©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
I came to this book after reading all of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and loving them. This book was not even close to the standard of Jim's other series. Save your time and skip this on!
I agree, Tolkien is the father of epic fantasy and I'll never forget how his writings impacted me, however why do we always compare new fantasy writers to Tolkien? We already have a Tokien, thank you. How about a modern writer who takes it to the next level, such as Jordan, Sanderson or Goodkind. Certainly not the case with this book. Such trite and predictable descriptions, an unsustainable magic system that has a unique twist but is obviously created so that the main character, who has no magic, can be special in some way.
Though I loved Kate Reading in the Robert Jordan series, her uber "high British" accent reading Missouri-born Butcher's over flowery language is just too sterotypical, almost to the point of being a farse. I'm not tying to be hurtful but my disappointment has stirred some strong negative emotions with this book.
I've never NOT finished a series. This will be the first. I'm done.
This author has some latent hostility towards women. Things start off fine as a sort of cookie-cutter high-fantasy in a male dominated culture where most women seem to be slaves, sex objects, or man-less feminist stereotypes. Then all of a sudden it's time for the gang-rape scene. One of the main female characters is forced to watch while another is drugged, gang-raped, and then tortured with a magic dog collar. Classy. All of the "drama" leading up to the climax is is so forced that it makes no sense. If you replaced all of the bafflingly mean, obtuse, sexist, and poorly written characters with normal people who acted sanely, this story would only be about half as long. The author had such a ridiculously thin plot to work through, that he was forced to pad this story with inane confrontaions and nonsensical arguments to fill the pages. I find it sad that this garbage passes for "popular fiction". What a waste of a credit.
There are some slow parts as he sets up the rules of the universe, but it quickly turns into a captivating story that gets even better in later books. Must read!
I started listening to these books because of Kate Reading. Loved her reading in the "Wheel of Time" series. And she shines in this series. Jims take on magic and diplomacy in these books are second to none
If you get a kick out of graphic descriptions of beastiality, brutal gang rape, and cannabilsm of living people, this audiobook may be for you. Even you Jeffery Dahmer want-to-be's, however, might want to think twice before making this purchase. In between the gruesome material, the book still manages to be fairly boring and the characters imbecils. I found myself rolling my eyes so often during the daily commute that I was becoming a menace to other drivers. Don't throw 19 hours of your life away!
...eat all you want, and you're still empty
I am glad that, for some, this was worth while. I found far too many similarities in this book, as I find in other, better written fantasy. Some argue that there is no more original thought, and at some point, everything is borrowed. If that's true, this novel goes through no pains of even applying a new mask to it. Also bothersome, was the borrowing of contemporary though, and maxims, gingerly sprinkled throughout.
I'd go on....but I think I said what I needed. Maybe the author can take a cue from my brevity.
Real life can be boring sometimes, and that's when I pick up a book (or my mp3 player) :-D
Hard to follow. All the men sound too similar. Characters are flat. 12 hours in and I still have no idea what this stupid book is about. A kid that pouts all the time, men with poor attitudes, the women are boring, and........well, do as I say not as I do. AVOID this book! There are must better series out there with better writing and narrations. I wish I could give it ZERO stars.
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