Against all odds, - A God has returned - to Earth.
Chance Kyrien is turning seventeen, and on this day he will be confirmed as a Puriman and learn the shape of his life to come. Young Chance is ambitious, rebellious, but also fiercely devout, and his only thoughts are about farming and wine-making - and marrying the girl he loves. But in a shocking burst of violence, Chance's dreams are shattered. Now he must survive against hellish forces to face his ultimate foe: a long-forgotten god whose destiny is intertwined with his own.
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Story was sort of start and stop for me. Would be very interesting then die off but overall it turned out nicely.
Nick Podehl was EXCELLENT.
"A moving adventure"
For me, it took a while to get into the story and relate to the characters - about a quarter of the way into the book. But after that, I was all in. I felt the losses the characters felt, and their passions and their plight.
The end was satisfying and left me thinking about the characters and the world for days after finishing the book.
"Supposedly nice premise obscured by whining hero"
Apparently there is some philosophy here? I don't know, I really couldn't make it through the endless contrived encounters between whining cardboard characters. The background and world is really lavishly constructed, and I kept wanting to continue, but in the end, the plot developments are so clumsy and contrived, and the characters so flat that I just couldn't sit through their whining to get to the heart of it. I did my best, but ditched it after I fell asleep in the middle of a giant battle scene between some talking animals and a dead guy and an immortal statue with a hammer and such.
"A full throated defence of blind faith"
but seriously this is so one dimensional its stupid. It starts off somewhat promising but it becomes pretty clear that what the author was trying to do here was promote a very specific view of the world. Brandon Sanderson said it best in The Way of Kings: "the role of a storyteller is not to tell you what to think, but to give you questions to think about." This is not that. It is very clearly telling you what to think, and bluntly. World building is very formulaic and in a way that feels like the author was just doing a scifi checkbox thing. A huge disappointment.
"Too much strange creatures"
I bought this audio book during a promotion, which is a good way to try new authors. This is how I discovered Larry Correia, who became one of my favorite authors. In this case, though, I'm not sure I would jump on Craig DeLancey's next fantasy book.
I liked the basic idea of the story, because usually I'm interested in a quest type adventure. However, there were a few things that threw me off balance.
My biggest issue was that there were too many strange creatures, and at certain points it was hard to follow who was who and who did what and why. For example, what was the function of the modegast? (Sorry, if I misspell it, I write it after hearing.) It felt as if the writer wanted to include them only because he found them cool, and anyway, they could just chase the heroes giving some excitement. Also, a (kind of) vampire? Really? In this sense I think less would have been more.
Talking about writer's intervention - you know, when something isn't really consistent, but happens anyway to move the plot forward - I found a few events sticking out. For example killing the parents without hesitation (instead of only immobilize them) and kidnapping the girl just to have a motive for the hero to go on the quest.
At certain points I got bored, and tapped the "skip 30 seconds" icon quite a few times.
Besides that I found the writer's voice enjoyable, and the characters were drawn well enough for me. I also found the mythic base interesting and I liked the names a lot. (Though, after a while I half-expected Thor to appear, but it was just me, watching too much Marvel films.)
"Great blending of lore"
Love the dystopian future landscape and the depth of detail of intervening years. A quick and fun read. Looking for more from this author.
"Good book. Excellent performance by Nick Powel."
Book was good but left a few loose ends. The wrap up really leaves you thinking there should be more to the story....its almost like the ending was setting the ground work for a sequel.
"Unexpectedly well done!"
I purchased on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. The story was compelling, fully developed characters and a fantasy world that was easily acceptable.
SPOILER ALERT.....when the protagonist becomes a demi-God and spends Eons learning to defeat his nemesis. I didn't see it coming and thought it clever on the authors' part.
When you are destined to be a God and all you want is a simple farmer's life, you have some difficult choices to make.
The characters wander all the time from one place to another. They arrive and depart, arrive and depart apparently without reason.
Explain things better
I couldn't even finish the book. It's too long, and there's a lot of just waiting around and stagnant plot. I only made it through about 8 hours of listening before I gave up.
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