Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....
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I read for fun, multiple genre's. I review from a normal person perspective, not a fancy critic analyzing every nuance and writing style.
Easy to get into, has a good pace to it. The characters become well developed and are interesting. I felt invested in their lives. Fun story.
I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.
Good start to this fantasy series. Not greatly compelling, and sometimes a bit slow, but no real complaints from me. I like the characters and the relationships that are forming, with developing bonds of loyalty and camaraderie. I also like the type of magic the godling uses.
No sex, no cussing. Some bloody violence, but not too dark. Sometimes the author slips up, inserting modern slang phrases, but otherwise, decent writing style. The author writes action scenes better than he does dialogue, in my opinion.
Here is an example of a vivid action scene, from book 6:
"Again the Ajagara charged, its impact this time causing large cracks to form in the pillar. One more assault like that, and Gewey knew it would collapse and his protection would be gone. He looked urgently around for alternative cover, but with the mist still shrouding his surroundings, there was nothing in sight. As the beast backed away for a third assault, Gewey crouched low, his leg muscles tensed and ready to spring..."
Solid gold narration by Derek Perkins.
The story, the reader, the relationships
He does a fabulous job with the voices of the people.
not the voice i would have chosen for a story about a boy in his mid to late teens, but after a short while it does grow on you. awesome story great voice
Gewey has always been a God, only he didn't know it. Found by Lee Starfinder, who is a half-god, when Gewey was only infant; He was raised as a man by a simple farmer. An ominous Enemy known as the Dark Knight has stolen the Sword of Truth, thus putting the world in danger and the young God is the key to victory. Though it's a fairly unoriginal story, it's engaging and the storytelling is very good. I really enjoyed the story and where it was going. It's sort of a blend between Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth, and the Hercules mythos.
I'm a fan of Derek Perkins, the performer for this novel. I've enjoyed all the works I heard by him, his voice fits the genre very well. There's never any echoes or background noise, and he very well spoken and easy to understand. Look very much forward to hearing more from the man.
It's a shame book 2 isn't included in Amazon Unlimited or their Whispersync service, if it were, I would go on to book 2. However, the ubrupt ending, or lack thereof, ruined what was a great book. I am an avid believer that every book should have a complete story and conclusion. This book left a brutal cliffhanger, leaving me with no satisfaction or closure whatsoever.
I will note, they now have an Omnibus edition on Audible that includes books 1-3 that may be of better value, and with less open ended frustration. If you are a fan of Fantasy, I say grab it if only for Perkins' performance.
I liked the story, I love the way the characters felt like family to each other. I didn't like how undeveloped the story was. This is why I think it is Young Adult. Great story idea, but it could have been deeper.
Wow! Really lost of good action, characters, etc... Typically, I don't like stories with "gods"....
Other books of this "Epic Fantasy" genre I highly recommend are:
The Name of the Wind
Eye of the world
Game of Thrones
The Warded Man
The Way of Kings
Fantasy books or any book can have three basic strengths or weaknesses.
I'm sad to say this book fails on all three. That is not to say that this book is exceptionally bad, but as an avid reader of fantasy books I desire something more than merely adequate.
1) This really is the worse offence. The characters in this book really don't have much depth, they behave in predictable clearly made-up ways and they are pretty blant. The hero is a basic goody boy without any complex feelings or personality traits. His "teacher" is much the same.
2) World is really simple. Like many fantasy books the world shows none of the complex social and economical systems present in realistic and believable fantasy worlds. On top of that the author even does a poor job describing the world as-is in a rich and engaging way.
3) The story isn't to good either, unfortunately. It's a pretty basic good vs evil story. Little nuance is presented. Everything progresses in predictable ways.
Maybe it seems I am being overly harsh here, this books isn't really unique in it's flaws. In fact these are pretty common in fantasy books. Most of the time I don't review these disappointing books, but ever so often my disappointment builds up and gets released. I guess this book is the unfortunate recipient of it, not that it is undeserved.
