I purchased this book because it was first in the series. Am listening to the end to get the background, but the narration is distracting because of the reader's odd intonations. Sometimes it's quite good, and sometimes it is very sing-song. I did enjoy the mystery story, but, because of the narrative stylings, had to struggle / focus to not lose the threads.
The book was interesting, but I am not sure whether there is some cultural background that I personally don't have that prevents my enjoying the story more. The telling is spare, and the narrators' voices seem to lack emotion. I saw other reviewers who said the narrators reminded them of how Japanese people talk, but I don't know about that. I don't think I will look for more books in this series.
This story is so well told by Michael Robotham, that it is hard to imagine how it could be improved upon, and then Simon Prebble's narration takes it to another level! The story is rich with detail, and I love the fact that we only ever know as much as the lead character knows, and we follow along as he slowly pieces together who is behind the terrifying threats to himself and his family.
I had to listen to it in a single sitting: I could not put it down!
This is one of the best books in my library. I couldn't put it down. The characters are believable, interesting, imperfect (as we all are) and their experiences/adventures are top-notch. Several non-typical points of view in the story (merchant/banker, apostate/fallen religious) add interesting motivations and machinations to your "typical" medieval warring factions backdrop. Very character driven, very very captivating.
Favorite characters were several: Cithrin is an interesting combination of naive young woman + skilled in finance, Captain Marcus as the idealistic, but flawed, soldier-at-arms, and Kit as the leader of the troupe of players. Each has a very different approach to handling challenges, and it's really interesting to see them work together, and work at cross-purposes, as the story unfolds.
Narrator makes all the characters recognizable. I enjoyed the narration so much, because when several characters are interacting, you are never confused as to who is speaking. His artistry is outstanding!
This is in my opinion, as good as Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, for pretty much the same reasons: complex multi-threaded plot, outstanding characters, engaging narration.
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