For generations, warlords fought bitterly for dominance in a land without a king, leaving a fractured, war-torn country plagued by thieves, slavers, and the servants of dark gods and darker magic.
Allystaire Coldbourne travels a treacherous path toward his Ordination as a holy knight of legend, a Paladin, a savior of the people. But to fulfill this role, he - and the unexpected allies he finds along the way - must face the demonic, sorcerous evil that stalks the land, the wrath of gods and men, and his own dark past.
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Remarkably unremarkable: The Paladin Trilogy
Yes, I am always willing to try another book (especially with Michael Kramer). Maybe the next one or a different series will be better.
No, this is his only book.
I have listened to ~10 audiobooks with Michael Kramer, he is one of my favorite narrators. This was not his best work. An example is one of the main characters Igdan Marta, who is described as being an experienced fighter but not old by any means. She sounds frail and old most of the time instead of strong, confident, and in her prime.
I could not get into this novel. Many of the protagonists are not likable and their interactions with each other are awkward. I could not believe in any of the protagonists. Here is a simple example: Alistair explains to Igdan Marta that he has both a sword and a warhammer because knights are expected to have swords for glory but warhammers are honest and straight forward and can be used as a capenter's tool after a battle. This is ridiculous, Alistair, an exprienced soldier in heavy armor, does not know that warhammers and maces are used against other soldiers in heavy armor. It does not take a lot of historical reading and knowhow to learn that swords were not great against knights in plate and so maces and warhammers were used specificlly against heavy armor.
A more aggregious example is with Mal, a little girl. Her uncle explains to Alistair that her mother died several years ago then an hour later her mother is standing around with her Uncle. This was something that should have been caught by an editor.
- Jason Grosch
Excellent narration - Average story
The action is well written and plentiful. The hero's body count is enormous. There's a whole world here that has only been scratched and a lot of potential for an improved sequel.
That being said, the story itself was kind of... meh. Allystaire's conversion to his new faith was unbelievably fast. My interest in the character dropped sharply after this and adding companions to his party did little to improve it. Allystaire's moral system, despite being propped up on his faith, seems a bit shaky as his solution to everything is to kill - and inconsistently, sometimes it isn't for a myriad of nebulous reasons.
I'm not sure what direction the story is going - the characters are finding their own way by going along and the story itself feels that way too. I don't feel much of a build up, and the cliffhanger ending was abrupt.
My criticisms aside, Michael Kramer is top flight voice talent and without his narration, I'm not sure I would have finished. His voices are distinct and he adds a sense of weight to scenes and depth to words that, were I to read them in my own head, probably would fall flat.
Michael Kramer's narration is what got me to listen, and if he does the sequels, I might give them a chance. There's potential in this series, and it's possible, this being only the first of three books, that the others will improve.
- David Brodie