is some foreshadowing of the second Magic System, but I never would have connected the dots if I had not listened to the second book. I mentioned in my review of The Lascar's Dagger that there weren't witches and warlocks tossing spells at each other, and there's not in this book either, but there's definitely magic going on here and more. The pacing in this book is great, it doesn't get bogged down, and there's a lot more stuff going on than in The Lascar's Dagger. The story was totally unpredictable to me, I couldn't guess what was going to happen next, and then the last four hours totally blew my mind away. As I was listening to the last couple of hours of the book, I kept thinking WOW, I didn't see that comming, and I'd rewind just to experience it again. In fact right after I finished the book I went back several chapters just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I listened to it again. I have well over 700 titles in my library,. They are predominantly epic fantasy seriies and one of my Top 20 Favorite Epic Fantasy Series was just bumped off and replaced by this series. As for the narrator, well ge did an excellent job! He has a range of character voices and he used the same individual voice for each individual character in this book as he did in the first, he also had new voices for each new character introduced in this book. What more could you ask for in a narrator? I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes epic fantasy and for fans of Magic Systems.
This is a great book! It took a while to fully engage me, but it was worth the wait. It just got better and better and the end of the story left me wanting more...so many cliffhangers at the end of the book. I enjoyed the storyso much that I already have the second book downloaded and I'm going to start listening to it as soon as I finish this review. The narrator was excellent! This will be one of the books that I'll listen to again sometime. It has an interesting magic system, but if your looking for witches or wizards you won't find them here, but this story certainly has a magic system that is very unique, and refreshing.
This is a fun, easy listen. I liked the the world the Author created and all of the names of the different things in it. I started surfing for my next listen a little more than half way through and that's never a good sign. I finish it though and I'm giving it a 4 for creativity. The narrator was excellent! He had quite a range of voices for each of the characters. I'll know what I'm in for if I get the next book, which i may do, but for now I'm going on to something else.
I was leary about purchasing this book just because of the cover art. I thought it would be cheesy and for kids. I'm glad I went ahead and bought it though. I was totally engrossed in the story. I won't give any spoilers, lets just say I was really suprised. Especially since I googled the book, found the authors web page, and learned that the authors use "Beta Readers" and I can only guess that they must self publish, not that there is anything wrong with that. I have over 700 fantasy titles in my library and this one is probably in the top 50 of them, at least if categorized by "Epic Fantasy". I understand that there are going to be 7 books in this series. I can't wait for the next book, which I believe should come out April or May 2015. The narrator was really great. I've never listened to this narrator before and he did an excellent job. However, he did mispronounce some words and that was a little irritating.
The narrator read the book as if he was addressing a very young audience, but some of the subject matter in the book is more, well adult in nature. It's not graphic, or anything, so maybe it's suitable for someone who is a very young teen. I'm in my 50's and still love books about dragons, but this one never really went anywhere and was really predictable. I was left feeling really disappointed.
I'd rather use a credit on something that I can invest myself in, something with characters I care about. Besides, the narrator never does get any better.
that the narrator would improve in the 2nd book, but he didnt. The story is ok, certainty not epic fantasy, and so far there really hasn't been a lot of magic, or the magic system at al, other than it's Elemental. I'm only going to listen to the last book, because I already purchased it and it's not some teen romance trying to be fantasy literature.
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