In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause.
Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance.
Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. Together they will take down an empire.
Perfect for fans of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett, Hope and Red is destined to be the next fantasy blockbuster.
©2016 Jon Skovron (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
First the good points. Some of the twists and turns of the plot are original; the supporting cast it pretty well drawn, particularly Sadie and Nettles; the narration is generally pretty good, which is a pleasant surprise given that it was narrated by the author.
The bad points:
The voices aren't very good. They are unconvincing and seem have come with a cheesy American accent, which doesn't exist when reading the non-dialogue parts.
A big part of the plot is the usual fantasy affair of someone ordinary finding they have world class skills in something. In this case, it was two people. The Hope character seems to have become an unbeatable swords-woman after only 8 years training in the evening so her skills are less than convincing.
Of the two main characters (Hope and Red), Red is ok, Hope is irritating and their relationship is sufficiently badly written to make me cringe.
The plot generally roles along at a reasonable pace apart from the chase-the-baddy section at the end which gets dragged out for far too long.
Loved this Audio book. Superb dialogue and storyline. I can't wait for the sequel. When I first heard the narration I was a bit dubious, not a big fan of American narration but Jon Skovron is excellent bringing a real depth to the narration of his own book. More please!
a great start to what should be a wonderful saga! A slow character creation leaves you really caring about the people and the towns and engaged til the very end.
Really looking forward to the next one
I enjoyed every minute of this book and can't wait for the next one to be available . The characters were so like able , the story intriguing and the story teller made it magical. Anyone who enjoys game of thrones will love this ....
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