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  • Ascension

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Gen was a bard's apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen's village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen's hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport. As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again, and the world's slain god will be reborn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-05-16

Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-16

Any additional comments?

Taking all four books together, its not bad at all, its not a patch on the 1st law, or Demon Cycle, but its better than a lot thats out there. Only issue is the fact it is split into four books, is it really worth four credits? No! if this was one book, even two then I would have been much happier, as it is, its a bit off a rip off!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Duty

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 2
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The demon's attack at the betrothal spreads fear and doubt throughout the nations of Ki'hal. But Gen's courage and sacrifice make him a legend and inspiration to the people. As the long, dangerous trip to Elde Luri Mora approaches, the Chalaine must battle her misgivings about the Ha'Ulrich and lean on her faithful Protector for the strength to do what she must to save the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-05-16

Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-16

Any additional comments?

Taking all four books together, its not bad at all, its not a patch on the 1st law, or Demon Cycle, but its better than a lot thats out there. Only issue is the fact it is split into four books, is it really worth four credits? No! if this was one book, even two then I would have been much happier, as it is, its a bit off a rip off!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 3
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Gen's secret is out. The caravan is in shambles. The Chalaine is wed to the Ha'Ulrich and pregnant with the Holy Child. Dangers abound, the Uyumaak threatening to overtake and destroy the Chalaine and her companions as they desperately try to escape the Shroud Lake Shard. Split from Gen, the Chalaine must find a way to work with her husband before their mutual animosity tears the prophecy apart. Meanwhile Mirelle battles Padra Athan behind the scenes to free the man she loves more than anyone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-05-16

Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-16

Any additional comments?

Taking all four books together, its not bad at all, its not a patch on the 1st law, or Demon Cycle, but its better than a lot thats out there. Only issue is the fact it is split into four books, is it really worth four credits? No! if this was one book, even two then I would have been much happier, as it is, its a bit off a rip off!

  • Sacrifice

  • The Trysmoon Saga, Book 4
  • By: Brian K. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The battle for Echo Hold begins, the Uyumaak throwing their might at the fortress. The birth of the Holy Child draws near, and the Chalaine and Padra Athan try to prop up the Ha'Ulrich's failing courage so he can face Mikkik when the time comes. Gen, still separated from the Chalaine, watches from a distance, fearing treachery, hoping he can save her from Mikkik and the incompetence of her cowardly husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable series

  • By D. Haywood on 23-09-16

Not bad, better than a lot of whats out there!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-16

Any additional comments?

Taking all four books together, its not bad at all, its not a patch on the 1st law, or Demon Cycle, but its better than a lot thats out there. Only issue is the fact it is split into four books, is it really worth four credits? No! if this was one book, even two then I would have been much happier, as it is, its a bit off a rip off!

  • Half a War

  • Shattered Sea, Book 3
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly imagined world from Sunday Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie. Words are weapons. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Robyn on 11-10-15

A boring end to a boring trilogy!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Any additional comments?

I had read this was a different kind of story, aimed at a different target audience etc, and for a while I avoided this series, but eventually I was won over by all the good reviews and bought all three, now I wish I had just bought the first so I didn't feel obliged to suffer through all three. In a bloated fantasy market, these three novels are average at the very best, a million miles away from the brilliant First Law series, they lack in every department. The story plods and a lot of the time is downright boring. The speech is often robotic. The characters are so flat and uninteresting. After the genius of the First Law, of Inquisitor Glokta in particular, the depth of the characters and the great story, this trilogy was such a let down! Maybe it was my own fault, but my trust in an author let me down badly this time.

  • Half the World

  • Shattered Sea, Book 2
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior Fate traps her in the schemes - and on the ship - of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another instalment of grit

  • By Robyn on 29-09-15

Not good at all!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Any additional comments?

I had read this was a different kind of story, aimed at a different target audience etc, and for a while I avoided this series, but eventually I was won over by all the good reviews and bought all three, now I wish I had just bought the first so I didn't feel obliged to suffer through all three. In a bloated fantasy market, these three novels are average at the very best, a million miles away from the brilliant First Law series, they lack in every department. The story plods and a lot of the time is downright boring. The speech is often robotic. The characters are so flat and uninteresting. After the genius of the First Law, of Inquisitor Glokta in particular, the depth of the characters and the great story, this trilogy was such a let down! Maybe it was my own fault, but my trust in an author let me down badly this time.

  • Half a King

  • Shattered Sea, Book 1
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 698

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By Robyn on 14-09-14

Maybe my own fault, but still very disappointing.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Any additional comments?

I had read this was a different kind of story, aimed at a different target audience etc, and for a while I avoided this series, but eventually I was won over by all the good reviews and bought all three, now I wish I had just bought the first so I didn't feel obliged to suffer through all three. In a bloated fantasy market, these three novels are average at the very best, a million miles away from the brilliant First Law series, they lack in every department. The story plods and a lot of the time is downright boring. The speech is often robotic. The characters are so flat and uninteresting. After the genius of the First Law, of Inquisitor Glokta in particular, the depth of the characters and the great story, this trilogy was such a let down! Maybe it was my own fault, but my trust in an author let me down badly this time.

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652

He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century.... After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!

  • By Stephen on 13-12-13

Very disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Boring and ultimately disappointing. Compared to the first two books in this series, this was vastly inferior, the story was boring, and was mostly taken up by a strange sort of love story and a once interesting, captivating main character turned into a very boring, whining version of his former self. If I hadn't spent the time and money reading the first two books, I might have abandoned the whole thing rather than skipping the more boring parts like I did.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turned out to be good :)

  • By Amazon Customer on 29-03-14

Ok, but not great!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-16

What did you like best about The Final Empire? What did you like least?

The magic system was good, the action scenes were good, the female main character was just plain annoying at times, the male lead was good though. It was all a bit too Twilight for me!

Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

I know there are three books in this trilogy, and two more besides, which makes this unusually complete, however, compared with The Demon Cycle, and others whose authors seem to take pleasure in making us wait for the final instalment, I am not planning on buying the next in this series.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favourite?

The male lead, whose name I won't even try to spell.

Could you see The Final Empire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Twilight, Maze Runner, Hunger Games etc etc

Any additional comments?

Bit of a let down really, I bought on the strength of all the reviews, but is a far far way from The Demon Cycle, or the First Law Trilogy,