Not at all happy with this book. A lot of profanity and explicit gay sexual content. It would have been nice to know this before I started listening with my young son !
The plot was very boring, almost like the author was summarizing rather than letting the reader experience it. And the characters were not likeable. After 15 hours, I'm not sure what the point was. It certainly wasn't entertaining. Was he trying g to be deep and dark? Either way, huge miss.
I enjoyed the story well enough, especially in the first third of the novel. This is definitely written by someone who is both fascinated and repelled by Narnia. However, I found that the Novel did not work all that well. The characters are mostly unlikeable, and the funhouse mirror version of Narnia is off-putting.
Started strong and very interesting it then quickly last its steam. They made all the characters too every day and flawed to the point that I stopped caring about all of them.
Enjoyed it enough to go to the second book to see what else happens. Melancholy Harry Potter anti-hero like lead character with certain redeeming qualities.
Solid 3.5 for me. I didn't love this book, but I didn't dislike it either. At times I thought, 'this is pretty cool!' But then at other points I just felt like the author mashed CS Lewis and JK Rowling together and this is what popped out. Undecided if I'll continue listening to the series, but since I'm a 'completionist' by nature, it'll likely happen at some point.