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From the creator of “Monster Hunter International” and the “Grimnoir,” series one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, has created a different world from his normal “pulp” fantasy; an intricate new world of swords, magic, and demons as he lays the foundation for his new epic series “Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.”
In book one, “Son of the Black Sword,” we meet Ashok Vadal, Protector of the law; a man tormented by the duty he has always unbendingly upheld, and the truth.
This is a fantastic tale as Mr. Correia begins with an amazing backstory worthy of “The Wheel of Time.” With believable and complex characters and great action scenes, if this is only book one I can’t imagine what is going to come.
The narrator, Tim Gerald Reynolds gives a great performance.
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I’m typically a strictly urban sci-fi fantasy kind of a girl. Save for a few exceptions (think Tolkien, CS Lewis, Douglas Adams, Herbert and Orwell) I prefer my sci-fi/fantasy novels peppered with a hefty dose of the Now – this place in time and space. With trepidation, I downloaded this book on the strength of the author’s previous work. Nary a one of Correia’s books has ever failed to capture and hold my attention.
I downloaded. Lo and behold, abracadabra, shazaam!, I absolutely had myself an audio marathon. That my friends, is so entirely unusual for me, that I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Excellent character development, an engaging plot line combine to make this a wonderful inauguration into what I hope will be a long series. And the narrator? Perfection.
75 of 86 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I am glad I finished the book. It starts out very slow and the main characters are generally unlikeable. I did slowly start to warm to then as the story picked up though
What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He makes it. Loved him in the riyria series and is the main reason I picked this one up.
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The book does have its problems. Mainly the characters are hard to care about. The author also has a very bad habit of revealing important information to the characters but not to the reader. Leaving many chapters on semi cliff hangers only to resolve in the next 2/3 chapters. The the evil forces in the book also don't have a reason for what they are doing. Power? Maybe but that is very unimaginative. And deamons are evil because deamons. I want to know more about them. Where did they come from are the just creatures or are they intelligent. There is so much that is skimed over and not really fleshed out and it makes me sad. I will ge getting the next in the series wp whit the hope of gradual improvements.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the best books you will ever read. A violent book full of action . not your usual nonsence, this book is intelligent i.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Can't wait for the next book. Very interesting and additive storyline.
Larry Corriea does it again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
an absolutelu fantastic book, with great in depth characters. Fantastic fight scenes and the caste system was very interesting