In terms of basic story telling, I found the background information dumps a bit awkward. But what really got to me was the attitude towards sexual activity among teenagers. I actually would have been fine with a "wait until you're adults/married" attitude. But instead it was an attitude that teenage boys engaging in sexual with a number of partners are to be admired/become the romantic lead; teenage girls who "give up their v-card" (yes a phrase from the book) to long term boyfriends are frowned upon; girls with multiple partners are "sluts." It is causally thrown in throughout the book (e.g. the main character's skill is finding lost items, such as "lost bras that girls should have known better than to take off in the first place."). It is books like this that lead to unhealthy, misogynistic attitudes in society. By coincidence, I read the same day about a community's response to a statutory rape case. One fellow student tweeted “Young girls acting like whores there’s no punishment for that, young men acting like boys is a sentence.” This real-life, sad little tweet could have come from our protagonist's mouth. Confession: I haven't finished it and not sure I will be able to make myself do so.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
This was well narrated, with Ms. Sands bringing a bit of something extra to the reading.
The story itself was well written with good characterization and character building, a strong plot that kept to a just-right pacing (neither slow, nor so fast that you had to listen to every single word to avoid confusion).
Folks who have listened to Ms. Estep's adult series, Elemental Assassin, will find some references to Gin Blanco's world, but there's no mention of elemental magicians, dwarves, vampires, or giants as common-place members of society.