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  • Shadows

  • Nightlord, Book 2
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 42 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Ending

  • By Suji K. on 12-12-18

The series ended with the first book.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Coming off the first book, you're expecting a more polished and refined story, but this isn't what you get. The story creates numerous plot holes, the main character who has absorbed thousands of lessons and knowledge still knows nothing and is completely ignorant.

If you grabbed this book hoping for character development and growth, I'm sorry, he falls for the same tricks and plots that he fell for in the last book, there is even a line that made me laugh " see I learned the lessons from Tobias" this proves to be wholly untrue.

I don't like it when authors dumb the MC down for sake of the plot, and in this book the MC isn't just dumbed down, he is lobotomized.

Turn back now, the other books get even worse. Abandon hope all ye who listen.

  • The Spear of Stars

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 5
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179

The White Lich has conquered Tanar Atain. Soon, he means to take the entire world. Dante suspects his next target will be Bressel, where the Tanarians have established their court in exile. The only chance to stop the lich will be to forge a fragile alliance between the bitter enemies of three different lands: Tanar Atain, Mallon, and Narashtovik. The city stands on the brink of rebellion. Yet even if Dante, Blays, and Gladdic can unite it, they still might not have the strength to stand against the army of the lich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Galand hit!

  • By Carrie on 10-12-18

This one was good.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

So, these books are starting to get better again. The spear of light was a great and solid addition, while there is some dumbing down of Dante, it wasnt as severe as the Silver Theif book. The Spear of Light has been my favourite in the series and I'm eagerly waiting for the next entry.

Definitely worth the credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Rose

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

Live fast, die young. Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown. When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It's adventure she wants - and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable Story & Bad Characters

  • By Allan on 09-13-18

Predictable Story & Bad Characters

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The book feels rushed and lacks the depth of the first book in the series. When we are introduced to the narator of the story, we are given some early detail but the outstanding part of her is her sexuality, I'm all for inclusive and more modern takes on sexual identity, but the main footnote on this character is that she is a fan girl and she is into girls, woo...

The story is extremely predictable, the foreshadowing is about as subtle as a brick to the head. The characters except the shaman are barely fleshed out and the reader doesn't even get a chance to care about them. Midway through to book you will be able to see the ending coming with little deductions.

If your came from KOTW and you want to see what Gabe and Saga got up to you'll find some tidbits, but it's twice bitter and once sweet.


I really wanted to enjoy this book and came into it excited. I found myself in a constant state of cringing and disappointment. Maybe you will find it different, if you have the extra credits give it a shot and let me know.

Have a great day.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,363
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,340

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

The Book is Bad.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

This book has serveral issues that make it a bad book.

-The main character is annoying and weak, lacks believable motivation, neurotic and generally cringy.
I got chills during so many chapters. It's not possible to associate or respect this character.

-The pacing is terrible, the book spends more time explaining things that the main character is supposed to know and then it explains it again.

Honestly the book tells you how long the main character has spent his teen life reading, researchin, being prepared for his life of magic, then completely forgets it all, fails at everything has an irrational fear that hinders every single sliver of progression the story might have made.

This is not a good story, there is little to enjoy, it's a cringy story, poorly paced and poorly written.

there is a point about 2/3rds in where the main character reveals something personal about himself and honestly it fails at its pathetic attempt to pander to the intended audience.

This book might not be for me, I hope someone else can find enjoyment to this. All I would suggest is that you listen to this story and apply basic critical thinking.

Happy reading

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Bitter Sweet to say the least

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

First, the voice acting is spectacular, it was a pleasure to listen to, while the story may be lacking, I was able to endure due to the fantastic voice performance.

Having gone through the other books I found myself loving the build up of what seemed to be an epic tale of revenge and lost love. One can almost tell the author was in love with the 99% of the book, but then the ending, the ending is the most melodramatic, wish wash, eye rolling things Ive ever read. I felt cheated, almost like the author just couldn't figure out wether he will be able to write a forth book or not, got the answer too late and just wrapped up the book in the last 16 minutes.

Good luck readers, prepare yourself to be strummed and set ablaze by the voice acting, the story will create a desire for more, entice you with a promise of an epic conquest, then take it away and leave you with a hollow, disappointed look on your face.

