©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
Writer & daddy.
Yes, it's enjoyable enough. Think airport fantasy novel.
Yes, though I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. The prose is salted with street vernacular that just threw me out of the story. It's no classic, but fans of fantasy & young adult novels should find the book entertaining.
I did find the plot to be enough to get me to read the next book.
It is Great
The book was great. It took a little getting used to though. There are a lot of factions or smaller stories going on at the same time and it can get a little confusing especially because of all of the different names. Of course if you are used to reading books like that then that will not be an issue. I loved the way that every thing was balanced in the book. So many times when magic is used in a book or movie the limits of it seem made up (which i guess they are). But in this book the author does a good job with making the limitations seem more real. Also the wave of emotions that the author throws at you keeps you bouncing back and forth on who you like and why. It is a great listen and not one that you will want to walk away from.
The Way of Shadows is the first in the Night Angel Trilogy by newcomer Brent Weeks. Let me start by saying that Brent Weeks writes action like Jet Li fights! He seems to have a good understanding of how action sequences flow and how to describe them in such a way that they are detailed without bogging down. Bravo.
I found nothing lacking in this book, or the narration. I think it might be tedious for some to follow, but it's well worth it!
Nah, It's really good but once is enough.
Nah. It's really good book but not so engrossing that you can't put it down.
I read this book with friends and we followed the story together. The characters are all really fun and the main character is very well developed, so it made trying to figure out the twists and turns really fun. Even if you don't read this book with a group, the story will keep you guessing.
One of the most memorable points to me was the first moment Azoth met Durzo face to face. I think it was as powerful to me as it was to the main character.
This was a good story. The first book could be read on its own, but you get more of a conclusion if you read the entire series. One thing I will say about this story is that it's not vapid. I listened to this story mainly while driving to and from work, and I must say after working a 12 hour night shift, listening to an audio book may place one in a state of lethargy. However, this book (the entire series) kept me awake, regardless of my drowsiness. My one and only gripe are the pauses. When you listen to the story line and you get to a point where there is an obvious break in the story, not a new chapter, there is no discernible pause for the upcoming scene. This is not the fault of the story but more the fault of the recording company. Whit that said, this is still an engaging series and I will definitely listen to it again.
This book was so gripping it was all I could do not to skip to the end to see what happens. There was a scene fairly early on in the book that happened; where I literally sat up in my seat, my eyes bugged out, and stopped the book and had to catch my breath and give it a second to sink in. I was in the doctor's office and I am sure I looked like an idiot, but I really didn't care. From that moment on I was emotionally invested in these characters. I immediately downloaded the second book and have it ready to go. He has a way of parsing out the information that keeps you guessing but doesn't leave you confused.
I have not listened to any other of his readings, but I enjoyed this performance
There were a few moments. Like I said you become very emotionally invested in these characters.
Go ahead and get this book. If you are on the fence about it, or if you have a credit and you are shopping around for somewhere to spend it, you will not be disappointed!
I haven't read the book, just listened, so I can't compare. I like listening to fantasy because if it is good fantasy, it reads in 3-D. I "see" the story as I listen. Brent Weeks does well in this regard yet there are a few times I'd wished to have the book so as to underline a quote or phrase.
I'm sure I will. It's a good series. I enjoyed immensely.
Great narration. His performance certainly contributes to the enjoyment of the series.
Very good fantasy series one of the best I've listened to so far.
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