Engaging and fast paced, I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that I liked this book.
I was expecting a smarmy, love story but that's not what I got.
The world was well developed as was the concept of the magical realms, and the inclusion of the Hindi deities was very nice. It kept me going back to google trying to find out more and more about the background setting and I found I learned about the Hindi Pantheon and even colonial India's history as a side benefit of the read.
I was able to see the references and allusions to Snow White, but they were not intrusive and the story could well stand on its own merit.
This is by far one of my favorite books by Mercedes Lackey. It is well written, well researched, and flows beautifully. A favorite reafd. Add in the amazing narrator and it is a highly enjoyable experience.
Read the book a while back and loved it. I was so excited to find it again as an audio book and was very pleased with Michelle Ford's performance! Eager to continue the series.
The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the story even better. It doesn't have the passion of the Valdemar stories, but it's a good yarn, and a fun read. My only criticism is it took too long to get to the meat of the story. If this narrator reads any of the other "Elemental Masters" books, I'll be sure to buy it.
This is a novel full of Victorian magic, romance, and a bit of adventure. The story is extremely well crafted and I think Lackey fan will find this a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
Slow pace in the beginning, but engaging. The protagonist is perhaps too capable, well prepared, and public spirited, and the villain (once she appears) too one-dimensional, but nonetheless the story stays interesting.
It's in my top 5.
The characters have real depth, rather than being caricatures.
Her reading made it so easy to see the world in the book.
No. But it made me go out and buy half a dozen books by the same author.
Mercedes Lackey is my new favorite author.
This was a good book. I enjoyed the visuals I was able to conjure up while listening.
Another solid win for Mercedes Lackey fans. A fairy tale retelling that is true to the spirit of the tale and yet different enough to keep the audience enthralled to the very end. Michelle Ford's narration is great, helping make The Serpent's Shadow a very worthwhile read.