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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 40 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 25, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004KSWCEU
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The Sworn: The Fallen Kings Cycle, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Book One of The Fallen Kings Cycle
We have the same characters as were in Chronicles, plus some new people.
Dark mage/s from across the Northern Sea threaten the Winter Lands. A group of Black Robes is trying to bring an old religion back to life. More trials and tribulations for our heroes.
I think the whole story is too much for one book, so SWORN gives us the background leading up to the war. The war is in the next book.
This is my second reading of this series.
I have to give this book three stars.
Martin continues to tread familiar ground by dressing up vampires and werewolves with new names, by parading around a relatively bland cast of supporting characters, including a crew of black robed villains who are about as flat as the Earth was in the 14th century, and by pursuing yet another overdone it's-the-end-of-the-world-again-maybe storyline. In addition, in this series of books, she's managed to invent a few cliches of her own (Eastmark kick, anyone?) that still make me roll my eyes every time I read them.
Martin's strengths, however, are that she does occasionally make her own unique mark on the fantasy genre. Ghosts and undead continue to feature prominently, having become not always creatures to be feared but an integral part of the world. The 'good necromancer' character takes the standard evil necromancer cliche and turns it upside down. In both instances, she deftly gives fantasy fans a look into the familiar but from a new angle.
Ultimately, Martin's work in this series is not going to change your perspective on the world. It doesn't explore much of the human condition. It's not going to give you shivers at end and make you wonder what you just read. But for a light read, the series as a whole works well. One of Martin's strengths is her consistency, and having read all of the prior books up to The Sworn, I can say with confidence that there are no surprises here, good or bad.
Perhaps the biggest lack in The Sworn, however, is that it does little to advance the greater story of Martin's characters, and instead seems intended primarily to set up the action in the next book in the series. The word for that is 'filler', and I always think it's unfortunate when good or merely competent writers fall into this trap.
It follows the main characters from the other series, but also adds one new Character "Aidane", and expands on some minor characters from the original books.
I particularly loved Aidane's character, she has a unique occupation, and the chapters that followed her tended to be the most emotional.
All in all, a great read, I would recommend this to anyone that likes Epic Fantasy.