A seriously enjoyable listen, this "heralds" another fab British fantasy series.Like all of this type of book, once the characters and setting have lo..Show More »dged themselves in your head you can relax and let the individual stories transport you as they meander willfully along towards often surprising destinations. These stories come together pleasingly towards the end but full resolutions & further revelations will have to wait further volumes.
Alongside Mark Lawrence and Luke Scull, Ford is ushering in a mini-Golden Age for "grimdark", where things are never as clear-cut as they seem and characters come in several more than 50 shades of grey.... If you're a fan of GRRM (of course you are), Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie, here's another name to swell the ranks. Very well performed by David Thorpe, employing a myriad of apt voices; heartilly recommended!
A fine instalment of the Steelhaven trilogy. After the "heralding" of book one, this sequel ramps up the pressure and the atmosphere. Ford is very str..Show More »ong on plot; whilst his characters sometimes seem familiar, recognisable fantasy mainstreams this is not really a weakness as they do not always stick to the rules and do what you might expect. There is barely time to gather breath as hectic yet finely crafted events come thick and fast. By the conclusion it's all set up nicely for the final novel in the trilogy, which I await with impatience. A word of praise for narrator David Thorpe who imbues each character with a unique and fitting voice and allows to story to race along at just the right pace. Perhaps not quite as grim as Abercrombie, not as dark as Mark Lawrence nor as deep as GRRM, but cracking entertainment and heartily recommended.