©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
If you liked the first book, as I did, you'll enjoy this one more.
I do have to agree with a reviewer of the first book who likened the story to that of a comic book. Toward the end of the book the characters took on the persona of super heroes able to leap tall buildings. I my mind's eye I could see the comic book 'smash' and 'crack!' verbiage hovering over fantastically drawn characters. Both the protagonists and antagonists say things to each other that could only be taken seriously in a high action book like this one.
NONETHELESS, I loved this book and cannot wait for the 3rd! I like the main character immensely and am eager to see how he handles his next adventure.
I thought it would be a lot better I will be honest I did nit give it a chance past half way but the love crap between him and Eileen was way way to much, didn't care about jarl, just was really lame honestly and I had high hopes from the first. It got cheesier like when he saves the girl from the three thugs by just making parts of himself appear- that was so dumb. And then how he says it's going to draw attention from all over the world it just feels like the rumors from that would not at all do that, like just forced. I don't know I just really couldn't like this one no matter how much I tried.
lesser of evils
I won't be purchasing book 3. Book 1 was really good. Book two drones on and on with a painful romance between main characters that is just annoying.
The entire first half of this book was a train wreck. I only drive through it, on a second attempt years after the first, based on the reviews telling people to hold on for the second half. The two main characters are unbearably stupid and watching their attempt at a relationship only destroyed love I had for the first book. The second half picked up nicely but I do not know if I have the energy or dedication for the third book.
The first book was constant stream of stuff that kept you in the edge of your seat with everything that happens to Kylar over a decade of his life. And that really drew me into the world, and made me really give a damn about this kid, and his life. And I was eagar to dig into book two expecting more of the same. That wasn't the case. This book was very slowly paced, a lot more of 'day in the life of ___' chapters where not much actually ...happens? But despite the slow pace it still held my attention. I enjoyed the story, and I would recommend it to everyone who wanted more of the world that was shown to us in book one.
I am a fictional reader. I like strong female characters that's don't require a romance story line.
this could have been a great story. there were too many "main" characters. the dialogue between characters came off juvenile. another book that used "f" word for no reason than to use it. I've gotten spoiled with other books that had distinct voices for each character.
it was tough for me to complete.
Incredible book great twists and overall plot I didn't see the end coming which I always a good thing. The only complaint I have is the narrator, he had a tendency to make some parts of the book childish like Doria, fier, and solon; he made them kind of seem like childish buffoons, and it seemed like they should've been taken more seriously. But truth is that I'm not the author and so I'm not %100 sure what weeks wanted them to be like incredible story five stars goes to this author for not making a second book that drags.
I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.
I certainly enjoyed all 3 books in the series but almost stopped listening a few times because I was frustrated with the performance. Boehmer annoyingly imposed a whiney petulant tone to many of the characters and it gets tiresome to listen to.
Good twists, great character development.
Yes, it inspired me to immediately listen to the next and final book in the trilogy.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I really like the story, and the suspense, and most of the characters and their relationships... that being said... Eline bugged me with her holier-than-thou attitude and her "love" that was contingent on Kylar changing his behavior to match what she thought he should be.
There were a lot more "character development" scenes in this book than in the first - i.e there were chapters dedicated to Eline's moralizing, Vi's life, and Dorion's insanity. Oh, and Kylar's moping about how he has to choose between "love" and everything else he knows and wants.
Once I skimmed through these long passages at the start of the book, however, the story kept me reading. So many things that I wanted resolved: the GodKing, the Night Angel, the witches, Vi, Logan... actually, I liked every plot thread except the very long segment where Kylar passed time trying to be a house-husband. Once this section ended, however, the story carried on without further delays and ended up being very suspenseful.
Overall, it's a satisfying story - full of angst, judgement, retribution and justice... the narration is very good and the story doesn't leave you hanging at the end, even though there's another book in the trilogy.
My 18 yr old son got the entire trilogy at the local bookstore and offered it to me to read first. I read the first book and was immediately hooked! I ended up giving him back the books when I discovered them here. Being a truckdriver, it was more convenient for me to listen to them rather than reading the books. I highly recommend this trilogy. It is a wonderful example of how an author can flesh out his characters and put them in situations where they must decide between doing what it is right and doing what they think is right. I loved this trilogy to the very last word.
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