- File Size: 2305 KB
- Print Length: 444 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016IWSUNM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Last Whisper of the Gods (The Last Whisper of the Gods Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Of course, I had some minor quibbles. For a story who's entire premise is that the gods have left this world, we learn almost nothing about these gods and what their relationship with humanity used to be like. Had we learned something about an interesting pantheon of supernatural beings, their sudden loss might have been more interesting to the reader. There is a fair amount of R-rated language and situations which may bother some readers more than others. Personally, I didn't mind it other than it seemed just a bit gratuitous. Also, don't expect much in the way of humor. The characters are all pretty serious folks who don't seem to have any interest in joking around at all.
Having said all that, the author does a lot of things well. The plot has just the right amount of suspense. Mysteries abound, but they don't feel drawn out unnecessarily. The world building (other than the curious lack of explaining the old theology) is quite excellent. Magic initially seems absent for this world, but the reader slowly learns with great interest that this may not be as it initially seems. The characters are presented well, and the reader gradually learns with great enjoyment why the more mysterious characters behave as they do. And while the novel ends on a satisfying note, it will be a rare reader who isn't enormously eager to learn what happens next.
If I could offer a basic synopsis: the gods have died leaving a world without their guiding hand and power. One final act for their creations is to give them the power to manage themselves. They let humans have magic again. For better or for worse.
Berardinelli creates a fascinating world. I very much enjoyed his take on magic and the checks and balances that came with the power. His world was very descriptive and painted a beautiful backdrop for a fantastic cast of characters. Characters that were fantastically based in reality. That came from all walks of life great and small complete with all the things people have. Good characteristics, flaws, and how people change and grow as they encounter life. If you love fantasy it's a great read. Needless to say I was distressed when I ran out of book and promptly bought two and three.
In general, it's quite a good novel. Maybe it's a little slow to start, but once things get going, it becomes a really gripping book, full of adventure, action, sex and a little gore. Some of the latter was exaggerated during the last third of the novel--I deemed this to be unnecessary, quite frankly. But apart from that, i really enjoyed the book--Sorial, the main character, is likeable and well developed, and his love interest, Alicia, has quite the character arc. I just hope the more fantastic elements of this world as further developed in the next two books. Nevertheless, I recommed The Last Whisper of the Gods--it turns out Berardinelli is both a talented movie reviewer AND a talented fantasy novel writer!
I would give 4 stars for the book, but only 3 stars for the series.
I enjoyed the premise of the magic as the 4 elements, as well as the character development. The author designed the characters with both admirable qualities, as well as flaws. The plot too was built with a straight forward objective with intrigue lurking in the shadows. Last Whisper was better at this than The Curse.
The biggest detractors for me has been the constant sex and the lack of happiness from the characters. They are in constant turmoil it seems. My biggest issue with the sex scenes is they do not drive the story at all. They're just thrown in for the point of having sex scenes in the book. Understand though, the sex scenes are not overly graphic.
All said, a decent book, and I'll finish the last in the series.