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Let me start by saying that Blood of Elves is technically not the start of the series. From what I have found out and read is that The Last Wish, wich is on Audible and Sword of Destiny, wich is not on Audible preceed this novel. Both are short story collections, neither directly impacts the story, but they provide background information on the characters in the series. They are not necessary to read in my opinion, but they do help a bit. Now to the novel, it is very well written with skillful prose and a decent plot. Because this is the first novel in the series, the plot is still being fleshed out so not that much significant happens, but that does not make the novel boring. The pace is steady and the characters are very well developed. The author does something rather unique wich I appreciated very much. Large sections of the novel are strictly dialogue between the characters with almost no description. Therefor, it is as if the reader is sitting in a different room from the speakers, and can here the conversation between them. I found it refreshing and enjoyable. Finally, the narrator does a fantastic job with both differentiation of characters and portraying their emotions correctly. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to the next one being put on Audible.
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ANYONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS HANDICAPPED.
After a small scary intro, this has a real good scene involving a bard in a bar. There is a long conversation involving all the patrons. These are elves, dwarfs, humans, gnomes, knights, whores and others. It is written so well, that you feel you are in the room with all of them. We are than introduced to a pretty good bad guy. The book than quickly shifts to a little girl who wants to be a witch. She is a delightful character. The bard and the bad guy are gone, never to be heard from again. Unless they appear in the last three hours that I did not listen to.
DON'T CRY, I WON'T CRY, SHE EVEN STARTED CRYING.
I was surprised by the amount of talking in this book. These characters do a lot of debating. There is a lot of talk about emotions and crying. There is some action in the book, but it is few and far between. A lot of the talk is anti-war talk, kind of strange for a fantasy epic which depends upon killing to keep it's readers happy. Course as I mentioned there is more talking than doing. I was also confused by the transitions in people and settings. One minute I was listening to a couple of elves conversing and the next minute I am listening to some dwarfs talking somewhere else, with no acknowledgment that we changed people and scenery. Even when we keep the same people, one minute they are in a home, the next on the road. It made me wonder if I was listening to an abridged versions with parts taken out haphazardly.
Peter Kenny is a great narrator and he makes the listening better than the reading. I was amazed in all the voices he could do, plus he portrayed all the right emotions with his voice.
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