I enjoyed the book well enough, but mostly because I have enjoyed the series and characters. Oberon was a fun comedic relief tool in many of the earlier books. In the last two books Oberon has taken a main character role and is constantly interjecting. I don't need a reminder that dogs like sausage, bacon, and bitches every few minutes for an entire book's worth of content. The books are enjoyable because Atticus is so witty and fun himself, there isn't a need for a constant comedic relief, especially if it is the same tired joke that got a few snickers. This book was light on the drama and lore that made the first few books in the series so engaging and fun.
This chapter in the Iron Druid Chronicles seemed a little like a check the box chapter. I don't know that I will continue with the series if there is another book in this vein that goes away from the fun and vibrant characters that are the gods and the engaging recipe that was used in the first few books. If I want to listen to a story that is one third dedicated to the simple mindedness of dogs I would avoid a series that purports to be about gods among us and search out something that is about dogs.
The performance was excellent. Luke Daniels has a good voice spot on emotion and makes the book easy to listen to.
This book is an excellent first chapter in a new series. The characters in the book are well developed and offer something more substantial than just filling spaces and archetypes. I like Sanderson's ability to build a world where the magic makes sense and works with the story.
My only gripe is that the book wasn't longer! The pace of the book is pretty quick and Sanderson doesn't linger on any fluff. It works very well, it just seemed that the book was running along at a good clip. But that seems to be Sanderson's style, its thoroughly enjoyable but leaves you hungry for more!
The story itself was good and explores a similar concept to the Mistborn books in that it takes a look at the idea of a terrible overlord and the possibility of life without that terrible overlord not being much better. Though in this book the challenger is human compared with Vin and Elond in Mistborn being gifted.
The team dynamic in the book works well and I found myself getting caught up in the team and their quirks. I also really enjoyed the mystery behind why and how the epics get their power.
The performance of the book was very good as well. Though there were a few points where I had a hard time telling characters apart, the issue seemed to resolve as the narrator developed the characters.
Overall this was a great read/listen, I can't wait until the next Sanderson book comes out!
Michael Cramer is a fantastic narrator and gives life to the amazing world and characters that Brandon Sanderson has created. The world that Sanderson has imagined is full of wonderful surprises and engaging history.
The character development with Kaladin and Syl are the highlight of the book for me. I really love the part when Kaladin loses himself in the spear dance, it is like he is re-awakened and freed to continue on his path to righteousness.
I have listened to this book a few times already and will probably listen to it a few more as Sanderson finishes up the series.
If you like this book be sure to pick up a few of Sanderson's other works. He is an exceptional author and continues to grow as a force in Sci-Fi. If you have not listened to a Sanderson book yet, this is a good place to start or check out the Mistborn Trilogy, Warbreaker, or Elantris.
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