Having lost the prince to the madness of The Blessing, Tejohn and Cazia are the only people who know of his plan to retrieve a secret spell that might - just might - turn the tide of battle against the grunts.
But Tejohn's body is broken, and Cazia has been stripped of her magic. Worse, both are being held captive: Tejohn faces charges of treason in the lands where he was born. On the other side of the continent, Cazia is a prisoner of the Tilkilit queen, a creature with a desperate, deadly plan.
While they struggle for their freedom, The Blessing continues to spread across Kal-Maddum, their numbers growing more numerous as the human population shrinks. What had started as a race to restore an empire has quickly become a mission to save humanity from extinction.
Harry Connolly's first book, Child of Fire, was listed in Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Books of 2009.
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Many people say this is not a book and it is true. It is a continuation of the people traveling and that is about it. This should of been joined with the last book I think. Also it is really short. About an hour of playtime is actually the next book in the series. I am aggravated that this was put as it's own book, feels like a waste of a credit, even though I do like the story all together.
I was hesitant to start another of these series because have been disappointed as of late. I was pleasantly surprised. Good characters and Michael Kramer was spot on. Funny, I am always iffy about Michael Kramer when first starting a listen but then very quickly remember that he is great for the long haul. He is consistent with character voices and has carried many a great book. The characters are full bodied and interesting. I have pre-ordered the 3rd book.
This is the second book of The Great Way trilogy. If you haven't read book 1, The Way into Chaos, read/listen to it first. That said, this is a great middle book for the series, the characters change and grow, you learn new things about the world and plenty of unexpected things happen, the plot is really full of surprises. The performance is top notch, Kramer gets every nuance of the text and gives a strikingly individual voice to each character. This is a lively and interesting book, I highly recommend it!
The characters are complex and the story is compelling.
Some parts of it remind me of A Song of Ice and Fire, but it's not very close.
My favorite scene was when Kazia spoke to the eagles.
Overall, I thought the narrator did a very good job, but through parts of it he had a strange cadence and a sort of lilt at the end of sentences that made me notice the narration and pull me out of the story.
If it was released as one book it does not read like three books but one book broken in to three this was a let down good book but poorlu done
The Way continues in book 2 and a great way it is. The two primary story arcs proceed in different directions and, seemingly, on disjoint quests while coming upon new hardships and new revelations on their journeys. With each encounter, the reader is left with an uneasy feeling that humanity is nearing its finality while The Blessing continue to consume and transform thousands of humans with nary any effective means of stopping them. Just when one begins to think that all of the fantastical elements have been encountered the book ends with a crazed minor tyr opening a new portal and loosing a new massive sea creature like Poseidon releasing the Kraken
The writing continues to be very good. I especially enjoy how well Connolly crafted the personalities of the three adolescent girls having elements of maturity beyond their years but also a goodly amount of teenage naive judgements like Cazia's tendency to fall back on her way of prematurely classifying human encounters as either good or "enemy". The narration is also superbly recited by Kramer, of course.
As with book 1, I was not able to resist continuing to finish into the early hours of the morning.
I listen all the time i'm not reading. Vice versa.
This is not a story in itself. It is the middle of a book. Poor splitting on the publisher, i assume.
This was a great and captivating book. It took two sittings to finish. Still not fond of stopping a story just when things are heating up but now I wait for the third book with much anticipation. Narration was great as always with Michael Kramer. I think the story is up there with some of the greats I have read of the years. Much like a Sanderson tale but with less plots to remember. Not sure how to explain it fully.
I recommend this book to any fantasy readers.
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