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Exceptional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-20

Just as good as book 1 - The Ninth Rain. Excellent cast throughout although Noon is my favourite. An honourable mention to Vintage’s exclamations which are often laugh out loud funny. It keeps up the pace of book 1 with no sagging.

I listened in conjunction with reading the Kindle version because I just had to keep going. You have to know what happens next as you have no idea where Jen Williams is going to take the story making the whole thing a joy from start to finish.

Jot Davis’ narration brings everyone to life with his narration and giving the Eborans a rich Welsh accent is a master stroke. And as for his voice for Helcate - so cute. When I switch to Kindle I have Jot’s voice in my head.

I’m moving straight onto book 3 but I of don’t want to as I really don’t want the story to end.

I want more

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-19

My only complaint is this book is not long enough. I would love a full novel of these guys. .

Tough, brutal and quite a lot of fun.

An Outstanding Conclusion to an Outstanding Series

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Reviewed: 12-12-19

Without a doubt the most intelligent science fantasy I have ever had the pleasure of reading/listening.

What an incredible tale that The Stone Sky finishes off perfectly. The reveals are astounding and you'll probably not get the scope of one until after you've finished - and then it hits you like an epiphany.

The narration is spot on, although the switch between 1st, 2nd and 3rd person can jar slightly as you move from one chapter to the next an you get used to the new viewpoint.

Whether you choose to read pr listen to the Broken Earth trilogy, just experience it.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 29-11-19

There is not much more I can say about The Obelisk Gate that I have not already said about The Fifth Season.

Worthy of all the awards bestowed upon it.

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 15-11-19

It’s no surprise this book won awards. It’s so intriguing, so engrossing, so mind blowingly brilliant. I could fill this review with superlatives alone.

Half the book you’re wondering what the hell is going on, what the plot is, but you become intrigued to the point of obsession. What makes this stand out is it is worth the wait and all you want to do is pick up book 2 straight away. Ms Jemisin knows her geology, whether through research for the book or through work, when going into detail you are not bored by it nor do you switch off.

Chapters are written alternatively in 2nd and 3rd person which takes a bit of getting used to, but you get used to it soon enough.

Robin Miles works wonders giving the story real life and navigating the voices giving each character enough identity that you know who is talking..

Without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read/listen to. Book 2 is half way through and 3 is sat waiting.

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Brilliant Conclusion

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Reviewed: 01-08-19

I listened to Blood of Assassins and King of Assassins back to back. Any and every opportunity I had to listen was not wasted. Totally gripping. Moving forward 15 years between the two books is jarring for a few minutes but soon the story drags headlong into the plot. You cannot help but like Girton. Although older and wiser he is still very prone to making mistakes and jumping to the wrong conclusions. There is also a friendship you'd not expect but you feel it's strength throughout the story. As with the other books in the series you never know where the plot will take you - the twists are many but they never feel forced or convoluted. Its a murder mystery in a fantasy realm. There's magic but it's incidental as well as crucial to the story (as much as that may seem counter-intuitive). The ending is as satisfying as you hope and, as with all the best stories, leaves you wanting more.

Joe Jameson has the gift of bringing life to the characters and purpose to the story, you're hooked on what he's saying and how he's saying it. I have no idea how much input, if any, the author has on the way the narrator reads but it feels as if they have worked together to present this great story. As much as a story should be the driving factor on whether I choose to listen/read a book, if Joe Jameson is the narrator it will count in the book's favour.

Read/listen to this trilogy, they're excellent.

Outstanding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-19

What a story. It may be fantasy, but it weaves in political intrigue and murder mystery just as easily. I was totally hooked from the beginning. It never let up, You wanted to know how this was going to end, so much so I wanted to speed up the narration (although didn't).

Joe Jameson does a fantastic job of bringing each character to life with their own voice and inflections. It was so good, even when I switched to Kindle version I did so hearing his voice. I cannot tell you what his actual voice sounds like he switched between roles so well.

I cannot wait to read books two and three.

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A cracking story

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Reviewed: 05-05-19

I bought the book 10 years ago and for whatever reason it was left on the shelf to gather dust. More fool me.

What a great story. You’re carried along at a good pace and the narration is spot - very much in keeping with the period it’s set in.

Enjoyable and gripping

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Reviewed: 02-04-19

What a brilliant idea. You are constantly surprised by the names that pop up from history and 19th century fiction alike and how Kim Newman weaves them into the story. It's especially good when a name crops up and you're going "where do I know that name from" then having the lightbulb moment when you realise who.

What lifts this story even higher is William Gaminara's performance. Every character has their own distinct and recognisable voice and the story delivery is brilliant. In some cases you ask yourself is it really him his voice and accent change so expertly A performance that only added to this excellent story.

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Good, but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Whilst the premise of the story is good my biggest bug bear - and it may have been the performance- was how conversations were written. Every sentence was followed by ‘<character> said.’ It was very annoying and I almost gave up because of it.

Either the year this won a Hugo was a quiet year for Sci-Fi or the panel took a year off. Not great but not a total disaster.