The Eye of Strife

  • by Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by Anthony Lee
  • 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sword fights and romance, miracles and mystery, treachery and sly humor....
A god summons a curious assortment of witnesses to his temple to testify on what they know about a jewel that was lost 1,000 years ago. At least one of them is guilty. Others are lying....
Dave Duncan at his devious best.


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An enjoyable book with a strong theme

This book feels like a walk through a by gone civilisation. It has a very strong theme of civilisation with both customs and politics feeling very natural whilst being alien enough that you know it is a different world.
This story told from multiple angles has a feel of a judicial hearing in the way in which your picture of the story grows with every new testimony. It has many twists and is intricate in its delivery, despite dealing with violent and horrific circumstances it dances a fine line of description without slipping into gore. This is entirely in keeping with the books tone and pace as it focuses on description and fact rather than sensationalism.

The characters were well formed and you learn more as you move along the story but due to the tone I never quite formed an emotional bond to any of them. This does not lessen the enjoyment of the story as the story differentiates the opposing sides and is told predominately from one side.

The narration is very well executed across multiple characters with distinct feels and sounds to them. The narration is in keeping with the tone of the book and helps build the world around you immersing you as you go.

In summation I enjoyed this book and would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a well crafted world and intricate story delivery.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this review.
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- Rob Cooke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-02-2018
  • Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing