Im not sure having the audio over the print is better per say, but it is fun to hear it narrated with character behind each voice and it's great when ..Show More »you have things to do with your hands and cant sit still to read!
God Stone War is the first in this series (Other than the prequel) that I was entertained from start to finish and then even kept you intrigued for Fi..Show More »nal Redemption. With the previous 3 installments, I kept loosing interest before being caught up again. Manning does that really well. He wants there to be filler in the books so that they aren't over in a 100 pages, but the filler is never that great. With God-Stone War, he doesn't need filler, and the filler he does use is intriguing (Like the discussion over the World Road and the Trip to see Marc).
The fight between the people of Cameron and the Gods is brilliantly done because it tells us how smart Mort is beyond how powerful he is. It also brings together the characters and binds them even more into a family. Which makes it much more of an intriguing story.
Then after all that, you get the battle between Mort and Timmy, and the horribleness that follows that fight. It's a great/sad conclusion to this book that sets up everything in the future.
Book 4 is fantastic and you can tell that Manning is getting better at his trade with every word he writes. I always wondered how Embers of Illeniel was so great while Blacksmith's Son and Unbound felt a little lacking, but with God Stone War and now listening to Final Redemption, it's clear that Manning is finding his stride.
Let me start by saying that i started this franchise with Embers of Illeniel (the prequel) which is far and beyo..Show More »nd better than the Mageborn series. And after 4 books of trying to figure out how Tennick and the others were involved in this series, we really get nothing. They aren't even players. They're just trees that send their minions out to barely help with the fight. All that build up for 2-1/2 books for this. Very sad.
As for Mordecai and Penny and the others, there story is good enough I guess. Predictable isn't the right word, but not a lot of suspense involved. Then there's all the death and Anger that evolves around every character. I won't post who all dies, but there are some big ones here. Just seemed like to me that everybody was either dying, killing or hating something and then in the end we were picking up the pieces.
Great reading by Mr. McLaren, but a disappointment for the book itself. I will still look forward though to the Ember's of Illeniel series.