In summary, listen to this if you don't have high standards, maybe it is enjoyable then, otherwise don't bother.
this book seems like a 1st draft. how it made it to publishing I have no idea. the characters are cliché which I can understand and can live with, but in terms of their development and consistency it is abysmal. Lee starfinder (the protagonist's mentor) is a douche. How Gewey or any other character haven't punched him in the face yet, I have no idea. for a mentor, he has a worrying case of bipolar. one moment he is praising Gewey for a spur of the moment recklessness, next moment he is berating him (a beginner) for his lack of experience during training. not even women would play you hot and cold to this extent. there is a severe lack in continuity in terms of character personalities.
also, chapter 3 (i think. forgive me if i recall incorrectly) where does one begin? I understand that you want to dedicate an entire chapter to giving Lee a back story by letting Lee give a camp fire story. but the way the author writes it makes it feel as though Lee is reading out his life story from a book rather than orally telling it. It was a tough chapter to overlook.
all in all, it is passable.....barely. the ideas although cliche are fine. but lacks skilful presentation. the book tries to do too many things at once and does not give the appropriate effort required to flesh them out. much more thought required. and definitely hire some better proof readers.
the narrator does his best with the material he has been given, but I can understand if he lost the will to put in anymore effort without actually having to re write the entire book itself.
"More Eddings than Tolkien"
In short no. The main protagonist was whiny and not really likable. I think it is a combination of the performance and lack of character depth that causes this.
Not at all, I love this genre and will continue to read book from it.
Probably not, I found that the performance was disappointing, Gewey in particular is performed in such a whiny way that it was quite annoying.
Salma'tia and also Lee's confrontation with the Elf.
This story would probably make a great introduction to the genre. For more well read genre buffs you will not find this in any way satisfying. I came to this book having just read (listened to) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and The Skull Throne by Brent Weeks both of those books are fantastic and this book just couldn't live up to the precedent.
Gewey is too whiny and snivelling for a protagonist, we get that he wants everyone to do the right thing, you don't need to reinforce it with wide-eyed innocence at every possible decision.
The book ends in an odd place, there's not really a cliff hanger as the "big climax" happens quite a bit before the end of the book and then it just tapers off into a nothing side story.
It's predictable at almost every point in the story, surprise! this character who appears kind isn't!
I don't think I will buy the second novel. Which will be the first time I ever let a series of books go unfinished (and I bought book 11 of the Wheel of Time after the disaster that was book 10 !)
"If you wrote a book while stealing all your ideas"
Not really, i keep on hoping its a late bloomer but so far im still stuck with the poor spotty oik.
he feels like he has raped Chris P and Tolkien for ideas and with no clue or no decent publishers has vomited his gooey proceeds onto the pages. a poor info dumping mess i would say.
altering your voice for different characters is seen a a good idea.
im curious where will he go. like Geordie shore or keeping up with the Ks u cant look away from the drivel.
Only if your rich or have credits burning a whole in yore account buy this. only for the people with serious time or brain cell to kill
"Great book to listen to"
Great book to listen to. Very easy listen story runs at a fast pace
Never a dull moment
"Just feels wet"
The scope is good, there is plenty of story the get involved with. The book is just childish, the twists are barely twists, everyone is really nice to one another, no real character depth.
Been a bit more gritty and no so weak.
I did read that this was aimed at teens but thought I would give it a try anyway, if you're in the same boat I would advise against it. The story has no bite and just plods through, they do this, they meet them, they become friends, no real excitement. The narration on the other hand was very good.
"a good start, i think this could be a long journey"
really strong start
this has the potential to grow into something very interesting. I Iike the way that even in the first book parts of the story elements twist together and hope to see it develop in interesting ways. This seeding of plots reminds of the early books in the songs of ice and fire series
I really like Derek Perkins performances, i think that he adds a real something to a story. His performance is great a usual.
Laugh or cry , not really but it did keep me engaged and i will continue with the rest
I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I was reading it myself. I found it very hard to care about the characters and the constant info dumps from characters narrating their own life events seemed dull. also the convenience of objects or characters turning up at the right time with no good reason just stank.... here have my hugely valuable magic sword. why? because you seem like a nice guy and it will be a plot point later in the story. oh come on!
"Narrator is terrible"
A pretty good story really but the narrator lets it down by using the same voice for most of the characters.
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