Reasons Why I DNF:
1) The narrator, Michael Praed, needed some clamps on his sensitive areas and someone to flip the switch to give him a bit of energy. It was a dull reading, and his pace was slow, so it felt like things were never moving along. Yeah, yeah, I know. How could Robin of Sherwood & Prince Michael of Moldavia suck ass?!?! Well, there should be some kind of retribution for that stupid Dynasty
wedding bomb cliffie.
2) Actually things didn't
move along. The story was choppy and very episodic, with years passing in-between chapters and scenes switching between the characters as their paths converged at a snail's pace. Even though the timeline was leaping around, the action and characters weren't.
3) The character types were the ones we've seen out of Central Casting scores of times. The gruff mentor, the wide-eyed innocent hero, the long-suffering mother, the mystic seer, the innocent girl robbed of her virtue, the fat and greedy merchant, etc.
4) The dialogue. Dull as dishwater, so much it being filler. This book is over 550 pages and stuffed full of descriptions and exchanges between the characters that had little to no point and weight at all.
5) (view spoiler)[Julius Caesar as a back-alley rapist of a young slave girl, . (hide spoiler)]
Sorry, that doesn't fly. Colleen McCullough's version may have been biased to make him seem perfect, but he was still a believable Roman, politician, and dictator rather than a cheap hook for a lame revenge plot that, apparently, gets dragged out over 3 doorstoppers.
After not even reaching the halfway point and feeling that very little had happened, I decided to bail and save myself the pain. I was looking forward to this series, but the execution was way too sluggish and bloated.
I give it 1.5 stars even though I didn't finish it, but I think I know what would have happened: fight, hack, slash, boring talk, wooden sex, boring dialogue, fight, yell, sex, boring dialogue, and so on until a non-ending that screams, "Buy my next book to see what happens!" Uhhh, no thanks.
The author also seems to give the impression of being quite the proactive, passive-aggressive asshat when it comes to negative reviews - at least on Amazon US & UK. That was an ugly little discovery in my search for similarly disenchanted opinions about this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>