I won't waste anyone's time wth reeating the plot as it's well described in both book summary, and by many reviewers .
There is a lot to like . The characters were well written. The plot made sense. The world building was complex.
Some people complained about the style but I found it relatively straightforward, The primary story being told by a currently unnamed chronicler with flash backs at various points in the narrative supplying motive
However there was rhird voice in rhe piece. The footnote. I ended up taking a star off for the excessive use of footnotes, combined with the irritating way they appeared in the kindle format. Let me explain. You click a footnote and got a paragraph. There was also invite to ' got to footnotes' which took you to an expanded footnote. Some of these were up to two pages long. You then had to navagate your way to your original place. This was repeated at least three times a chapter A lot of this information could have been inserted into the story or not been used at all. Who needs to know who designed a certain building and whether they had a statue erected in the builder's honour?
I also deducted half a star for writer vanity. A certain amount of the footnotes were witty comments , some addressed directly to the reader. I can think of no reason they were put in as footnotes other than author the thought of something amusing, couldn't figure out how to insert it into the narrative so decided to make it a footnote because he couldn't bear to cut it.
My advice is to read the story ignoring the footnotes intially. You can always read the footnotes on a second read through
Final rating was 3,5 stars
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 20 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 11 September 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B075FZLL21
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)