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?
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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.
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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.
Similar to first two books, it is fast paced and reminds reader that it is written by an author who normally writes scifi books. There is a discussion of parallel universes and multiple realities ...etc.
Regardless, it is an entertaining book. I really like the horse culture described in this book of Sothoii, and how horses define some of the aspect of Sothoii culture. Some hint of Arab/Mongol culture in Sothoii, but it is not blatant.
War Maid portion of the book I thought was not necessary, but I didn???t mind it too much. Book continues the debate on prejudices and bigotry and again it became a bit repetitive.
There is some humor in book, but not that much. By the third book a reader an anticipate the type of story it will be getting, but there is one battle in this book that is worth the listen.
Again, it is not the best fantasy, but is a very worthy epic fantasy book that is very enjoyable to listen partially due to narration. I highly recommend these books and I hope there are more on the way : )
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.
I enjoyed the first two books in an escapist kind of way. Not much ever seems at stake and nobody ever seems to be in SERIOUS danger. I mean, people are hurt, abused, and killed, certainly, but nobody we really know or like is ever in any real danger of losing anything. There just seems to be no limit on Bazhell's strength and Brandark's wit and Kaerith's skills with a staff. There's basically nothing they can't do, no one they can't beat, and no scary situation they can't make light of. Honestly it was entertaining for a couple of books, but now it's getting old.
David Weber is a good writer. The action is strong, the dialog is clever and funny, and I enjoyed Oath of Swords and The War God's Own. But now that Harnak is dead and his people are cleansed of evil influence, this race of super-strong, super-gallant, and super-misunderstood emo-fox-man warriors has become a little too perfect and flawless.
I have really enjoyed all the stories in this series. They are relatively light reading - unlike some sf/fantasy books (for example Modesitt), there are not significant underlying ethical or moral commentary. However, they are great tales about people choosing to fight against evil in a well developed world. The author does not leave strands of unanswered questions, though each book sets up the next.
What makes these books great is the narration. the narrator's voice are distinct, the pacing great, and the emphasis is all in the right places. Master story telling.
i enjoy the depth of the story and the nuances that don't always end as you think they should answering some questions but not others and leaving us satisfied but still wanting more
the new champion interduction
against the dark
So far these audio books have been the best I have listened to out of apprx 240. The narrator is phenomenal.
Jim Butcher's Fury series is a contender.
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