The good part about being immortal is that you cannot die. That is also the bad part.
Brash, young, and markedly sociopathic, Cyan has the makings of a full army commander if he lives long enough to be promoted. But when a close brush with death breaks his resolve, he is rendered unable to lead his men, let alone leave his tent, for weeks.
The tide starts to turn when his superiors send him a magical artifact that ensures he will not die on the battlefield. Unfortunately for Cyan, he soon learns that not dying can be worse than not living - a side effect of the artifact's magic turns more of his body to lifeless iron with each passing day. Knowing time is short before he becomes just another statue in a town square, he sets off on a quest to rid himself of his cursed immortality.
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Blood, guts, & dark humor
Cyan Wraithwate. He's the jerk we love to hate, and one we hate to love. He's got a big axe, poor impulse control, and a twisted penchant for manipulating people. He's fun to watch in action.
Matt Weight is a natural storyteller. His uniquely snarky delivery gives the book the feel of a Quentin Tarantino film. When the blood flies and the tension's high, he drills down every gritty detail. And his sarcastic deadpan has to be heard to be believed. Any way you slice it, Mr. Weight's performance will delight, amuse, and amaze.
The action sequences were flashy and intense, and perfectly narrated. The author's dark sense of humor will make you chuckle and cringe at the same time.
"The Many Deaths of Cyan Wraithwate" is an exceptional dark fantasy.
I loved the action sequences, and there were many of them! And also the ways in which the protagonist dies, and comes right back. All the action aside, the story is very good too. Mr. Weight, the narrator, did a fantastic job throughout.
Cyan, the main character. He's a jerk and he's hard to like as a person, but he's fun to watch in action.
Mr. Weight's voice acting was fantastic. I love the way he voices the main character, Cyan. He makes him sound like a mercenary jerk, which Cyan is.
The final twist at the end.
I really enjoyed this book and the voice acting.
As the old adage goes, "be careful what you wish for." Cyan learns much too late that the immortality he so eagerly accepted as a blessing turns out to be a curse. With each passing day, more of his body turns into lifeless iron. He sets out on a desperate race against time to save his skin, and possibly even his soul too, along the way.
What struck me about the book is that the writing is "different." I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but later I learned that the book is actually very old, the author having written it in the 1960's. As a result, the plot, pace, and author's choice of words aren't like our contemporary fantasy today; rather, the book reads more like fantasy novels from decades past, from which the author drew inspiration.
While Cyan is the book's protagonist, that in no way suggests that he is a "good guy." He's selfish, self-absorbed, and has a quick temper, and these personality traits don't win him any friends. As much of a jerk as Cyan is, it's always satisfying to watch the terrible (and some creative) ways he meets his (temporary) end. And by the same token, you wonder if he'll ever learn his lesson and stop being so self-absorbed, if only for his own sake.
Matt Weight's performance as narrator is extraordinary. His narration is direct and engaging. His timing and technique are spot-on. Each character gets a unique voice, perfectly suited and expertly performed. And the irony in his tone fits the book beautifully. It makes for a stellar performance.
Mr. Weight's narration is superb. He uses his sharp, witty voice to full effect.
Cyan, the main character. He's no hero by any stretch, and is a guy you'll love to hate.
Cyan, hands down. He's gruff and stubborn, which is a blessing and a curse for Cyan.
The ending. Without giving anything away, the ending was a real twist. I enjoyed how everything came together then.
It's a fun audiobook and a great read.
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