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The next gritty instalment
Same characters from the first book, but the focus is on a new batch of heroes.. Exactly the same gritty tone as the first, although not quite the same twist to the story - still equally enjoyable for any Abercrombie fan.
These books are aimed at the YA market - I think probably great for teenagers, but not so much for my advanced reader 10 year old.....just a little too much grit, raw emotion and base human nature on display for the tender hearted. (I'll keep her on the Brandon Sanderson young adult series a while longer, I think!).
Narration is good. Not exceptional, but absolutely fine and doesn't detract from the story in anyway.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Audiobooks give you the opportunity to enjoy a book, whether you're working, driving or simply relaxing. As reading dominates requires your full attention, the time management boon of an audiobook over a printed one is obvious.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Abercrombie seems to have lost the magic prevalent in his earlier works. Three years ago, I would have said that he was a master storyteller, full of original ideas and great characters. These latest works don't have great characters and they are just drawn out along very predictable paths.
What about Ben Elliot’s performance did you like?
He's no Pacey, but he's certainly well above average.
Did Half the World inspire you to do anything?
It inspired me to not blindly follow an authors offerings, based on prior form alone.
Any additional comments?
Look elsewhere... I thought the First Law Trilogy was great... This series has been average at best and childish at worst.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Read the first book and was sad when it ended. This book is a great addition to the saga. I hope another one comes out soon.
Well narrated too!
Terrific novel. A powerful and subtle journey beautifully written. Surprisingly touching with touches of humour and plenty of original ideas. Simply excellent.