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G. Steele

Thanet, UK
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Good story hampered by terrible reading.

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

Reviewed: 23-05-17

I like Michael Kitchen as an actor but on this audiobook he fails to make the grade. His rendition of the narrative and badly paced and pays little attention to the punctuation, instead reading section of text with no connection to the rest of the sentence. Only the dialogue is well performed.
That notwithstanding, the story is excellent. When I was able to get past the delivery the book is a nicely written investigation which should appeal to those who like their detective fiction to be a little political and intelligent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Worthy Opening To A Legend.

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this, both the intriguing book and the excellent reading. It has enhanced my appreciation for and enjoyment of the Witcher game series from CDPR, while also standing alone as a book well worth adding to your collection. I appreciate now what inspired CDPR to create what they have.
This should particularly appeal to fans of the old school (1st & 2nd edition) Warhammer RPG or just to those looking for something well written but less Tolkien-orientated.

A Great Book, Now With A Good Reader

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

When I first listened to The Black Prism it was a different reading and while I enjoyed the book it was in spite of the reading. Simon Vance has changed that and elevated this excellent renaissance-fantasy into my favourites list.
Guns, magic, lies, monsters, drama, romance - this book has it all. If, like so many, you missed out on Weeks' first series because of the start of The Way Of Shadows then rest assured that this is far more accessible and may even convince you to give the Night Angel books another go.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Good but could be better.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

This is a good continuation of the story but Brett seems to have been taking George RR Martin lessons. While much in this book is highly enjoyable and I appreciate it's Empire Strike Back qualities - this is hardly a glorious triumph for the good guys - there are times when I just want to slap the protagonists and I almost started rooting for the demons.

Inspiring Fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-15

If any role-players want to know how a multi-threaded campaign runs, its like this. The characters spend much of the book apart but their actions affect one another in ways only the reader sees - until they come back together at the end.
A thoroughly enjoyable listen, and an interestung world set-up.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

A series finally finding its feet.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

Though patchy in book one, this series rewards staying with it into later books. As the author finds his feet the story begins to come together and what started as an uninspiring mish-mash becomes an epic series with the feel of a good D&D campaign.
Not the unique masterwork Jordan was after but still well worth a read/listen.

Excellent book and a joy for gamers.

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

Reviewed: 21-06-13

Firstly, let me clarify that I rarely - if ever - give 5* reviews. I like to have somewhere to go if next week I hear a better book so four stars should be treated as an "excellent".

Michael J Sullivan's work is a joy to listen to, especially since Tim Gerard Reynolds does such a good job on it. There are a couple of errors but nothing that slightly better editing wouldn't have fixed and he has instantly shot into my list of favourite readers, alongside people such as Steven Pacey and Toby Longworth. The stories in this volume hit all the right fantasy tropes without overusing any or feeling too cliched and the characterisations are interesting and well rounded. I like the heroes and loathe the villains just as I'm obviously supposed to. The stories motor along reasonably well and there are just enough twists to stop them getting predictable and dull. Overall an enjoyable, workmanlike performance from both writer and narrator.

My review title said this was a joy to gamers and I stand by that. If there are any role-players reading this review then I urge you to buy this audiobook, you'll not find another book which feels more like a game session. The heroes act like PCs, the better PCs at least, and this is a grand inspiration to have playing while you write up plot for something like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder or even Rolemaster.

As a final note, congratulations to the narrator for not having the dwarf speak with a cod Scottish accent, I never understood that. Tolkein's dwarves were obviously Welsh in inspiration and yet there is an inexplicable trend to make dwarfs Scottish. I am very glad that doesn't occur here.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful