Young Prince Gaborn of Mystarria is traveling in disguise on a journey to ask for the hand of the lovely Princess Iome of Sylvarresta. Armed with his gifts of strength and perception, the prince and his bodyguard stop at a local tavern, where they spot a pair of assassins who have their sights set on Princess Iome's father. As they race to warn the king, they realize that more than the royal family is at risk - the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.
©1998 David Farland; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I might. The story was far too tedious for me. I just didn't care about the characters enough. I could tell that the author is talented, however something was just....missing. I don't feel that I am even interested in the next book of the series. I rely greatly on the reviews by Audible customers, but this is one time I did not agree.
Ray Porter is a mighty fine narrator. He was the best thing about the book. It was easy to differentiate between the characters, so any one of them was good.
Very impressed with the story overall!! A very original idea that sparks a pretty incredible world and equally incredible characters that are constantly changing and evolving...literally. This world also leaves a lot opportunities for the story to go anywhere, and I enjoy the fact that the characters are grounded in good morals. Excellent narration by Ray Porter, and believe me I've suffered through some doosies but Mr. Porter really defines every character with their own tones and inflections. Not sure if it's the narrator or the director of the the narration, but I like that every break or chapter or change in story line is clearly defined.
The narrator makes every sentence seem like it's the most important thing every spoken. All of the characters appear to be more powerful and stronger and smarter than the next one, this one has the wit of 10 men, that one has the charm of 20 women, he has the metabolism of 100 men, blah, blah, blah. I'm only on the first part of the first book, but I can NOT hear the name "Raj Atten" (spelling?) one more time or I will stab my ears.
I just can't finish this book, Donna summed it up correctly!! The narrator is horrible, he does not pull you in. There is no character development, you are just dumped into the story not sure who is who and why you should care for any of them. And yes the endowment's are way overdone. I would rather listen to "The blade itself" from start to finish again rather than listen to one more chapter of this train wreck.
Overall a great book. The reading was increasingly captivating, and the story full of resonance and historically styled telling. you start with the wonder, and you definitely will stay for the end.
This story was one of the best developed and most creative I have ever read in my life. Full of drama, emotion, symbolism, action, and the human condition. The writing style was a little dry and corny in places, with a few failed attempts at prose, but the page-gripping story more than made up for it. I certainly recommend it.
This series was recommended to me by a friend. He read it a while back. I got to chapter 4 and that's all I could take. Ray Porter is really bad. I may try reading it instead of listening to give it another shot.
Yes if he does not have Porter narrate.
Use proper inflection and do not try so hard to make every single sentence sound as if its super intense.
The scene where the chick lays down to pretend she is about to get nailed by a dude...
The narration of this book brings it life! The author provides bountiful detail that creates beauty and magic! Most of all this story creates such deep thought of the morals of mankind and in turn has the reader searching his/her own soul, pondering their own humanity. Very compelling novel! Now on to book two!
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