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The last time I read something this well written and exciting was when Rothfuss published The name of the wind. You’re sucked straight into this world from the beginning and it’s hard to put it away. I could not stop listening to it besides a little forced sleep. Well done Raymond E Feist!
Top notch narrator! I’m really looking forward to the sequel of this masterpiece!
I spent many very happy hours with Feist's books when I was younger, the Riftwar Cycle was among my favourites but I'll be the first to admit that I believe the follow-ups just took it too far and I lost touch with it all. The call of a brand new set of Feisty characters in a brand new Feisty world was never something I was going to resist for long though.
You can't judge a full epic series by the first book but this looks hugely promising if you're in the mood for classic style epic fantasy. It says much that the prologue for this one lasts over an hour. Feist is building this world and its characters patiently with both being given equal precedence.
In truth if you're looking for something with a real modern edge you won't find it it here, there is no contemporary fantasy feel to the world or characters that say an Abercrombie or Sanderson might bring. It's just good old-fashioned stuff like we've seen from Feist before. I'm more than happy with that personally but if you're not of that mindset then this might prove a frustrating way to spend almost 19 hours.
I've also heard a lot of David Thorpe's narration though mostly in thrillers where he is very good. This being fantasy I wasn't sure he would be ideal for this. As it turns out this is probably one of the best performances that I've heard from him and he demonstrates a surprisingly wide range of character voices.
Feist is an old master doing what he does best but the only major new ground he is breaking is the new setting and characters. He isn't trying to challenge the new leading lights in contemporary fantasy but this series looks set to be a genuinely epic fantasy in classic Feist style. If that idea floats your boat just grab an oar and jump in!
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
Great listen, well paced. Can not wait for the next part. everything to be expected from the author.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I've listened to so many bad fantasy novels over the past year, waiting for a good one and this blew my expectations out of the water. Listened to the whole thing over 4 days. Can't wait for the next book
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I bought this based on my love of previous Feist books but I was genuinely disappointed. The characters and story just didn’t have the same punch and so many themes were repeated throughout the story that I found myself frustrated at hearing the same thing over and over again.
Also, too many elements were just too predictable to be enjoyed. The set ups were clumsy and yet they were then explained as though it wasn’t annoyingly obvious already.
I especially disliked the narration.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful