The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training. To him the war is forgotten. To the world a warning goes unheeded. And the killings have already begun.
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"Well written... highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)
Very easy listening and an overall good nonsense escape book BUT the intro states it's the first of a series. It really is that only the story line doesn't end at the end of the book - it continues in book 2. Normally an author uses the same characters in a suspbsequent book with a different story line, plot, etc. Here the SAME story continues into the next book. A way to sell two books (or maybe three) instead of one long tomb. Recommended but know you won't know the end of the story unless you buy the remaining two books or so.
Wow!!! After a few hours into this book I already had bought the rest in this series...It was that good. Plenty of action, solid story and surprisingly clean. I feel comfortable recommending this book to seasoned fantasy readers as well as young adults in my life (nieces and nephews). Very good book!!!
There are lots of books whose main merit is that they pass the time. They are not great literature, but they entertain nevertheless. There are very few authors who can make characters come alive, can plot a storyline that entrances the reader, who can describe events or a scene so that they leave the page and enter the imagination. I know this, I accept it.
But the writing in this book is truly awful, even by my unexacting standards. The noise to signal ratio is overwhelming. The characters are flat and interchangeable. The dialog is riddled with "shrugs" and "chuckles" and every other kind of meaningless body language that detracts from meaningful dialog. The utterly empty phrase "without hesitation" is repeated ad nauseam. The hero has every physical accomplishment but lacks everything else: libedo, intelligence, self awareness, humor, ...
The reader does a very creditable job but the book is unsalvageable.
His voices for the elves were very similar and for lack of a better term, "wimpy"
This title was full of the worst cliches in fantasy. SPOILERS AHEAD
The main protagonist is incredibly powerful (but doesn't know it) but even though he is a master of weapons (he learns how to be a master with throwing knives in one session) he hates to kill. He hates it so much that when his ship of 40 is attacked by 700 (yes 700) pirates he does his best to not hurt them... and in the next book they need to gather EVERY LIVING PERSON from all the races into the elven city in SIX weeks, because then they can last seven days against the oncoming army of a Billion evil minions to give our guy a week to kill a god. The dialogue is very immature and funny, (but it is not intended to be so)
I do not recommend this title.
Yes. This is like LOTR but not a copycat. I have purchased all four of the series.
Good characterization with imaginative situations.
This is good for YA and adult readers. Much better than I anticipated!
Good story, character interplay & really good fight seans. Good constant pace, that keeps your interest.
Passable at best. The voices meld together tomuch & the 2 main chaaracers sound similar. LOL their male & female. Now that's sad.
I agree with the review written by reader M. McCormick (and other critical voices) and cannot understand the 5 star ratings.
Some of the things that most annoyed me about the writing:
-- The characters are one-dimensional. The author had a great opportunity to bring the main character, Taryn, to life right at the beginning on the island of his childhood, but passed up the chance. Motives are stated, but they are not backed up by characterization and there are too many inconsistencies in characterization. Example: For someone who is interested in his elven heritage and who grew up among elves, Taryn knows incredibly little about them. How could he know nothing about the great elven city (with the giant 10,000 year old tree), the elven ruling families or the oracle (of which I will say no more to avoid spoilers)?
-- The author refers to children as "kids". Maybe it is because I've never encountered modern slang expressions in other fantasy novels, but it struck me as an anachronism.
-- The author goes overboard with the use of banter and humor in inappropriate circumstances. Example: a company of elves has just been tragically slaughtered by a mysterious superhuman killer, and the following (modern day) dialogue occurs between two of the survivors:
"I don't think he likes you guys."
-- The book is so fast-paced that it often felt like I was hearing an abridged version. Example: The author refers to the superhuman killer as "Death" from the beginning of the book, but even though he looks like the Grim Reaper (as displayed in the cover art), it is odd when the main characters spontaneously start calling him Death as if the chapter when they decided he looked like Death personified was missing.
Derek Perkins is a good reader, but he makes Taryn talk in a high-pitched effeminate voice that doesn't fit the character.
I will listen to the other volumes because I bought them all at the same time, but I am not really enjoying the experience.
I thought the detail was great, the flow was flawless, the lore matched up through out the book. Only thing I did not like about the series as a whole was it was too predictable, if you have any bit of deductive reasoning you can figure out every that is going to happen well before it happens.
I would develop all of the characters a good deal more. There is only one distinct desire that anyone has in the book. Other than that, it's just a display of powers.
He had a wonderful voice, and fantastic cadence. It's how I got through the book, I would imagine.
The book was deeply shallow. It utilized the low hanging fruit of fantasy tropes without bringing them life. I could not tell you what any character wanted, beyond the lead. I could not tell you what any character looks like, or what their personalities are like. By the end, when they're announcing imminent doom for the land they live in, I rolled my eyes.
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