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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.
106 of 107 people found this review helpful
great start to a promising, potentially amazing, Epic series... just how long a wait between each book... that is always the question. Like any good vacation you need at least 2 weeks to really enjoy it. It takes one week just to get unwound enough to finally feel adjusted to your new temporary envirnment and get that stress and anxiety release momentum.
Coming to the end of this book was like having to go home after one week. The story ended right at the point when it got its real momentum.
Maybe could have gone further into the story before ending where it did but at least we werent left hanging in the middle of a significant climax ..
recommended to fantasy fanatics...
i look forward to the next book as the way this book planted seeds for those to come i expect they will keep getting better...
The book did jump plot lines alot from chapter to chapter. if reading the book it probably wouldnt be noticed but when listening to audiobook you cant walk away while its plyaing and come back cause youll be on another plot line... minor thing. more to make potential listeners aware.
6 of 6 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