There were a lot of things that I thought this book did very well in terms of introducing more human (albeit privileged) characters.
The treatment of magic as a drug and the addiction it creates was something that had never really been explored in a series like Harry Potter, so actually seeing its consequences was interesting.
The way that magic was used was also very cool and unique.
My biggest gripe was that it was difficult for me to connect with the characters although there is a lot if character development.
Definitely listen to all three books.
LOVED these books. I was sucked right in. The narrator did a great job of pulling you into the story with his different accents. The characters were cool in an adult way which is refreshing after all the teen magic books that are created. Cool story with cool plot twists
Excellent. A fantastic and authentic exploration of unfiltered human emotions cast upon an elaborate story that dips and peaks between the magic we all seek and the doubts we secretly carry. Bravo.
Fantastic story. A fantasy for adults who still believe in magic. The catcher in the rye meets Harry potter.
Cynical and unlikeable slog of a book The main character was insufferable and the rest weren't developed enough to cared about, and while you might argue that was the authors intent, that doesn't entertaining to read. The premise is executed much better in the TV series where they manage to latch onto and develop the actual interesting elements of the story.
I read these books some time ago. If you are reading due to the tv series you will find the books to be exponentially better. A Fantastic series. An Americanized "Harry Potter" for adults.
I started the series after watching the show and I was very pleased to see the stories go down completely different paths leaving the plot unspoiled. The author was able to show the emotions and growth of Quentin so perfectly making the story more emersive and honestly my favorite books series.
love this book. it's my favorite.
Absolutely great story way better than the tv series.
As a lifelong fan of Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, and others of the sci-fi/fantasy realm, it’s been absolutely wonderful to find a series that really tackles some of the deeper philosophical issues presented in this genre. It addresses topics of addiction, existentialism, suffering of innocent victims, morality, sexuality, reality, etc. Sometimes the tackle is executed very subtly and other times it’s an all out blitz. Can’t wait to listen to books 2 and 3, am glad it’s the same narrator for all 3.
Saying this book is like Harry Potter is a complete joke. It's extremely boring in comparison, and basically none of the characters are likeable. My bf and I almost didn't get through this audio book. We heard the next books are better, so we may give them a shot in the future. We just watched season 1 & 2 of the Syfy show and found it WAAAAY more entertaining.
Good book and the narration was good.
I liked the story.
I loved the narrator. I liked the adult setting for a fantasy novel.
Sloppy imitation of Narnia, which he subsequently ruins for the world. I'm offended for Lewis and Rowling by the comparisons. There are actually a few captivating moments (surely there had to be in 17 hours of dialogue) but in the end they, too, are disappointing and anti-climactic.
Great book. I defensively enjoyed it. Looking forward to watching the series
I could not finish it, a very slow plot, where I felt like nothing really happened.
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