My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The audio version of this book was fantastic, but this may have been a case where the print version would have made things easier. You can flip back, in the print version, when things start falling into place. Or, when things get even more confusing. Both situations happened during this book.
If you’re a fan of the political intrigue, twisty plot and twisty characters version of SF/Fantasy, this book will be right up your alley. How Scholes ever kept it all straight could probably be a book all its own! Yet, he doesn’t sacrifice characterization for the sake of plot. Each of the characters makes you feel somthing for them. It isn’t always a good something, but Scholes manages to make even the worst characters seem redemptive. And I mourned the absence of
Gregoric secondary characters I probably wasn’t meant to get so attached to. I won’t say more than that for spoilerish reasons.
I was a little bit lost at the end, but that could be because I was listening, working and/or driving while I listened and was bound to miss important clues given at important times. But, it is possible that there were a few too many twists and turns. Nothing is as it seems in the Named Lands, and, possibly, even beyond. Can’t wait for book 2, which I’ll be taking in with my eyes instead of my ears.