Stories have a good premis, but unfortunately drift into more sex and less plot. Narator was good, unfortuately they swapped narators for one book then go back to the original narator.
Decent reed but plots could be stronger.
Basically this starts out as a mystical mystery, Then you run across a sex scene--okay, it's a modern world, I can put up with that. Then another sex scene, then a fantasy sex scene, and thinking about sex scene, and....well I gave up and checked the plot out in wikipedia...the book is just one long excuse for porn, with a sequel full of it too.
Geeze I know chick lit has girl sex descriptions in it, but at least when you read the "....in Death" series, there's an actual plot there too.
So if you like graphic sex scenes with unhuman creatures--a 5. If not, a 2.
I am hesitant to try the Anita Blake series because this book is so awful. Started out fine, but degraded into weird perversity. I can appreciate erotica; this was just a lot of sex, a little bit of plot and extremely poor writing.
I guess if it had turned into some sort of...novel version of a music half way through...you know, just so something of any interest whatsoever happened?
Maybe had an actual plot and not just fawned over the boys she made for the main character to bone down on...
I loved how the narrator made any of the larger, deeper-voiced men sound like old women who enjoyed their Pall Malls.
I have to admit, as opposed to LKH's dreadful Anita Blake series, she actually managed to write a main character I liked, and wasn't just a sociopath with no redeeming qualities. God I am so glad people can't contact me through these reviews, otherwise I'm pretty sure what I just wrote might get me killed...
Let me be clear...I love and hate Laurell K. Hamilton's..."literature." She writes the food equivalent of junk-food. She has a knack when it comes to creating characters you will fall in love with. And if you read her books just to listen to what sexy things she has to say about your favorite hunk, then I guess she'll just tickle you pink. However, when it comes to writing a book with an interesting, well paced plot, it has become clear that she has no clue what she is doing.
This book is possibly one of her worst paces books I can recall. I am not joking when I say that the plot of this ENTIRE BOOK, feels like the first quarter of any other book. It's all just one big set-up, with a heavy focus on character introduction. Heavy like a mountain made of lead. Nothing happens. Yes, "things" happen to the character, but plot-wise, it is literally just an introduction to a series that basically existed as LKH's outlet to write more smut.
There is no attention to plot, the setting, or any sort of focus narrative. It's all just introducing an frankly underwhelming, over-arching plot and learning about all of the characters. I guess if you were dying to see Hamilton finally write some pseudo-tentacle porn, here you go. Have a ball. Otherwise, even in the world of supernatural junk-food "thrillers," this book is hardly worth your time. You're better than this.
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I would give it 4 stars for erotica and 3 stars for the actually story. Just depends on what you're looking for!
Love the audio version best. There are names of people and locations that are difficult to pronounce. Audio takes that stress away from me.
This series isn't for the bashful or shy. I wouldn't describe myself using either of those adjectives and yet... I find I become just a bit when listening to this story! ;)
This story could be so much more if the author had focused on the court politics more and left the gratuitous sex and descriptions of everyone's eye and hair colors to a minimum. I was hooked by the intrigue of the Sidhe world...it is an interesting, fascinating world the author has created. I wanted more of that. Unfortunately, she chooses to use it as a backdrop for a very cheesy sexual fantasy set up instead.
This narrator is not the right voice for this series. She has an old woman voice...which there is nothing wrong with...but it doesnt fit at all for this book or for the main character. And her attempts to do male voices were just sad and croaky. There are so many male voices in this novel that it honestly needed a dual cast a male and a female narrator.
It is not a bad book...but it could be so much more. If you can grab it on a sale, go for it. It wont be wasted time. I would never pay full price, though.