Crown of Vengeance begins a new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.
She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family - her very name - erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.
She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised in protected concealment, then banished from the only home she had ever known - an ancient enemy's final stroke in a war begun centuries before.
Secret studies of hidden lore reveal the truth of the prophecy that heralded her coming. Dark dreams teach lessons of war and duty, of strategy and magecraft that she could not learn in a thousand lifetimes.
She does not have a thousand lifetimes. She has just one - and time is running out. For the prophecy spoke not just of her, but of a great Darkness that would destroy the elven kingdoms. A Darkness that is coming ever closer.
She is Vieliessar Farcarinon and she must save her people. Even if she must shatter custom and destroy the world she was born to rule.
©2012 Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This is a really great story for people who enjoyed the previous series set in this world.
I agree with the other reviewer who pointed out that the long Elven names could get on a person's nerves. The book could have been half as long with shorter names. However, they are Elven names, and this was to be expected based on the previous series.
The narrator would be better if she would leave a pause of some sort when the story changes setting. In the written books, I imagine there is some sort of line or ellipses marking the change in setting or speaker. It was confusing at points.
The endless long elvish names were confusing to my ears. The reader did a marvelous job of reading them. By the end the elves had wrecked their ecology so badly that I started rooting for the Endarken. I couldn't sympathise with the elves at all by the end.
The story itself is pretty good. However, the names were so long it really distracted from the story. The character names tended to be 12 syllables long, if not longer. Almost all of the first names were at least 6 syllables. After listening to the whole book I still can't pronounce the protagonist's first name and I couldn't even tell you what her last name is. The narrator was ok. I wouldn't have made it through the book otherwise. Like I said, the story itself isn't all that bad, if you can get through the names. However, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read a paper copy. At least then I could see the name, and recognize it, without actually reading it. I don't recommend this in audio format.
A real story line and less of a made up foriegn language!
The names of the characters and prolonged, difficult to follow geography and political opponents made the story line VERY difficult to follow.
Chris was okay. Kate had a very difficult job, doing well with name pronouncements, but all the characters either sounded the same or were always angry/shouting in their narratives.
Not even sure- I'm not even sure who the characters were. Their names all sounded like the geography.
It is not often that I run across a Lackey book that I don't like. I am suprised that I even finished listening to the book. The names of the characters and the geography were much too long, and much too complicated tongue twisters for me to stay focused on the story line or character development. I have to give it to the readers- they did the best they could with the material they had to read. I would steer away from this tome, and will not even pick up another book that might follow.
At the beginning of the book it was really hard to get into the story line and kind of hard to follow even once you did. I think the narrator is what made me stay with the book instead of returning it. The names are SUPER LONG and all kind of sound the same in a sense so again it made it hard to follow the characters. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out who they were talking about and how they related to the story previously finding myself rewinding often. Good fight scenes though!
Over all the book was ok. I would give it a 3.5 star but since we cant do halves I gave it a 4.
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