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First, I want to say that I enjoyed the series. With that said, I believe it could have been so much more. The first book was just as I would expect from a fantasy epic. The rushing seemed to come more in the second book, and, even then, not until the ending. It seems like there was much or should have been much more written, but the author was coming up on a deadline and just rushed the ending. To be honest, it was a lot like how I write (technical writing, not stories). I can do great up to 95% complete, but that last 5% is just so much trouble to finish. You know it isn't going to go as easily as it should and you are going to find more things that are going to extend that paper/book, and you just don't want to find them (for me its from ADD and enough meds helps power through!) Anyway, that was a digression, but it felt so familiar how the ending just suddenly happened and part of the end plot was just chopped.
Finally, the third book. I don't want to say too much to ruin the plot, but one major portion of the world is finally starting to be explored, but it was done so lightly that nothing was really revealed about it or why things became the way they were except for the same dogma that has been repeated through all the books.
This review may sound like I didn't like the books, but that is completely wrong. I did. I just thought they could have been so much more. I hope there is another series to go into depth with the dangling points either never discussed or just touched upon lightly. I can see a great world of books continuing from this series, and I hope there is!
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
I read a review before buying this book that suggested that Hamilton couldn't keep a story arc going to save his life. I fully believed it couldn't be that bad...but it definitely is! Potential story arc after story arc after story arc that Hamilton just throws by the way side. I honestly couldn't figure out whether Hamilton knew what he was doing or not, or if he just got bored writing this and decided to just finish the main plot instead of making this book the epic that it could have been.
Now, from the main story part, it's actually not that bad of a story. A little magic, a lot of sword play, the characters he sticks with are deep and inciting, and the plot is more than enough to keep you interested. At least, this is true for the first two books. To explain, this product is all three books put together, and this description fits for the first two books to a T. This third and final book in the series, is just lacking. The plot is all there for the final book, its just that the new characters are so incredibly terrible that the whole series is almost ruined. They're desperate and confusing. They seem like they should have been in the story the whole time, but Hamilton is just throwing them in at the end and expecting us to accept that their story's line up perfectly. It's annoying and a little insulting.
All in all though, the story is all there. I'm just complaining for the most part. But i just couldn't rate it any high, having all these potentially great characters and story arc's just eliminated before they could shine is just too infuriating.
It's a good waste of a credit and Perkins is pretty good.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I was not familiar with Mr. Hamilton's works but thought I would take a chance on a new author. It is not often that I can say that I was drawn in to the story by the narrator so quickly. The characterisations worked (for me at least) the pace was just right and the story and characters developed well. The pictures of the characters and story appeared in my mind with no problems, sometimes this is a hesitant process, but not in this case. I genuinely wanted to know what happened next so I just kept listening. Something of a shock when you consider the length (aka value for money) of the three volumes.
I will not spoil any one's pleasure by discussing the plot, characters of twists and turns other than to say buckle your swash and enjoy.
I shall be looking out for the next offerings from both author and narrator.
Only down side: I used the earlier slightly more compressed format and was plagues by loads of breaks, skips, jumps and odd noises. This was not the case in the past so whatever Audible have done to their production methods has not worked. The new high res format while clear take up an awful lot of space on portable devices. Why the step back? So be careful not to detract from an excellent audio book with a less than optimum presentation.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
Very enjoyable story, well delivered. Leaves room for further books, but finishes the journey nicely. Thumbs up.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Great narrator and he is what convinced me to get these books but the writing was weak. The end of book two made me vomit in my mouth a bit.
The love story was under developed and unbelievable and the whole story felt cliched and repetitive. Sorry.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I found it hard to listen to, not because of the narrator but because there was little to no in depth to the plot. it was just a little too straight forward and predictable. great idea for a story, but I just didn't like the lackluster detail and intrigue it was capable of.