©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
I just listened to this book again because it's been awhile since the first time and it's still amazingly awesome. I'm going to continue with the next two books . I am so looking forward to the 4th book. This is an epic series and its a must listen. Writing, and narration in this series is what ever writer and narrator should strive to be like. Perfection is an understatement.
amazing read/listen. the end didn't seem quite right, though. it didn't exactly fit in my opinion, and was also a bit of a cliff hanger. i would still suggest this audiobook. the narrator was awesome
For sure I would listen to this story again. The story has everything that I enjoy including but not limited to a hero who's not wearing a white hat. He's got his own inner issues and that's ok. It's also got numerous story lines but nothing overwhelming like in some other series. Good stuff.
I have to say that Arlen is my favorite in the book but the later books in the series show him as first among equals in the overall population of the book.
There were many I can't really describe them without spoiling the overall story.
Listening to this story on 1.25 speed settingi is perfect.
I've read this book at least 5 times and it only gets better with each read. I'm lost in this series and feel every twist and turn one of the best series' out there hands down
I started listening to this book while trying to fall asleep. It was such a page turner (or whatever the audio book equivalent is) that it cost me a week of sound sleeps. I'm tired but excited to start the next one in the series.
The story started slow but by the time the second protagonist appeared in the story, I was intrigued.
This one works like an introduction of the main characters and the settings of the story.
I am looking forward to reading the next book.
The characters are all so real. Scary story with lots of action
There were so many, I can't pick one.
Arlan Bales definitely.
If you like magic and action, this is the series for you.
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Two stars = "it was OK". And that exactly describes this book.
There where some great ideas but the story was slow and a bit boring, except for the ideas of course. It wasn't terrible and wasn't great, the exact definition of OK.
The Warded Man character feels like a comic book tough guy stereo type, the other characters where not bad. The villains feel like computer generated monsters that just keep respawning and all look and act exactly the same.
When the middle eastern society enters the story in the second book it does get better though.
While the book initially showed promise, the story and characters quickly went off the rail near the halfway point and it got less and less interesting. I won't be reading any more of the Demon Cycle after this book.
Make a more believable growth in the protagonist instead of just making him the demon slaying batman. Give the woman character a story line that doesn't have anything to do with her sex life.
Loved Pete's performance. He has a good range and I enjoy his narration.
There are multiple points where characters change severely, nothing wrong there, but all the growth happens off screen. Show us some of that. The worst is when the main character goes from an altruistic "Let's share our knowledge and grow and beat the demons!" to living alone in the woods angrily wrestling demons in next to nothing in the wilderness like a bizarre Batman knockoff.
I'm about 95% this book fails the Bechdel test hard. The woman character's story is entirely based around sex. Spoilers, but her story line could be summed up as: falsely accused of sleeping around, becomes a healer but is a virgin and has no one to sleep with, gets brutally raped (which seems to affect the male character she was with more), becomes love interest of main character during super awkward coitus interruptus scene a mere week or less after brutal gang rape. It's pretty gross. There was a lot of laying down "this is what women do" stuff so I thought our woman character would get to start breaking some of those cultural taboos down (like the male main character) but nope. She's just a woman, and has to follow woman cultural norms. Barf.
The climactic fight of the book was abysmal as well. Our Batman master warder demon slayer protagonist decides it would be best to have a town fight demons all night long. A town that just lost hundreds in a demon raid the night before with hundreds more dying and sick with a plague. There's no thought to fixing the warding the one safe building in town which from the description would only take a bucket of water. The protagonists plan is only to make people fight and die to prove some half-baked point he has. The main character's a complete imbecile and would rather fight senselessly than actually help people.
Warding magic starts off really interesting but becomes nonsense by the end of the book. I'm willing to give magic a big suspension of disbelief but supposedly just covering a ward with your hand or cloth stops it from working. Why don't demons just throw dust or mud on every settlements wards and feast? That's literally all it would take for the demons to win as described. To start throwing mud.
I also have a hard time believing that no one thought to tattoo wards on themselves before.
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