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Great series, disappointing ending.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I really enjoyed the series and really liked where it was progressing but was disappointed with this book. I am relatively new to LitRPG so these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, the passion for the story by the writer was evident in the first two novels and then it was still there also a little more diluted in the third. He made a few promises to the reader with certain foreshadowing in the first two books. However the ending of the third book felt extremely rushed, leaving with a particularly unsatisfying ending.

He left the ending open for sequels but I am unsure if I will ever read it, considering the sloppy way it was ended this book.

In saying that I found the world enthralling and the story behind it compelling. I was behind the characters and there were characters that I loved to hate.

I would pass this series onto friends with the warning about the ending, so that expectations aren't high.

Enjoyable old style fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-2019

The story starts outs with a young but fairly accomplished spell monger. It quickly introduces well known concepts in fantasy, like elves, goblins, the feudal system society.

I want to start out by saying I've been looking for a story like this for a while, something that brings back the enjoyable themes that originally drew me into fantasy. There is a slow burn to the story with several characters being enjoyable as they get fleshed out over time. The duel story line while flashing back and forth was done well to keep the story progressing without it getting dull at points. I felt like both had satisfying conclusions.

However, and this is a big however, the writing and structure was almost painfully bad at points. If I was reading it instead of listening to it on the drive to work I would have put it down long ago. It rings to me something in need of editing. There are so many instances when the author just info dumps on the reader about some obscure history fact or something else about his world. Sometime's it's relevant. The other is the constant telling rather than showing. There were some passages that were written incredibly well, so I know he has the ability, so I'm putting it down to just lazy writing.

There were a number of small facets that bothered me but the only other big one were the inconsistencies. Character arcs that felt incredibly off. Magic systems that while interesting, seemed to have a new solution pop out of thin air anytime a crisis arose.

In saying that I did enjoy it and if you can get over these things, you probably will too. I even started on the second audiobook in the series and made it about half way through but have put it down and am unsure if I will pick it back up again.

The Martian cover art

Kept me enthralled from beginning to end.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-2019

I was a big fan of the movie but I did hear that there were a number of things absent that helped make the book.

It was true in a sense but only towards the latter half of the novel, before then it followed the movie pretty closely. Regardless, Andy Weir's humour and Bray's execution make it an amazing audio book to listen to. Despite knowing the outcome, I was still anxiously awaiting what would happen next, how he would over come each obstacle (There was probably double the amount in the book than the movie) and how his luck kept changing.

The science behind it is thorough, believable but not over done with enough detail to give us insight but not too much as to bore the listener.

Each character was personable and believable and Bray has jumped up my list to one of my favourite narrators.

I highly recommend this to anyone