When I purchased this book, I didn't realize it was the first in a series. The story is engaging at the beginning and was hard to put down with the "how do they get out of this situation?" questions I always had. I just finished the third book in the series and through all three books, it was a breathless breakneck pace of getting out of impossible situations. I actually got bored and sarcastic by the end of the second book, wondering what miracle would save them from doom just one more time. I knew that certain characters would not die, and I knew that it would be some impossible-to-predict miraculous savior or just discovered talent that would come at the very moment before death. Come on!
On top of this, the story did not follow through on its own foundations. There are inconsistencies everywhere, both with how a character might act or what their talents are or how their magical talents work. It simply didn't make sense, or follow from point A to point B in a logical fashion. After the first couple of chapters and before I became cynical, I felt that Michael Scott was definitely lacking a good editor in word choice and writing style. That became more and more obvious as I went on.
It was fun to have historical characters from all periods of history appear together at the same time, that was the hook that kept me going for awhile. But in the end, I felt that they were not given due credit, and there were way too many characters for the author to keep track of and make sure that he was consistent with their personalities and capabilities.
The good vs. evil was too simplistic as well. Characters were either good or bad. The bad ones stunk (literally) and the good ones smelled nice. I'm trying not to laugh as I write this, it was so elementary.
I stopped reading after the third book. I think there are three more in the series, but the thought of wasting more of my time with this series was more than I could bear. I found a synopsis online for the last book, which showed me that one of the battles in the third book was still going on in the last! That was enough for me. Not well written, and too dependent on impossible battles with miracles, ad nauseum.
No.. had some inreresting concepts but gell flat, characters did not develop well. Felt like a chore to finish hoping the ending would leave me curious about the next boook, bot it did not.
Maybe another narator.
While this is a series not related to Harry Potter, the history with in the story and the fantasy is fun and creative.
I loved this book it was very good can't wait to finish the next one. I enjoyed the narrator and the character descriptions.
Could'nt Turn Off
Crows Pecking On the Wind SHield!
Introduction to the shadow realm this to me is where the book starts
Dee uses Excalibur to freeze the tree, and Hekate, her life and power is linked to it, everything is turned to solid ice.
My, Husband decided not to continue listening with me, I wanted to give the book a chance and dedcided to listen on my own, What a mistake he made, this book is awsome! I can't wait to get in my car and go somewhere, just so i can listen! I love fantasty, if you do too, get this book.
I liked the original narrator. He did great with the different character voices.
It's hard to narrow it down to one thing.
Parts of it was done by someone else.
I bought this on a whim for my son, not really knowing what to expect. He has listened to it five times now - I have now confessed to him that there are more books in the series!
I enjoyed it very much seems like the type of thing perfect for teenage boys.
Can't really think of anything this book is really unique
The Narrator was great and matched the voices of the characters really good Makes it really exciting to listen to know what is coming next
Magical and adventure
Something my kids can read and yet it's got a good enough story I can still be interest and finish without rolling my eyes.
Most fantasy books I read are mostly urban fantasy. This one caught my interest when I read the publisher's summary. After the first few chapters, I was hooked.
Sophie was my favorite character. She was head strong between the twin. She was not easily influnced by some of the villians, even though she still was the archetypal "innocent character".
I just hate how influential Josh was through out the whole book. If someone told to jump in the lake, he probably would jump in the lake.