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I’ve been meaning to write a review of each of the book in the Seven Isles series, but just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Now that I completed it, I have decided to write a review of the entire series instead. I guess as a whole I would best describe The Seven Isles as The Wheel Of Time Lite. With much of the same concepts, evil returns to the world, as a young hero and his friends take up the unwanted duties to save mankind, the Seven Isles doesn’t have quite the depth of Robert Jordan’s novels.
Books one and two are much the same, and center around the young hero Alexander. After his brother is murdered, he returns home to find that an evil Arch Mage has arisen from the dead, and Alexander is the long lost ancestor of an ancient king, the only person who can defeat the mage. Predictably, our young hero wants nothing to do with saving the world, but the Arch Mageforces his hand by sending evil forces to kill him. The story stays exclusively with Alexander’s character in the first two books as he and his friends run for their lives. The story almost becomes comical as they are repeatedly attacked by both men and creatures. It seems that our band of heroes can only walk mere steps before another attack comes from soldiers, wizards, demons, dragons, and wild animals. At one point they are attacked by a swarming hive of bees. Each time they barely survive and must heal themselves with magic or potions. It really became a bit ridiculous the amount of times characters should have died only to healed just in time. Despite these things, for some reason I still found myself enjoying the books enough to continue.
Books three and four of the series mark a vast improvement. After two books of following only Alexander, the book suddenly opens up to include the view points of other characters. The best of these are Alexander’s new wife Isabel, and his sister Abigail. The story improves greatly from this point as plots begin to take form, and the group does less running and hiding. Alexander begins to strengthen his magic, and his friends find they have some powers as well.
Books five and six form a bit of a lull in the series as Alexander is either injured or in the custody of one enemy or another for much of the two books. He learns to project his image to anywhere in the world, and spends much of these two books helping the others from afar. The other character blossom more in this book, which was a good thing, but waiting for Alexander to return to the action got a little old. Secondary plots are given more time as Alexander is away.
The seventh and final book is by far the best of the series as our heroes prepare for and execute the final battle with evil. The final battle is drawn out nicely, and most plots are put to rest nicely so the the world may live happily ever after.
Overall, despite this story not being the most complex or original, it redeemed itself with likable characters and an overall enjoyable feel to it. Yes the good characters were good beyond the point of saints, and the evil were predictably wicked, but I found myself enjoying the series more and more as I went along. I almost gave up on this series after book two, but for some reason I found myself wanting to continue on. By the end I found the Seven Isles to be very rewarding listen.
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I started off reading a set of books 1-3 and I didn't want the story to end! I was really glad to see that there were many other books in the store to keep the story going. just finished book 5 and I think this is the first book that ends keeping the reader on their toes so now I'm really ready for the next book! This book continues where the last book left off and the plot is only getting thicker. This is a great book to read, especially of you love magic, adventure and DRAGONS!
The relationships and conversations between characters are so basic and child like sometimes I feel like I'm reading a book aimed at young teenagers.
Fights seem to consist of people constantly rolling to the side miraculously and dealing killing blows. With characters besting the default experienced enemy that seems to be over 6ft, weighing over 250lbs and is barrel chester, even though they only started training with weapons at the age of 14.
The world of magic was interesting at first, but very little of the mechanics behind it have been explained and this is the 5th book!
The performance has some interesting voices, but the female parts are dreadful and bring me straight out of the story. I swear some of the voices were just impressions of Gollum in this volume. In fact, in the Witches section I could have counted over 100 "voice said" in the space of 5 minutes.
The only reason I keep buying books in this series is because I just want to find out what happens.
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Would you listen to Cursed Bones again? Why?
Would definitely listen to again because there is always something that you'll miss first time. Never boring.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Too many good characters. I have images of them all and i love their idiosyncrasies.
What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?
Derek Perkins.....one of the best!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes! I found myself commenting out loud often and it made me smile
Any additional comments?
Read the series!!
great book can't wait until the next book oh wait I don't need to you have it ;)
The more I get into this series the more interesting it gets and the more I am enjoying it. Narrator is excellent