I struggled to remember all the names and people in the story. I did really enjoy the story but I'm not sure I will read the rest of the series.
I listened to this long book twice - in a row. The plot was complex enough that I wanted to catch a few more details the second time around and I also had a chance to notice the narration and not just the story. Anne Flosnik is the main character - and all the rest. I have listened to many Audible presentations and this is without question the best. No distracting mispronunciations to draw my attention from the story, no voices that don't ring true for the characters. I don't see how anyone could have done a better job.
there is a lot going on in this story. The author does a decent job of tying things together, but a lot is left unsaid. I enjoyed the read. I will give the second book a try.
I didn't want to stop listening. I have read the book before just once, but listening to it is also a great experience. The characters and descriptions are fantastic.
Had I but known that the author knows only one device for creating suspense -- foreshadowing -- I probably wouldn't have bought the book.
This truly spectacular book (and series) is so incredibly well-written and thought out that the story captivates instantly and rivets one's attention for the duration. The character is so unique and deeply developed that I couldn't help but walk along with her in the story. The world is so detailed it becomes incredibly easy to visualise the culture and society, but the political maneuverings bring a much needed intrigue that lays the path for Phedre.
Anne Flosnik was a pleasant surprise as a narrator. I haven't liked her in the past, but I can't commend her performance enough. Her telling of the story was superb.
I enjoyed this thoroughly as an audiobook, however I will say that I had already read the entire series (twice!) before picking this up in audio version, so I had no trouble with the complexity of the world and characters. I saw some reviews that mentioned it could be confusing, so I thought I'd add this caveat to my comments.
ABOUT THE SAME
SHOWING THE DECIET AND GREED PEOPLE HAVE NOT CARING WHO THEY DESTROY TO MAKE A BUCK AND HAVE CONTROL OVER EVERYONE THEY CAN
all the characters about the same but at least the knight had some pride and was willing to take care of others (not for money or control like the others)
SHOWING HOW THEY BOUGHT AND SOLD HUMANS SOMETHING THAT IS STILL BEING DONE TODAY
This is one of my favorites. On a scale of 1-10 this is for sure an 8.
I think of all the fascinating characters that are introduced I absolutely love Joscelin Verreuil. He has such depth; he is forever standing at a crossroads. He must choose and choose and choose again.
From the first introduction you forget this is a book; it feels more like Phedra is actually talking. Unfolding her story with grace and elegance.
Beauty should never be confused with weakness.
This is just the first book in the series. It is beautiful and wonderfully written. Jacqueline Carey has a talent for description that would make angels weep. I could not put this down.
I tried for three hours to listened to the book. I just could not listen to the anymore. I am not sure who would like this book.
It is not Ms. Flosnik's performance of the book. I just didn't care for the book. I purchased the book due to the special offered by Audible to possibly offer options to get interested into new series.
None of the characters are interesting to me.