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Great book, as only Feist can do, but I struggled to listen to the whole book because of the narrater. He lacked the ability to give the characters a uniqueness, his voice was basically the same, regardless of the character. And, he sounded like a teenager trying to imitate a man's voice. The second book was narrated by a gentleman who did an amazing job and I could hardly stop listening. This one....not so much.
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If you've not heard of Raymond E. Feist, you've either lived under a rock, on a deserted island, or just arrived in a Delorean.
Well, you also may be new to truly exceptional fantasy writing.
I don't consider it your fault. There's so much low quality "fantasy" churned out by hack writers these days, and its all a tragic substitute that's become the accepted standard (or should I say sub-standard) these days for strong, worthy fantasy writing.
Feist began this series back when there weren't as many available fantasy works on the shelves, but those available works earned their place on the shelf with rich, engaging story lines, well-developed characters, in-depth creations that made you care and want more for all the right reasons.
His work definitely stood out then, and it does so today. So many novels in this universe were birthed by this great fantasy writer, work that you simply must read (or in this case, what you simply must listen).
Bottom line: it's essential fantasy reading. It draws you in. It reads smoothly, like a well-oiled machine. It's written sparingly, efficiently. It's smart, and it expects you to THINK.
His work has been recorded in the past, but sadly, it was so inadequate, it was painful to listen to, a lesson in endurance. Not so here. We're finally getting more of Feist's work in audio format, and with better quality and a MUCH better narrator.
So, what can I tell you about this work, part of Feist's many-tomed universe, without giving away too much? Hmmm. Okay, here goes.
Imagine an elfin race that travels the stars by gates that transverse worlds. Imagine humans, dwarves and other magical races on these worlds, fighting for dominance, using high magic, religion, sorcery most foul, politics, military might and in the midst of all this, galaxy-spanning hordes of demons that are using these portals and newfound magic of their own to bring the other races to their knees.
These aren't the pretty demons you see on TV or the movies. These are horrors on two legs. Screaming, horned, hoofed, twisted, drawn from your deepest fears demons. Howling for your blood, taking no prisoners. Merciless. Relentless. The stuff of nightmares.
This is the first in the Demonwar Saga, and it's DEFINITELY worth the listen. And you'll want more. Fortunate for Audible listeners, all three of the series are now available, and the subsequent series, Chaoswars, as well.
Look, at the ned of the day, when it comes to fantasy, it's all about good writing. VERY good. Not over-written prose with flowery words. Real dialogue by unique characters. Not a word wasted. And an engaging storyline that can transcend the series and grow in the process.
This is one war that deserves your rapt attention. Buy this audiobook!
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