One has conquered a city. The other covets an entire nation.
Haern is the King's Watcher, protector against thieves and nobles who would fill the night with blood. Yet hundreds of miles away, an assassin known as the Wraith has begun slaughtering those in power, leaving the symbol of the Watcher in mockery. When Haern travels south to confront this copycat, he finds a city ruled by the corrupt, the greedy and the dangerous. Rioters fill the streets, and the threat of war hangs over everything. To forge peace, Haern must confront the deadly Wraith, a killer who would shape the kingdom's future with the blade of his sword. Man or God; what happens when the lines are blurred?
Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power in the third novel of the Shadowdance series, previously released as A Dance of Death.
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Disappointing story and awkward narration
Some of the accents are simply painful to hear. I thought I might get used to it over the course of the book, as I have iwith many other audio books, but every single time I heard certain accents I would cringe. The accents seemed almost randomly chosen with little consistency with the story. I also found the enunciation, intonation and emphasis to sound almost intentionally awkward and unnatural.
I'm not sure why I bothered to listen to this book. Somehow, I recalled thinking that the earlier books were much more compelling and I don't recall being so annoyed with the narration.
It's possible I've just become jaded or bored, so take my review as just one listener's opinion. I love Brandon Sanderson and recently enjoyed listening to Words of Radiance quite a lot, but felt disappointed with Warbreaker, which I enjoyed when I read (not listened) to it years ago. So maybe I'm just experiencing listening fatigue.
Here are my takeaway impressions having just completed listening to the book.
I didn't feel any attachment to the characters. I can't articulate precisely why, but it may have been due to my overall disappointment with the entire experience. I found the writing lazy and blunt in far too many instances--emotions and thoughts that should have been simple to convey with subtle story telling were described with absolutely no nuance. The plot didn't hang together and felt slapped together.
- Jason Suh
Only see written reviews for 1-2 stars
I normally do not write many reviews except for a few 5 stars however when I read the reviews for this book on audible they were all 1-2 star reviews even though the majority of the ratings were 4-5. I liked this book, was glad the trilogy did not end and gave it 4 stars. I have enjoyed this series so far and would recommend it to all my friends who also enjoy listening to sci-fi books.