First off, I'm so happy that Brent Weeks switched narrators for the second book in the series, Simon Vance is fantastic!
I thought Brent Weeks did a great job of pacing in his second book, each storyline was woven together seamlessly and culminated in cliffhanger ending. I would highly recommend this book to any reader of Sanderson, Rothfuss etc, you will not be disappointed.
I love Fantasy novels and have often had Gaiman recommended to me. I tried to listed to Neverwhere and American Gods, I was unable to finish either.
To say that nothing interesting happened in this book is true, however it is not my reason for disliking this book. I would compare this book to Pat Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind" for similarities in slow plots, however the storytelling could not be more different.
Gaiman slowly unfolds his characters' secrets and personalities (or lack thereof) through various situations, but he fails to give them depth or make their interactions interesting. On the other hand, Rothfuss uses hundreds of pages to describe his protagonist's admission into school and his first year of new classes (could have been slow and boring) and makes it both interesting and central to his character's growth.
I could have used any number of books to illustrate how I don't need Dragons or epic battles or plots to end the world to be entertained, but I do need interesting characters and a tight, well delivered story. American Gods failed to interest me in any way. The characters' actions, dialogue and activities were not only trivial and uninteresting, but they were often unbelievable. The main character Shadow felt so unreal to me that I finally stopped listening to the book right before the "climax" scene at the very end - I just didn't care what happened anymore.
Don't waste your money on this book in my opinion. While the narrator did an admirable job with what he was given, the story failed to deliver anything worthwhile.
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