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Bloody good stuff!

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Reviewed: 23-05-2020

Cameron is in prime form. I adored this book. Both the writing and the performance, if you like action and well written characters, you'll like this one.

A fantastic return to form!

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Reviewed: 30-04-2020

I haven't even read the first book in this series, as I mistakenly thought this was a stand alone novel. But even so, this was a thoroughly enjoyable listen the whole way through. The narrator is absolutely top notch, using a different voice for each character and different accents for the different cultures. This book may not be for everyone, the pace is blistering from start to finish and it focused more on war and training for war then some people would like. But I absolutely adore the way Cameron writes about battles and the realities of war. I also loved almost every character in this book. If you like combat, Give this book a go, you won't regret it.

Very entertaining, but what you would expect.

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2020

Straight up, this is a fun book and Eddie has an entertaining style about him. But it's not a fantastic book. If you like strongman, excersise or are into sports it's a tremendous story. But it's written amateurishly, as you would expect. Overall really enjoyed it, some bits were a bit slow, but overall very good. The narrator is great too.

A great beginning, but a rough start.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-2019

To start with, I'm a massive miles/Christian Cameron fan. In general I love the way this man writes, his characterisation, his attention to detail in the settings he is using and the brilliant way he describes fight scenes. But something about this story felt a bit off, now I'm no literary critic, but something just felt... Lacking to this book. The main character is fine, but Camerons protagonists are normally incredibly interesting to follow. Aranthur felt a bit too much like a blank slate, and too many plot point and major players seemed drawn to him, like he's a ta'veren from the wheel of time. This has actually been referenced by characters in the book itself, so I imagine there is a good in universe explanation for it. But it's still somewhat frustrating to read. I put off reading this one for awhile, Cameron mentioned that he was going to tackle more social and political issues in this one, in general this makes me wary as I'm rather concervative by inclination. But he handled this aspect very well, although I found a few moments somewhat suspect. The narrator is fantastic, he does a different accent for each character and applies broad accents to the different cultures in the book. Some people may find his ponderous read a bit frustrating, but I quite liked it. All in all a great start to a series and I did enjoy myself, but it doesn't reach the heights of Camerons other works.

A satisfying ending to one of my new favourites!

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Reviewed: 05-11-2019

I just hope at some point Christian comes back and writes a few more books following the adventures of Arimnestos of Platea. An absolute gem of a series.

Exciting, heart-wrenching, inspiring and great fun

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Reviewed: 27-09-2019

I was sceptical of this book when I first bought it, I don't know much about the seas or sailing and I've never been able to engage fully with tales of the sea. But this book, this book engaged me more then many I've listened. The author has managed to make the complexities of ancient sea combat not only understandable but fun and action packed, with a personal flair that pulls you in and gets your heart racing. The narrator is superb as always, his ability to channel different characters and accents and even genders is fantastic, and his delivery often left me teary eyed or fired up by turns. If you love adventure, exploration, action, triumph and despair, of sailing out of the known world to mythical Islands, of revenging loved ones and making horrific mistakes. This book is a must. Bloody fantastic. The only qualm I had was that sometimes there seemed to be about half a second missing from new chapters. So that abruptly you could be half way through a word and be left a tad confused. Not sure if that's an issue with the production or a muck up during downloading. Anyway. Absolutely fantastic, Arimnestos of platea is a bloody inspiration.

A slow burn, but well worth the listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-2019

This book takes a bit longer to get rolling than some of the others in this series, but it really kicks off about half way through. The only major issue I have is the narrator, he's isn't bad at all. But he isn't as good as the first one, and he seems to have an issue with changing pronunciations of characters and places, with them changing throughout the book.

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Another triumph for the red knight!

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Reviewed: 14-07-2019

Some people may find the beginning of this book a tab bit slow to get rolling, but it's well worth the wait as the world of the series is fleshed out and some of the curtains are pulled back. The narrarator is fantastic as always and the author does combat and characterisation like no one else I've read. A fantastic listen.

Amazing book but very quiet narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-05-2019

I struggled to put this one down, every spare moment I had was listening to this great work. Don't start the series here, but if you have listened to the proceeding books this one is also top notch. Less hard in our poor William, but enthralling and poignant. The new narrorator is good, and seemed to get considerable better as the book went on, but the volume was very quiet for me where the proceeding books were not.

Amazing in every way!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-2019

This was such an enjoyable audio book I spent every moment I could listening to it.