The novel is amazing granted a few things, first the character set up is at least 35-40% of this story. The writer does a great job showing their deve..Show More »lopment vs telling it via reflection, you can see the characters growing. Secondly, this book is intended to be one of several, because of that there seems to be a lot of minor loose ends. All of that aside, I think the novel was amazing. Very well thought out, structured and executed. Amazing character development and over all interesting. It kept my attention from the very beginning. Now for the narration, originally I thought Pete Bradbury was going to be too dry to endure. Surprisingly this novel suits him allowing him to show case his control over his voice. However, there are few times where knowing who is speaking can become problem. Overall, the novel is very pleasing and highly suggested.
If you are like me, you're going to be a little disoriented when you start this book. It does not continue where The Warded Man left off. Instead Bret..Show More »t takes us back in time to learn of Jardir and the Krasia, but don't worry because he will get back to Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer. So, is this detour into the past worth it? Absolutely, Brett expands his setting quite a bit in this novel, adding new corelings, explaining the Krasia culture, and introducing new ways in which the corelings fueled magic of the setting can be used.
In short, like The Warded Man, there are all the aspects that build an interesting fantasy novel. There is not only the battle with the corelings and Jardir's desire to unite/conquer humanity, but discoveries about the world, and the relationships between the characters to keep the reader hooked.
Pete Bradbury continues to be an excellent narrator for this series.
My only disappointment was when I heard, "The End. You've been listening to. . ."
Like his other novella's this is not an amazing work of stand alone fiction. However, if you're already steeped in the world and invested in Arlen fr..Show More »om reading the main books in the series than it is a pleasant return visit. I wouldn't pay full price for it (or equivalent credits), but if it's on sale (or priced commensurate with its length) than its a nice jaunt back with Arlen.