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I read this series when it first came out and seeing it here as an audiobook gave me the perfect opportunity to listen to it again and was glad to have my original opinion fully supported. Wolfe creates such fascinating characters and such a vibrant, fully realized world that you get totally sucked in. Jonathan Davis also does an excellent job in making Wolfe's prose--very ornate--pop and come alive.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
While the plot continues with the story Wolfe started in The Shadow of the Torturer, structurally Wolfe gets a little funkier with his second book. I liked it a lot, even though understanding it is sorta like seeking clarity in a broken mirror floating down in swift-flowing river.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
The second part in this series of 4 books picks up some point after the rather sudden ending of the first, leaving me with the feeling that I was missing something.
After the story continues...I think. It's kind of difficult to tell, since the story of the series is very well hidden behind, seemingly endless side plots, sub stories and digressions.
It is a story told in the class gothic tradition.
While the story is hard to follow I have to say that that the actual words are handled beautifully. The language is rich and textured and again the narrator plays the part of the our torturer 'hero' brilliantly.
However, after two books of the endless twisting of this tale and I still don't really feel I know where the story is going, I am not sure I will be getting the 3rd or 4th books.
In fact the author seems to understand the story will be difficult to follow and he warns us through the voice of our 'hero', that we might not want to continue following him! That's advice I may well follow.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is an enigmatic and rewarding series and this volume is wonderful.
Set in the far far distant future the world and the story unfold in a remarkable narrative that is perfectly captured by the narrator. He truly brings the mysterious world and characters to life.
Well worth the journey.