First book I've listened to by this Author. Very good story.Kept me interested from start to finish. It's nice to "read" a paranormal story that has more to it than man meets woman, they fight, they have sex, they fight some more then make up and live happily ever after. The story has a nice conclusion while still setting up the next book in the series. The narration leaves something to be desired, a southern voice for a plot based in Atlanta would have been nice.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this series, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself looking forward to listening. After the second book, I was really hooked and hope Audible will carry more of the series. Great narration as well.
True, no sex scenes but LOTS of graphic violence peppered with rippling, straining and injuries. Breathy narrator voices the Tough Chick with plenty of insecurities setting in motion the stereotypical mindless mistakes making sure she drives away the Good Guy, positioning the Bad Boy to become her rescuer from the Evil Doer. All the while holding her own in battle and beating herself up mentally. Ah, good times.
Still, I had to finish it and was surprised at how quick the time went by.
I have never stopped listening to a book before. This narrator puts no personality or even inflection in her reading. I couldn't stand it.
While the writing itself is quite obviously amateurish (not bad, just unpolished), the world created here is rather original to me and that's what's driven me to try book 2 in the series. I'm hoping that the more they write, the better their prose will become. It's a credit to the authors that they've created a world that blends the supernatural with the real world, and have done it in an intriguing way. I still don't know WHY some things happen, or WHY some things are the way they are, but that's ok. I much prefer learning about the world as the story goes on rather than having it all explained to me in minute detail. That's the strength of this book. If you can get past the sometimes eye-rolling turn of phrase or monotonous setting description (on this wall there was a painting, on the wall over to the right, that had a crack, was a bookcase, to the left of that.. etc), then I think this is an entertaining listen for anyone into supernatural or fantasy. There's a little bit of romance, but not a whole ton which is good. Every time there's too much, it's a sure sign of a poor story. Thankfully, the authors haven't made that mistake, at least with this first book.
I wouldn't rrecommend this book to anyone unless they were new to the fantasy / magic theme books.
This book seemed more like a sequel. By that I mean that the reader is dropped in on the lead character when most of her friendships/relationships have reached their stabilizing point. Half of them are dead and the rest of them have already had bonding moments with the lead character. So it was difficult for me to empathize with the main characters sense of loss, since the author hadn't established any emotional connection to the dead characters. I also felt it difficult to empathize with any sense of betrayal from her established relationships or anger towards the villians. I was in a constant state of feeling like i had already missed the good parts of the story. I actually stopped listening at one point to double check that i hadn't purchased a sequel in the series instead of the first book.
Without the characterization to give me emotional involvement, I tried to distract myself with the magical elements but they weren't explained in any depth, so that was out. What little explanation there was of this world was just another kind of derivative of every other world from the other thousands of books. Vampires, werewolves, and magic words, blah blah blah. Nothing really earth shattering there. Just more of the same. What original elements there were (the magical sword, the constant switching of magic and science holding sway over the world) wasn't explained in any detail to engage me.
At that point, all that was left for me was the murder mystery aspect of the story. However, most of that was based around the workings of that magical world, which again, wasn't explained. So, without established rules or boundaries for the magical options, there was no fun of trying to figure out the mystery. Because anything was a possibility.
typical, average, adequate
If the author would write a prequel book, I might be talked into giving it a shot. But i'd be extremely wary and she would have to get my attention fast. If nothing better than this book shown in the first 2 chapters, i'm done.
Just finished listening to this book for about the 5th time. This is by far my favorite series. Completely disagree with the negative criticisms of the narrator. Raudman imbues Kate with exactly the right attitude, snark, and vulnerablilty. With each book, the narration of the minor characters improves as their characterization is developed. The beautiful thing about Kate is that she is a kick-butt heroine with depth. She's a born and bred warrior, with a sharp wit, and realistic flaws. From the first paragraph, the information being given is crucial to understanding the character and the world. Each story is interesting and exciting, and the running back-stories keep you waiting impatiently for the next book. A must-listen for fans of urban fantasy
As my title says, this story was slow to start but when I got into it, it was great. The narrator did a wonderful job with the different characters and I was thoughoughly enjoying it from about 1 1/2 hours in. As soon as I finished I checked for more titles in the series. There is and I'm really looking forward to listening to it.
The plot was painfully slow but good. I really don't care for the magic out of the closet/bag books. I like books about secret magic and supernaturals living among unsuspecting humans.
Good universe building and a character with depth and complexity. She does not over explain but reveals the world slowly. A three star because there was one event which made no sense to me. I am, however going to buy book two as soon as I post this review.