Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city - he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.
Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each others' throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.
This remarkable first novel from an award-winning short-fiction writer will take readers away to a new world - an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace, and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn't changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.
©2009 Kenneth G. Scholes (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
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Plot is well developed with excellent pace and characters are penned with a sapient hand. Rather than thin, transparent characters, Ken Scholes writes with insight.
I prefer stories/authors who are able to maintain an interesting tale, something Ken has a strong sense for. When an author is able to meld interesting and character depth it is a satisfying and enjoyable balance!
"Contemporary take on fantasy"
Interesting mix of traditional sci-fi and fantasy elements set in post-apocalyptic environs. Characters are vibrant and have definite point-of-view.
"Terrific first volume of an epic fantasy"
Riveting, highly original story, engrossing characters, tremendous writing - this book has it all. I also enjoyed the narrators except for the one who narrated Rudolfo - he was too ponderous and slow for my taste. I can't recommend this book highly enough - can't wait for book 2!
"Good book, but not great"
I started off and really liked the beginning of the book. I was quickly drawn into the characters and wanted to know more about them. The plot lines were good and they kept you guessing, but somehow at the end of the book, it just couldn't hold my interest. At first I thought about downloading the second book but now I am glad I waited. I really have no desire to continue on as I just barely made it through the last hour or two of the first book.
"Not much depth."
It's sad, because the setting has a lot of potential. But the characters lack depth, and are hard to relate to. The "events" that take place are presented in a way that makes it hard for you to care about them, almost like watching the history channel. Maybe I've just been spoiled by Mistborn, but this book barely held my attention.
PS. the multiple narrators don't help sell the characters when they overlap.
You cannot help but be immersed in the world that Ken Scholes has woven. And the adventure continues...
Yes. Such a great story. For me it has everything, a little scifi a little fantasy.
Isaak: Because robots rock.
This book is boring. The characters are boring, the world is boring, the prose is boring, the action is boring. If I was reading this, I would have been able to skim it quickly to see what happened next (if I cared); as it was, I was trapped for hour after hour listening to this totally forgettable yawnfest.
The narrators were good, though, and did good voices. I hope they have more interesting, well-written material to work with next time.
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