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I am hooked on this series, but disappointed with Book 3. Olan's excellent writing style continued, but the balance between action and backstory was heavily skewed towards the latter. On the plus side, a bit more of the SciFi storyline came through. But, they were just snippets compared to the over-indulgent details that dragged down the overall storyline.
I am actually glad I've caught up to the author, because I need a break. Hopefully Olan will focus on editing a well balanced storyline instead of rushing out the next book. We need more about tech transfer, the Watchers, and tactics. We need less about wet nursing, minimally consequential clan disputes, and the endless reminders that people feel Yosef is slightly odd. (After three books, we got that.)
I do want to point out that Jonathan Davis' narration really helps to make these books great. There are so many characters that it would be impossible to keep them all straight without his incredible diverse range of vocalizations.
So I am definitely in for the 4th book as the overall series is fantastic. My hope is that it lives up to the promise of the first two.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
OK I have to admit I am totally hooked on this series, and this performance. It is clearly not for everyone, and it has been swerving into the " Game of Thrones" arena on more than one occasion. That said, the characters are so real, and the vision of the planet is so compelling, that I find myself looking forward to the next offering .
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Mm, this book really made me think about the whole series as a whole. There were so many great moments etc discussing tactics and plans but not a lot actually performing the deed.
I find it, especially frustrating to read some bits of the story, where they sounded rearing to go to battle around chapter 15 but actually "battled" around chapter 34!!
As you can imagine, it irked me to no end!
I really wanted Jose to be featured more dominantly in some of the poorly written action, rather than appearing as sullenly wallpaper character!
The whole story drag on and on, it has none of the excitement of the second one nor the first installment. At one point, I had to keep pressing the 30sc every now and than.
The first half was good, but it disintegrated around the second part.
The sense that I get funny enough, was that it was all bark but no bite. I won't be looking forward to read nor listen the last instalment, it has gotten quite too boring for me and I can predict the action will only happened on the last few chapters just like this one sigh.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The premise of the overall story is good. It ought to of been a trilogy at most. Unfortunately it has descended into a padded out multi book milking of the authors readers. The writing hasn't particularly improved since book one either and carries with it a distinctly amateur feel.
Disappointed, I will not be bothering with further books in this series and probably won't bother with the author again.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful