Combining the acclaimed trilogy of books, Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder, and Warriors of the Tempest, plus a new short story previously only available in a small press anthology, this is the entire story of Struke and his band of Orcs. Fantasy's bad guys finally their own say in this fast moving, action packed, tongue-in-cheek tale of Orc valor and human treachery.
©2011 Stan Nicholls (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
This book was great. There was drama, violence, humour and a really different take on the fantasy world. Seen totally from the orcs point of view, it tells the story of how the noble and honorable orcs have been abused and mistreated by the lying, evil weaslely humans throughout history. A small warband of orcs (made up of several memorable and likeable characters) fall foul of their evil mistress and are left with 2 choices (fight for their freedom or die). You'll find yourself embarrassed to be a human and cheering for the green guys by the end of this one!
"Disagree about Narrator Comment"
I disagree with the other reviewers comment about the narrator.
I have heard better narrators sure, but I think John Lee is well above average.
His diction is clear and the number of times (over a very long book ;-) (thumbs up !) ) I had to rewind, were very few.
I enjoyed the book and was disapointed not to find any more 'Stan Nicolls' works on offer.
If there were and if it were narrated by John Lee, I would not hesitate.
He has also narrated some Alistair Renolds works and though the defined 'cast' in both, is limited, you can pick them out and the emotion of the writting comes through without the gush.
I really enjoyed the battles in this book. It was nice to have a book that didn't skimp or gloss over the battles.
While that was certainly the main plus on the book it also has some negatives. I did find it a bit tedious and a bit simple. I think maybe if I had listened to this when I was 15 I would of loved it. I now like something with a bit more substance. A story line with a bit more character growth. There is a huge horde of Orcs yet we only ever really know 5 of them.
If you wants nice easy listen that is full of battles and people being hit over the head with there severed arm then this is the book for you.
If your looking for great character development with many twists and turns then probably not.
Strike is probably my favourite character simply for the reason he is the only one with any real character development through out the book.
No. It is a good stand alone book and wraps up most questions.
"so glad I redisovered this book"
I owned this book several years ago , lent it out and never got it back. Really good book and a different view on orcs which is refreshing. Quality is good but the narrators accents can be a little overdramatic.
"Gory high fantasy."
If you are looking for lots of detailed fight scenes in a world of orcs, goblins, centaurs pixies and religious nutjobs look no further. Although the plot itself is largely easy enough to predict this book is more about the gritty fight scenes and self indulgent warfare. Enjoyable and easy listening, the voice acting continues to interest until the end.
"Great narrator, decent story"
The narrator for this audio book is very good and he does good work with the characters' voices and trying to give them each a distinct voice and accent and is overall pleasant to listen to. Biggest criticism I'd have regarding the narrator is that he has a tendency to over pronounce his 'H's, eg in words like while ( pronouncing it more like w-Hile rather than wile), but that's only something minor really.
As for the actual story, it was okay. There was nothing special about it and it didn't wow me. If anything kept me listening it was probably more down to the narrator's voice talent and his ability to give the characters a semblance of life.
I personally was also disappointed that the orcs didn't seem very orcy to me; I found them too honourable and more like a romanticised warrior race than orcs, but that's more to do with personal taste than anything so I can't really fault the author. That said, considering in this book they're reptilian, it does make you wonder why the author didn't just make up his own lizardman race rather than use the fantasy staple or orcs.
"overall good story but no romance!"
The narrator was good if not perhaps a little too well spoken for my liking as I found it hard to get into the battles sometimes when he sounded like he was reading a textbook lol which was actually the whole time in my opinion. Liked it though. Wish there had been orcish romance!
"Good ideas but didn't fill potential"
I would plug the holes in the story. Some parts of it just make no sense at all / just couldn't work out the way the author describes. The first two thirds everything is far too easy for the Orcs. It may be said 'perhaps this is their destiny' but it makes it unrealistic. Then there's totally unexplained things, like old enemies turning up out the blue with no explanation of how they got where they were / knew to find the Orcs there.
I would have liked the story to start with Orcs developing from youngsters. Know more about them and their culture. This story being based on Orcs had very little affect on the story.
I didn't really like any of the characters. They were all flawed or too over the top.
Yes, if you enjoyed it but I wouldn't be interested in one.
As far as fantasy goes there are much better out there.
"Exciting to the end"
YES, YES, YES. OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
I'M NOT SURE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER TO COMPARE IT WITH.
John Lee is the perfect narrator for this gender of book he really reads with feeling and imagination.
its not possible to listen to in one sitting as the need for sleep at some point in the story, (not because the book is boring), but because we are human and need to sleep we would eventually succumb and lose the thread and have to go back to the point in the story that we could remember listening to before falling asleep.
I'm currently listening to this book the second time around and enjoying every second of it.
"Great Story but not Orcs as I picture them"
This actually isn't that bad, despite the other negative reviews.
Main issues for me are:
I thought the orc perspective could have been more pronounced. As they stand, the orcs are more or less imbibing human traits. I was expecting something more feral, more base, less sincerity or empathy, i.e. real anti heroes.
I don't see the point of the bounty hunters (Leckman et al). They add very little. Every time they surprisingly appear, a fight ensues and they disappear, until they are finally killed.
But let's nit get too negative, eh? This is a good rollicking story, that builds well to its climax. Characters if the Wolverines are distinct and create a great dynamic between the band members.
Narration is good: i think every regional accent is catered for (the Geordie dwarf, the scouse bounty hunter, the irish guard at Ruffit's View) but it works.
So, good story, kept my attention, doesn't quite fit with my ideas of orcs, but that aside, worth a read.
"A unicorn horn strap on?"
i have no idea how im still in shock. my mind is raped
not listend to any others
yes, the screams of the rape were different
i am scared to say what it would be
Im a bit shocked by this books ladies and jents. there is rape galore here , so much. it seems that the orks stories were a side line to the rape by a lady sorceress on men women and all sorts. with a unicorn horn strap on. im shocked and stunned
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