  • Stillbright

  • The Paladin Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Daniel M. Ford
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

Ordained by an ancient goddess of mercy and light, former knight Allystaire Coldbourne has become a paladin, a hero out of legend. But evil stalks him, angry gods align against him, and greedy warlords want him dead. With the help of his friends, each blessed with extraordinary powers by the Goddess, Allystaire must escape the clutches of sorcerers and wicked rulers who will stop at nothing to destroy him as he continues his dangerous quest to bring peace and unity to the fractured and war-torn Baronies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-17

Good But Lacking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

This book plays out very predictably, the foreshadowing is about as subtle as a hammer, this does not mean the story is bad. The last three chapters make the the drawn out, over stated build up worth it. I fear he has drawn out his story and added too much detail about places thats aren't relevant to conclude the book in the next entry, also the guy loves cliff hangers, so be ready for that. Happy Reading!

  • Legends of Ahn

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 3
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,423

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are you kidding me?

  • By Kimberly C. on 12-13-17

Feels Rushed and

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Firstly , I congratulate you if you read through the other books in this series.

The story has not changed since the first book, our main character is still, incredibly smart, strong, talented and completely god like, but for the life of him, he can't figure out friendships, or relationships at all.

The author spends so much time telling us how much of a monster our main character is, how loathsome and how cold he is ( literally I think cold is the most said word in this story next to various versions of Rezkin.) Then you have to listen to every character rationalize the actions of Rezkin and deem him just and that they can find no fault in his actions, then you hear the next chapter and it's the same bullshit with every other character in the story.

The book is tedious and repetative, no character progression, the whiney people whine, the greedy people do greedy people things and get this, the smart characters adhere to no logic, make stupid choices and are dumbed down for sake of plot. In my years of reading and listening, I have never seen talaneted, smart characters become idiots for sake of exposition. I'm telling you this book is mediocre at best. If this is the way the series will continue I recommend you read or reread books by better authors.

If you don't roll your eyes or skip at at least three chapters in this book, please give me a thumbs down .

This series could have been great, I freaking love overpowered main characters, this series builds ones and then slowly, methodically destroys him, makes everyone around him annoying and useless, handicaps him and for no hecking reason.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,825
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,772

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Storytelling, will upset Kaladin fans

  • By Deana on 11-16-17

Becoming a Pattern

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-17

First, this book has some great things written into it, if you're familiar with Brandon then you know what to expect. I spent a lot of this book wondering how The author can break his characters down any further, how much can he take away from them.

The book spends a few chapters going back to the past and to be honest it could have all been summed up in one chapter, but it was dragged out and exacerbated. Its nice to learn about one of my favorite characters, but every-time something gets good, just like the high storm you can feel the flashback chapter coming on.

Characters you thought got stronger in the last two books get a lot weaker, characters that confronted their past in previous books, didn't and issues get rehashed and emboldened. By the end of the book you almost wonder what else can be taken away from these characters.

Overall its still a good addition. Happy Reading!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Light of Life

  • The Cycle of Galand, Book 4
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,325
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,904

After a year of fighting across three different lands, Dante and Blays have finally brought Gladdic to justice - and in the process, they've unleashed a horror beyond all reckoning. The enemy is known as the White Lich. He is ancient. He is immensely powerful. And Gladdic believes he will soon enslave all of Tanar Atain. Their only chance to defeat him is to strike fast, before the lich has regained his power. But attacking him directly would be suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 07-15-17

A solid addition

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I have read the criticisms given by other readers, and I have to say they aren't unfounded. That being said this book offered something more than the other books have not (cycle of awran /cycle of galand) the characters grow and develop, the story while lacking a lot action, has it in just the right place, just when you're about to get bored it delivers.

I liked the ending, it left me wanting more but was satiating enough for me not to get bitter. If you've been going through the series then this is a great addition, consider it the calm, before the storm.

Happy reading everyone.

  • The Way of Shadows

  • Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Brent Weeks
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,162

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good.

  • By Jake on 08-25-09

Not worth the credit

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This book wasn't to my personal tastes at all, perhaps another might say it's good.

I found issue with how predictable the story was written, how whiney and dunce the main character is, the amount of filler chapters and the lack of depth.

If you take the plunge and read this book I commend you, take notice of how dull a few characters are until they are just about to die, notice how there is an obvious solution each character could have taken but avoid it because the writer needed to elongated the book, for example:

There are two characters with exactly the same motives, they are both literally trying to protect the same thing, they were both in love and have known each other for longer than the books story, instead of aiding each other which would solve half the main stories issue they betray each other for no reason at all.

The book also ends on the worst possible note, like there isn't enough character development to justify it.

Additionally check the reviews for the 2nd book in the series, that's even worse. Skip this trilogy.