C.S. Friedman, acclaimed author of The Coldfire Trilogy, returns to the epic style which has made her one of the most popular fantasy writers in the genre....
The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus.....
Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, thought he knew the way the world worked....
A quest for bloody vengeance forces Derla, a skilled veteran of the Varinshold underworld, into the service of arch schemer King Janus....
Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval....
When Anna Marshall is transported from her boring and frustrating life in Ames, Iowa, to the very different world of Erde, she's angry and confused....
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind....
The Year is 2040. The Marines have landed on Mars to guard the unearthed secrets of an ancient and dangerous alien race: Ourselves....
Sonea, former street urchin, now a Black Magician, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist Dannyl in his new role as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka, a land still ruled by cruel black magicians....
Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles....
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella....
Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal....
It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict....
This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden....
It is the second stage of human colonization - the first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars....
When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots....
Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into the saga....
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic....
The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself - but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.
Would you consider the audio edition of Legacy of Kings to be better than the print version?
I have listened to and read this series. Both are quite excellent. A female narrator who enabled the voices of the male characters quite brilliantly in the audio version.
What other book might you compare Legacy of Kings to and why?
I have no comparison for this story line and have read and listened to uncountable tales. This is fairly unique to what I have read in the fantasy line. Though I do not enjoy generally such dark tales this one caught my attention because of the uniqueness of the story line.
What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A fantastic voice. The characters were easily identified, male and female alike. The best rendition I have heard of a females take on male voices.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending of the third book. Do not want to spoil it .. but the series is worth reading and or listening to simply to see change affected.
Any additional comments?
Can good come of evil or rather that which is evil turn good? My thoughts on these books go deeper than most might .. indeed my thoughts on most books ... then there is always the appearance of good in that which is evil .. it is what made these books interesting.
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This review is of the entire trilogy:
After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.
The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew there were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.
Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble.
It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.
The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.
Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.
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If you could sum up Legacy of Kings in three words, what would they be?
exciting, engaging, great
What was one of the most memorable moments of Legacy of Kings?
the final battle!
Which scene was your favorite?
All the scenes revealing connections between magisters and soul eaters
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
loved it, thought the book wrapped everything up nicely
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The final part of the story really brings all sorts of loose ends together. There were some plot points that were kind of obvious but it played out well regardless.
There were a few good twists and turns which were all very enjoyable.
Like my comments in the previous 2 books, the narrator's performance is generally good but she lacks the ability to bring the stronger emotional lines and opted to go for a hushed, suppressed whisper as if she does not want to disturb her neighbors during her recordings.
I also find that there were not many variations on the voices of different characters to help differentiate either with accents or with tone. while the main characters do get a relatively unique voice, they sometimes blend.
this book was probably the most fulfilling book I've experienced. annoyed with the trappings of the previous books I wondered how C.S Friedman was going to wrap up all the plots that seemed to have holes in them. the coalescence of all of them into a tangible concrete form was quite rewarding. there were many misdirects and fallacies planted in the foundations of the previous books that were carefully crafted so that when the truth was revealed one would feel as excited as the Magisters uncovering a long held secret.
as for the writing, a section towards the middle of the book was plagued by the same issue of the ending to the last book. there were too many redundant words. a sentence would begin and end in the same word or the next sentence would use it too closely to it's last uttering which becomes exceedingly obtrusive when rendered in an audiable form.
this series as a whole was indeed a masterpiece if one had the fortitude to make it through to the end. much of the material was rather off-putting and audience restricting in the beginning which may have hurt it's performance in the grand scheme of things, but towards the end it was a palpable work of fiction.
as for the narration Elizabeth Rogers finally developed a connection to the characters that was found lacking in the previous two books, but in this one she gave it a true breath of life. hopefully this carries on to her works in the future. the characters were well defined; emotions and drama were adequately conveyed.
over all I would recommend this series to anyone with a taste for high fantasy with a splash of Regel elegance but also a tinge of folklore/mythology. it is much more routed in history than the Coldfire trilogy which is refreshing. however I advise however for one to push through any reservations they experience in the first book.
Is a very good read, contains all the pieces needed to be a compelling story.
I should have stopped at chapter 1
eloquent writing but an extremely tiresome listen for those of us not accustomed to tedious expressionism.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Mrs. Friedman is a talented author but she really needs to come up with a few synonyms for the word "flesh" Through the first 2 books at least it has gotten absurd to the point of comedy. Would make a great drinking game ;-)
it wraps everything up but feels more like a checklist of things to do.
overall the first book was my favorite, and made me finish the series, but i feel kind of disappointed, I felt it had more potential than what it ended up being.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The reader was fine - the books just weren't that good. I'm usually receptive to feminist issues, but they were overplayed and the books lacked enough else to support their weight.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The reader was fine. However, given the overplaying of feminist issues in the books overall, the choice of a femal narrator only exacerbated the problem.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
Wish I had stuck with the author's prior books...
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