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Carnifex was the first fantasy novel I read. I’ve been a fan of D.P. Priors writing every since. One chapter into Sorcerer’s Isle and immediately I knew I would be taking the longer route home and to work for the foreseeable future. Just to listen a little longer. D.P. Prior’s writing and Steven Pacey’s narration has been a flawless combination thus far. I’ll update my review when I finish the novel.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
In my opinion there is no one better at narration of these kinds of fantasy then Steven Pacey. Sorcerers’ Isle, with Pacey just put D.P. Prior up a step or five, loved it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is genuinely what I would term dark fantasy. The lead characters are marred by corruption and betrayal. This isn't a book for those who like to see noble heroes crusading against evil . . . though with the ending there's a hint that an element of that may yet emerge later in the series. From the start this is a cruel, cruel world to enter and as the story goes on the few lights that start lit either fade or are snuffed out. There is plotting, there is evil and there is betrayal, it's like the denizens of Macbeth have come back determined to ramp it up dis-satisfied with the mild-mannered, child-friendly offering that the bard penned for them all those years ago!
Of course a light you can't diminish is the magical spell that Steven Pacey weaves to illuminate any story. I've spent a lot of hours listening to him and he is without a doubt one of the very best. The level of darkness in this one means that the text doesn't suit him quite as much but he is still mightily impressive. He really isn't getting to do enough audiobooks for some reason whether by choice or otherwise. Seriously this is the kind of thing our senior politicians should be investigating rather than wasting time on all this EU nonsense! Our PM needs to get her priorities right and convene COBRA to see if the Russians are keeping Pacey away from our headphones!
Back, to the book. I think I've mentioned this is a dark book full of malice but it's also a well constructed one and it builds to a fantastically epic final few chapters which set the scene ahead for something to come that might just be a bit special in its own rather fitfully bloodthirsty way.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
Brilliantly written and a superb Pacey performance. This has the potential to be a fantastic series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful