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.
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.
I read a review about the book being a remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and that is what this story is about, but with the Mercedes Lackey touch. There is some romance in it, but it's G rated and there's not much of it in the book, which is good from my point of view. The Magic System is too predictable and that subtracts 1 star as I rank fantasy books. The narrator is very good. She mispronounced a few words, but it might just be that she's not speaking American English. Overall the story is good, not great, and not horrible, so I give 3.5 stars.
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.
I thought discovering the roots oh her magic meant examination of old beliefs and powers. So disappointed. The main character is interesting and the time period is one I love, but the plot is trite. Such a waste for a writer who is so adept with words.
When the book first started I was concerned it would be spending too much time talking about clothing. As the tale grew and the story unfolded I began to enjoy it very much.
The narrator provides an average but sufficient performance. To my ear her characters sometimes blend and accents are minimal but she does a decent job with both genders.
The story paints a colourful picture of London and serves up interesting characters giving us points of view of both protagonists and antagonists. The explanation of magic as the characters see it fits in well with the setting.
This audio book has no great flaws and is a good listen. I look forward to the rest of the series.