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The focus is more on the individual characters point of view and memories within a small town and an extended family of the Harmac (their name for city-state Baron). They are an earthy crew, no high-tea stuff, and it is a small town of mostly working class people. It does not confusingly jump around from past to present. The past is given to us in the characters remembering and commenting on what happened, which I thought gave a better feel to the local culture. It has strong male and female characters which seemed genuine instead of lame. I hate stupid characters and ones the audience is supposed to like, but given every reason to not even respect, much less identify with, and we don’t get that much here, thankfully. The bad guy dialog makes them sound dumber than they are because most do some decent strategizing and tactical thinking and this offset the dialog for me. The plot of this novel and other two of this series are about various forces seeking take control of this land between larger economic powers. Even so, it doesn’t have that huge scale, epic feel I don’t like in my D&D stories so I liked all three novels.
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This is one book I suggest you but a hard copy of. I may have been spoiled by Nicholas Pohdel and Michael Kramer but this narrator felt very apathetic and relatively monotone. If the narrator had been the only problem though that would have been fine, but this is the second forgotten realms recording where the editing has been so bad. Several lines get spliced into the middle of sentences paragraphs later. Chapter 8 devolves into near incomprehensibility after several of these splices play consecutively.
Please have someone on the recording team take a listen to the final product. It could go a long way towards cleaning this book and That from the Sea series.