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Excellent narrator saves boring book

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

Reviewed: 13-07-20

This feels like 3 short stories tacked together.

The first and easily the best follows Emmett as he is sent to learn binding from Seraph. This gives up some interesting world building and Seraph is arguably the most interesting character in the book.

This really abruptly gets curtailed and a town mouse, country. mouse romance takes its place there are lots of questions left unanswered did a murder take place, why was the relationship between Seraph and the way it is, but don't fret none of that will be answered instead there's a whole lot of teen lust and people pulling petals and leaves off things and drppping them.

Then just as you might expect Emmett may be in a position to answer some questions you might have there's a jarring PoV change to another character

The book is frustrating there's very little consequence to some truely unpleasant actions, the one time there is the protagonists spend much time feeling guilty about actions the largly had no control over.

The middle romance is a painful slog that proceeds at a snails pace to a location so clearly indicated in the first act its less checkovs gun more checkovs battleship. Then we get to do it all again from a different perspective oh joy.

The real saving grace of this is Carls narration which manages to enthuse the stodgy narrative with a life it ill deserves ...

Okay I've had some time to think about why this book annoyed me so much and I think the answer is this. The entire first third of the book, the family, the introduction to binding, the characters and family all of that is basically Checkovs gun to the path of the love story. The love story is the novel the rest merely background, however, the background introduces a lot of plot threads and ideas which are much more interesting than the main love story that get dropped like they are hot once the love story gets going, characters you might think are key are killed off with barely a page spent on thier passing (okay that's an exaggeration but not a big one).

The story the book starts with and I was intrigued to read isn't the story of the later half of the book the love story is the narrative the first third merely place setting whilst I was expecting the love story to be part of the story growing from the first third instead it usurps it and the early part of the book is barely even wallpaper to the latter whist I expected the love story to service the openings progression not the opening to service the love storys progression.

Go into this expecting a romance novel and I think you'll be fine with it I didn't and wasn't


One of the best Horus Heresy books

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

Okay let's be clear this is not essential to the Virus Heresy Timeline it informs more in the Alpha Legion and the Cabal making their choices and involvement clearer and richer but it indent an vital part of the story think of it as a side quest.. That said what a side quest Dan Abnett introduces a new group of Imperial Army very different to his better known Ghost series but more fun than that group also there's the mysterious Alpha Legion and their core secret revealed and the explanation of why thecXX legion sided with Horus in arguably the ultimate act of loyalty You could read this alone without the wider context of the Heresy it could even be an introduction before Horus rising but personally I feel any point after Flight of the Eisenstein works for this fun intriguing stiry

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Warhammer 40k starts here

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

If you could sum up Horus Rising in three words, what would they be?

Funny, knowing, bloody

What did you like best about this story?

This is the Imperium of Man at it's brightest everything it was meant to be just at the point where it all starts to go wrong

Have you listened to any of Toby Longworth’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a few of Tobys performances this is one of my favourites there's a lt of sly humour in Dan Abnetts writing that Toby gives brings out he also gives a different weight to each characters lines so you wouldn' t mistake the main characters for each other

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A small joke made by the books protagonist to those among his peers that had previously intimidated him was I thought an excellent way of showing his growing comfort amongst them

Any additional comments?

This is the place to start with Warhammer 40k arguably it's best author takes on the Imperium just as it's golden age is about to end. It's a smart, funny, visceral and violent tale but if you've any interest in the Warhammer universe I'd start here.

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  • The Jewel of Dantenos
  • The FREE Lee Starfinder Adventure: from the World of the Godling Chronicles, Book 0.5
  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins

A tale of two parts

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend Jewel but the free preview of the novel made it sound fun

Would you ever listen to anything by Brian D. Anderson again?

Yes I intend to pick up the novel previewed after the short story

What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s performance?

Evocative, worldly, lush

Could you see The Jewel of Dantenos being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Millet needs to be be elderly wise and wiry Anthony Hopkins would be brilliant and bring a gravitas to it, Lee Needs to be young dashing a greek god in human form Chris Helmsworth perhaps

Any additional comments?

The short story isn't bad but it's nothing new either and the characters are all a bit too thin, but the novel preview sounds better, I think the extra space helps the writer here

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In retrospective I'm sorry I bothered

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

Would you try another book written by Edward Cox or narrated by Imogen Church?

No to Cox tried 2 one was painless but not very interesting (Relic Guild) one was a car crash atrocity I'm unwilling to see if 3rd time lucky especially as this is the latter story so he appears to be getting worse. Church I'd listen to again I'd like to hear her with better material to work with

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Cox again?

Not from choice

Did Imogen Church do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

There's only 1 character

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was over with quickly

Any additional comments?

It's full of jargon, undeveloped concepts and unanswered questions which would be a good thing if any of it was interesting enough to make me care about the character (there's only 1) or the answers instead I just wanted it to stop, it was like someone force fed a 12 year old sandman comics and Moorcock stories till their mind threw up and then wrote out the vomit

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