Book One of The Goldanders War trilogy. Previously published as Oberon’s Dreams.
Even for a charismatic pirate, three years is a long time to chase after an unimaginable treasure hidden in the ruins of an ancient city. But when the fabled riches turn out to be virtually worthless, the outraged crew mutinies and leaves their former captain for dead.
He is rescued by a mysterious king and transported back to a time of dwarves, druids, and fairies. Enchanting as it is, though, his only wish is to return home and find justice - but only the king has the power to return him...for a price.
Aided by a new and motley group of mystical creatures and misfits, he sets out on his quest, ultimately getting caught up in a war he wants nothing to do with - and in the process changing the course of history itself.
The Dreams of a Dying God is an action-packed, richly imagined adventure fantasy from the author of The Dragonprince trilogy.
©2013 Aaron Pogue (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I must be getting overly picky. It's not that this book was terrible, it's just that it wasn't that good, and I have a lot of books with a lot more potential in my library.
I used to think that a great narration could save any book, but that no longer seems to be the case. Luke Daniels does a good job as always... but it was perhaps too good. I thought the main character was an arrogant jackass, and Daniels made him even more so.
I had a hard time putting my finger on what bothered me about this book, and the best description I can come up with is that it was watery. The dialogue sloshed back and forth with empty banter, and the language was over-the-top flowery. I realize this was an attempt at world building and style, but it came off as awkward and unnatural. The characters were also thin and stereotypical.
I made it halfway through the book before I decided to switch to something else. I may someday go back and give it another chance, or maybe I'll buy the Kindle version so I can skim through the parts that make me roll my eyes. It's an interesting world and interesting storyline, but where some books and narrations merge together to create something great, this one just barely made it to mediocre.
I really enjoyed Corin's character in this story. He was an interesting smartass that kept his head through a very convoluted adventure. There were times where the story and lines seemed like they came from a 'B' level fantasy movie but the revelation at the ending made up for a lot of the shortcomings and it was interesting enough to keep me listening throughout.
After reading some realistic and grim stories I needed to lighten things up a bit. This book fit the bill nicely. Narrator was very good too. I do agree that this book seems to be book 2.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
So, I read the description of this book solely because Luke Daniels narrates it. Yes, he is that awesome. I liked the description and took the plunge. I am glad I did. It has the makings of a great series. Don't get me wrong. This book did not end with the kind of annoying cliff hanger that almost forces you to read the next book. It ended nicely. But you could definitely feel the epic adventure awaiting. The story was intricate and exciting. I fell in love with all the characters. I easily became invested. All good things.
Did I mention Luke Daniels is amazing?
I really tried to give this book a chance. But, at the end I was left wondering - "wait, why did I waste several hours listening to this book." The characters are poorly developed. The plot is thin with pretensions of depth. Don't waste your credit.
He is a solid narrator. He did well with poor material.
Disappointment and bafflement.
A pirate with no water or ship -- what?!?
This isn't a bad book by any means. It's just not a very good one either. It has the seeds of something very interesting but it feels a bit rushed. Too much seems to happen with not enough explanation and at the same time, I never get a solid feel for this world. The main character is charming, interesting and well rounded. I wish the villain had been as well done. Or any of the other characters for that matter.
I can't recommend this book highly. There's probably better ones worth your time. But if you've run out of books that you know are worth the time spent on them, maybe try this one. It might lead somewhere very interesting. I plan to read the next one soon so I can find out.
I see one of the most highly ranked reviews - the listener did not even finish the story. I can see where they come from in the beginning. There is a bit of stereotyping, and it sometimes feels like you're waiting for the whole point of it all, with not much hint as to if there is a point at all.
Not finishing this listen is a mistake though. The whole world of questions and aimless loose ends gets neatly tied together once the big picture is explained. And by the end of the book, you realize this series aspires to much more than it leads on in the first half. When I finished, I instantly bought the next books in the series.
Maybe it struggles to be entirely captivating in the beginning. But there is no question I did eventually get hooked, and I really enjoyed what I got out of it after everything was said and done. So I'm not saying you can't find fault, but it is definitely a 5 stars and recommendation from me.
Luke Daniels rocks
Not this series
He brings energy and an awesome array of voices with great inflection
Follow-up? Naw.......it's needs a redo
The story lines are heavily borrowed and vastly unimproved upon. Luke Daniels is the only saving grace, if not for his narration, I would not have finished the book. The last 1/3 of the book does improve, but it's hard to forget the previous 2/3 of dribble.
This book was so not what I though it was going to be, and I say the with the best implications. I was amazed at the twist and turns the plot took and can't wait to read the next book. This book is worth a try and is an amazing read.
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