©2009 Peter V. Brett; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Brilliant, with action and suspense all the way." (Best-selling author, Terry Brooks)
Used to work in Film in LA/DC... now mainly stick to Computer/Tech... \_(o.o)_/
The great addictive story and watching how all the different characters change overtime...
.... Demon... it's what's for dinner...
The Battle of Cutter's Hollow
Everybody has their demons...
I listened to this entire novel in one sitting... which is unheard of for someone like me... (Severe ADHD)... I immediately got the next two books in the series... can't wait for the new one next year..
This was a very different sort of novel in that it includes just about every genre in order to create the world in which all of this takes place and is very unique. My understanding is that this takes place in the very distant future where humanity goes through a lot and presently is in a world where demons or demon like creatures rule the lives of the people. There are three POV characters that are followed from early adolescents, or in Rojer's case a young child, to adulthood and what makes them who they are. There are many things I love about this story and it is told in a way that you recognize certain elements that occur in modern day and back in history. There are two societies, Krasia, which is similar to the Eastern cultures but not one in particular, and Anjeers (don't know the spelling as I did not read it but listened to it? based on Western cultures and not one in particular. The world of the Western has become a similar to a Feudal Lord type of society in which the three main characters grow up in. The warded man ventures to Krasia and become involved with a different mindset than the area he comes from. I would say this is more of a drama, fantasy and horror.
I liked the way Peter Brett creates these two societies in such a way that is not prejudice or saying one is better than another but explains them and does not judge them. Though many may be more comfortable with the Western world, the Krasians are very interesting people and the culture was talked about more in the next one in the series. He delves deep in the three POV characters showing their honorable qualities while at the same time showing their flaws and vulnerabilities. All three grow up to have an special skill that make the story very enjoyable. I like the way Peter Brett brings the three characters together in their meeting and their similar convictions of not only survival but of inspiring others. There were so many things that I loved about this book that is it hard to just pick one or two things.
Some of my favorite scenes include a secondary character from Leesha's life, Bruna, the aged herb gatherer or the village healer. I found her wisdom and influence in Leesha's life to be very solid. I liked how she spoke her mind and would smack people with her staff when they acted a fool. One group of scenes is when Arlen at such a young age goes off on his own and how it shows his courage with being such a young boy and how he develops further and decides that he the master of his destiny. Roojer's life of how his parents died and he had to see it was a bit heartbreaking as is when Arlen is betrayed by his best friend who is like a brother to them. It will be a theme that is probably carried through the series as the main dynamic.
Definitely. It captures you and sucks you into it and you begin to care about the characters and go through what they go through both happy and sad. The characters are not real, but they have the same qualities that we admire in the world while at the same time show their frailties as well. I felt this story, though not real, reflect a lot in society about what we can learn from each other and what we are finally realizing out load as a society. Heroes are not perfect but are still worthy of our admiration.
I was very take in from the very beginning, which starts in tragedy and shows the three characters and the things they go through, both good and bad, that make them such strong characters. The idea of understanding and learning from each other and of different places is of great interest to me as it just shows that all of us have commonality and are not so different. I do not know if that is what the author intended but that is my perspective.
It's an ok story, but far from great. The sub-plots seemed forced, the characters aren't well developed. I never felt close to any of them. The story is choppy and lacks flow. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but if you need help fallen asleep it just might help.
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
Ok so its a little slow to start, and every farm girl in this world is a total slut, and the demons are smart enough to look for weaknesses in wards but not smart enough to throw rocks at people standing in them. But still its a pretty good book. I was interested in the characters, and all three story lines wove together well. I'm definitely getting the 2nd book.
This book kept me so engrossed in it while listening that I won't need to listen again. Some longer books can become just background noise now and then. Not so with this book. It was interesting from beginning to end.
It was a unique story. The main character almost loses his humanity in order to save humanity. And we won't know until the story continues in subsequent books if he keeps his humanity or is lost forever.
A good reader adds a human aspect to book characters. This is what Pete Bradbury did for this book.
I have, and now we both eagerly await the next installment.
Arlen - I found him sympathetic, interesting, and a bad@$$ to boot. Great lead character!
I enjoyed Pete's narration, he doesn't offer a huge variety of voices, but enough so that I wasn't lost on who was speaking. I also find his voice interesting, it held my attention when he's reading.
No need, good title. I think the european title is "The Painted Man" which is also okay.
Overall I was, and still am, enthralled with this story. I have relistened to all three (so far) numerous times, and continue to enjoy each re-read. I've gotten a few people to listen, and now we all wait excitedly for "The Skull Throne" to come out.
This certainly is a dark series, full of gore, sex (incest, rape, ect.), violence, and lots of disturbing elements. Not a story for the weak of heart. Now I am not sensitive to these themes, but some listeners may be.
A wonderfully addictive series, so much so that just by writing this review, I want to listen again! :-) Well worth a credit
Love to listen at work
Yes. I found the writing fluid and easily descriptive. You can feel the overwhelming terror of the people that live it this world.
I find it hard to give each character it's own voice in my head. That's why I listen and his narration was good.
Be fearful and live be heroic and pay the consequences
This was one of my favorites just for sheer originality. And I have heard and read most critically acclaimed fantasy.
The writing is competent and the story has some merit, but not sufficient to drag on book after book. Three books down and no closure in sight.
I am frankly now too bored by the series to pursue it any further.
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