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I must be getting overly picky. It's not that this book was terrible, it's just that it wasn't that good, and I have a lot of books with a lot more potential in my library.
I used to think that a great narration could save any book, but that no longer seems to be the case. Luke Daniels does a good job as always... but it was perhaps too good. I thought the main character was an arrogant jackass, and Daniels made him even more so.
I had a hard time putting my finger on what bothered me about this book, and the best description I can come up with is that it was watery. The dialogue sloshed back and forth with empty banter, and the language was over-the-top flowery. I realize this was an attempt at world building and style, but it came off as awkward and unnatural. The characters were also thin and stereotypical.
I made it halfway through the book before I decided to switch to something else. I may someday go back and give it another chance, or maybe I'll buy the Kindle version so I can skim through the parts that make me roll my eyes. It's an interesting world and interesting storyline, but where some books and narrations merge together to create something great, this one just barely made it to mediocre.
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I see one of the most highly ranked reviews - the listener did not even finish the story. I can see where they come from in the beginning. There is a bit of stereotyping, and it sometimes feels like you're waiting for the whole point of it all, with not much hint as to if there is a point at all.
Not finishing this listen is a mistake though. The whole world of questions and aimless loose ends gets neatly tied together once the big picture is explained. And by the end of the book, you realize this series aspires to much more than it leads on in the first half. When I finished, I instantly bought the next books in the series.
Maybe it struggles to be entirely captivating in the beginning. But there is no question I did eventually get hooked, and I really enjoyed what I got out of it after everything was said and done. So I'm not saying you can't find fault, but it is definitely a 5 stars and recommendation from me.
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