As a longtime reader of fantasy novels, I understand that the first book in a series is many times a bit slower paced than the later books. The autho..Show More »r has to paint the picture of an entire world and the characters and things within it. This book however was a bit of a yawner. Williams is a tallented writer as far as describing things in the universe that he has created, but he falls far far short on character development.
There are four main story lines in the book, with most of the book concentrating on the two most uninteresting characters in the story. A spoiled prince and princess. There is a pretty good storyline about a mysterious orphan boy and a dwarf (for lack of a better word). I'd like to fiind out what happens to them. I never will though, because after thirty plus hours of listening, I don't think I could take another book with the same boring characters.
You can have an interesting story and universe, but if you don't fill it with interesting characters, characters that readers will care about, then you just have a long boring slog to the end.
The narrator does a fine job on the book. He gives the characters very definable voices and livens things up. But try as he might, this book still falls short on several different levels.
Favorite authors lately: Robin Hobb, Jim Butcher, Guy Gavriel Kay. If you are a fan of these three authors I reccomend you stay away from this one.
Dick Hill does a fine job but the material is just poorly written. The book contains what should be really exciting plot but the author phasing and to..Show More »ne make it feel like it is about as exciting as reading the the coles notes of a book rather then what could be a gripping story. While Tad Williams is a big name and the actual plot is good the presentation of events is poor and unimaginative. (Unimaginative is about the worst in a fantasy that could happen.) The book seems to have a pace and not want to speed up or down. Even the unexplained magics in the book seem rathern yawn worthly not because they couldn't be interest but because I never felt that their workings would be much of a shock.
I have read several of Tad Williams books and have enjoyed them. I listened to this whole series and it was just Ok. It starts out very slow, and pl..Show More »ugs along. If you buy the first book, listen to it before you buy any of the others. I got this whole series before I listened to it,because I had enjoyed the authors prior works. I will not do that again. I would not have bought this book if I had listened to the first book before buying.