I have never read any of jordans work before starting this series , I love kate reading and micheal kramer , but the story is just not that good the characters are shallow and contrived , no suspense and way way too much magic , everyone has powers , too much third grade romance too, imo if you cant do sexual tention well better to leave it out. I dont see how it got so may good reviews.
I stopped reading the series after this book. The tragedy of this series is that the world, the back-history, and magic system are exquisitely developed, but the plot is repetetive and the characters are hollow. The pattern of the plot (no spoiler) is a less-than-brilliant move by (insert character), which leads to an emergency, which is resolved at the last second in a maddeningly convenient manner (usually either an unlooked-for rescue or a new manifestation of magic). The characters are fantasy stereotypes. However, the books are very suspenseful, and these are common issues in all but the best fantasy. All might be forgiven except for the sheer unnecessary length of the series. There are at least two major plot lines that a good editor would have axed altogether to bring focus to a badly meandering story arc and cut the size down a bit. I would recommend this series only to die-hard fantasy aficionados who will appreciate what was done well and forgive what was done poorly.
I loved Reading and Kramer...
Unfortunately, this will be the last book for me. The story is great. The narration is beyond reproach. The female characters are so over the top evil that I cringed whenever the story line turned to them. I kept hoping they would die. They are manipulative, man-hating, controlling, lying, self-righteous hags. And those are the ones supposedly on the side of light. If they actually cared about anything except there own individual power and crushing every man they came in contact with, if they actually worked with the other people involved in the story the entire series would be shortened from 13 books to 3, it would make a nice trilogy. All they had to do was come out and say what they meant once, instead of hiding and lying about everything.
Good listen but some things were very annoying. First off Mr. Jordon seems to love to jump from one plot to the other with no other warning then you being confused. A couple times I though I had hit the forward button on my Ipod on accident. Took me five min to figure out where I was in the story a couple times. Also lots of filler in this book..God strike me down for saying this but maybe Ill look into the abridged versions of the next book..He describes WAY too many things that dont need to be discussed.
Jordan has successfully created an interesting new fantasy world, but the strength in his characters, the hardships they go through, the obligations that pull them so many ways you never know which way they'll choose, makes it something more. The story divisions are becoming a little hard to follow though--I think it splits to at least 4 different locations, not to mention points of view.
I love living in this world. I often hate how deeply I feel for every character and every situation they must face. I find myself crying for joy, fear, and empathy. I get frustrated learning about what one character is doing because I want to know what the other 15 plus characters I am invested in are doing. I can't express in words how much I love this story.
I don't read anymore. My eyesight won't allow it. I would like to think that no narrator could ruin this story. I do believe that Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do it the best justice that can be done audibly.
I really wanted to continue on with this series but just could not take anymore of the repetitive descriptions and characters that never seem to grow. It just got very irritating to me and I had to mark this series up to just poor writing. Great narration though and more power to you if you love these books.
The story is good, to many women who are always upset, angry, and aggressive and to many oblivious characters for me but the story is good. The performance is a travesty, as usual, with readers who speak during the most exciting parts of the story as if they are are telling you the 8 O' clock news. During exciting parts of the story you may not even notice that something important and exciting is even happening because the tone is as flat as it is at all times by these performers. I would greatly welcome all these books being re-read by a more creative performer(s). Perhaps then I wouldn't think every woman in the book an angry, bitter, shrew (both good and evil) and characters might appear less clueless.