Chris Pierson did a great job giving his characters histories and personalities that were exciting, unique, and honest. The story moved briskly and was well peppered with dialogue, action, stories, history, and song. The world was well imagined and thorough and I could picture and imagine the environments as they went by.
Tristan Morris' reading of 'Spirit of the Wind' really brought the characters to life. It was through his use of voice and atmosphere that I got a clear sense of the characters very unique personalities and characteristics. Tristan's Kron was honest, mischievous, and loyal. His Riverwind was grounded and powerful yet gentle. His ogres were not mindless, but were eager to follow and quick to act, without much though to consequence. Malice was cold, heartless, and relished in evil, a perfect capture for her. The narration was perfect for the epic tale, serious not severe, creating an atmosphere of suspense and determination, exactly like the adventure the characters set out on.
I think Riverwind was my favorite because I felt the deepest connection with him. His sense of loss for all the friends that died before him, his sense of sadness at having to leave his family behind when he died, his pain at losing his daughter before her time, and his stoic heroism and bravery.
Kron was definitely my favorite of Tristan Morris'. The childlike, impish quality of his voice was the PERFECT depiction of the Kinder that Pierson illustrated in his book.
I did almost cry when Riverwind lost BrightDawn. I really got lost in the story and caught up with the characters emotional life, and Tristan did a very honest and poignant job bringing that scene to life.
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