Perhaps I need to take a break from epic fantasy for a while. Or maybe just Sanderson’s work. This is a drawn-out story with lots of repetition. I think it could have told with many fewer words and been more entertaining.
The story is divided among serveral protagonists, who alternate POV in chapters. This would have worked had I cared at all about the characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t. That’s a deal-breaker for me. The author can’t seem to decide whether any of the characters were good or bad or stupid or smart, and maybe I need something more clearcut. The introspection of the characters is great, however, and we’re not left wondering how each is feeling or what they’re thinking.
The plot covers many themes, including power through magic, trust and deception, royalty and poverty, and most importantly, faith. The magical system was very interesting and imaginative.
There’s plenty of room for a series here if the author chooses.
The narration by Alyssa Bresnahan was excellent. Voices and accents were distinctive and pacing was very good.