This was the first time I had come across Michael Ridpath and I'm really enjoying the story and the narration by Sean Barrett.The story flows well and..Show More » you feel a sympathy for the main character, Magnus, which always helps. He's not a perfect character and that makes him more likeable. The description is also good and has made me want to go to Iceland.
The story links to Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" and this linked to the Icelandic sagas gives an interesting element so the focus isn't just on the experience around the murder but on why it happened.
I'll definitely be reading Michael Ridpath's other novels.
A traditional maverick detective tale but set in the haunting bleak landscape of Iceland and set against the economic disaster recently suffered which..Show More » strikes a chord with the modern reader. I found myself sympathising with the people driven to such desperate means who exact revenge and murder - quite astonishing clever writing! I like a book that makes me examine my own ethics and values and consumes my thoughts. Well worth reading.
The second book I have read in the Fire and Ice series. It's a huge pity that the first of the three is not available on audible. Ridpath holds your a..Show More »ttention throughout with the added interest of the Icelandic landscape. The author writes as if he came from Iceland himself, including enough details and ancient stories to give added interest. The books leave you wanting to know more about the country itself.
Narration is excellent as we have come to expect by Sean Barrett; I really don't know how he manages so many accents with such ease and authenticity.
Michael Ridpath's final episode in Magnus's search for his father's killer descends into black farce as most of his icelandic family are killed off an..Show More »d the author leaves his nicest creation 'Arna', on the sidelines. Saved by Sean Barret's rich, gravelly reading this book lacks credibility but is a pleasant enough 'whodunnit'.