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Obviously Simonine the main character was the only real focus. He was a great example of an unsympathetic character which we find fascinating. The portrayal of his twisted mind on its journey of revelation was one that kept me chomping at the bit for the next twist or turn through his historic voyage. I liked the idea of this true antihero detective trying to solve his own mystery for utterly selfish reasons which made his fantastic journey more believable.
I like the title
Somewhere between Sherlock Holmes, a Historic biography, and Fight Club. It's the type of book that makes learning fun.
Fairly high. The narration was very good. The story was excellent and very fresh. The end of the world theme has been done to death but Howey really captured a post apocalypse world as well as threat that seems fresh and intriguing.
The ending. It really tied the action together with the mixture of desperation and hope that kept you rioted through out the series.
Just this series and it's quite good.
I think they are making a film of this series. I hope it lives up.
It was alright, yet definitely lacked the magic of the first series. I think part of the was a huge drop off in talent of the narrator.
I did not enjoy it as much. The familiar characters were back and that was interesting as well as some new characters mainly the progeny of the originals. The focus on an individual sword was interesting, i suppose i was expecting more the history of the sword which i thought could have been more intriguing.
The original narrator from the trilogy was FAR superior.
It was alright...although it did make me question rather i will buy any of the others in the series. Probably not if they feature the female narrator.
Its too bad. I really loved the originals but felt this was a step back in both performance and story.
I only read as an audio book, Although i think the simple style lends itself well to that format.
The villains were my favorite part of this story.
Again all the voice acting was quite well done. Subtle but unique differences between characters.
I thought this book much like the first was a great story. Modern fantasy has a tendancy to get very complex with hundreds of strange names and places. I found the story to be more like the myths of Greek mythology. I was a bit disappointed in the ending of this one. It fleshed along this great story for the characters then felt like Saberhagen ran out of room and had to quickly tie everything up in 3 chapters. The ending felt very rushed and left me wanting.
It wasn't an overly complex story but a good one. The idea of Roman/Greek gods was very interesting and even more compelling once i heard about the prequel series. The idea of the swords them self is very cool and reminiscent of the old Greek myths which i loved.
I feel like it had a very classic feel. Drawing more from ancient myths then Tolkien or other fantasy godfathers.
I thought the narration was quite good in general. Variety in characters without being over the top.
The big climax near the end.
A really enjoyable start to a series. I have since read the others and felt things dropped off a bit...but this novel was a great introduction to an interesting world.
Nostalgia, expansion, performance
General Thrawn. He was the new addition to the movies of my youth and he definitely had the same wonderful sense of villainy as Vader and the Emperor. A cold calculating villain who's goals of order gave him a fantastic greyness that lent depth to the story.
He was fantastic in his imitations of all the characters. I have seldom seen a more complete and amazing voice acting job and I have listened to many.
I went in with an open mind and I wasn't disappointed. I have heard by many if you are going to read any expanded universe this is the series to do. You also couldnt have ask for a better performance then this one on the narration.
The story was fresh and interesting. The characters had human emotion depth and flavor. The mystery aspect went along at a great pace and kept you invested right through the end.
I can't think of one. In spite of all the post apocolyptic stories on the market this one really seemed to resonate with a freshness.
That would be a spoiler. In general though the strength and Struggle of Julia's character.
I highly recommend this series. i immeadiately fired through the other 2 books. Of the 2 narrators this was the one I liked the least....but she wasn't bad. Just not as good as the gentleman who did the final 2 books.
I think Cline did a great job of incorporating all the "Nerd cookies" I just think it got to the point where he leaned on it so much that it took away from a chance to write something new of his own. This part was tailor made for Wil Wheaton and he did wonderful with it.
Maybe. I definitely wouldn’t say I was blown away by this book. I enjoyed it. it was fun. It just often felt that for Scifi he was so caught up in the tropes and proving his nerd street cred that he sold what could have been an interesting and fresh Science Fiction world short to squeeze in a few more pop culture references. I just think he could have toned it back a bit and told me more about the world he created and the people in it.
I have not but this one was well done
Yes it was a fairly simple story. This was not James Joyce or anything.
For my main issue I had plenty of fun listening to the book and found it a worth while experience. Maybe the bad taste I had was because I saw such awesome potential in the concept that i feel fell a bit short.
The story is interesting. The concept of the color related magic is something unique and cool. The world itself is an interesting fantasy construction and Weeks is great at the twist ending.
I would say it is more Robert Jordan style fantasy then George RR Martin. So far his other series The Night Angel Trilogy drew me in more. Although I think one of the issues i am having getting hooked is the AWFUL Narrator.
He is killing this for me. He bounces around between various charactures of voices that have much more of a modern feel then a fantasy one. (California Surfer wizard, Forrest Gump, mockery of an effeminate man) He also uses a lot of broken phrasing that makes it seem like he didn’t even read the book before trying to perform it in one take. His standard narration voice has a mocking quality almost like he is making fun of the material while reading it. I twittered Brent Weeks and he said he had nothing to do with the narration choice but that he did weigh in for book 2. Anyone would be an improvement.
Yes I think it would work in film. Although A Night Angel Film would be better. (More dark fast past action)
Don't make the mistake i did and buy the audiobook. Just buy a paperback or kindle version. I wish i had my $30 back soley because of the narrator.
A lost art in the fantasy genre a complete tale in one novel. This story takes place in the same world as the First law series but it is a stand alone tale of revenge. New characters mix with smaller characters from the original series in a expanded role in a very interesting narrative that tells of the lands of Styria. Ambercrombie has a great gift for character development and crafting of high paced action. He is a tier below Martin, and Tolken in the fantasy genre...but I personally would call him my third favorite to read.
I really enjoy what was done with infamous mercenary Captain Nicimo Cosca. His rougish devil may care additude was a nice charge of pace for the gritty determained Monza.
Carlottis house of pleasure. Cool action scene with lots going on.
They changed narrators for just this book and The Heroes. I won't say i was disappointed by the reading. it was fine. It was however inferior to Steven Pacey performance which was exceptional.
I would. This was a book i had previously read but bought for my brother for Christmas. I got the audio books so that i could refresh myself with the series and discuss. Mr. Pacey's reading is nothing short of exceptional. Several well done voices with excellent emotion and inflection. His Glotka in particular really brings the character to life. Overall the series is a really interesting take on the traditional fantasy in the vein of George RR Martin. This second book focuses on Glotka's quest for truth against forein forces, a heroic journey, a military campaign against barbaric forces, and political intrigue in the capital of the Union. Lots of action and mysteries revealed all with Ambercrombie's trademark wit and visceral telling of grey stories and human characters. Highly recommended for any fans of the genre. Also recommended for fans of war and intrigue. Like Martin, this is fantasy for people who don't read fantasy.
Glotka surrounded on all sides by enemies within and without searching for answers.
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