Just A little bibliophile!
yet not completely in mine. I enjoyed this story overall, and the writing is good. Yet, somehow the characters remained a bit flat and unconvincing for me. I was more "won-over" by Day than by June, though I came to like them both a little bit more by the end. I found June a bit "Princess-y" and annoying. I'm not sure how much that had to do with the choice of narration. Mariel Stern has a fine voice, it's just that with this story she didn't quite make the character believable to me. She was supposed to be physically trained, (strong), and very smart, yet she came accross as spoiled, sheltered and naive for most of the story. She seems to grow a bit by the end, though, I must say. And I came to like Day. Kaplan's portrayal of him is a little more matched to the character, as far as I'm concerned. Thomas was very convincing by the time you got into the meat of the story because of his sheer stepford-evil. He was "real" enough to make me mad.
I like the overall premise and story, and again I'd like to say the writing is good. By the end it did make me care enough that I will check out the next installment of June and Day's story when the time comes.
This is a story to go to if you're looking for a little escape with a tale of two young people who fall in love while on the run in difficult circumstances and facing dangerous angels...all the while they don't like each other at first. In fact that's the plot device that almost drags on a little too long. Sounds entertaining, and it is, since some scenes play out better than others. The narrative (and dialogue) is not quite as artful and compelling as some other great books I've read (or heard) lately, and is a bit repetitive at points throughout the story. However, I came to like the characters enough that I will read the next book to see what happens; they are fairly well-developed and fleshed out. The narration is pretty good, and for the most part matches what I feel is the tone of the story.
I enjoyed this engrossing, travel-filled adventure as the set up to the next installment. Filled with not only the fights and quests of the characters, but so much emotion and conflict between them. I appreciated the way Kelsey grew and matured a bit. She did not "change her mind" as often as I was afraid she might. The writing is good, with the exception of one notable scene that seemed too prolonged. We are left with a bit of a cliffhanger, definitely keeping you waiting for the next book, especially if you are a fan. The narration by Annika Boras is very good!
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Some writers drag us along into their writing, wading into a hastily-created and flawed universe of their own making. It can make for tough reading, and ultimately, can turn off many a reader.
Garth Nix, I'm happy to say, is not such a writer. This effort is a fun read. It is a universe well thought out, with the technologies, religions, politics, hierarchies and subterfuge splashing together to create an enjoyable experience. Detailed without being preachy, challenging without being confusing, it is a great choice for your Audible credit.
Notice I'm not giving the plot away, nor any spoilers? Here's why: This is a bit of a wild romp that you'll enjoy better by discovery, versus anticipation due to anything I might give away ion this review.
I WILL say this: If I could compare Nix's writing and style, it reminds me of the recent Dune audiobooks by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Hebert, but more of a tongue in cheek, just a bit. Very cool, believable and leaves you wanting the author to keep writing.
Now, THAT'S a good audiobook, yes?