In The War God's Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God's champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What's more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a wind rider-the first hradani wind rider in history. And since the wind riders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell's ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. That combination of duties would have been enough to keep anyone busy-even a warrior prince like Bahzell-but additional complications are bubbling under the surface. The goddess Shigu, the Queen of Hell, is sowing dissension among the war maids of the Sothoii. The supporters of the deposed Sothoii noble who started the war are plotting to murder their new leige lord and frame Bahzell for the deed. Of course, those problems are all in a day's work for a champion of the War God. But what is Bahzell going to do about the fact that Baron Tellian's daughter, and heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man - or hradani - for her?
©2004 David Weber (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.
The reader is excellent, and like the author, only improves with each book in this series. Furthermore, all four books read like power shifting of a manual transmission; your head snaps back as each book accelerates past the previous novels; a very satisfying experience.
I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) If you want to know more about what I think, check out the review for War Maids Choice. Thank you.
I really love the characters, the humor, and the bro-mance, but the constantly going back and forth to cover all the bad guys gets to be to much after a while, especially in book three and four. by book four i gave up and started fast forwarding through the chapters that deal with how the bad guys think and what they plan. once you have covered their actions and beliefs, there's not much more than endless repetition; gloating about how clever they are and later consternation when the good guys come in and whack them. once you've gone through the process once or twice you basically know what they are going to say and do, and by book three and four its a worn out formula. over all an enjoyable series and i think the narrator did a great job. not a great story, (though it could be if they cut out all those villein chapters), but well worth the listen.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
This is a strong continuation of the War God series. If you liked the previous two books, you will like this one as well. The themes are getting a little bit old at this point, but that is probably because I just listened to the previous two books. The world is getting to be more fleshed out and deeper in general, and I can't wait for the next book to come out sometime this year.
The first books involved a barbarian fighting assassins and demons and trying to thwart an invading army. The first quarter of this book (all I finished) was interminable yammering about shallow political infighting by one-dimensional characters. Terrible.
I've a big imagination so this story was a sumptuous meal. Continuing from the previous books in the series the character development is nicely done providing a fullness of interesting qualities. I enjoyed the attention to details in the fight scenes and of history, values and environment. The bad guys are good at the being bad and the good guys are equally gifted. The gods are clever, interesting and fun and godly. I like the performance, a rich, creative and professionally done job.
As far as sequels go they do not get any better than this. Loved it tremendously. I can't wait to read the fourth book in the series.
Some plot development and suspense.
Good for what he had to work with
Good characters, just wish there was some more depth to everything
I like the series. I do! However, this book had very little action compared to the first two. After listening to 14 hours, the main characters hadn't drawn their swords or traveled anywhere. A lot of political movement and discussion of a 14-year old girl's love for her parents and lamenting her station in life.
It just shows you what a great writer Weber is that I was able to stick to the end. I still love the series ... just hoping the next book has more action.
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