From get go it was interesting, towards the end on the first part it sounded like whats happening, where are we, what we talking about, but then it a..Show More »ll gets cleared up. Every time I paused the book due to me having to do something else I was always left wanting more, the story pulls you into the 3 characters lives, I will be going onto the second book tonight, I am very keen to continue the story :) I really hope the the 3rd book is released before I finish the second. Also, I really liked this Narrator, he is absolutly brilient, well fitted to the book. I hope he does lots more, of this type of book FICTION like the Raymond Fiest books etc. Although he may have done more of them I just probly can't see them due to me being in NZ, the publishers won't release the Raymond E Fiest Audio Books here for some reason, and a substantial amount of other books I am interested in. Anyway I HIGHLY recommend this book :)
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.
I found the second book in Brett's series to be almost as entertaining as the first, though the flaws in his writing seemed more evident this time aro..Show More »und. As before, the story is pretty character-driven, and this book fills in the backstory of the Krasian warrior Jardir, revealing him to be a more sympathetic figure than he seemed in the first book. The reader learns a lot about the desert culture of Krasia, which resembles a mix of the Middle East and ancient Sparta. While this digression away from the events and characters of The Warded Man takes up about a third of the book, I much enjoyed the detailed exploration of a world quite different from the "western"-style lands of the north.
Eventually, the novel gets back to Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer. At this point, the story flounders a bit as the characters get sucked into endless personal drama and repetitive demon-fighting. While Brett is by no means lacking insight into human behavior, some of his plot choices feel cheesy and contrived. "How can I make this story more interesting?", the author seems to be thinking, "I know -- I'll make Leesha and Jardir fall for each other." Also, my second Peter Brett reading experience made me painfully conscious of his tendency to use the same verbs and phrases over and over. Not a page goes by without someone shrugging or scowling, and "he embraced the pain and let it pass through him" becomes a familiar mantra.
All in all, though, I was in mood for escapist fantasy, and this book was a satisfying if not altogether stunning continuation of its predecessor. The invasion of the north by Krasia and the differences between the two "Deliverers", not to mention Arlen's steady shift towards the dark side, should offer the forthcoming third book plenty of plot fodder. Not quite up to the standards of George RR Martin, IMO, but solid.
Sort of following on from the first book except it took you through the beginings of all the other charaters from the first book so you get an underst..Show More »anding of where they come from and how they are going to meet up.
Towards the end of the book it got REALLY exciting with Arlin (The Warded Man) thats not to say the other parts of the book was not good, in fact i really loved this book, I will be REALLY!!!! mad if they don't bring out the 3rd book as I want to know what happens next, they can't just leave us hanging like that lol. Whats happening with Jadiers army, and the other characters, come on :)
These two books were realesed 1 month apart, and its been nealry 6 months wheres the 3rd Book! Come on Peter, read faster, give us that book :)