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Alexandra Kennedy-Clark

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No antagonist

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-2016

Other than the end of civilian nothing goes wrong, there's no challenge. Food miraculously appears just in time. People just happen to have the requisite skills, bad people have miraculous reversals of character. There are no twists, no faced paced page turning chances, no pathos. Where are the deaths of central characters from septicaemia, starvation, murder or misadventure? It's a nice realistic story but we've been spoiled by the Abacrombie's and R.R. Martin's of the world and this story just roles along from easy success to easy success. Sorry, does not cut it for me. I'm abandoning the book.

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great series

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2015

I've read the first 4 books so far. Nothing negative to say. Not as good or as well performed as GoT or Joe Abercrombie's 'The Blade Itself' read by Steven Pacey but a good listen none the less .

Three and a half stars

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A lot of people I respect loved this book. Not I

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-08-2015

I abandoned this book after about five hours. Only the second audio book I have abandoned in three years.

A lot of people, ok, 4, but people I respect. Literally a lawyer, a banker, a doctor and an astronomer all loved and recommended this book. The guys I play DnD with twice a month. We all read fantasy fiction, and they highly recommend this book.

I just couldn't get into it. Perhaps I'm an intellectual lightweight, perhaps it's a book you need to read rather than listen to. I found it confusing, heavy on deep detail but narrow on engaging plot. If you like R.R. Martin, Abercrombie and Rothfus but disliked The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, this book may not be for you.

I would love to rate this book higher given that some very well red guys loved it, but it wasn't for me..

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