In many ways, this book felt more like a couple of short stories which bridge a couple of novels instead of a complete novel itself.
I enjoyed the introduction of Owen as a narrator, and there was less Oberon. Don't get me wrong, I love Oberon's comments and contributions, but sometime the interruptions just took too much flow from the stories of late. Less is more.
I'm really looking forward to the next book, which should be out next week, right? :)
I really enjoyed having some short stories to listen to on short drives. The readers for the stories are all excellent.
I was enjoying the book, though I was getting tired of supposedly-intelligent hero being so dense about so many things. Still, I was having fun until the logical consistency of the magic in the world was tossed out the door when Ethan had to "do something terrible." Up to that point using magic had a cost which had to be paid, but at that moment all he had to do was look at something living and get the power from it.
It was also around that time which the rest of the book felt like padding to get too the end while having to fill in a certain number of words, then we get to the bad spy movie cliché where the hero gets captured and the villain spills out the entire plan to him before failing because he underestimated the hero. But then who could blame him for underestimating Kaille?
At times it felt like every statement ended "...in the Nightside."
The air was breathable, in the Nightside. Ghosts are dead, in the Nightside. Blah, blah, blah.
Carlin is hilarious in 90-minute blocks of time. Unfortunately, the book is so long and instead of moving from topic to topic, it focuses too much on each topic. At this point it becomes depressing. Yeah, his observations are funny, but it ends up being depressing how negative his funny observations are. I recommend listening to it in small bits.
When it started I thought for sure the book would follow the same scattered storytelling format of "The Butcher of Khardov: The Warcaster Chronicles, Vol. Two." Luckily, Larry Correia kept the flash backs to a minimum and told a fairly epic story in a short time, glossing over un-necessary parts so that a quick, pulp-like story could be told.
I even found myself rooting for Makeda from time to time, which is hard since she is one of the bad guys in the Iron Kingdoms and comes from a despicable society.
Here's hoping a Trollblood-centric novel from the Hordes side of the Iron Kingdoms comes out and it is as well-written as this was. (Though a longer wouldn't be bad if the story needs it.) :)
The blurbs made it sound like the book would go into reasons and back stories of some of the worst ideas in history. Instead it just talks about the ideas and mocks them, though there really wasn't enough mocking or humor in the book.
It reads a lot like a middle-school book report, which covers some highlights but doesn't go in depth of some of the most moronic decisions in history. A little research and some follow-up by the authors and this could have been a hilarious and cautionary tome of knowledge.
That being said, it is a harmless book and is a good diversion to listen to when you aren't able to concentrate heavily on the story. There is some humor and some snarky mocking of the decisions made by supposedly intelligent people.
Patrick Lawlor's reading of the book was perfectly fine, but the source material didn't give him a chance to shine or show off his abilities. I would not shy away from anything he read in the future and could even think of him as someone who would encourage me to try something I am on the fence about listening to.
The story in this book continues in "Dark Convergence" by the same author, though with different characters being focused on. I listened to them out of order and that was okay because of how the incidents are only tangentially related.
I enjoyed the book, though some of Steve Baker's pronunciations are odd. The story is reminiscent of reading a pulp story when considering the length and pace of the story. I'm looking forward to reading more of the books.
Not a bad book, though far from great. It was an acceptable foray into the world of the Warmachine miniatures game/Iron Kingdoms role-playing game. It was certainly a far better story than the horrid "The Warcaster Chronicles: The Butcher of Khardov" book which was a mess (and I reviewed on Amazon.com). I really hadn't read much about either Cygnar and Nemo or the Convergence of Cyriss. It sounded like this took place after "The Devil's Pay: Dogs of War, Vol. One", which is also available from Audible.
Scott Baker's pronunciation of some words was odd, for example he would say "lonce" instead of "lance", but other than that his performance was good.
It would be nice if these shared-world novels, novellas, and short story collections were linked so one could see which ones were available. I do plan on picking up more of the Iron Kingdoms books in the future, probably beginning with "The Devil's Pay".
This was a lot of fun to listen to, in large part because Scott Aiello's performance of Emperor Mollusk rang so true to the character as written. The story was entertaining and had some laughs. It did drag on a little in the middle, but writing comedy for everyone is a little hard, so YMMV. I may pick up another book by Martinez when I am looking for a light, entertaining listen.
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