©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
I had high hopes for this one. I bought it cause a friend said it matched up with George RR Martain "song of ice and fire" series. but fell way short. Weeks isnt the writer Martian is....nor does he match up with Sanderson or Jordan in the fantasty realm. It seems he dont bring the story to life. And the narrator isnt the best either. I like detail....and to me, it lacks in that.
A childdish, drawed-out, disconnected plot that leaving you scratching your head. By the 8th hour, stop listening and deleted it from my collection. What's a waste of time and money
After reading this one I was really excited to finish the series cause it developed some really interesting characters and had a interesting world created for them....... Then the second and third books got really weird and dark. The other thing that bothered me about the series was the "women" in the story that are in most of the sex scenes are like 14 and 15.
I wanted to like the book, honest I did. I liked the concept and the plot, but I just could not get through it. I'm trying to decide if it was because the author took each idea and beat it to death by repeating the same scenario over and over and over and over.... again. He used different words (sometimes), but it was the same scene. And just in case you didn't get the picture he was trying to paint, he waited a little longer and repeated it again as a memory, a nightmare or some other prop to repeat the idea. Or, was it the narrator who's manner of emphasizing every single sentence as if it was an epiphany moment in the story. Well, I finally reached the point where I didn't care any more whether it was the story or the narration, I just couldn't take any more.
I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.
The first book started off great, I had high hopes for rest of series. The end of the first book was not bad but the whole style and pace of the fantasy changed. The second book I wanted to stick a nail in my eye when the author talked about love (perhaps due to my cold heart). He had creative plots ideas but really needed to just slow the pace down and focus on the quality of the writing. I loved some of his characters, Vye (or however its spelled) must be among my favorite women in fantasies, but like every character in this book she is unrecognizable by the end. Truth is I am very angry about this series, it had such potential by the third book a new plot twist was revealed every chapter like any bargain bin fantasy. I might give the author another shot but I have many more worthy authors to spend my money on before then.
I'd been hesitant to get this book because of the conflicting reviews, but it kept showing up in different places as a book I might like based on other books so I finally gave it a shot when it was on sale. I feel the need to conunterbalance all the ridiculous good reviews. Not even worth the $5. The Review by "Gregory" below is pretty spot on. There is just so much ridiculously awful about this book it's hard to summarize, but yes the names are bad and the plot is random and patchworked. The author tries to develop characters, but has a poor grasp of good prose and no real idea of how people actually behave, and as a result the dialogue is incredibly contrived. It really feels like the whole books was written by a 14 year boy that has no idea of how interactions between people actually occur. There are a few redeemable plot elements and the overall storyline could be vaguely interesting, but any hope of that is so lost in it's poor execution that it's not worth the time or money.
If you're looking for good fantasy go check out the books by Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Robert Jordan, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, or Jim Butcher. Only get this book if you are a horny teenage boy. This is also not the first book I've come across by Orbit Publishing with the similarly-styled cover that is grossly overrated, and I think they actually have very poor standards for editing and plot development in all their books.
The story seemed very typical to me and the characters pretty one dimensional. Perhaps this is because I went from listening to the last book of A song of Ice and Fire series to this, but I found myself really just wanting the book to come to the ending that you know would come.
I'm afraid it was very monotone. There were times when I almost thought that it was a computer doing the narration.
It was actually hard to listen to this book. The author's writing style and overall lack of writing skill makes a plot that might have been half way decent, if entirely predictable, completely uninteresting.
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