Review: Bolivar’s Sword

  • Title:
    • Bolivar’s Sword
  • Author:
    • Jamie Edmundson
  • Release:
    • February 7, 2018
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Greg Patmore
    • Bridget Thomas
  • Series:
    • The Weapon Takers Saga #2

This will have to be a review from a unique point of view, I guess. I got this as a review copy, but I didn’t get the first book as well. I didn’t even know there was a first book until I began listening.

I’ve picked up books in the middle of a series before and have been able to figure out (more or less) what was going on, but this is definitely not one of those books. The entire time, I felt like I was missing a LOT of context. I never really knew who was who, what they were referring to, etc. I could tell that some scenes were likely references to the previous book, but it didn’t help fill in the gaps.

Despite my confusion and lack of understanding of the story, I never found myself any less invested. While I can’t say my usual “If you liked the first book, this is more of the same.” or “This is what I liked and disliked about the changes; bla bla bla.” I will say, this book was interesting enough that I want to find out for myself. It just made me want to get the first book, listen to it, or read it, and then return to this one with that beautiful context in mind.

The combat scenes were wonderfully choreographed and it was easy to follow along. Any scenes of danger were fraught with tension and excitement. The attention to detail was noticed.

As for the audiobook narration, where do I even begin? The narrator was one of the 4 best narrators I’ve ever heard. I had a huge smile on my face as I began to listen. His narration was full of incredible accents, emotion, inflections, and tone that gave life to every character. He really takes his job seriously and I for one am grateful for it.

As for his co-narrator; She has a beautiful singing voice. I wish I could have heard it more. She didn’t have many speaking roles, but the ones she did were pretty good. However, there were at least 2 instances where female characters were talking to each other and it sounded like an insane woman talking to herself, which was a blotch on an otherwise perfect audiobook.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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