Just finished book 4 no end in sight....One cliff hanger after another. There is a book 5 and from the reviews that is not the end. By book 3 it become repetative which is a shame because I really liked the 1st 3 books....
Not really much depth in this series...it reads very much like a TV show.
That said, sometimes you are in the mood for TV! I am an older reader, so I might be a bit skewed. Maybe my review would be different if I was a teen.
If you are looking for something to pass the time on vacation or a road trip this series would be a good one.
Smarter more believable characters...the boy twin is remarkably dense, even for a teen aged boy.
We didn't finish listening to it. We ( 2 adults and a 15 year old trapped in a car on a long drive) agreed to just stop the story.
This is a good series. It's in the kids section so be forewarned that this is light listening. That being said it is entertaining and I enjoyed listening to it. I just wished they were consistent and kept this narrator throughout the whole series :(
I'm going to get this from the library and read it myself. I can't tell whether it's the author or the narrator, but this really drags. Makes you wish there were an accelerator pedal for playback.
Wretched, awful, terrible. Been a while since I read a book this bad. Perhaps good if you are ten, not sure. Lots of obnoxious and pointless exposition, to explain what is happening. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I would stay away from this one.
book lacks character development. it's just a story that goes on and on ... it's a narrative without any heart. remember how wonderful the magic was in Harry Potter .. well don't look for that here ..
I was liking it ok til I got to the end and it said look for book 2. I don't like it enough to look for book 2
If you are the type who enjoyed Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and maybe even a touch of Brian Lumley this series is probably for you.... it is a little on the dark side. Although it is more YA there is not the ubiquitous overadundance of teen angst. There is the duality aspect from all points of view as people are trying to work out who to trust, what is the truth and how to stay alive. I always enjoy books that casually drop in references to famous historical personages and let us see them in a different light. There are lots of tales from bygone centuries and myth and legend along with lashings of magic. It encourages the imagination to paint wonderful canvases and the central love story between Nicholas and Perenell is endearing. My only reservation is their is not enough comedic input. Most of it comes from scatty and I think they would have benefitted from more one liners. The teenagers, Josh and Sophie, are very mature for their age and provide a good balance and anchor to our modern world against the ancient beings surrounding them. An enjoyable and fast paced first novel.
I have never been a fan of sci-fi or fantasy, but ordered the first in this series as part of a special offer. I can only say I am hooked, and have introduced my grown up kids to the travails of Josh and Sophie. The writing is sound, the characters engaging and I do enjoy the appearance of 'real' historical characters. Denis O'Hare has a pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. I have just ordered the fifth in the series.