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I am an avid Fantasy genre reader. Michael J Sullivan would make my top 3 list. From his very first book I've read/listened with excitement and focused attention, so much a part of the story, invested in the characters. The storylines held me captive and swept me away. I eagerly anticipated this release. Excitement built when the author declared this book his favorite. I struggled to stay focused. My attention wanders. For the first time I found myself "putting the book down" because I got bored. Is it a bad book? No, I just don't think it's the caliber of his others. Michael J Sullivan set a very high bar for himself. I will continue with the series as other books are released because I am a fan of the author and the narrator... and I have experienced the magic they are capable of creating together.
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I have no problem with the idea that women achieving great things but through most if the books their is a constant theme of most men are selfish pigs and women have to fight to be recognized. I love the general story and the writing style and even most of the plot points. Its just hard to get through at times feeling like i'm being preached to.
If you want a strong female character just have one, you don't need to have this side story of all men trying to pull them down and the only "good" men being guilt ridden cowards. Most men in the stories fall into 3 groups. Noble protectors who defend women even at their own expense. Selfish pigs who think women can't do anything and men should be in charge. Love sick puppies who follow women around hoping to be noticed.
While most women are determined, intelligent, kind, and feel like something is holding them back from achieving. It just comes across as the same tired story that is constantly beaten into everyone head.
The issue is strong women don't need help, or encouragement, to achieve and most men don't care if women succeed if they put in the effort. The constant insistence that because someone, somewhere, may hold the idea that women are less than men, so we must repeat over and over that women are strong and can achieve, is just condescending. You might as well say women can only be strong if they have people help them and tell them they can succeed.
That added with the tacit implication that men need to be told that women can be leaders and should help them succeed. Just comes across as the writer thinking all men are bad and all women are good and trying correct a perceived problem that for most men does not exist.
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Continuing just where we left Age of Myth, we follow our characters into new adventures, this time with much deeper understanding of the universe.
In this book as the last, we follow both Fhrey and Rhunes and are introduced to Dherg.
The book balances politic discussion with action brilliantly!
I also like the little bit in the beginning, where the Author give a little taste of how he processes his work.
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Ok I liked the first book, and you simply can’t complain about anything Tim Reynolds narrates. However, even then and with the second book I just couldn’t get past a few issues; for one the elves come across as petulant children, and the dwarves as real scumbags. I guess you could argue that Tolkien’s vision has given many a perspection of those race, but still the racial tone of both just felt wrong.<br/> <br/>But by far the main complaint I have is the humans. You have a race that as clearly intelligent and has dialog to supposed they aren’t a stupid race, and yet in the space of a few chapters they discover, the wheel, bow and arrows (which even the elves knew nothing about), learned how to read and create books, then go onto being able to decipher an ancient language, and cast a spell that should have been clearly beyond them. Plus quite a lot of other technological insights they had. <br/><br/>Now I will take this all back if the author has a logical reason for all the above, and I will listen to the rest of the series, but as it stands the structural framework/historical bases for each race for me just doesn’t sit well. <br/>
Excellent narrator. The story continues to flow with unforseen twists. I was enthralled to the end.
just wish I didn't have to wait for next in series 😁 still, really fun story