If you are a fan of the series this will be one of the more exciting books so far. There are new powers it seems and many ways for everything to turn out. James Marsters is of course an amazing narrator as well. If you like Sci-Fi you will love this series.
This book is actually well written and is actually a quick and easy read. The problem I had was the great lack of character development. The characters do have some good qualities, but everything is forced and usually unexplained. The romance story in the book is probably one of the worst I have read. It is kind of love at first sight, then too barely talking to one another, then suddenly married. There is very little in between these stages.
The world is full of life and well described. The struggle is real, but it seems that the hero has some of the most amazing gut instincts in the world. Again if I knew more about the character I might of understood more, but I think not. The main character walks in the a village of people that he barley knows to warn of war and ends up the emissary. Also much of the story is too instinctual for the main character. He always finds the power, skills, or words needed "all of a sudden" a few too many times.
This book was well written and the dialogue really got you into the story. The narration is much better than I thought, since some people reviewing said it was awful. This book starts a young man's journey to be a hero. The problem I had was that he was probably the least read character. I laughed at some banter he had with his aunt, but I found him very aggravating. He seems incapable of believing in anything out of the norm. His aunts protects her secrets and his very poorly. He asks questions, but stops after he is rebuffed each time. Much of their relationship seems much odder than it should be. I did in a way enjoy the book so then I looked on goodreads for some reviews and read someone say that the main character having little self insight. No complex emotions or insights. I understand they wanted him ignorant, but I want more than a reluctant hero when the time comes.
I read many reviews before I bought this book and it was about what I expected. Many people compare this book to Sanderson or Jordan, but while there are similarities I would not say everyone would like both. The book is well written, but it just seems that it is only a set up for the next book. I was a little aggravated at the amount of prophesies and confusing parts of conversation in this book. I understand that people keep secrets and everything, but it is aggravating when every few chapters you are given some cryptic message or a secret that they will understand when the time comes. Other than my few gripes I would say the book is good even if it is a bit confusing at times.
Michael Kramer does a wonderful job narrating as always.
This book was not as enjoyable as the first, but still a good continuation of the story. The biggest gripe I had with the book was probably the lack of communication between characters, and how some characters believe that they are smarter than all the others. There are some good twists and preparation for the next book as well. I saw one of the main characters in this book make one bad decision after another, but I also saw others countering the characters decisions behind the scenes in a way. The only problem is that now I have to wait for the next book to see how it finally plays out, and I want to see some characters put in their places.
Fitz is back and there are many new things going on in his life. If you expect a lot of Fitz and Fool action in this book though you will be very disappointed. This story is well written, but ease to figure out early on. It seems that Fitz is blind sometimes and very stubborn at what is in front of him too. The book was enjoyable, but the whole time you may have an urge to smack Fitz's head to make him see what is in front of him.
This book also ends with a fairly large cliffhanger, so of course I will be reading more. If you enjoy Robin Hobb's writing style pick this up and you probably will regret it. If you hate people making terrible choices by withholding information from each other you might not like this book.
I have been waiting for this book for a while now, but I believe it was worth the wait. I have read some reviews that do not like the multiple point of views, but I could not see another way to tell his story. In this book you will receive some answers that you might of asked in the first book about things like the 7th order, and who some of the assassins were. As in all good writing though you will have a few more after you read the book.
Some of the best parts of this story are how the characters developed since the last book. In this book many of the characters go through some really bad things. Some become the better for it, others much worse. In the first book most things worked out in a way. In this one expect a little more grime and hardships throughout the story. Truly a great read.
The Stormlight Archive is really beginning with this book in my opinion. Sanderson really makes you explore other characters and makes you feel that you really know them. You really get to know Shallan in this book which at first annoyed me in a way, but at the end she did really start to feel so much more real and I am starting to like her in a way. I think that might be because of the jokester she has along for the ride though as well.
This book is long, but it actually solves many questions from the first book. Then it adds on about a million more, but really what else can you expect. If you really love character development and getting to know Roshar you will love this book.
Then of course at the end their is about 4 consecutive "curve balls" thrown your way to make you even more confused and of course more excited for the next book.
I like to listen and read along which will give you some opportunities to look at some of the nice illustrations that are in the book. It really helps me understand everything much better when I can see what monsters and areas really look like. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are really fantastic narrators that really give the book a good flow.
I have listened to it a second time because I really enjoyed the way the author writes. He makes everything so descriptive and makes you understand their world well. I also listened again to see if I could make out some extra information I did not notice until I read the second book.
I enjoy how he describes Trapis and how he shows how the man did not see anything, but the hearts of those he helps. His details on the small things are the most memorable to me.
He is great at giving characters their unique voice. I can always understand who is speaking without being told which is very nice.
The Kingkiller Chronicles might have some characters you may not like in particular, but the way that it is written makes you want to listen. You understand why most people are the way they are and it goes into the depths of many characters. After you read this once you will realize how beautifully it is written.
The problem with many others that create prequels and sequels is that they try to make the story too outrageous and in a way unrealistic. This is a fantasy book, but the characters actually feel real.
In revelations Royce and Hadrian seemed like an odd pair, but it was stated that at first they actually despised each other. This book describes how it all began better than I could of imagined. The best thing about this book it made me understand Royce and Hadrian much more. Character development is lacking in some series, but with Riyria Chronicles and Revelations the author makes you feel how they are feeling with every loss and hardship. He makes you understand the type of people they are.
Also the back story on Gwen makes you understand her more as a character as well. You also start to see how genuine and nice she actually is. In Revelations she was a little bit of a mystery and did not seem as much of an important character.
There is also some extra mystery coming out in this book that makes me wonder if the author will reveal more of the story from the point of view of the professor. How he knows what he does and whom he is working with.
All in all I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone that has read Revelations or is just looking for other great books as well. Michael Sullivan really knows how to develop his characters so you can really understand who they are. I would probably still read Revelations first though since I believe you will fall in love with the characters quicker there and really want to know how they came to be.
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