The frost creeps again...
Taught the sword from childhood, Shanis Malan's only dream is to be a soldier, but a woman cannot join the Galdoran army. She thinks her dream has come true when Prince Lerryn hosts a tournament in her town, but circumstances snatch her from her home and carry her into the midst of a quest for a legendary artifact that can save the world from the minions of Tichris the Ice King. Join Shanis and her friends on a perilous quest for the Silver Serpent.
Hugo Award-winner Ron Miller calls The Silver Serpent "A superb story told believably and unpretentiously by a superb new author." The Asgard Oracle calls The Silver Serpent "A gripping epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist and David Eddings."
©2011 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2011 David Wood
I love scifi and fantasy. I am ready to go to space with a one way ticket to Mars, or explore in a generation spaceship.
I have read a lot of fantasy. I am looking for big series like wheel of time. This could be very good. I liked the storry. Nice twists and turns. I can recomend this as a good read. But the cliffhanger are hugde!
I am giving this book 2 stars because the story is pretty good. The characters are thin but lets face it most sci-fi or fantasy does not have well drawn or very believable characters. If I had read this I might have given it 3 stars. The narrator is so bad he defies description. Some of the voices he uses are so phony and jarring the action comes to a screeching halt. His pronunciation of many words is giggle worthy. He doesn't seem to know the difference between such words as dingy and dinghy, deprecate/depreciate, tinge/tingle, etc, etc, etc. Do yourself a favor. If the story interests you read it and supply the voices in your own mind.
Several times the narrator got tongue tied, backed up and re-recorded. This is not unusual in VO work, however these should be edited out. This, in addition to grossly mispronounced words, makes for sloppy editing.
The narrator's choice for voices are problematic for me. The portrayal of the 'evil ruler types' as a cousin to 'snidely whiplash' added a cartoonish element that jarred me out of the story. I had the same problem with the portrayal of a main character, who is quite the reader, with a voice/intonation that reminds one of speech impediments. This only serves to weaken the character.
The story seems interesting and has great potential, but it didn't reach out and grab me as many others have done. I cannot determine if it is the narration or the story. The narrator is quite good in terms of variation of voices and accents and is articulate, but something is missing. I blame this on direction and editing and not the narrator.
The story is good enough for me to get the print (ebook) version of the next in the series to see whether my problems are related to the story or the performance.
I found the narration quite hard going, but the story really is worth the effort and, for me, the narration simply becomes part of the story by the end and not something that seems incongruous. A really good, and slightly shorter, listen.
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