Really enjoyed the story and performance. Characters well crafted and story is promising. Easy listen with good narration. I'm excited to see what els..Show More »e is in store. Only criticism is maybe that there was a whole lot of scene setting and not a great deal happened, having said that I was gripped by the story and like the direction it takes. There is some conclusion which makes the end satisfying but leaves enough doors open to make me want to read more. A really good start in my opinion. Bring on the providence of fire!
I did and wasn't satisfied, so returned it. I think we live in an age where it is fashionable to make conflicted heroes/heroines/villains... Unfortu..Show More »nately most authors mistake conflicted, for contradictory or contrary. You end up with a selection of character paths that make no sense. Brian Staveley produces teen fantasy fiction, he's not George Orwell.
I thought, like many trilogies that the 2nd book would be the"filler", but the feeling I had about this was that it was mainly filler as well. <..Show More »br/>Although beautifully written at points with fantastic description of character and scenery, it lacked the snappy, pacey plot that made the first book so good
I love books involving magic. and I don't even mind some involvement of gods, but much like David Dalgleish's books about Ashur and Karak, it starts to lose something when gods become directly involved.
I re-listened to the first two books before listening to this one and what the second 2 lacked was the humour of the first one. There is a deliberate distinction in the 3 main protagonists in the writing style, language and pace of plot and it suits the first book. in the second, it loses this and by the third, the urgency of the first book is lost in a long, sprawling, convoluted plot
worth a credit but nothing like as good as the first of the trilogy