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Pacing issues

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

Reviewed: 21-05-19

Author does the classic thing of trying to be too clever in Book 2 with frequent character switches like those that ruined Anthony Ryan’s Raven Shadow trilogy. Pacing in book 1 is mostly OK, best at the start, but 70% into book 2 and only mildly interested in the slowly unfolding story. Also the constant reminders of what happened in Book 1 are annoying. Perhaps a tactical move to draw the plot out for book 3.

Also I find the premise that the ruling class think it's a good idea to wipe out the subservient "non-people" who do the majority of the hard labour unrealistic ("Hey guys lets wipe out our GDP and throw the world into complete chaos and somehow make other casts who're already busy with their own work and don't want to do the 'lower' work pick up the slack", all to quell a tiny rebellion). Will update if it improves.

Enjoyable will read on

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

Pacing at times went a little slack when switching from the main protagonist. In general I feel like authors do it too much to try and be... more diverse? More intricate? Fortunately the story of the protagonist rather than the side plots and characters kept me reading and it ends on notes of promise.

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Gave up 10.5hrs in

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-19

The narrator has a distracting stilted rhythm but improves a few hours in. However 10.5hrs (a mere half way) in to this long winded tale where not much had happened, I felt uninvested and unexcited by the characters or plot and decided to call it a day.

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Author's wet dream

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I massively enjoyed parts of this book, the parts where normalcy interacts in surprise with the superhuman-like protagonist. Those are the best moments; the action, the lack of moral entanglement with rationality, the misunderstandings of normal goings on etc. But all the fawning and two dimensional women gawping (doesn't help the narrator makes them sound so whiny but the dialogue and characterization of them is awful to be fair), the painful romances etc really dampen the book. We're clearly living the author's wet dreams here and I feel at times like I'm reading a shitty Twilight book.

Had potential

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The premise was pretty good but I didn't feel involved or emotionally connected to the characters. A little over the top with the tough guy/sex joke stuff too. The plot was a rambling, haphazard and preposterous thing which seemed to be invented as the author went along. Still, I got to the end but it won't be one I'll be thinking about or continuing with.

Decent but frustrating

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

There are many points in this book where characters don’t community properly simply to further the plot (and other silly moments/decisions I can’t plot spoil). And there’s Gideon, a 500 year old head wizard who is as dense as a plank. The plot is also huge and keeps on opening up further without an end in sight, and the “twist” towards the end can be seen from a mile away (book 1). Also for the love of god stop getting every character to say “fair enough”. This book felt like a filler and while it had its fun moments it had more frustrating ones.

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Minor flaws but worth it

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

For the love of God stop getting every character to say "Fair enough"! Apart from some discrepancies in magic and actions to further the plot (but mostly was quite tight), an enjoyable read and I've started the next one too. Narrator as usual is great, his accent for a certain region isn't quite right but it's still passable and not OTT.

Imaginative and dark

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I found it surprisingly imaginative and not full of the tropes I was expecting. It’s dark with violence, sex, and other mature themes, as well as being very gripping.

Only minor criticism is condescending to the reader as if we wouldn’t understand the nuances of the character, by explaining obvious things to children who are being read to. Also I dislike that the narrator gives the main characters a soft cockney/London accent which is incongruous for country people and also just a bit off putting.

Enjoyable fun

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The writing is basic, even clumsy sometimes. The story is more of a Hollywood blockbuster than something more refined, intricate, unexpected, multi-layered. There's an army of 10,000 on some planes with so little food that one person with magic powers to sense animals can barely survive etc etc It's all silly, and yet highly enjoyable!

Solid and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

No big the world is doomed plots or complex intertwining narratives (refreshing). Instead a grounded and enjoyable story about a warrior and his village. Only slight qualm is why main characters in fantasy are so often soppy romantics bound in platonic love. Narrator was very good.

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