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Completely propped up by one compelling character.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-08

While I find the story intriguing and the pacing works well, I found myself increasingly frustrated by much of the plot being driven too many obviously bad decisions by main characters. The Kayden arc is fascinating and deserving of 5 stars, it's the rest of that brings it down to 3 stars. Many of the problems the characters struggle against later in the book are frustratingly easily avoidable. The thoughtlessness and irrationality of the characters really started to annoy me by the end. I'm still enjoying the series overall and I hope this books failings were just a symptom of needing to get characters into position for the last book.

A more personal story from Abercrombie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-30

Joe Abercrombies style and Steven Paceys narration are perfect together as always. This is a fantastic standalone story that is more focused on a smaller, more personal and straightforward tale that reminds me of an old western. This allowed me to become more invested in the individuals than the narrative. I can't help but wonder if this tale would be even better having not read the main trilogy...

Completely falls apart in second book

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-17

I liked the first book and the overall narrative but I couldn't finish the second. It became too much of a "men who trained in combat they're whole life are stupid or evil, women who trained for less than a week are just as capable" SJW fest. Seriously, one woman invented the wheel, archery, and can forge newly discovered steel better than dwarves who have been doing it for MILLENNIA, and a 15 year old girl invents writing and translates a completely unknown language in a single day... COME ON. It's insulting, at least when Wheel of Time did it the women had to WORK for it.

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A disappointing end to the trilogy

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2017-11-11

After thoroughly enjoyng the first two books I found Quest to be slow and anticlimactic.

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