Summary

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause.
Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance.
Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. Together they will take down an empire.
Perfect for fans of Brent Weeks, Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett, Hope and Red is destined to be the next fantasy blockbuster.
©2016 Jon Skovron (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
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2 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 20-11-16

Smug Caricatures in a Clichéd Land

I have to be honest up front and confess that I didn't make it all the way through this one which is unusual for me, especially as plenty of others have clearly enjoyed it so much. It is fast-paced and there is action in it but to me it felt like a cliched world populated by caricatures.

It is more Pirates of the Carribean than Brandon Sanderson that's for sure. Super-skilled characters with incredibly smug outlooks who spend their time pulling crimes off in a neighbourhood where apparently everyone knows everyone else but with no comeback. Pitched fights where characters exchange "witty" dialogue while taking down multiple opponents without exerting themselves.

In short I really do think that the publisher's suggestion that this is perfect for fans of the likes of Brandon Sanderson is stretching credulity just a bit. So it all got a bit much for me and while Skovron is a decent enough narrator for the text overall his character voices felt quite limited.

So, given that I do seem very much in the minority on this one I'll leave this author to those who are more attuned to him and hope they get more out of it than I have.

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1 out of 5 stars
By mr jd barnes on 22-09-17

Employ a professional voice artist.

One of the few books I've given up on. Surely someone better placed in the production process must have realised that Skovron isn't doing his own book any favours.

No idea about story/characters etc as I couldn't stand the drawl long enough to be interested.

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