©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
Found this book by chance, and loved it. I am hooked on the series. Totally unique story story line and great concept. highly recommend.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This book ended up being much better than anticipated, and much darker than it appeared to be at first glance. The story starts with young characters, which usually means the story is going to be geared toward young adults, and thus lighter fare. It is not light fare. There isn't much gore or graphic language, but the setting and events are dark and serious, the characters are flawed, and bad things happen to good people.
The main character(s) are fully fleshed, and you will actually care about what happens to them. It is not a very nice world, and, as you can imagine, not very nice things happen in it. There is, fortunately, a very satisfying sense of "justice is served", even though this takes a long time to come to fruition. You will spend the better part of the book being frustrated with the unfortunate circumstances of the main character(s), and, perhaps, wondering how the different characters will tie together since each main character starts off in his or her own thread. Don't worry, they do come together in the end, and in a mostly believable way.
The setting, including the demons, are believably staged, and the people in the story behave in normal ways. I did notice there were several reviews that commented on sex and/or rape. There is one non-graphic sex scene near the end of the novel, and one non-detailed rape scene, also near the end. Both are believable and, actually, the rape scene was par for the course, given the darkness of this world/story.
I bought the next book in the series as soon as I finished this one. The narration was fine.
The Peanut Queen
Narration was AWESOME! Story was great and left me wanting more! Characters were so real....I just now finished downloading book #2 in the series and can't wait to listen to it! :)
This was a good story. The characters were developed and realistic in their variety and humanity. The world of fantasy in which I found myself had both believable depth and original ideas, which can be a hard thing to do in this genre these days. I found the narration pleasant, though the vocalization of many of the characters was a bit uniform for my tastes. The plot never let me get too comfortable, which I applaud, because it kept my attention focused enough at the rarely occurring slower/less interesting parts. I look forward to the rest of the tale.
I've listen to it numerous times. I even purchased the "Movie in your head" version. It's simply a great book...I especially like to introduce a new listener with some of my favorite chapters.
The Warded Man (Arlen Bales) - Left for dead...he tattooed himself in order to survive. How effing amazing is that.
Besides the Warded Man? The pig eating Kaddiff (I have no idea how to spell it)
I've become a huge fan of this storyline...1st time listeners, it's only getting better.
title says it all, there are long pauses between random words that damage an otherwise great book.
...from a story I've read, this book made up for it and more. This entire book is a prologue to the series and gives you all the insight into the characters that you could ever truly want. This book has secured me as a fan until the series' fruition.
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