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I stumbled on The Flight of the Silvers (first book in what appears to be a trilogy). It was one of the few books I gave 5 stars to that year—I listen to/read a couple hundred a year. In fact, I listened to it twice! So after a 3 year wait, I got The Song of the Orphans right away. I knew it wouldn’t be a 5 star (the second book never is) but I was hoping for 4. Alas, it’s 3 stars for me—I liked it.
It escaped 4 stars because unlike book 1, the balance between character development, battles, and time spent with the characters as they try to figure out what’s going on, trying to figure out their new powers, world building, etc. was too unbalanced.
In this book, there were plenty of new characters that Price could have developed, but he only does with one—and it still wasn’t enough. There were two characters in particular I really wanted more development of but it just wasn't there.
This book was way too heavy on the epic battle scenes. Sigh. I think one of them went on for over two hours, probably the longest action scene I’ve ever listened to. So I asked why, after the thousands of books I’ve read over the years does this book have such egregiously long action scenes? The fact that it took me some thought to figure it out lets me know that Price does it well, but I got bored during those scenes—even on 1.25 speed. So how does he do such long action scenes? Instead of a third person POV that’s in one person’s head (or just a few heads) he’s in more heads than I’ve ever read (except for other epic sci-fi like The Stand or Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy). So if he’s in fifteen different heads, it can be 15 times as long as if we just saw if from one person’s POV.
Still, I liked the book and look forward to the next!
As for the audio narrator: 4 stars for Orlow.
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