C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre. In this first book of the trilogy, Friedman introduces listeners to a world of high fantasy, replete with vampire-like magical powers, erotic interludes, treachery, war, sorcery, and a draconic creature of horrific power and evil that will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.
©2007 C.S. Friedman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"[I]maginative, deftly plotted fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Powerful, intricate plotting and gripping characters distinguish a book in which ethical dilemmas are essential and engrossing." (Booklist)
Narration is well done and pleasant to hear. The story stays on track and doesn't splinter into too many plot lines á la Wheel of Time, GoT etc.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Yes, it's a good solid fantasy book and anyone into fantasy would probably enjoy it.
It depends on the friend. Some like fantasy and fast paced books, others avoid genre fiction like the plague. It depends on the friend. I do have friends that would easily enjoy this book and others would think it's terrible.
I really enjoyed the witch queen. She's an interesting character, with a rich history. She doesn't have the long life of the Magister's, but she is a crucial stone in the Magister's political world. Her timeline goes in a lot of interesting places.
It's a very slow burn. There's a lot of set-up with the world and characters. It's a bit boring for the first 60-70 percent, but there is good pay-off. It leaves a lot of open plot-lines that will probably be tied up in the rest of the series.
This is my first exposure to C.S. Friedman, and she creates a very detailed world with a lot of backstory. From the first female magister, to these huge countries each with their own unique cultures and customs. There were some interesting rules between the Magisters as well, they can't actively kill each other, but they're rivals which didn't make a ton of sense as they were essentially demi-gods, but could cause mischief and essentially this world's version of trolling on another. Interesting concept, but I didn't see how it went anywhere.
Narrator Elisabeth Rodgers does a pretty good job. I've listened to her from the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead where she did a solid job as well.
Overall, this is an OK book. It's a very slow burn. There's some interesting concepts from women's rights (first female magister, witch queen, etc.), the magic system life being the spell component, the world itself is rich and has a lot of interesting history. Part of me thinks this story should have been 10 hours longer, to build the world more completely, but there just wasn't enough substance to warrant 18 hours much less 28. I'm looking forward to book 2, but it's not on the top of the pile.
I absolutely loved this fantasy, which has it all: a host of characters you care about, convincing villains you love to hate, moral ambiguity of heroes and evil doers alike, realistic world building, fast paced narrative, terrific writing and probably the best narrator I've ever listened to! Can recommend this book highly enough!! And now, on to the sequel...
love the narrator, her speed, annunciation and dramatic application is perfect, but there is one thing she need to work on. her scream. makes me laugh and roll my eyes.
Addicted to Audible.
No, they don't like these kinds of stories. This is Earthsea meets J.R.R. Tolkien mixed with Arabian Nights.
Fresh, new concepts expertly handled. A deft balancing of intimate warmth for illumination of character and the cold detachment for establishing scale and socio-political scope. Friedman is a world-maker and a transformative hand upon the stuff of genre. Bravo.
Elisabeth Rodgers delivers worthy and magnificent performance. It was her charismatic narration in the sample that prompted me to give this book a try, and the promise of that sneak peek kept in full.
I have read scores of fantasy novels by many authors in the 23+ years I've been an avid reader. C.S Friedman is a truly gifted fantasy writer and in my top 3 authors of all time.
The author presents us a truly unique view on magic and its user through a dark, powerful story threaded with glimpses of hope and light. It is narrated quite well and will be sure to keep fantasy fans engaged for hours of listening pleasure.
Geek in disguise!
Not what I expected even after reading the "back cover". Only chose this because of the narrator and she did not disappoint.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
I loved the magic system. It was simple and fun. I would say this book was almost a light read but not quite there. Other reviewers said the book was slow, I did not see that at all. The story developed at just the right pace if you ask me.
I cant think of one. Not too many books I read have a female protagonist.
No I have never listened to her before. But I would again.
To be honest I really have a hard time listening to Female Narrators. Elisabeth did a awesome job. I went right into the story like you should after a books gets going.
Never. Driving, house/yard work and when I play madden are my listening times.
I thought this book was fun. I dont know if I will get the second book however. I have a big bucket list of books.
Report Inappropriate Content