It is a fool's errand, and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.
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The story, though it takes a long time to become interesting, is fairly good. The characters are intricate and some are quite unique, and the writer is talented.
The narration is another story. Bland and emotionless for the most part, there is no real effort put into telling the story. The same tone was used whether a character was yelling or talking quietly and this caused me to almost stop listening, however the story was good enough that i could look past it after a time, despite it still frustrating me time and again.
"Better than expected; awaiting book 2"
Sometimes you take a risk with an unknown author who has an unknown book based on their reviews on Amazon and Audible. I did so here and felt richly rewarded. Some criticize the many POV chapters and multiple characters. I would suggest being patient allowing the story to develop. This story has many plot twists and great action. The characters are well developed and draw you in to a complex story. The narration by Matt Cowlrick was excellent. Highly recommended were fans of George RR Martin.
I don't usually write reviews yet I notice many people who did NOT actually finish the book reviewing it.
"Everyone dies" is a crock you will see people saying yet i promise you no main character really dies in this. Yes people die, but the foundation characters stay in place and go on to develop well. The father and the two north men sons are awesome and the tracker dog man from the village that the title speaks is also glorious. The title makes you also despise characters much like the boy king from GoT. This is an in depth book and not for the feint hearted, but well worth the time spent. LOVED THIS BOOK.
"Just what fantasy needs."
Loved everything about it. Perfect for lovers of grim and dark adventure and intrigue.
"A Tremendous Beginning"
after reading this, you're left wanting more, and I feel like we're going to get it with the next installment. great way to kick off a series.
"awesome book! very complex!"
very detailed, have patience once you get through the first 25% it's incredible and one you just don't want to take a break from
"Move over Martin"
In my honest opinion, I feel Ireman has the complete potential to dethrone Martin. Just don't keep us waiting like the latter! Excellent book, was an absolute joy to listen to. This may be one of books (that I can count on one hand) that I will listen to more than once.
"What A Book!"
You know this was a good title because I was sad that it only had 105 chapters.
"dark realism. I likes it."
Good tale about cold and hard people, in a cold and unforgiven world. solid narrator that really fit the tone of the book.
It took a while to build the foundations of this story but it was well worth it toward the end. Well written with good character detail and story line. would have liked longer chapters to keep the story a little less confusing.
"excellent book. cannot wait for the sequel."
wonderful book. everyone who is a fan of fantasy novels must read this epic story
overall good, however story does jump around a lot, but intresting and will search for next.
Some have said in their reviews that this story hops around a bit and it made it a little difficult to follow. I must disagree on the final point. It does pop around chronically, but that does NOT deter from the over arching story.
It has a touch of GOT in that there a several leading characters all following their own paths that will undoubtedly intertwine.
Well Written, Well Narrated thoroughly enjoyable
"a good story"
I enjoyed this book even though it is blatant plagiarism of asoiaf, still it was an interesting listen and the twists and turns of this medieval fantasy had me gripped, I'm looking forward to
the next installment of the series.
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