I have actually listened to this audiobook twice due to the change in narrator – and I can say that it was just as enjoyable..Show More » the second time around, which just goes to show how absorbing this really is.
The characters and world building are where this series really stands out; they are amongst some of the best in fantasy. He starts by following 3 children from independent backgrounds, and tells the story from their point of view – which can seem a little “young adult” in places as a consequence. The years quickly progress though, and the story develops very well as their age, skills and experience do. There are some more harsh scenes near the end that are even more brutal when described due to this approach (you’ll know when you get there).
The story is a bit derivative of other concepts done before, but Peter V Brett just writes it so well, making it smooth and easy to follow. There wasn’t a single moment that I got bored or lost concentration. I haven’t enjoyed books 2 & 3 quite as much as this one, but I am definitely engrossed enough to finish the series off.
Performance – 4/5
Although Colin Mace is an excellent narrator, I think Peter Joyce was a bit better. He may have mispronounced names (which I barely recognised the differences in the new edition), but he performed it a lot better. That being said, don’t be put off by Colin Mace – he may be a bit plain and dull here and there, but he does describe the action well, and the characters do have distinct voices. If you are picking this version up for the first time, you will no doubt be very happy with Colin Mace.
The beginning of this book is a flashback and it may get boring as flashbacks often do but keep going, it doesn't last for long and the rest of the st..Show More »ory is just exquisite. As for the narrator, Mr Mace should stop torturing us.
I listened to books 1-3 again before listening to this one. Am not sure what it is about this 4thbook that left me feeling almost a little bored, po..Show More »ssibly the lack of time given to Arlen? Or maybe that the majority of this book is given over to introducing and giving the back story to yet more characters. Leesha seems to have more time devoted to her than any other character in this book, and I think I may be getting a tad bored with her character.
I found the different pronunciation of main characters names rather annoying in this version.
Either the author is building to an outstanding final instalment, or this was stuffing in the middle, which is my pet peeve when it comes to any book series.
That said, I did enjoy it, and I look forward to the final instalment.