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A little let down, thought this 4th installment would be such an epic...but I felt the over abundance of sexual situations a bit distracting. I also felt that the story didn't really grab me until about 3 hours until its conclusion. The previous three had my attention after a single chapter in. I'll still await the next installment, but am a bit disappointed with the lack of dramatic developments. Less bad ass more politics; and political fantasy novels have never been a favorite of mine. :( aw well. Performance was stellar as usual though!!!
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Bottom Line: if you liked Robert Jordan’s meanderings, you will love this book. I however, was not a fan because this book did not move the overall story along. If some of the stories from this book were standalone novellas, they would be great. As a part of an overall series, however, there is little here of value.
I really liked the Warded Man. It was a great book. It was fast-paced and told an interesting story in an interesting setting. But the book created some false promises for the series—that the series would be fast-paced and focused on the survival of the human race. But instead of focusing on fulfilling the implicit promises of the Warded Man, we have a book focused on ancillary characters. As a result, there is little momentum and drive and little suspense. When it became clear that the main storyline wasn’t going anywhere, I ceased to care about the rest of the book because that part of the story didn't matter that much. Who cares if characters lived or died they will not have an impact on the larger story—the story I was invested in since the Warded Man?
This book didn’t need to exist as a standalone novel. Even though it is 700 pages long, very little happens in the overall story. It would have been much better as a couple ancillary novellas.
The narration of the story was quite good. I really like Pete Bradbury's work here.
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