I have not been disappointed by any of Kim Harrison's books and this one is no exception. The original narrator is back and sounds great. This was a great listen I am already anticipating book 8.
Wow! Hold on to your seat because you are in for an emotional rollercoaster! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll curse human kind! In the end you will be grinning from ear to ear...I know I was! You have to buy this! Trust me, you will not regret it!
I just finished White Witch Black Curse, and I loved it! I have missed Rachel so much the past months, she is back in all of her glory, as another reviewer said her "I'm sorry's" get to be a bit overdone but not enough to detour me from this listening, we finally find out, well whats been left open in previous books gets tidied up here. I can not wait for the next book, its killing me that its not coming out until next year.
Discovering Kim Harrison was my entertainment high point - she has continued to deliver where Laurel Hamilton did not. Kim has created yet another cracking good novel that compliments all the earlier books in this series. The characters are enriched, the story line is coherent both as a stand-alone book, and in series development. Personally the only demerit was the narrator. The Outlaw Demon Wails has been the only other audible book of this series I have listened to and I adored Gigi Birmingham's interpretation of the characters. This narrator failed to deliver the same level of imagery.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
As usual, Marguerite Gavin was superb. I really like Kim Harrison's writing style, the characters. This book delivered all the entertainment I've come to expect from this series and I was not disappointed.
I so badly want to like this book. Mostly because of the insanely good narrator and the overall story arc.
But sadly I can’t.
There is a few reasons for this:
First of the author seems to not be able to remember 1 hour of story back. The rules of magic constantly get broken, there is no consistency, one thing is explained and 1 hour later, it is utterly ignored. The system they build is just horrific because there is no consistency at all.
Second reason: the main character is SOOO amazingly stupid, the choices she takes is so horribly stupid, even characters that have tried to sell her to demons several times, sell her to other witches, trying to kill her, trying to kill her friend etc etc etc. she is reacting to them as if they just stole her car in a “well all good and all forgotten” -.-
Her stupid is so crazy high it is pathetic, it is the “ow I can try not to kill anything and ignore how we should all have been killed because of my stupidity because of PLOT MAGIC!!”
Third reason: the plot magic I described, well yer that is all magic is in these books, it got zero consistency, zero rules to follow, and it can do and be changed in any way the plot calls for and is continually done so. Following the “rules” of the magic and how it is set up, this world could be pretty cool, but apparently there is no rule to follow and magic just works in the way the plot demands which is just ridicules.
Fourth: the main and rest of the cast ignores OBVIOUSLY 100% “I WIN” moves -.- there is so many situations where the whole problem that is in the book could have been solved by any of the books characters having the brain of a 10 year old and actually using the resources that is there to be used, but because of either plot, or an author with utter lack of memory, the cast just ignores all their tools…
The good things:
The overall story arc of demons, and two worlds, her personal powers, the policy which should lay behind (that is so often ignored due to “PLOT NEED”) and the whole magic in our world thing is pretty awesome, and it is what have kept me trying to push through the series in hope that the author at some point would run the books past someone that are well versed in magical system and general consistency of the universe that is created… but not yet..
I've never seen it written but I think it's pronounced Cor-mell(e) and not Cor-mul. Sounds weird when the second syllable is short instead of long.
Arts voice was terrible cheesy.
Otherwise—great work all around.