The narrator made this book for me. The story is very good--I've read the two books in the series so far--but Michael Page brought it alive in a way f..Show More »ew narrators can.
The description of this book compares the writer with George Martin, but that is extremely misleading. George Martin is a good writer, true, but his stories have no clear-cut heroes, no good guys or bad guys, which makes it difficult to root for any of them. This disconnection between the reader and the characters makes one enjoy the story, admire the art of prose, and marvel at the characterization, but lacks a certain something that makes his books truly great.
But this isn't a review of George Martin.
Robert Redick's books are about people who recognize the corruption within their respective empires and amongst their respective peoples, and rather than submitting for the sake of solidarity, choose to do the right thing. Unlike other fantasy books, where the enemy is a demon, or someone possessed by evil magic, the enemies are people who think they have the right to rule unjustly, and treat the world like crap due to some sense of entitlement.
Robert Redick's ability to make the fight for good feel like a true struggle for the protagonists is amazing. I found a few of the good guys rather obnoxious, which can make the story difficult to get through at times, but overall, I'm very glad I purchased these books. I will warn you, though, that the series isn't complete, yet, and the second book ends on a rather extreme cliffhanger.
All the same, a definite must read for any fantasy reader.
I was a bit worried after the first installment that this trilogy would be another copycat fantasy with limited plot. Happily, I was nicely surprised..Show More » that this second book surpassed the first, and was a really enjoyable and engrossing listen.
Michael Page gives one of the best readings I have ever heard (right up there with Rob Inglis and Roy Dotrice) and manages to have distinct, recognizable voices for each and every character. I look forward to the finale!
Michael Page is, as usual, just a fantastic reader. He keeps all the voices the same over all three books, and considering these have been coming out ..Show More »once a year, it's just an amazing attention to detail that is the hallmark of a class A narrator.
Now, reviewing the third book of a series seems sort of silly. Either the first two books have hooked you, or they haven't. I suppose this would be for those of you who are on the fence, really. And if you are, I encourage you to continue on.
I don't wish to give anything away, so I'll be general and say that this book has a lot of sorrow, a lot of humor, a lot of things we've been waiting for, and many things we haven't; the scope of magic increases; the world expands; and our concept of what is happening becomes clearer. All in all, it's an excellent addition to the series, and the end makes it far easier to wait for the final installment than the previous book's cliffhanger.