This book drug on and on for me, with so many deviations from the plot that I couldn't stay interested. I wasn't sure if the main story was catching the bad guy or avoiding getting dead. The main character kind of bumbled her way through, losing my interest when she was caught as a ferrett. Hmmm. The performance by Gavin was good, though.
The first half was not doing it for me, but a couple of things made it better in the second half.
The biggest problem is the heroine Rachel. She is not good at things. She doesn’t sweat the details. She isn’t successful. Sometimes there are reasons she isn’t successful, like her boss sabotaging her. (Actually seeing details of her boss sabotaging her could have been good, but that wasn’t shown.) She is reckless and jumps to wrong conclusions. She doesn’t plan well. She gets caught while spying on a bad guy - three times. There’s a contract on her with assassins attacking her. Each time she doesn’t do anything smart to get away. Luck or someone else rescues her. When she does get around to doing a witch-like thing, it’s not impressive. She wanted to make a potion to turn into an animal. But she’s in a hurry and uses a mouse hair because it’s convenient. As it turned out it was a mink’s hair not a mouse hair, so she turns into a mink. I like to watch someone do something well or in an interesting way. But I wasn’t interested in watching Rachel do mediocre things.
But I loved one part. Rachel is in mink form and cannot change back to human. She has been captured by a bad guy who plans to kill her by entering her in the rat fights. Trained rats fight to the death. What happened during the fight and after was very entertaining. It was the best part of the book. It had to do with meeting and interacting with another creature.
The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok, but at times she talked too fast. I would have liked occasional dramatic pauses.
Genre: urban fantasy.
dissapointed with the serie
So here is when I am done with this series when I simply found it too stupid to keep listening….
The issue which have gone through the entire series:
”way too sexual frustrated writer”:
Continually use excessively much time on writing the start of a soft porn instead of focusing what would make for a good story creation.
The vampires absurdly sexual mind control ability bs: seriously if they had anything near these abilities they wouldn’t need anything else to control everyone and everything..
It is ridiculously broken and it is just stupid.
It only makes it worse than when everyone knows they got the abilities that they EVER allow them to even get a chance to use their charm abilities, and not instantly killing them when they do so.
Even worse that within the inderlanders that it is tolerated that they constantly allow them to use this charm without it being seen as using a deadly weapon.
(you are essentially allowing them to use permanently mind control that not only breaks your mind, makes you 100% addicted beyond anything, but also removes your free will: no way anyone with half a brain would allow this… the second a charm hit you would pull a uzi with uranium bullets and fill the vamp with them.)
Which brings us to the next problem:
Idiotic main character and cast. The characters and cast got the brains of worms when it is needed. There is SOO many ways to deal with the scenarios 100 times better then what they choose.
Several times, they just make absolutely idiotic decisions, refusing to use the powers they got:
(After book 2, Rachel got the ability to instantly put up a circle, which makes her 100% immune to ANYTHING from outside the circle. But even so she refuse to use it 99% of the time where it would be the PERFECT defence against inderlanders that because she doesn’t use it fucks them up and makes extremely bad situations, which would have been completely avoided easily by 1 word.)
Weaponries. When everything the main can do with magic can be done more effectively with conventional weapons and as good as any magic is useless vs conventional weapons.. even so apparently no one is intelligent to actually just take a gun and win, and the people that use guns apparently got the worst aim in the history of mankind -.-
The continually selfpitty bs which only gets worse and worse -.- the best metaphor for the development of the main is a child hammering nails through its hand then whining that it hurts more and more, when all it needs to do is STOP hammering on the nails…
Extreme inconsistency on different concepts of what magic and different kind of magic can do.. (there is a lot of “Because of PLOT and bad writing” situation. Which just made me so angry).
Overall, I got to 3 hours before book 4 ended before I just wanted to “burn the books”….
The overall idea of them is good, but there is so much idiocy just swarming the books I simply couldn’t keep listening….
The worst thing is that I rather want to hear where the story is going but it is 20% really good and interesting, but 80% bad and annoying…
I truly tried to push through all the bad and annoying. However, at book 4 I just could not stand the idiotic decisions and the whine which followed -.-
The narrator did a good job the entire time :)
I couldn't get the point and didn't have the patience for them to get around to it. it was a lot of cute description and a lot of trying to be funny but I kept thinking ok you have described everything but what is the point the plot anything give me something other than detailed description and zinger lines!
something that Davina Porter or Johanna parker narrate ! I love them!
get to the point a little faster!!!!
gonna ask for my credit back since I only managed 2 1/2 chapters!
No matter how good the narration is, for me the story is the main thing, so even though Marguerite did a splendid job on this one (she has REALLY grown as a narrator), I can still give it only two stars.
While the story and characters are colorful, neither they nor the world they exist in are very well thought-out. Plus the protagonist is... how do I put it nicely... dumber than a box of rocks. Oh, and wishy-washy as hell. The storyline is scattered all over the place as if the main character just has not clue. Worse, while I could understand confusion, her powers as a witch are pretty wimpy and inconsistent. And yet, somehow she perseveres. While this is often the way of it in novels, we at least usually can agree it's plausible. Not so here. She should have died several times, yet didn't. It's very much one of those "and then the little boy woke up" sorts of feelings, but it happens more than once.
I wanted, REALLY wanted to like this story. But the author pulled the rug out from under my feet a few times too many. I even tolerated it all the way to the end in the hopes that it would all come together - it didn't. I would really that thirteen hours of my life back!
I love to read sci-fi and thrillers. Will read anything that gets good reviews. I hear a lot of good books that way.
She is jumping from the frying pan into the fire every time you turn around.
Janks. He may be little, but he is not afraid of anything.
First time I've listened to her.
A Witch, a Vampire, and a Pixie walk into a bar...
This is a great book. Suspense, humor, and loyalty all rolled up into one.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
I bought this audio book on a whim, just looking for a new fantasy series and this one happened to be on sale. I'll admit, It took me a while to get into it. It's not that the first half is bad, it's just a lot of set up and not that much action. I was determined to finish it though cause I hate having unfinished books. Once I was about midway though, I couldn't put it down! Harrison brings together a very dynamic and interesting set of characters. I also like her spin on fantasy creatures as well as combining it with a modern day setting. This book is excellent!
Maybe. I'm not totally writing other books off but they with not be top on my list.
Yes because it ends with them just starting up their business.
Since I only listened to the book, I don't know if it was the narrator's fault that it sounded snarky and jaded or if that was the way it was written. I like strong women characters but this one was just hard to like at all.
The world that Kim Harrison made is frightening and so very hilarious with Jenks brought so alive by Marguerite Gavin. Ivy, Jenks and Rachel really jell. I laughed I cried I really wanted to help. Kim really wrote something very special and Marguerite brought it to Life
This story is engaging. I like the characters that Ms Harrison has created very much and I really like how she has thrust all the witches, vampires, pixies, etc. into relatively present day Cinncinnatti. The society she has constructed for them is interesting as are the interactions of these species with each other and their human counterparts. This is a great escapist reading just for the fun of it. The narrator is well suited to the story.