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A skillfully told tale of magic and intrigue. Darien is a corrupt city living under the iron grip of twelve wealthy houses. But when three strangers with unusual abilities find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to take control of the city, they're forced to choose whether to stand by the devil they know or risk one who might be much, much worse.
Darien is a terrific novel from an expert storyteller and the narration by Daniel Weyman is stellar. The combination of the two makes this one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.
liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2
I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.
I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.
Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.
So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.
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it is a good idea, nice setting, characters, etc. not an awful lot happens though.
i have read all of his books, this is the first im a little disappointed with
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I loved this! I am a big Iggulden fan & have read most his historical fiction so was excited to read this. It definitely met expectations! It was a great story with multiple POV which worked really well together. I didn't know who to support in the battle for the control of Darien with all the twists & turns!
Great characters & a fantastic storyline.