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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 8 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: April 11, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CDGIL5Y
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The Silent Army: Seven Forges, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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And this particular series was one of those specially-bred ones, taking the very essence of Conan the Barbarian and mixing it with Moore's own greatness in world building and far out and varied interesting characters and ideas.
The second and third book enhanced the ever growing storyline and it's characters, although I strongly feel Metros Dulver's character was wasted after such an awesome start in the first book.
It is not that this fourth book is bad, but more seemingly a loose chain of events that are going to apparently somewhat continue on in his upcoming new series. Which is fine and great with me.
But The Silent Army just wasn't as strong of an entry/ending for me. Too many side characters that wasted story time. Felt like filler. Also lack of description drove me nuts at times. Especially what people look like and are wearing.
I love that James Moore forest rehash and waste precious pages to fill in Johnny-come-latelys what has transpired before. He's intelligent enough and brave enough writer to say - Confused? Then go back and purchase my first three books in this series to catch on to one of the greatest and unique fantasy series in many years. I dig that!
Although this book left me wanting, it also left me wanting to know more. And for a writer, that's good news. He reads this and says, 'well, he might not have absolutely loved this one and it's conclusion, but I still have him hooked!'
And yes, you do. You might have wasted one of my favorite characters, (Merros), into changing him from a bad ass warrior to a love sick general, but you at least enhanced my favorite characters of Drask Silver Hand and Swech.
The action scenes were many, but not as greatly written as past three books. But adequate. I really wanted more from this ending, and in some areas it delivered. But the floating city took way too long to land, and it caused yet another book to keep Merros Dulver from getting any action time. Please James Moore, have Merros in the next mini-series, and have him and Swech kicking ass old school and travelling this exotic dark world you created.
Overall, this is a mixed bag of a book for me. Wish I could give it an east 5-star like the others. And in some ways it was. But not in all ways.
The next issue for me is a spoiler for those who have not read the series. The faces of the Sa'ba Taalor. I was expecting more than multiple mouths. I enjoyed learning how they came about, but to me, it didn't make any sense because no explanation was given at all as to what purpose they served. The Gods did this to their followers, but why? Why make such a bizarre feature for them and then not have any use for it??
The last issue that I find with the book is the ending. After a series of books, including the 4th, which felt so well paced and detailed, the ending felt like a rush job. It was almost as if the book had a hard limit of X number of pages and with 10 pages left, the author realized that he had to end it. The explanations for what, how and who things were happening to pretty much went away and with the abysmal editing in the book as mentioned above, it was really hard to follow.
All that said, read the series. It's really a very good series and the issues I have with it can be overcome. If not, I would have stopped after the 1st book. Hopefully the next series will have much better editing.
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