Armies gather for war in the frozen land of Angrääl, threatening to set the world ablaze. The elves are divided and scattered, and humans fall prey to the dark influence of the Reborn King. Now, Gewey is faced with his greatest challenge yet: unite the world of elf and human before it is too late....
©2012 Brian D. Anderson (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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I wrote a review for this one already. Obviously, it didn't publish. I'm writing this review now having just finished the 3rd book.
I'm very glad my original review of book two didn't publish. I'd given it 3 stars, as I did book one, and listed what misgivings I had while watering them down with things I'd hoped to see in book three.
I found those things.
I can say for certain now that if you are unsure about this series, for whatever reason, you should definitely keep going until you get to book three, by the end of which you should have fully formed your opinion.
For me, I really like it. It grows more complex and unpredictable with every chapter, noting that I believe there is a difference between predictable and inevitable regarding storytelling.
"More enjoyable than the first."
More enjoyable than the first. Moved right along. Starting the 3rd A. S. A. P.
I am literally going through these books like water. I can't get enough. Great storytelling with great characters. Now Book 3
I listened to the first book and thought, "meh". It was neither a great book nor a horrible one. I decided to give book 2 a whirl, just in case it was a slow starter. Can't say as it was worth it. The book has a decent story line, nothing super original, and alright characters. However, there was nothing and no one that made me want to keep coming back. Except the fact that I hate not finishing a book. The transitions between the books are odd as well. Typically, the author builds to some kind of climax, then has some kind of resolution, though obviously leaving something unresolved for future books. Right? This one just seemed to stop mid adventure...both times!! Weird.
"story line is slow very little movement."
the main story line is sound but the progression is slow and although the reader tries to bring life to the book the slow movement kills the enjoyment this story could be.
"Weak and Predictable"
No, Brian Anderson needs a cleaner plot, richer characters, and better plot development. Aside from the formulaic plot development, the characters are massively inconsistent going from bigotry against another race to despising others with this same bigotry in a matter of days! Characters have compelling need to go to certain cities...who knows why, but its always in the teeth of danger. The plot gets dragged, and dragged, and dragged through pointless interchanges and obnoxious turns that add nothing, but deflate interest. The verbal interchanges are really weak too.
No, just the author.
His performance is okay, a bit weird with some voices.
It needs one, but I won't read it/listen to it.
It gets worse after book one...turn back now.
"Why the high ratings?"
Cover art is about all I can say that I like about this book.
Boring! Just goes on and on with nothing to engage. It is a y.a. story that audible placed in adult genre to fill in gaps. They do this often.
Lack of action! Boring lame characters.
His reading was good but too mature for this story.
No,not for me. Others rate it high ,so maybe it's just my taste. Sometimes it happens,a book will be a favorite of many and I just don't see it.
Don't be fooled by cool cover art! "Don't judge book by cover" , will I ever learn?
"Tedious, at times"
Long on Elves back story and back-stabbing but short on action. Does not move the story along much other than in distance traveled.
Not bad, but plenty if time needed for someone to digest all the aspects if the story.
"poor even by fiction/fantasy standards"
people with limited intelligence or age
should have read what he wrote and realized it needed burning with fire.
not much. a dry heaving cat with asthma is more entertaining than the narrator.
umm. no weak combat scenes. stupid dialog and no kick ass yes they just brought the awesomeness moments which other books had. it was like a long painful masturbation session but instead of the relief and pleasure at the end . you only are left disappointed and in pain.
this like cow tipping should be a thing u consider but never go through with,
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