©2008 Brent Weeks; (P)2009 Tantor
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If you like Mystborn from Brandon Sanderson then you will enjoy this tittle. Characters are deep, story is full of twist. Great start to a series, can't wait to start the next book!
If the author would have left out the multitude of swear words. It could have been much better.
I would have kept most of the scenes, rather I would have made it a cleaner read. I was not expecting the vulgarity in this book.
I won't be reading or listening to any more of the series because of this.
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 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.
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'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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
This is either a first novel or this is this generations' Terry Brooks. It is not a Brandon Sanderson (This generations' Orson Scott Card) or is it the best Assassin apprentice story I have ever read (The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb). BW tries to act tough, but usually comes out sissy like. In this book the bad guy says what he might do, such as cut a person's hand off. In George R.R. Martin he would actually cut the hand off and then threaten to cut the other hand off. Four times a character is killed off and then is brought back to life, this gets old. Yet there were times when the story captured my attention. There is a pit scene which is pretty cool. I have never liked Terry Brooks too well, but he sells lots of books and I would say if you are a TB fan then you will love this. TB, BW and Kevin Anderson are guys with great story ideas. When they write they tell you this character felt this or looked like this etc. Card, Sanderson, Hobb and Martin all make you feel like you are the character and so you don 't have to be told that so and so is taciturn or sad or angry, you know because you are the character. You feel what they feel. If you like this type of story then listen to Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.
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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