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By barbara on 09-12-17
Oliver Wyman has a mesmerizing voice.
The story is slow. But I am anxious to see where the characters go N the next book. I loved the Sorcery Ascendant Series so I am hopeful for the Revenant Winds. On a high note Oliver Wyman's voice is perfect. It helps with the characters.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-05-18
I struggled to connect all the stories together
Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan is the first book in a series called the Tainted Cabal. The world is a devastated place, with followers of different gods attempting to obtain the most power. Side by side with divinely granted power sits sorcery that is often seen as a curse. Mankind is eking out a living in a world that has been damaged by cataclysms that occurred millennia ago, but a secret cabal works to bring back an evil that everyone thought had been defeated. The lives of three people Aldric, a priest and sorcerer, Niklaus, a master swordsman, and Kurio a previous noblewoman and now thief, slowly converge in a battle for their lives and their beliefs to fight the evil that may be wrought on the world once again.
This was an okay story. While each of the individual characters’ internal struggles were well developed, I struggled to connect all the stories together in a more than superficial way. I think stronger world building and more background could have helped with that. It took a long time for me to understand how the sorcery and the divine powers exist together in the novel and also who exactly the tainted cabal was made up of. Having both divine power and sorcery simultaneously is a new concept to me, though. Perhaps later books will help with connecting the characters with the world better with more information introduced. The novel had both action and a lot of introspection on the part of the three characters, which I liked. I was under the impression that this would be a story about a band of three characters off on a quest to defeat evil, but this was not the case. This is a story about three individuals that accidentally cross paths in an effort to prevent evil from reentering the world. There are hints that this is predestined, but that remains to be seen. This concept was not something I’ve seen often, which was refreshing. The fight scene at the end was climatic and exciting, leaving open the story for future development.
The narration by Oliver Wyman was okay. While his pacing was well done, the characterization could have been better. Sometimes when the chapters switched, I lost track of who was speaking. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes epic fantasies with a focus on fighting inner and outer demons.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Peter B Hankla on 10-13-17
Fan of the author not the book
I am a fan of the author. The book was a bit of a letdown. I’m OK with character building, but the entire book was a set up for the sequel. The story moved too slow, and I was still unsatisfied with character and plot development. Considerable time was spent on character storylines that were never tied in to the ending of the book. With the lack of progress for the storyline, I may not be interested in the sequel.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Lynx on 06-03-18
Not a book to keep me up all night
I advise to listen to the fragment to see if you find this kind of narration ok. I found the narrator really annoying. Does he have to end every single sentence as it were the cliffhanger of the year???? It kept being annoying right to the end of the book.
The idea of the story is nice, Characters engaging enough but I found it all coming together very clumsily. Plots that seemed to develo just dropped off...maybe to be picked up in book 2, which is the author’s perfect right- but why I do take
issue with the clumsiness.
All in all- a dissapointment.
By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18
Feels like a lumberjack doing surgery with an axe.
I've enjoyed Hogan's previous works years ago, but this book just felt childish. Emotions had no subtlety, they were basically shouted in everyone's face. The love story was a middle schooler's rendition of how romance works. The actions of the protagonist and his party just leave you with a headache due to your just having bashed your head into a wall due to the stupidity exhibited. It feels like a much worse writer wrote this story and put Hogan's name on it. I would not recommend this unless you are new to reading fantasy.