Sylvio spent the past decade banished from Simare's court, stripped of land, ancestral home, and title - from Minister of National Security to back-country bowyer. But not any bowyer; Sylvio creates bows from laminations of wood, and human bone, bows that are said to speak, bows known as the legendary arcossi.
And now, after a decade, he is called back to the capitol, summoned by his Prince whom he suspects is a patricide, and insane. His very life is in danger, and with it, the country he has served through all his days.
From Mountains of Ice is a story of love, endurance, and the meaning of honor.
I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. The story progresses very slowly and the narration is extremely monotone making this story not very entertaining.
From Mountains of Ice is an epic tale of a man who is banished and must deal with all the consequences that the banishment entails. Sylvio, the banished, has an incredible power that he tries to keep secret, or at least not let it be known to the world at large. He crafts incredibly powerful bows from the bones of those who have recently died. These bows are sentient, and can talk to their owners. They become powerful defenders of the territories these bowmen live in, unfortunately for Sylvio, his beloved prince hs begun making life difficult for those around him, and he needs to make a choice. Will he step up and help, or will he betray his prince and country? His decision is made when he is horrifically mutilated.
The setting/background reminds me great deal of that in The Gentlemen Bastards series, it is like Italy during the Renaissance. The characters are well drawn out, and are believable, sympathetic beings. The pacing is great, and the plot is as deep as a river. It flows beautifully.
My only complaint, and the reasons for not 5 stars all around is the Narrator. Diana Majlinger may be a great reader, but her voice does NOT fit this book at all. Her accent, her pacing, her pronunciations just take away from the overall enjoyment that narration is supposed to provide. In fact, I just boosted my Overall score from a 4 to a 5, because Stephens doesn't deserve a severe drop due to the narration. Regardless, this is an incredible book, and I look forward to the next in the series.
Good story, engaging plot. Author built an an immersive world that I gladly got lost in.
The narrator though, has a strong accent. I got use to it after about an hour and it really doesn’t hinder the story. Just takes a bit to get use to.
great story, really bad hiss and echo throughout the narration.
I love the casual detail, the random straying from the story just makes the world feel more immersive.
I feel bad leaving such a low review, but I just couldn’t get into the story at all and struggled to get round the narrator’s accent meaning I kept having to rewind to try and catch what was said.
I tried to pick this up a few times, but it just didn’t do it for me and I couldn’t finish it, sorry.
This is a freely given opinion of a review copy.