Top critical review
on 1 June 2010
With such high praise from well known fantasy authors, this was set up to be an absolutely fantastic book! However, I was absolutely disappointed.
First, can anyone tell me what the first book in this series actually is? because the fronts of all the books can't seem to agree, and if you go by publication date, it still doesn't seem to make any sense. So I read this one first, perhaps that was my mistake?
Next, the characters! They were all, as far as I could tell, completely identical in personality. I knew who the main character was, but he just seemed very dull and uninteresting. Nothing made him appealing or unappealing, he was just...there. Nothing else. All the other characters were the same. A few died, and I barely noticed.
It reads like a book of closely related short stories, rather than a complete novel, and I didn't like this. The characters went on short, unepic adventures, fought a bit, returned home, and that seemed to be it. I never managed to finish this book, there was just not enough plot or in fact enough of anything to keep me reading.
The best part was the Prolgue, which I had read and decided that it seemed like a fantastic story and I was desperate to start reading it. So sure was I, that it would be a great book and series, that I also got the other books in this series, which, unfortunately, probably wont be getting read now.
So basically this was a rather dull, plotless book with lifeless characters. I wouldn't recommend it.