This book was fairly predictable, a bit too melodramatic. The teenage girls are even more annoying and stupid than the stereotypical "teen." The whining and complaining gets old. The characters are not even consistent in their actions or emotions, except perhaps Pippa, who is just downright 100% stereotypical. The narrator's voice irritating and her portrayal of the characters made them even more intolerable than they already were.
I listened to this audiobook on a long trip with my daughter. Each of us really enjoyed both the narration and the story. It was a little unusual in that it has some aspects of a historical romance and some of a more fantasy-type book, but the mixture works and helped us to pass a very enjoyable long journey in the car.
I purchased this story for teenage girls to listen to as we traveled. They didn't stay interested. It has an interesting storyline, but the narrator is sometimes difficult to understand. I don't see any insight or a message from this story. Maybe in the next books in the trilogy? I even continued to listen to it, when the girls gave up, thinking it would get better (plus I hate to leave a book unfinished)but it was not very exciting. Even the "scary" plots were not that clear. This could be because we quit listening to it and then I picked it up again, but it just didn't keep my or the girls' interest enough.
I am not a teen reader, I was recommended this book by a friend so i downloaded all the audible titles in the series. I would say that the pros and cons for thses books are about equal.
Interesting story and good charcter depth
Good flow from the first book to the last while keeping each book enjoyable in themselves.
Fairly predictable. Heroine not very likable. By the time you get to the end all you can think is "Surely she must know better by now!"
All in all I would suggest these books as an enjoyable listen good for a car trip. But you won't be blown away and asking for more.
kind of uninspired and formulaic. I'm so tired of the "discover inner goddess feminine power" storyline for ya fiction. also, there was so much potential with the India storyline, but the author did nothing with it. Why, if the guy was from India, should he care about joining a secret society that went back to European figures like King Arthur or Charlemagne? Does India itself have no cool myths or history that Bray could have looked into? It made no sense.
Actually very enjoyable if you can get past the fact the heroine is far to normal to be completely likable, she gets better after the first few chapters. The plot is interesting enough and if some listeners found it boring I think that is most likely because the characters are written like everyday people, even though there is the fantasy of the "Realms". It's not as fast moving as other teenage magic books, nor are the characters as noble, but it has an air of reality in it that sets it apart.