For more than 1,000 years, the dwarves have hidden away from the world in their ravine city of Arx Gravis. Governed by an inflexible council whose sole aim is to avoid the errors of the past, the defining virtue of their society is that nothing should ever change. But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again. Deception and death are coming to Arx Gravis. The riddles that preceded Carnifex's birth crystalize into a horrifying fate that inexorably closes in. But it is in blood that legends are born, and redemption is sometimes seeded in the gravest of sins. For Carnifex is destined to become the Ravine Butcher, before even that grim appellation is forever lost, along with everything that once defined him.
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I had read the print edition originally and had the opportunity to purchase the audible edition. this was my first exposure to audio and I loved it. Paul's narration was so much better than expected. His voice inflections and different character voices made the story different than when my mind controlled the print edition scenes. The experience made me reread the print edition and the book came to life even more.
Carnifex: A reviewBy. R. F. Cisneros In the world of fiction, there are many writers out there. And as there are many writers there are just as many different types of genres. One of these genres is the fantasy genre. It is an area of fiction that several authors can write well and some that I’m afraid to say cannot. Luckily I’ve had the pleasure of reading some good writers. And, unfortunately I've had the displeasure to have read some bad ones. Now, one that stands out has an uncanny grasp of the written word is D.P. Prior who is one of the good writers out there. D.P. Prior is the author of the Nameless Dwarf series. And, he is one of the authors that can indeed write the fantasy genre very well. The type of fiction that the fantasy genre represents is filled with magic, creatures of mythic lore, and lands of immense description and imagery that can Make you weep in your mind’s eye. I myself don’t like to spoil things for people. You see, if someone spoils it for me I don’t really mind. But doing it to others I think is in bad taste. So no, I will not be giving out plot points to the story so don't ask. What I’m going to do is my best on letting you know how well this book was written and how well the story flows with it’s rich characters, as well as it’s vivid landscapes. I also will do my best to explain to you how well written the battle scenes are done, giving you an explosive example of how fighting by dwarves is and should be done. His way of creating worlds and characters is something that has made me look at fantasy writing in a different way. Prior has a way of creating battle scenes that make it look easy, something that not many can do. His way of writing makes you want to keep turning the page to see what comes next. Action scenes that come out from the page with their vivid detail and imagery give you the feeling of being there during the action. All in all, his writing is something that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in the fantasy genre and I can state that they would not be disappointed with his style of story telling. I believe that if and when you decide to pick up his latest tome titled "Carnifex," that you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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I enjoyed this story. Prior captures the dwarven world quite well in my opinion. Neither too grim or overly comical. Their culture which is an odd amalgamation of Scottish and Viking, with a heavy masculinity, yet an almost chivalric honor for their matriarchs. An inclination for hard drinking and fighting to the tune of a bawdy song round them out nicely. The few female dwarfs we glimpse are, of course, bearded, and just as toughened as their men, yet they retain an elegance and femininity.
Carnifex is the younger son of a miner father and warrior mother. He has been brought up to fight, his muscles hardened by years of training. His elder brother Lucius is his opposite in every way, brainy, soft and learned. Their Father, Droom, was given a prophecy of his sons before their birth: their names, and their purpose.
Aristodeus, The only human we meet in this book, is a strange old wizard, and not inclined to sharing confidences. However, he has to start spilling the beans when something is found in the mines.
The characters are all well written in my opinion, and the plot is intriguing, if a little slow moving. The ending of this first book easily foreseeable well before it actually climaxes, but the rest of the series has the potential to be really great.
There's no language or sexual content to speak of, though a couple of the the bar songs they sing are a little too crass for young children.
The quality is great. Nothing to complain about. No music.
I liked Paul Woodson's narration, he has a dry earthy quality to his voice that really fit the story, and combined nicely with the dwarven atmosphere. All of his voices were excellent, and his mild Scottish inflection was well done.
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No. The listening experience is not very good, not terrible, but there are so many great audiobooks that I can't see picking this one up over 100+ others.
I could not make it that far.
Yes, the story and narration were as slow and stagnant as the dwarves. There are long pauses between sentences, which doesn't suit this book well.
I picked this book up on a whim, but it was not for me. The biggest annoyance was the writing. Within the first 15 minutes there is a discussion about how the use of "lad" is insulting and "laddie" is extremely so, just next to "lassie" and "beardless milk drinking sop". An hour after insulting a dwarf in the beginning with the word laddie, laddie is used regularly and it's fine. I couldn't see any change in context, so it looks really out of place.
Another example of some annoying writing is after an alarm goes off. It is explained that no one has heard the alarm go off for many, many years. The consequences for a false alarm are severe. The protagonist then says this to another dwarf. As a reader, I don't need both the thoughts and the spoken words if they are almost the same thing. That's redundant and should be caught by an editor. Soon we find that the alarm was sounded because a dwarf heard a loud noise and concludes it must be a giant ant, which hasn't been seen in many centuries. Of course, what else could it be?
The use of the term homunculus to refer to deep gnomes seems out of place. Homunculi are artificial dwarfs or artificial humans of diminutive size or a very small humanoid creature. I think calling a gnome a gnome is more straightforward than telling the reader a that gnomes are homunculi and call them homunculi from then on.
After listening to about a quarter of the book I haven't learned much about the dwarven people, culture, history, and there doesn't seem to be much progressing with the plot. I did learn that dwarves all learn how to swim, that learning it is very important, but there doesn't seem to be any reason why.
Maybe I quit after just when the book was going to get good, but I doubt it. Basically, go watch Gimli in Lord of the Rings for about 15 minutes and pass on this.
"Not bad at all! :)"
I found that Paul's narration had a wonderful pace, this made it much easier for me to settle into a story which I'm not normally used to ready or listening to. I'm pretty much a sci fi gal.
Has to be Carnifax of course. I just thought he had such depths to the way he made his decisions.
I think there were a good few different characters, Kal was one, and then Thumil. They all bounced off each other as friends would. And that certainly made it easier to listen to. The humour of the dwarves, and then their history was deep at times but didn't ruint he story for me, it added flavour that was needed especially when we realise where it's heading.
Really not good at this. so won't do it. :)
Like I said, I'm not normally into this sort of story. But I was swept away by the characters and the plight which they faced. I hadn't expected their world to start to collapse, but they had been in their 'own' world for almost 1000 years. It was only going to be a matter of time before something changed it and these poor guys were tested a lot. I really was on the edge of my chair, (well while driving, lol) wasn't quite expecting it to end as it did, but maybe that's because there's more in this saga. I look froward to reading/listening to more from both these two :) Many thanks.
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