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I'm a devoted listener of fantasy audiobooks on audible. I listen to 3-5 books every week. In spite of the endless number of books audible has to choose from I find it increasingly difficult to find new, well written, and most importantly well edited fantasy series.
So many books have good story arcs or interesting worlds but become unlistenable just because the author was unwilling or unable to have a competent editor pick up a red pen and beat their story like a rented mule.
I intro my review this way because when I stumble across a book like The White Tower it makes the experience all the more unique. This book has great characters... Protagonists you can't help but root for, villains you want to strangle and conflicts whose outcomes are uncertain.
The narration is solid, the voices are spot on, and the writing is fluid. While some might critique this book for having a relatively standard epic fantasy plot, I find that it's the writing and the characters that keep me engaged in a story more so than a reinvention of the genre. I've listened to many books with groundbreaking plots that I never finished because the dialog was idiotic or the characters two dimensional.
In summary, if you like epic fantasy you should spend the credit and start listening.
124 of 125 people found this review helpful
I like the world, and I want it to work... but it just has no real life...
I feel like this book was just pieced together by every YA fantasy book the author had in his workspace at the time. The story was fun, sometimes. I was into the torturer and smith plot, but everything else was so milquetoast.
Main "hero" character is not named Aiden but instead "Arien"... and that statement is really what you can expect from this book. The characters act so predictable, they're all here, bumbling old people, uppity old lady, unaware scion, valiant hero with rough childhood, ignorant well meaning king, sexy vixen rogue, inquisitive sister, wicked witch, beautiful blondes and redheads, fiery redheads, greasy haired bad guys, sunken eyed evil wizard...
The writing was ok, but a little uncreative. You could actually feel when the author was reaching for a metaphor or simile to describe a situation. It was a little tragic at times. After being gravely injured in a huge battle, "his vision started fading, as though he had been out with friends and had too much drink."... This doesn't fit the situation at all. And it's not the only time it happened.
I hope the author improves, the world built needs some better representation.
I'm hoping that the rest of the books are better, but I don't think I want to gamble with my credits.
21 of 23 people found this review helpful
Great story, Tim Gerald Reynolds always a great reader.
Book 2 alas is not written yet.
will any of his earlier stuff be available at Audible in the near future ??
This is one of those books with great potential but requiring too large an investment in time to get there. It’s not gripping or captivating so far. Several hours in and like a child I keep asking, “when will we get there?” The details while appreciating, get overwhelming then boring at times. The story is also quite predictable in some respects. I do not appreciate the long-winded, detailed torture scenes...
I’m sure the book would have turned out alright in the end - it’s just not engaging or mature enough for me to appreciate.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
If this book didn't have 5 hours of fluff and nothing at the start it would be amazing if you like swords and sorcery this book might be up your ally however you have to push though the start of the book till it starts getting good just at the 4hr / 5hr mark