This is a good series. That said, I have a complaint. It is how the back story breaks the forward rhythm of the story. Most readers who buy into a series know what has happened in the previous books. This is the fourth book in the series and having to re-read everything that happened in the first three becomes boring.
This story, like the last one mixes in three or four romances between several people while exploring a very interesting mystery. I like this about this series because it really lets you get to know all the characters in the books. It is energetic on the part of the author and except for the issue about back story I mentioned, it is well done.
After two books in this series, there is still no story conclusion or even begun, and 4 years later there is still no third book.
I feel like I have been robbed of 71 hours of my life. I was disgusted when I finished The Name of the Wind, because while it was a well written fantasy, it failed to be any form of a complete story and therefore required the reader to buy the second book. I guess then, I shouldn't have been surprised to be once again ripped off when I finished A Wise Man's Fear. Nearly 4 years later there is no final book to finally tell the story and I am left waiting. Then just to insulr my intelligence a short story is released about just one of the characters in this long drawn out saga. What a dishonest and obvious commercialized attempt to squeeze a few more dollars out of the exercise. I am now so thoroughly disgusted that even if some time in the distant future the third book of this trilogy is released, I will not buy it. I've lost any curiosity I had about finding out what happened. I will never buy/read another thing written by Mr. Rothfuss.
I didn't really enjoy the books that this author's other personality wrote, but 'Robert Galbrath' is definitely on my list of favorite mystery writers.
I enjoyed the introduction of Strike and development of his character in this first book in the series. The mystery was excellent and I didn't get it until almost when the story told me, which is how it should be.
I've already bought book number two and looking forward to it.
The narration of Robert Glenister is excellent. He handles both male and female characters equally well.
The narrator is horrid, making the male sound like some kind of gorrilla, and the story is flat and unrealistic. A person with amnesia doesn't remember how they like coffee or their favorite toothpaste.
I couldn't get past the sixth chapter.
I am really disappointed with this offering. This guy should not and cannot write romance, and his effort to write romance into fantasy made this just plain dumb. Don't waste your credits.
The preview of this book is VERY misleading. This is some kind of a religious preach poorly disguised as a romance. DON"T waste your credits.
This is likely the worst example of historical romance I have ever suffered through, and I couldn't suffer it all the way. After 3 different attempts I left it with 5 hours and 11 minutes to go. If there is a story somewhere there, I would think it should have started somewhere in the first 4 hours, not the last 5. Angela Dawe is a good narrator. I hope she was well paid for having to suffer through reading this.
The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.
Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.
This is a keeper.
I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.
In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.
With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.
Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.
Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.
The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.
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