Not sure if it was the writing or the person reading it, but who talks like that?! The speech was all wooden and slow, like it was written by a 6 year..Show More » old. I found that the speaking between characters ruined the whole story for me.
I think John Pruden is one of the best narrators for Forgotten Realms. He slow diliberate approach sounds really good. Especially, coming from heari..Show More »ng his Erevis Cale work. I willing seek out his and Bevine's work.
I love Greenwood, but this was painful almost from beginning to end. He abandons his usual flowing style for a weird, broken framing device based on g..Show More »ruesomely detailed physical and mental torture.
The vignettes that are framed are often intriguing, but are all too short, and it's back to the torture, literal and figurative. I was not a huge fan of The Temptation of Elminster, either, but at least it was a single, if broken, narrative, and came to an unexpectedly tight conclusion. I could enjoy the style if not always the content. This book has none of those saving graces.
About 2/3rds of the book plays out like the game of clue. While this banter back and forth between mages is fun... it can be hard to remember who is ..Show More »who and where they came from. Many people seem to be murdered by others and you really can't keep it straight!