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.
Not been so predictable
Narrator was ok
All the taking of people's attributes. It got really old after a while.
I've been an Audible member for many years. This, I think, is the worst book I have tried to date. I would like to be able to go into profound detail as to why I dislike this book so much. However, not possible as the only words of description that come to mind are boring and predictable. I read a review prior to purchase and was excited that I had found a new series. Maybe the review was mistakenly placed next to this title?? I gave it five hours and could not take the predictableness any longer. Probably a really good story line and although there are several more in the series, I just have to stop the listen. Hopefully, I can return it and not have to waste a good credit on such a horrible book.
I enjoy epic fantasy and biological science books. While biological science appeals to my professional life,epic fantasy gives me a break.
This universe is setup great. The elemental magic system is not very original, but there take on it is different from most books. The real stand out element of there magic system is the concept of rune endowments, which can leave characters vulnerable through out the story; allowing for a dynamic change in a characters role in the story.
The main character or at least the character that the story centers around is well developed and is portrayed as a protagonist that relays on intelligence and cunning. In general the whole cast of characters are well developed. The only weakness in cast characters is the antagonist who is your typical take from everyone world domination bad guy that is a bit overplayed. However, it is a minor weakness and does not keep you from enjoying the story.
The narration is better done than most audio books.
Overall, this is a great beginning to the story and balances sword, sorcery and the overall story. This could stand to be a true epic fantasy classic. There is a minor political aspect to the book, but if you more interested in political balance than warfare it may not be for you. The book is set over a matter of days and alot happens for just a few days. However, everything around the characters is supposed to move at a slower pace the characters because of "metabolism endowments"( a day can seem like a week or weeks) ; it causes you to be okay with the fast pace of the story.
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.
Interesting approach to the concepts of destiny, empowerment and the obligations of the privileged vs the commoner. Definitely worth the read, or listen. I hope the rest of the series makes its way onto
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...
Expect no surprises. if you want generic writing with amateur world building and no character development , this is book for you.
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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