Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....
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More Eddings than Tolkien
In short no. The main protagonist was whiny and not really likable. I think it is a combination of the performance and lack of character depth that causes this.
Not at all, I love this genre and will continue to read book from it.
Probably not, I found that the performance was disappointing, Gewey in particular is performed in such a whiny way that it was quite annoying.
Salma'tia and also Lee's confrontation with the Elf.
This story would probably make a great introduction to the genre. For more well read genre buffs you will not find this in any way satisfying. I came to this book having just read (listened to) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and The Skull Throne by Brent Weeks both of those books are fantastic and this book just couldn't live up to the precedent.
Gewey is too whiny and snivelling for a protagonist, we get that he wants everyone to do the right thing, you don't need to reinforce it with wide-eyed innocence at every possible decision.
The book ends in an odd place, there's not really a cliff hanger as the "big climax" happens quite a bit before the end of the book and then it just tapers off into a nothing side story.
It's predictable at almost every point in the story, surprise! this character who appears kind isn't!
I don't think I will buy the second novel. Which will be the first time I ever let a series of books go unfinished (and I bought book 11 of the Wheel of Time after the disaster that was book 10 !)
- Brad Koehler