This was another excellent installment in the continuing saga of the Iron Druid. If you liked the previous books, you will love this one as well. If you have not listened to the other books, I recommend you start there.
If you are like me and are always looking for other books you may like, you might wan to try Brandon' Sanderson's "The Stormlight Archives: The Way of Kings," "The Scar," by Sergey and Marina Dyechenko, "The son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, the most recent installment in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepard - "Furious" - although I think this installment in the series did not really advance the story as much as I would have liked, it still moves the story along some. Please find out what other reviewers have to say before deciding if to read any of the above series. I enjoyed them all, but some more than others. If there is a book you enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.
OK - so most of us who bought this book are fans of Rothfuss' Kingkiller chronicles. So, we already love his work. No question.
This work, however, is a mixed bad.
The sentences are masterfully crafted. The prose, description and witty use of personification of inanimate objects - all are masterfully done. If we were just looking at those things, this book would be compared to works of the greatest literary masters. That is my opinion, of course. Others may think differently.
Unfortunately, all that greatness isn't put together into an overall structure that makes sense and creates a reasonable story.
If this was a soup, I'd say that Rothfuss' ingredients were perfectly prepared and of the best quality, but they were not put together well into a good theme that produces a delicious and nutritious soup.
I thought his performance was better than I expected. Sometimes, because authors are great at writing, they make the mistake of thinking they're also gifted dramatic actors. I expected that Rothfuss' reading would be a lot worse than what was presented here. It was actually ok - it didn't truly distract from the work- the lack of a good over-arching story did.
This is not a really good stand alone book. It seems to be just a beginning of the beginning of a story - a less than half-tale. It should have been a few chapters at the beginning of another book.
This was very entertaining. It was a great continuation of the series.
One of the things I like about B.V. Larson's books is their entertainment value as well as the speed of delivery. Unlike some writers (Ice and fire's G.R.R. Martin - a notable member of that group) when you start a series by B.V. Larson, there is a good chance that you will get regular installments and get a satisfying conclusion before too long.
What to expect from this book:
1. A good continuation of the last install
2. New aliens, new challenges
3. Same brash decision making from the main character, then pulling himself out by the skin of his teeth
4. Satisfying conclusion
His other series I have read, the Star Force series, is also very entertaining. If you are looking for a new series, you might like that one.
What to expect from Star Force:
1. A lot of space battles
2. Many alien races - some friendly, some not
3. Progressively intense - with a commander whose decisions you'll sometime love, some times hate, but never be on the fence about.
4. an ending that borrows from U.S History
5. A well defined enemy.
For those who are Dresden fans - It is just as good as the others.
For those that are looking for something interesting to read - You may like this series. Start from the beginning
What to expect: We get to see a lot of the character from the series get developed more. Some are not seen in this book, hopefully in the next one. There is obviously still a lot of story to be told, still a lot of questions to be resolved. It leaves you wanting the next book in the series.
It is an enjoyable listen with interesting new developments.
If you enjoyed The Way of Kings (TWoK), you will enjoy this one too, and you will be in anxious anticipation of the next book. There are shocking revelations and events both at the beginning and the end of the book.
If you hated TWoK, you will probably also hate this one too. It has the same great writing as TWoK, the same great story telling, and the same wonderful world building. Also, it has a lot of clues for the future. You learn so much just to discover how little you know.
If you love TWoK because of all the action and battle scenes, you might be disappointed when you read Words of Radiance (WoR). There are fewer battle scenes, but no less engaging.
I'll put it this way: I started listening to the book and did nothing else except use the bathroom, eat, and take short naps for 48 hours. It was really that good.
The story hooks you from the beginning, promises to be great, gives goals and questions that need to be answered, but never makes real progress in answering the questions - each book ends without progress being made in answering the very first questions asked - to me, it seems an exercise in frustration; others might enjoy this style of writing. This series, though it has a very promising story, is just not for me. If you like stories where the answers all come towards the end, this series will be ideal for you. If you like stories where the answers get revealed throughout the story, this might not be ideal for you.
Cliff-hangers can be frustrating. I felt that this book ended just before a climax and ended awkwardly.
The story is interesting, and hooks you from the beginning. If I didn't have the next book in my library, I would have gone bonkers. I decided to give the next book in the series a chance to see if it moves the story along better, and ends on a better note. That will decide the series for me.
I don't know that I will recommend this book - just be aware that if you decide to read this book, you will definitely not be satisfied with the ending unless you have the next book handy - reader beware!
Other reviewers spoke a lot about liking this book if you liked the 80s - and I suppose that there is a lot of truth in that. What I liked about this book was not so much that it discussed a lot of things that happened in the 80s, although I enjoyed that too. What I enjoyed most was the adventure that characters in the book had of exploring an entirely different reality, that, although familiar, was different from what people in the book lived on a daily basis. I suppose in a way it mirrored what readers do when they read - only more vivid and more involved. This book reminded me of the light-hearted enjoyment I had of "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I have bought many other books since I bought this one, this one is the only one I have come back and listened to over and over among the books I bought within the last few months.
If you are looking for a light-hearted adventure, this one might be right for you. If you enjoyed "Old Man's War," you will most likely enjoy this book as well.
Some series start off strong, then get weaker - not this one. Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid continues to bring great enjoyment. The story remains fresh and entertaining. I cannot wait for the next installment.
I am sorry to see the death of one of the major characters in this installment; I am curious to see the contributions of the new character introduced at the end of this installment.
I agree with the readers that give this installment 5 stars. Luke Daniels narration is just perfect! Oh, there are a few things I could complain about, but they are so small as to be insignificant. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the other installments in this series. If you haven't read those yet, start there.
I have been following this series with hope. This installment reminds me of why I love Hobb's books. Excellent writing- great resolutions, significant progress in the story.
If you have enjoyed other series by Hobb, you will like this installment. In my opinion, it accomplished a lot more than earlier installments.
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