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.
©2012 Ben Hale (P)2013 Podium Publishing
"Well written... highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)
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.
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.
I thought I would take a chance on a fantasy book, and it was everything feared it may be. If you are a fan of this genre I am sure it is wonderful. It was like the audio book of an RPG video game. RPG's are boring enough to play let alone listen to.
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