When I read the review of this book, I read one that said that this book reads like a cheap scifi movie or something along that line. I depend on reviews when I buy a book and I should have really listened to this one. I am sorry to say that this was one of the dumbest audios I have listened to. Sorry, don't waste your credit here.
I thought this book was OK, nothing special, but I was enjoying it in a mild way. Then it ended. Suddenly. I was completely taken by surprise when it just stopped, and I even double checked the length because I thought it might not have downloaded completely or something. But no. Now I realize that there are at least three more books in the series. Still, I think the first book should reach some kind of resolution (a la Harry Potter). I don't know if I will buy the others. After the 57th or so magical battle, where the author's object seemed to be what new tricks he could come up with to describe, it was sort of ho-hum. Moreover, the 15yo twins who are the main human characters are too stupid for words -- umm, after you've been told you will probably die if you go outdoors, and that you really don't want to know what the screams outside at night are all about, and after you have been through a harrowing day of meeting characters from legend, goddesses, etc., you go outside at night anyway because -- you want to go home? Really?
This series disappointed me. It was advertised as something better then Harry Potter, well, although HP is a bit childish for adults especially the first books, they grow up with the characters. Of course I did not expect something like HP, that would have been really bad, but I guess I expected some of the some humour and playing around with our world.
In HP the characters aren't really deep and get as personal as in other SF like Ursula Le Guin or The Hobbit etc., but here they are really flat... The story is pang and go. So if you just like action OK for you. But this books is here we go, then fight, then barely make it, run, fight again, wow the bad guy has potent weapons, barely get out of it etc. like a computer game.
Still there must be some qualities since I also bought the second book.....
I may have to give this one another chance but I got about two hours into it and my mind kept wondering. So either I have a lot of things on my mind or this isn't interesting enough to keep my mind from wondering. I may have to give it another try when I run out of credits and have nothing else to listen to.
A little like Harry Potter and Twilight combined. The narrator is good too. Charactors are easy to recognise from his voice inflections. The series starts out slow in the first chapter while the story line sets up but then does an excellent job shifting from high to mid gear and back again. The author also does a good job of creating suspense, switching from one drama to another, without waiting too long to get back to the action. Very enjoyable to read. A romantic tension might have made it better, say... if the tiwns were not actually related but cosmic twins or something, but still a great book. I definately could not wait to listen to the remaining books in the series.
I really enjoyed this book,it is definitely geared towards teens but i liked it (I am 32) and went on to buy the next in the series which happens to be equally good. Narration is particularly well done as well.
I found this to be overall a very well written book, well narrated and look forward to the next in the series.
This is a nice spin off from the Harry Potter franchise. Nice to see these types of books getting out there. The story is pretty interesting.. Glad I got this one.