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Great character development.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2020

All the main characters have deep backgrounds, realistic personalities, and mature development arcs. As far as characters go this is probably one of the best written young adult series there is. The main story of the series is complex and deep but not the best. Certainly better written than The Hunger Games though.

It's alright.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2020

The storytelling is as good as the others books. A couple of interesting new characters but they didn't do enough with one in particular and didn't spend enough time fleshing out the others. I really didn't like the direction this one went as it didn't make much sense. It was an irrational decision for any of the characters to make, much less for 20 of them to agree with. Seems like half-way thru the author figured out how stupid the decision was so he ended up just resolving the original motivation for the choice in the middle of the book completely making the whole set-up pointless, the fact that Dan makes note of it doesn't make it any better. The setting and stories, there are 3 storylines to follow, are all a mess and all underdone. Ugh. The more I think about it the more flaws I think of. This series really jumps the shark here but I still like the characters and that's enough to carry it.

Par for the course.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2020

If you've made it this far thru the series then this is generally more of the same. If you like them you should like this.

Thank god this travesty is over.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2020

If I could give this 0 stars I would. If I had the book I would burn it because the tree that died to make the paper deserves better than to be tarnished with this trash. The first book was really good and laid the groundwork for a great series. The 2nd book took all of that and ignored it, or made it stupid and worthless, while introducing multiple new characters that are cardboard cutouts of tropes just to tag SJW checkboxes. I haven't a clue how this series is rated so highly because the kinds of people that like the first book, generally well written, interesting characters, well established, reason to care about them, story heading in a good direction...are completely different from the kinds of people that would like the last 2 books which seems written for the kinds of idiots that think Twilight was good. This book took everything that was garbage about the 2nd book and just piled on more garbage. I wish there were a way for me to segregate reviews based on who gave them so when I see a book with 4-5 stars I'd know that they were people that also liked this series and would then know that their reviews aren't worth a damn.

Tower Lord cover art

Absolute rubbish.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-2020

If I could give this 0 stars I would. If I had the book I would burn it because the tree that died to make the paper deserves better than to be tarnished with this trash. The first book was really good and laid the groundwork for a great series. This book took all of that and ignored it, or made it stupid and worthless, while introducing multiple new characters that are cardboard cutouts of tropes just to tag SJW checkboxes. I haven't a clue how this series is rated so highly because the kinds of people that like the first book, generally well written, interesting characters, well established, reason to care about them, story heading in a good direction...are completely different from the kinds of people that would like the last 2 books which seem written for the kinds of idiots that think Twilight was good.

Delivers on what came before but then just ends.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2017

If you stuck it out to the end of the series then you might agree that it lived up to the previous books in general.
Ended anti-climatically in my opinion. The story feels incomplete and though I liked the authors creativity his lack of overall writing talent and the horrible narration are huge obstacles to getting me to sign up for another tale of Max R. and his crew.

Good bones but a grind to listen to.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-2017

My opinion of this book is covered by my review of the first book.
This book made no noticeable improvements nor did it fail to live up to the standards set in the first one.

Well earned reputation.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

What made the experience of listening to The Wise Man's Fear the most enjoyable?

The narrator capably did many solid voices. In fact, the only voice I didn't like was of the main character himself as an adult. Every other character was well served.

What did you like best about this story?

It's just absolutely solid writing. I'm actually not that in to the story itself but am enamored of the writing.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've only listened to him narrate this series.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I haven't had much emotional reaction to the story but a profound enjoyment of the writing.