I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I loved the unique twists on the traditional Fantasy format. The book had several aspects that separated it from the flock. First, it combined genres. All the fantasy elements we expect were present like; Swords and sorcery, feudal systems, usurpers to the crown, hidden heirs and complex world building. However there were two deviations from the norm. One, was the creepy and dark, emotionally complex ghostly characters that continue to play roles throughout the tale. The other was the gender twist on the main protagonist Since the boy prince was actually a girl hidden in her brother's skin through some horrible magic. These aspects made this far more than a simple tale and led me to love the whole series.
Since it crosses so many genres I would have to say it is a mix of Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga (at least in feel and tone) and Anne Rice with dashes of Poe mixed in.
Ki and Lehl were my two favorite characters though Arkonio grew on me as well.
YES! I could not sleep. I had to keep reading and figure out what happened. This author does not spare characters and kills them off occasionally so you never know what will happen. I really enjoyed the relationships between many of the characters. I found them heartwarming and genuine.
The narration was excellent. An all around wonderful read. This is a trilogy and this is the first book. Due to the nature of the story they must be read in order.
I like the premise of the story. That the story didn't evolve more during the book
This whole story was a set up for the next book. I kept waiting for the story to evolve into some interesting conclusion but it ended like a dud. In a series - there has to be a complete story and then a cliff hanger for the next book. It shouldn't be one giant set up for the next book. I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
There has to be a follow up book as this book was one big set-up for the next book
This is a ghost story... A story of prophecy and betrayal the hero/heroine is badly damaged. All the characters in this story are stumbling around blindly just as they should be gone are the days of omnipotent wizards and silly intervening gods. Dragons are where they belong in the books about them. I love fantasy in all it's forms. Especially dragons fairies vampires and werewolves...... This is a ghost story. I absolutely love it. It captured me I have only one complaint ... Where is my emphatic character? I can't identify with anyone in the story.
This book took me by surprise. It was totally different from everyother fantasy I've ever read. Listen to all 3, it is worth the time and money.
wow this one this one put me right in the people and places loved every bit of it,couldn't stop listening,wonderfully writtin and,theres 2 more all I can say is i'm downloading #2 now...and just can't wait to hear what is next,READ THIS ONE
I enjoy books in this type of genre, but this one was confusing at best! The introduction just served to add to the confusion, the characters were dull - I finally shut it off about 1/3 of the way through, it was exhausting to listen to.
This is a great story that could be abridged into one book nicely, but instead is dragged out over three books with tedious detail. That being said the characters are lovable enough to force you to read to the end. I doubt that this is one that I will read again.