This is the first book of the Hellequin series that opens a door in to a fully fleshed world that lives underneath the skin of ours. I purchased this on Audible because it popped up on my feed based on other fantasy that I had purchased and it had good reviews and was cheap, like 7.34 cheap for an almost 11 hour book.
What can go wrong?
In the present, the main character, Nate Garrett, had woke up 10 years a prior with no memory of who he was and found out that he can do magic and has since turned into a magical thief for hire. Then the next chapter takes place in the middle ages and he is a warrior sorcerer who is the is the hit man for Merlin. In the present, his past catches up with him and the stories come together to something that links these two times together.
This book was information dense, meaning if I wasn’t paying attention, I would miss plot points. I tend to fall asleep with my MP3 player on a 15 minute timer and this book kept me up for hours past my bedtime resetting the timer. This is sort of the way I judge audiobooks, this was fast paced, the plot twists were devious and what plot holes it had were totally left there intentionally. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
Advice? Pick it up while it’s still cheap in any format and hold on.
Every once in a while, a story comes along and sweeps me away, this was one of them. This is a huge expansive story that started out with a dream of a boy that ends up challenging everything we see around us and who we are as humans in the universe. It's a slow building story that keeps cranking up over decades and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next and what does happen you don't expect. The author doesn't take the easy way out, the guy guy doesn't always win. It's a mixture of philosophy, hard SciFi, a love story and it stretches the brain. Check it out, it might leave you changed like all great books should.
I have a sleep timer on my MP3 player that I set for 15 minutes when I go to bed, Callis Rose kept me up for 2 hours past bed time. Callis Rose is a girl who finds out early in life that she can control the physical actions of people around her, mostly when threatened and almost every time she uses her power, bad things happen. Mostly by chance and she's a sweet girl that he gets you to care about who takes care of the people around her but she keeps handed a bad hand and then there was a straw the broke the camels back.
Good job Mark, as usual, I ate it up. This isn't for the faint of heart, it shows what happens to a person when you push them beyond the breaking point.
The entire series is based on events that took place thousands of years before and is only vaguely hinted at and over the years, I have read all of them because I can't leave a stone unturned in an epic fantasy. Some of the books were great, specially the early books but others could have been edited out in its entirety and just over-fleshed a series that was a bit bloated to begin with. Some of the speeches could have been given by an Ayn Rand character. Sorry Terry, it's true.
First Confessor on the other hand filtered many of the far flung plot points and distilled it down to a point. Not all prequels need to be written, this prequel reads like it always existed as a part of history. Things I didn't like, his enemy's do sort of come from the same mold and made me want to punch them in the face and there could have been a few more listen through's so words didn't get repeated in the editing process but overall, it tied up an bunch of why in the heck would anyone do something like questions which was satisfying to me. The reason I gave it 5 stars if because I couldn't stop listening. Good job on filling in the blanks Terry.
In the book format, this was a series I could fall back into time and time again. The audible version has great narration that is flawless, I fell in love with the characters all over again and am looking forward for the rest of the books to come out.
Nothing really compares to the Man of His Word series, I compare other series to it. I guess you could compare Robin Hobb or Trudi Canavan, this is Dave Duncan's strongest work.
This is the only book on Audible that I've heard Mil read, he does it like he's been doing it for years. He sounds like the voice in my head.
Magic, true love and an adventure that you will never forget.
Try this out, you won't be disappointed.
The narration was great the characters came alive.
Accelerando by Charles Stross, it's a strong view of a possible future.
I'm just got done re-reading David Brin's "Earth" written in 1989 after a 15 year break to see how well it holds (the Audible version with a nice short story at the end that takes place in the same universe). In some of the sub-plot lines, he talks about the leaders with Swiss bank accounts? Check A world linked by computers and camera's recording everything done by the people? Check. Ice melting? Check. Earthquakes next to the coast taking out nuclear power plant? Check. The cost of connecting to the world wide web dropping to less then the cost of gas and food? Soon. Clearly he has a good inner line on projecting what could go on in the near future, check him out of you're looking for a good read.
The book was full of great super hero ideas and I liked the characters but there seemed to be gaps in the story. I had to go back and look to see if I had missed the first volume. It seemed like it was written in short spurts, each a short story that tied into the entire story like the author wrote 500 words in a day then came back a week following to write anther 500 words. The characterization was good but import plot factors would just be dropped into the story at random without proper build up. I think this could have been a great book if it was put together a cohesive whole and fleshed out, right now, it feels a bit unfinished.
I did still enjoy it and am planning on buying book 2 if it comes out but I think more editing work needs to be added in the next volume of the series.
With every word of this book, Robert McCammon builds an elaborate web that goes across the American southwest, an epic and yet still a personnel battle between good and evil, makes you question your decisions and lays the groundwork and the reasoning behind deeds done later. The heroes of this book are hugely flawed, and the villains even after doing horrible crimes, aren't beyond redemption. The book is magic but it's not quite a fantasy, there are magical elements. It's the magic of what lies under our perceptions and the movers that are behind the scene.
The book takes place from the viewpoints of the band members, their manager and a damaged Veteran of the Iraq war who was at the point of suicide at the beginning of the book and see's a music video that the band made protesting the war and it touched him.... but not in a good way.
Like most of McCammon's work, at the end of the day, you'll leave after grieving, laughing with joy, shivering in the shadows, saying, "Oh no!" and falling in love with the characters. Good job Sir!
Not really but it could have came from the same place, magic hangs in the air and the smooth way the story is written, it almost make sense that magic be real. Smart, tightly written story in a world that I would love to visit again.
This is one of my favorite series and I saw it was on sale and jumped on the deal, I finished Beyond the Gate then started book 3 only to find something missing. Chapter 32 (which I recommend stopping by a library and reading) closes out book 2 and is the opening into book 3. By the audible book alone, you'll spend days wondering when are they going to explain about so and so. So just a warning that the chapter is missing, Peter Ganin does an excellent job bringing the story across and with the discounted price, I highly recommend it.
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