- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Michael James Ploof
- Audible.com Release Date: March 11, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CT6JUT4
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A Song of Swords: Whill of Agora, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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What I liked:
The author created a world filled with rich history and landscapes. Excellent characterization of the dwarves and their history. The dwarf king's POV [point of view] was well written most of the time. Creating sun elves and dark elves was also well defined. Using rifts to shoot across from one location to another was very creative. Some sentences throughout the story were so beautifully written, I had to reread them just so I could savor the words.
What I disliked:
Other characters were a bit bland with too many dying. The hero was too weak. His torture should have made him stronger and determined. The fight sequences were way too long. Emotional scenes were too short and too condensed, as if the author plugged them into the story because he had to but chose to pass by these scenes quickly. A lot of POV [point of view] head-hopping not only in scenes but in the same paragraphs, with god POV thrown in too often as well. It detracted from the flow of the story and seemed unprofessional to me. But... maybe that's the trend now.
The story is going on way too long with too little progress. I am also finding too many editing mistakes in this one. It seems that the longer the series goes on, the less care was taken in weeding out typos and misspellings. Also, one silly error that really got under my skin: in one scene, a main character finds a beautiful spotted mare he is going to acquire, names her Beauty, and in the very next paragraph "puts his heels to the stallion"?? WHAT??
My main gripe is, though, that I just cannot really relate to any of the main characters. There is what could be a beautiful love story between Whill and Avriel, but it seems glossed over. All the emotional turmoil that Whill is going through just doesn't move me. The author is very good at descriptions of the world and its people, but I can't FEEL anything for them. The best character by far is the dwarf king. He seems to have the most personality.
Of course, EVERYTHING can be solved conveniently through magic. Too conveniently for my taste.
I am disappointed because I really hoped it would turn out to be more engaging.
As previously mentioned, great characters, great story, and it only gets better as it goes along. Has a great mix of humour, especially from the Dwarf, but some fantastic action and skillful development of the main characters.
Outstanding job again!
I like the plot. I like how the reader is tricked into thinking that he has figured it all out and then it turns out that things are not at all that simple. The language is easy to read, the characters are interesting and the good humor of the author makes it a good entertainment.
Definitely good series that are worth reading.
Waiting for the book No.4. :)
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more chapter or sub heading when scenes change