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)
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.
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.
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.
The story seems to be a conglomeration of many fantasy novels. The story does not seem to play out well and the writing style is weak. I found my attention wondering constantly while listening. Not one I would recommend.
Solid descriptions and pacing .
Didn't have a single favorite , I enjoyed the ajority of the characters
Good read/listen , I would recommend it to my friends and family .
I was very excited at first--this seemed to be just the book I was looking for. I was ready for a "classic" style hero "comes into his own" sort of brain candy.
At first this delivered just that sort of story. But soon it became clear that the characters were going to stay dimensional and the dialog and situations stilted, forced, and not very captivating as a result.
Didn't finish it.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. The writing and pacing was excellent and the narration was equally well done. I recommend this story to anyone that enjoys a fun fantasy story similar to R. A. Salvatore.
sure. This book and series was enjoyable but was incredibly shallow. THERE IS NO DEPTH TO THIS SERIES. Saying that, I enjoyed it. Very action packed and a quick listen. It's a totally predictable from start to finish but quite fun.
I like the authors style or writing, but the characters are rather two dimensional, and the depth to the story is lacking. The protagonist is the best on the planet at doing what he does, and he just seems to accept this without question. The plot is full of holes and logical errs. The protagonist's best friend (and it's written to come across as a sincere best friend or love interest) puts him in fatal situations which could have easily been avoided, and to add insult to injury, is amazed by how he managed to succeed.
I feel this book would have been really good if the editor would have been better, or more insistent that plot hole, like potholes, slow you down and can potentially ruin an otherwise smooth journey.
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