There are five books in this series, which I have both read and listened to. Elena Morin'stal is a beautifully imagined character that takes many a ha..Show More »rd road on her journey to save her homeland. Beginning as a scared young girl and reluctant savior, she grows throughout the story into much, much more. It's a wonderful ride with tons of magic, monsters and adventure.
There are parts of these books that are predictable, especially if you are an avid fantasy reader and/or if you are a table top role-player. The language is not always perfect and sometimes you may wish for a few more details but the story is truly amazing and worth the time.
I do have to say that I do not like the reader for this particular series. I feel her voice was not suited to the story or the characters. Her reading does not lack feeling, mind you, only a quality that allows you to lose your awareness of the 'Reader' while they are reading. I had a hard time becoming immersed in the story because of this.
Overall, though, this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fantasy lovers. If you do not want to listen to it, I definitely recommend buying it (it is available for the Kindle). Following Elena and her entertaining, sometimes infuriating, group of misfits will not be a trip you regret.
The world created by Mr. Clemens was beautiful, complex and ripe for the story teller's craft, but the story was at best predictable, the images disgu..Show More »sting, and the characters shallow. I kept hoping for better.