This scar on my arm is the mark of the thin man's sword.... These on my chest, the barbarian's gyrspike...this, on my shoulder, the woodman's axe.
And this rasping whisper, all that is left of my voice, it is the scar of the Lord Singer's jealousy.
They took my voice and my life and left my body for the crows. But not all who die rest in peace.
Erik Scott de Bie spins a haunting tale of revenge, honor, love, and hate, all bound within a dark man whose indomitable spirit marks him a son of - The Fighters!
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So, de Bie combined some Ghostrider with some Batman and some Crow. He even gives a nod to Drizzt. And he uses his word choice to troll (e.g. there's an Earth Genasi whose expression is described as "stony"). It's exactly the kind of trolling I have done as a writer and would do if asked to write an official Forgotten Realms novel. I can't even complain. But then he introduces this "strong" female character who is a Knight in Silver and has this whole thing about rejecting being a soft noblewoman and being respected (etc etc) - yet she CONSTANTLY needs to be saved. And even the once or twice that de Bie lets her fight and maybe she's going to do well / be badass - she still nearly gets raped and needs saving. I can look past some of the "people trusting their instincts" in order to fast-establish relationships and keep things moving and any other complaint someone could come up with - but really? The "strong" Knight in Silver never actually gets to be strong and successful on her own in this novel. That's messed up de Bie. And it got so bad by the middle that I almost gave up... but then de Bie introduced this convoluted "who is actually related to who and who actually killed who and why" plot line that I needed to see the ending of. It was actually really good and had me piecing together clues to see who was related to who and who killed who and why. That part was well worth the read. Plus, I love his trolling. So, there's some really good stuff in here, but turning a Knight in Silver into a perpetual damsel in distress? I'm not sure I can forgive that.
among audio books? this one rates pretty low.
Merris was the probably one of the more entertaining characters.
he seemed very underwhelmed by the story and characters. he had one slightly varying for EVERY one. Merris, Walker, Aria, Lord Singer, Glathiryel. all the same voice.
in one sitting? I couldnt sit still for 12 hours if I tried.
Ghostwalker is a great revenge tale. it's fun, exciting, VERY D&D. it's pretty easy to get into only having played D&D a bit in Jr High, but the narrator was pretty awful. as much as I like the story, I likely wouldn't recommend the audiobook for it.
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