Although I acknowledge this book is not particularly great literature and that there is nothing terribly original in it, it is a really entertaining f..Show More »antasy book. There are elements of it that are contrived and other parts which make you roll your eyes, but on the whole it is fine and keeps going at a great pace and compels one to read it to the end. If you take your fantasy seriously (to me 'Serious Fantasy' is an oxymoron) then you will probably be able to quote lots of better books and authors, but if you want an easy listening experience without taking it all too seriously, then this is as good as the next.
In a nutshell, if you are a 3rd Dan 'Dungeons and Dragons' Master who has memorised everything that Terry Brookes ever wrote and go to LOTR conventions dressed as an Orc, this is probably not the book for you. For everyone else who has realistic expectations (look at the cover illustration, for goodness sake!) of what this book is going to deliver, give it a try.
Grateful for the negative reviews - but I loved it
Change your expectations of this second book in the series, and you might just love it!
I had grave reservations about choosing to downlo..Show More »ad this audiobook after reading some of the negative reviews, criticising the pace, the narration, and the plot comparison to the first book.
But I couldn't believe that Sean Barrett's narration could be anything other than brilliant, so I bought it, but with altered expectations for the plot and pace. It paid off! I was right about Sean Barrett who was as brilliant as ever, and by not holding this book up as comparison with the first, I found the plot to be rich and interesting.
Not as innovative and awe-inspiring as the first book, but there are other qualities in abundance. A good sequel in that it develops the plot. The first book could have been called Kane: Boy, Man or God? This one could have been entitled Kane the Strategist: The Best Laid Plans. The book showcases Kane's military genius but highlights the importance of even a single flaw in a masterplan. Bosko's character is developed wonderfully in this book too.
Thanks for the negative reviews, folks. It helped me enjoy this!
Anyone not convinced that this is worth a try, listen to the sample of Sean Barrett's narration.
With Thomas Cale, things were always going to turn out bloody and bleak. No surprises there, then!
I was drawn in completely by the first ..Show More »book, left feeling short-changed by the second book, but I'm back on-side with this last in the series. Cale disappoints in some ways, with his immaturity - almost as if he has a sense of entitlement... The banter between the boys is still good, and the witty quips are back.
The ending is completely unexpected.... Was I satisfied? I pondered this for a while; yes I was. How else could it have ended? I couldn't have thought up a preferable alternative, and "boy gets the girl" would have just been too weak for this story.
(Still slightly irritated by the author's indulgence at the end regarding publications etc - but as not part of the story, I just simply pressed stop...)
Same narrator, and same standard - so if you liked the first two's story telling, then you'll be satisfied with this one too.