Now all Konowa wants is to be left alone with his misery. But for him, nothing is ever that simple. The mysterious and alluring Visyna Tekoy, the highborn daughter of an elfkynan governor, seeks him out in the dangerous wild with a royal decree that he resume his commission as an officer in Her Majesty's Imperial Army, effective immediately. For in the east, a falling Red Star heralds the return of a magic long vanished from the earth. Rebellion grows within the Empire as a frantic race to reach the Star unfolds. It is a chance for Konowa to redeem himself---even if the entire affair appears doomed to be a suicide mission. And the soldiers recruited for the task are not at all what he expects. Worse, his key adversary in the perilous race for the Star is the dreaded Shadow Monarch---a legendary elf-witch whose machinations for absolute domination spread deeper than Konowa could ever imagine.
©2008 Chris Evans; (P)2008 Tantor
Why not 5 out of 5 stars? Not possible; maybe if Tolkien (JRR) came back from the dead and wrote another LORT book, or Robert Jordan came back and finished what he started, or if George R.R. Martin released the last ASIF book. 4 of 5 is what I think of as "very good", I've listened to A LOT of fantasy audiobooks and I would recommend this book to somebody who likes epic fantasy. There are a number of plot threads laid out, and the characters are built up well. The tension and subtext to dialogs are interesting, the author (and narrator) project a good sense of emotions. The foundation is there, now ... BRING ON BOOK2 !!!
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
I went back and forth over whether this was a 2 or a 3 but in the end I decided 3 stars is reserved for books I at least finished. This book is right on the borderline.
The concept for the world is a good one but the story is told in such a boring and cliche way that there's just no in. For all the long physical description of meaningless objects and settings the author fails to sell the world or give it the least believability. It's especially amusing when he wants to make sure that you understand that a character is evil, he lays it on so thick he must have used a trowel.
I can't help thinking that a slight adjustment in the narrative might have made this book tolerable. Perhaps if the narration were less overwrought or if the story had focused on the main character earlier and at greater length. Except the more I heard about the main the less sympathy I felt for him. The idea of an elf who can't connect with nature is interesting for about 5 minutes but then he manages to be so distasteful that I ceased to care about his problems at all.
The narrator reads this story like he is either bored and falling asleep in mid-sentence or having trouble with all the big words. I can't help thinking he shares my opinions.
cant wait for another book, hopefully Michael Kramer keep readind them, he should read all audible books
i may be spoiled by jordan and sanderson, but this story could have been more detailed. while with either author, jordan and especially sanderson, a world starts blooming in my mind, with this book it didn't. there were colored spots surrounded by nothingness, that could easily have been filled. no world was created.
the whole books seems like a shortened version of a real good, long fantasy story.
i like the idea, i like the story, but it is not nearly as good as it could have been.
THE WRITERS ABILITY TO SEAMLESSLY WEAVE AN ENTIRELY NEW WORLD.
THE WITTY HUMOR COUPLED WITH A RELUCTANT HERO.
I HONESTLY CANNOT JUST PICK OUT ONE. IT WAS EVERYTHING WEAVED TOGETHER THAT CREATED THE MAGIC.
I'm not sure what it was about this book, I just couldn't get into it. I'm one of those people that no matter what I have to finish a book I start, no matter how bad it is. I just can't leave it undone. Well, this book is one of the few that I set down about halfway through it and never picked it up again, and it hasen't itched at me once.
The story starts very slow, and was so boring. There was nothing about the characters that connected with me. I found myself not caring about them, I didn't care about the story at all. There was a few characters that had some humor to them, and were kinda fun to read about, but it wasn't enough to keep me going.
Remember I didn't finish the book so and give an complete review. All I know is based on the first half I have no desired to finish.
Not a reinvention of the wheel by all means, but of course there are better wheels then others. This is a tale spun with classic strings and leaves you wanting, but wondering why there couldn't be more at the end.
Narration parts were great, as always from this Narrator, but some select character voices seemed a bit off and threw me out of the story a bit. Overall, good for any looking for a sometimes comedic, but classic storytelling.
The story was pretty entertaining. While it leaves a ton open for the second book, it does a fairly good job of creating a full story in book one.
I would have liked more background into the characters and a deeper love story, but maybe book two.
The action if fast moving and the mix between muskets and swords is different and works well.
The narrator is very hit or miss. At times specifically in the beginning I wondered if I would be able to keep listening. He kinda starts out reading almost like a robot which really hurts the book but at points later in the story he warms up. Overall he does ok.
In the end I would recomend the book.
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