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Ian James Cannon

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  • Oathbringer

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book Three
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 55 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973

From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sanderson brewing up a hell of a storm!

  • By Simon on 22-11-17

A great continuation of the series

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and despite its size and length I was left wanting more at every turn. Some rambling thoughts having just finished the book, I’ll try to keep it as spoiler free as possible and avoid any specifics: It did take a little getting back into and investing in the world and characters, which isn’t uncommon for series of this scope (I certainly can’t think of an exception to this, in fact I remember finishing the wheel of time and thoroughly disliking almost all surviving characters yet having enjoyed the journey nonetheless). This book in particular made me like even the villains and the theme of possible redemption made the emotion and anticipation for what comes next with each and every character all the more palpable. It was great to see more of the wider Cosmere coming together as part of a whole story and it left me wanting more of the whole, not just of this series. That said I’ve only read the original Mistborn Trilogy, not the other two, as at the time I didn’t know of the Cosmere and was less interested in what seemed like a western themed series. There was one death I found particularly… disappointing, it wasn’t so much a sad end, but I felt it a wasted potential in the theme of redemption to end things that way, even if they had been quite unlikable to that point. But not every endeavor can end in victory, and not everyone lives long enough to be able to redeem themselves This series was the first time I’ve ever been driven to re-read a book, being somewhat critical and often cynical I find I’m typically unwilling to go through the long drawn out process once I already known the main story and how everything works out, yet the depth and emotion the series shows in light of each characters moral and philosophical struggles with their place in the world and coming to terms with their troubles, their past and their sins. There is a great deal on introspection from many perspectives and it truly is a pleasure to be a part of, rather than simply seeing their actions and knowing nothing of their depth. I expect the next in the series will be a while in coming, but I look forward to it with an anticipation spren to keep me company while I wait.

  • Arcanum Unbounded

  • The Cosmere Collection
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 21 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

Welcome to New York Times and Sunday Times best seller Brandon Sanderson's first collection of short fiction. These wonderful works, originally published individually, have been collected for the first time and convey the true expanse of the Cosmere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for any Sanderson fan

  • By Robyn on 23-02-17

enjoyable collection of 'short' stories

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

If you liked his other books you'll likely enjoy this. Although I can't say I enjoyed the Allomancer Jak story. Just not my thing. Edgedancer was great, and leaves me ready to get into Oauthbringer.

  • The Talon of Horus: Warhammer 40,000

  • Black Legion, Book 1
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 740

When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster's followers, nothing has been heard for many years. Until now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely excellent!

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-17

Surprisingly well written.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Great voice actor/performance.
Not sure it's for me though, I'm not left wanting more, as it's not the kind of story I'd normally be interested in. Still, I give the story 4 stars as it was good enough to make me listen to the end.
I describe it as surprisingly well written, as I typically find most that try to write from the point of view of 'evil' either write what reads as petty childish characters, or fetishize the acts. This does neither, which seems rare enough as to be commendable.
Still even well written, my interest in following what are effectively villains just isn't strong enough to make me continue the series personally. Hopefully those that enjoy such stories/perspectives may find this review helpful and enjoy the series in full.

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