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.
One of my criteria for epic fantasy is the magic system has to be unique. I also enjoy learning about it as the characters in the book discover more about it (see Way of Kings for a perfect example). In this book, there is an established magic system that is very well known to the characters. Despite that not being something I like all the time, it was extremely interesting! It's also a bit dark.
Gaboran (sp?), the protagonist, is a naive princeling and sometimes a little whiney. I think that's the point, however, and he does make big strides in character at the end of the book. His journey is interesting and compelling. His personal body guard guy, however, is probably the most interesting character to me. The author developed him well and I'm interested in his story as the I listen to more of the series.
Not the very best but it was good and enjoyable
The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up nicely.
I will pass on any further Farland books. I consider myself an individualist and much of the first 3 Runelords books centered around sacrificing the self for the greater good of the collective. The whole magic system is built around this premise. That being said, the book was still well written and entertaining in many parts.
Ray Porter is a great narrator. No complaints.
Power Ambition Right
This is a book that I think some people would enjoy but maybe not a lot of my friends would. If they were looking for a book to read and had read most of my top ten books then I would recommend this series.
This book has possibilities. It attempts to be an epic fantasy series and succeeds up to a point. The story line is great with great powerful lords and the poor wretches on which the lords step on. I liked the length and the narrator was good. Although there were some mispronunciations, they weren't terribly annoying. Other than a few gramatical mistakes the writing was interesting and the dialogue of "Gaborn" (I have NO idea how his name is spelled having only heard it.) was deep and thoughtful. I really liked his character because how many men are really going to behave that way?! Loving a woman no matter what is an attractive quality in a man! The thing that disappointed me, or made me not rate it 5, was the constant explanations of how the gifts affected the lords in general. It was good in that you really could begin to imagine it, but once you understand it, you don't need it explained again and again ;) I'm listening to it again before I get the 2nd book in the series. I'm hoping for lots of growth. This was a really good start.Let's hear it for honor, goodness and true love!
Only the hardcore D&D folks could find this truly entertaining because the core of this story has been done the exact same way hundreds of thousands of times. In fact, if you liked the Dungeons & Dragons movie that came out a few years ago you're probably the target audience for this book.
I'll try and find a better fantasy series to start but if that doesn't work out I'll probably go for something safe and easy (James Rollins/Urband Fantasy/Etc)
Mediocre, mediocre, and fine
Yes, the magical system was incredibly interesting and should have laid the groundwork for a wonderful series full of interesting characters difficult moral and ethical choices but instead it was full of cliches, WAY too many ridiculous battle descriptions, and main characters who I personally wanted to muder.
The female characters in this book seem to be lacking in wit, the wizards are need some more brawn, and the main character needs his b***s to drop.
Heros taking the gifts of others.
The performance was good. I did not care for the story. I am usually pretty forgiving. I am sure some will like this but it was just not for me.
Idealy, I feel that a first novel in a series should never be able to get more than 4 stars. When you begin a journey with a new story, you need time to get to know the characters. You need to see if the story has the potential to capture your imagination and have you wanting more. You have to know that the majority of the story has not been told before you get to the end, and that is what this book does for me. I don't feel I can rate it 5 stars because I do not yet know if all of the mysteries that have been spelled out, will be resolved in a satisfactory way so it gets 4 stars. All in all, I think this was a good start to a fantasy series and I am eager to make it through the next audio book!
I loved the opening line. "It was a glorious day for an ambush." Is there any better way to begin a story?
Yes. This book is very interesting. I found the whole concept of endowing others with a piece of yourself very thought provoking.
Yes. The only thing which made me a little upset about the narration was that all of the female voices the narrator uses all sound the exact same.
No not really.
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.
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