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I waited to listen to “The War,” and “The Battle,” after reading some of the negative reviews, I think the lag time between the fourth release and five and six had something to do with it also, but I finally got around to them both and thought the continuing story was interesting. In fact the majority of the reviews are positive.
Yes the characters of Bagirah and Tigress are flipped, but that is only a small part of the story and I think anyone that has listened this far can easily adjust; and yes there is an undertone of misogyny, not giving excuses for any type of degradation towards women, but this is from the perspective of a Russian writer. After all this series depicts the Russian cluster and the Dark One as the good guys and have right on their side while the Light Ones are evil; how’s that for a flip.
For those who just want to see Max go on quest after quest and just level up this isn’t a video game; the story is progressing, and Max’s character is growing. The series has shown him start from nothing to the head of his Pantheon and each progression he’s had to overcome greater obstacles, even taking on gods, I think that’s cool; but now the story is getting even more interesting. As had been referenced in the previous books the veil between the Virtual world and Reality was ready to tear. In “The War,” the veil finally comes down and for Max and all of those around him it’s a new world.
The ending of “The War,” is surprising and I can’t way to see what happens next. If you like this series I think we should support these Audio books so they will release number six, “The Ultimatum,” and listen to how this series ends. It’s already out in print but I really like the narrator, Michael Goldstrom, and want to hear the rest of the story from him.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
Does not feel like it's even the same author. Even within the book there are so many plot holes and changes in tone that I was often confused.
There is also a even more xenophobia and sexism than any of the previous books.
***Spoilers and examples***
The cats tigress and bagheer are mixed up.
Often forgets about the main characters abilities. For example, Laith does not have his temple mana regen and runs out of mana at times.
At one point they are using the cave to help the armies. In the next big battle they have totally forgotten about it.
The whole battle with Loth's army seems too piece meal and hastily written.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Some inconsistencies in pet names from previous books. Story wasn't as engaging as previous books. It feels like the author is winging it just to get another book out and paycheck. I felt this book in particular was bit boring and unimaginative. I'm going to try the next book and hope it picks up. If not I'll leave it on the shelf to gather dust and move onto a different series.
ends to fast,
poor set up for the next book. needed more to explain where it's heading