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It was ok

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

Reviewed: 31-07-20

Maybe it deserved a better rating but Anthony Ryan is one of my favourite authors and Vaelyn is one of my favourite characters. Steven Brand was excellent as always, he seemed to be putting more effort/passion into his narration than normal which for me was unnecessary.

I guess some parts left me a little empty. Won’t say more to avoid any spoilers but for me this just seemed off kilter.

I had put it down as a 3 for the story but I just couldn’t do it for all the joy I’ve had from Anthony Ryan’s books.

Started well but descended too far into YA

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-20

I enjoyed the first half of the book, as it progressed however it seemed to become more childish. Kids beasting impossible odds, protagonist making frustrating decisions and the evil side suddenly becoming much easier to kill than at the start. Overall not for me.

Fantastic follow up to the series.

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

Reviewed: 13-02-20

While I found many slow parts in the first novel this is very different. The first person perspective was great and the future concepts were superb.

Hard really to compare it to any other book. It is deep sci fi but also a thriller. The story unravels beautifully thought if meant to shock you can work things out fairly on, my suspicion is that is what the author wanted.

This is not a continuation of the first novel as such thought through light touches you are given more detail.

If I were to have one criticism I think that the characters narrative is a little odd, that said it's several hundred years into the future so the dispassionate tone may well be realistic.

Well worth a listen. The descriptions of Mulch and The Canopy as well as the changes wrought to Chasm City are superb, very visual.

Excellent - Updated review

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

Reviewed: 06-02-20

My first review was scathing. I was four hours in and finding it dreadful. Huge gaps, too many POVs, no likeable character, monotone performance etc etc.

However having limited options for other books due to how many I have gone through I found myself listening for a little while longer and the entire story clicked into place. From that point on it was fantastic. I mean a real triumph.

I would suggest to anyone looking to buy that you give it at least five hours before you give up. Be prepared for endless crazy scientific theory, but it all makes sense when it comes together. The science element is so advanced compared to most other sci fi novels that it is closer to magic and humanity closer to being an alien species.

Were it not for the first part this would have been a five star from me. It's epic scope is akin to Peter Hamilton.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 28-08-19

A great start. I love the apocalyptic type books normally. The introduction of all the Royal family as all having survived was a bridge too far.

Turned it from a dubious story to a juvenile one.

Shame as there is not enough in this genre but there are some really good listens out there and as this story progresses it is clear it is not one of them.

If you want some decent easy listening go for Devon C Ford or the first two books by Joshua Gayou. Both almost easy listening but more depth.

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Wow. This is something unique!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-06-19

I’ve listened to hundreds of audiobooks. I tend to stick to sci-fi/fantasy but lately there is not much being released.

Not sure how I found this book but I am so glad I did.

It’s sexy, intriguing, sad and beautifully written.

It’s a wonderful story. I must confess it finished minutes ago and I rarely write reviews but I guess this one deserved an immediate response.

There are flaws. It’s seems pretty masculine. There was a nod to female characters later on, but I guess if I had to find fault it’s the lack of sexual balance.

But don’t let you get dissuade you. This is a truly great book. The narrator is we very good too.

I wish there was a second book (thought that would be a terrible mistake) so I could get more closure.

Thank you Ken Grimwood, this is a triumph.

Good not great

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

Reviewed: 29-05-19

I love this Author and had read the summary of this book a while ago. I was very excited about it being released on Audible. The narrator was great as always.

Sadly this left me wanting. The premise is fantastic and exactly the type of plot I love. However the characters seemed two dimensional at best. Many of them just seemed annoying and the deus ex machina was too strong.

Plenty to like but this is not the tight and well realised book that the Bobiverse gave us.

Still worth a listen.

Unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This was an odd book for me personally. Well written and brilliantly performed of course, but I found large sections dull. I ended up following characters I really don't care that much about, meanwhile my favorites are consigned to a second tier role.

The action is sparse and left me empty whereas in the past this was a strong point. The book once again leaves us needing more, but I think the story could have moved further on by carving out a lot of the excess fat.

I found most of the book depressing and the Laconians illogical.

Now there will presumably be a long wait for the next installment while I don't feel this one gave me enough of a fix.

4 people found this helpful

Spectacular writing and narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I am very confused that I had not come across this author nor that his books had not shown up in my recommended lists. Frankly this is some of the best fantasy I have come across in my time with audible and I have hundreds and hundreds of books in my library.

First some people have an issue with Steven Brand as a narrator. He is dispassionate and can be accused of being deadpan. I have the opposite view and was really disappointed when he was removed as the narrator from the second Anthony Ryan series. I believe Steven Brand like Steven Pacey improves books.His no nonsense approach with great accents and character differentiation is marvellous. I actually found this series by looking at books narrated by Steven Brand.

The books fit nicely into the new Grimdark genre. Some real tear jerker moments and plenty of bad characters and strong decisions by the protagonist.

Magic is a light touch and not a main feature of the books which I prefer, similar I suppose in a way to Joe Abercrombie though Joe injects a lot of humour into his books which is absent here.

I normally like longer books for the perceived value for money but I am buying all of these without hesitation and getting through one a day. In most books I find certain elements that I do not like and have to get past. This series is one of few in which I would change nothing.

Not finished the series yet but at the moment I am putting Joshua P Simon in my top 5 authors.Sterling work and addictive as anything.

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

I’ve always liked Steven brand following the Anthony Ryan books. This book is fantastic. Plenty of action and drama. Some real tear jerker moments too. Was not sure what to expect looking at the reviews, but am so glad I went for this. Top quality writing.