Gurner seems to do his best with paper thin characters, but I don't care for his accented character voices
Implausible plot turns, paper-thin characters, this is well short of his first two books.
This 4th book makes very little sense. You learn at the very end that Martin decided to split the book in two. And not by splitting chronologically, but by character. This confuses the story lines and leaves the reader feeling hollow. What makes it worse is when you try to find the 5th book, and realize that it doesn't appear likely to ever be released. Adding insult to injury is the swapping of the narrator. Replacing the excellent Roy Dotrice is a major mistake. My advice is to stop at Storm of Swords, this one isn't worth it.
This is a quarter or a third of a novel at best. I wish I knew if it sleazy editors/publishers or the authors themselves that break up a single story into multiple books (that filled with needless trivia and detail) just to sell more units. This is just plain dishonest.
If you do decide to listen, make sure that you bank on buying at least 3 of the series in order to get a novel's worth. The story is not bad overall, I just hate being deceived.
For every section of the book where something actually happens, then are 3 sections where characters just sit around talking about what happened. I wish Mr. Kay had just cut about 60% of the dialogue and instead wrote a few more action sequences or at least character confrontations. And the "Mud-people"? Really?
I hung on for way too long, got about 2/3 of the way through, but just couldn't deal with all the characters pining for long lost Tigana. Now, if the author had actually written the story about the fall of Tigana, now that might have been worth reading.
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