I'm sorry but I have to give up on this one. As I'm listening to as an audiobook, I can't decide if it's the narrator or the writing I'm not getting oI'm sorry but I have to give up on this one. As I'm listening to as an audiobook, I can't decide if it's the narrator or the writing I'm not getting on with. But it feels very cumbersome. The language and description is over constructed and I find myself getting very frustrated with it. I can't quote directly as I do not have a physical copy to quote from - but I remember one phrase something along the lines of - my words falling of his broad shoulders like raindrops - as I say not an totally accurate quote, but you get the idea. A lot of the phrases are unwieldy. As a consequence I haven't really engaged with the characters or really got sucked into the story-line, so I have decided about half way through to give up on it. Not my cup of tea, but there are some good reviews out there, so it could just be me. ...more
I listened to 'The Desert Spear' hot on the tails of the first bookReviewed for Book Chick City's Audio Book Sunday Feature (9 out of 10 on the blog)
I listened to 'The Desert Spear' hot on the tails of the first book in the trilogy, 'The Painted Man' which was outstanding, a definite 10/10.
The books take place in a world ruled by fear, where humans are afraid to come out of their warded homes at night. Because at night the corelings rise, powerful demons that consume human flesh. The human race has forgotten how to fight back. But, legend tells of 'The Deliverer', a man who led the human race into war and defeated the corelings. Legend decrees that he will return once more and the demons will be defeated.
The book starts with a small rewind and a little disconcertingly at first, Jardir takes up the narrative. Jardir is the leader of the Krasians, the only race that dares to fight the demons each night. Where children are taken from their mothers at a young age and trained to be powerful warriors, and non warriors are scorned as lower level citizens.
After 'The Painted Man' I had grown to hate Jardir, his selfish and shocking betrayal was unforgivable in my opinion. But it says something of Peter V Brett's writing skills that it wasn't long before Jardir sucked me in and I found myself thoroughly enjoying his story. And, dare I say it, even liking him.
As with the first book, the story is split into different parts. That of Jardir, the Krasian leader, Arlen, the painted man, Royet the jaungler and Leesha, the beautiful herb gatherer. We also revisit Renna, the young woman Arlen was promised to as a boy.
Peter V Brett's world building is spectacular. From the Krasian society with its Middle Eastern influence, to the small village of 'Deliverer's Hollow' each place is tangible. The characters three dimensional, the heroes are as flawed as they are brave.
I spent a lot of the book desperate to get another glimpse into Arlen's world and you do have to wait! Watching him through the eyes of Leesha for a long time before he gets his own chapters. But, it's worth the wait! His trip down memory lane, back to Milne and ultimately Tibbet's Brook had me riveted.
After the first book, I had a clear vision of where I wanted the main love story to go and if you are, like me a romantic, be warned, it does not go down the predictable route. Which lead me to spend some of the book cursing at one of the main character's taste in partners.
Renna was an interesting development, because I did not expect to see her again. A lot her chapters were hard going and due to the brutality she experienced, it occasionally had my stomach churning. But she has made an interesting addition to the growing army of people to support Arlen's journey.
With scenes of uncompromising violence, as well as sexual abuse against both men and women, if you're easily offended, the this book may not be for you. But it is part of the brutal world that the characters live in and does contribute towards the overall story.
As the book draws to its conclusion, there is one question on everyone's lips; who is the real deliverer? Is it Jardir with his magical spear, or Arlen who has tattooed magical wards onto his bare flesh and walks unaided and undefeated through the night? I know who my money is on, and can hardly wait for the two to come face to face in the final instalment of the trilogy.
The book is narrated by the same person as 'The Desert Spear', so I settled back into his reading style easily and comfortably. One strange thing though, I'm not sure why Renna and her family had a pseudo Irish accent?!
If you haven't read these books I would heartily encourage you to do so, they are superbly written. High fantasy novels at their finest.
The release date for the third book can't come soon enough!...more
'The Painted Man' is a phenomenal book. I listened to it as an audiobook and it was one of thoReviewed for Book Chick City's Audio Book Sunday Feature
'The Painted Man' is a phenomenal book. I listened to it as an audiobook and it was one of those stories that I downloaded and wasn't really sure what to expect. At nearly 20 hours long, or 560 pages for the paperback version, it's a commitment and not a quick read. But it's well worth your time.
The story is set in a world where humans live in fear. At night, when the dark comes demons, known as 'corelings' rise from the ground. With supernatural powers and strength humans are no match for them, and each night they hide in their homes behind magical wards and pray that, that night won't be the night they fail. As the corelings grow, the human race is slowly diminishing.
Legend says that things weren't always this way, they tell of a man, 'The Deliverer' who led men and women onto the battlefield to meet the demons on equal ground. They speak of fighting wards that have since been lost. And prophecy decrees that one day 'The Deliverer' will return to lead the human race to victory once more.
There are three lead characters Arlen, Leesha & Royer. But Arlen is by far the most compelling. The story begins when Arlen is eleven years old and follows him as he suffers tragedy and pain. We watch as he slowly grows up, becoming increasingly frustrated with his existence, unable to bear a life of fear and hiding he embarks on a journey of discovery. A journey that leads him to suffering, sacrificing and ultimately rebirth as he becomes obsessed with finding a way to fight the demons.
Leesha is a girl perfectly happy to meet her fate, to marry young and bear her husband children. Until she is betrayed and everything changes. Surprisingly, she finds herself taken under the wing of the ancient, local herb gatherer where she begins to believe that her destiny maybe something very different from that which she originally imagined.
The third main character is Royer, while perhaps the least engaging of the three, his story still plays an important part. Orphaned at three years old after a hideous coreling attack he is raised by an alcoholic jaungler. His love of music leads him to an important discovery.
The story is carefully crafted layer by layer until you're almost desperate for the three main characters to meet. But you have to wait and be patient as the author builds the characters and story with meticulous care. The book is violent and uncompromising at times. There are incidents that will make you gasp. A couple of times I even found myself shouting at my iPod in frustration, as I willed each of the characters to succeed, or as I tried to prevent them from doing something stupid.
I fell for each of the characters, flaws and all and became absolutely absorbed in the story, until I was trying to think of ways to jump back in my car for another quick drive in order to listen to the audiobook some more.
I have to take the time for a quick comment on the narrator. He is the first male narrator I have listed to, which took a while to get used to, but as soon as I did I found he was excellent, building the story and tension nicely.
If you're a fan of fantasy, then this book is a must-read. It is epic fantasy at its ultimate finest. Peter V. Brett has drawn a powerful, engaging world that I couldn't get enough of....more
Wow, it took a while to get going but the ending of this book is gorgeous! I was listening to it on audiobook and nearly had tears streaming down my cWow, it took a while to get going but the ending of this book is gorgeous! I was listening to it on audiobook and nearly had tears streaming down my cheeks as I was driving to work. Can't wait to start Linger.......more