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.
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.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
TENDS TO FAIL
There is a lot of stuff in this book, thrown at you every other paragraph. There are so many things, that we get told a lot of stuff, but not much showing. I lost count of how many times while our hero is running from various enemies, that he remembers back to an earlier time. This of course is an author's way of info dumping. Several authors have done this and I wish they would quit. If you are going to have a action scene, don't break away to remember the past. Who does that anyway? Last time you where in a car accident or something scary, did you start reminiscing about the past?
I also could not get into the story or care about the characters.
one highlight is Ray Porter. This is one of his earlier works and seems a little more subdued than his later works.
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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