Working with so few characters can be a challenge. Dawn Cook does show great character development in this story in all her characters. I feel that the story is intentionally dragged out over the series to create multiple books and could have been wrapped up much faster. It does not have the same level of maturity in dialog as it could. I believe the main character is supposed to be 20 or 25 in the book (I can't remember which) but she thinks and acts like a teenager. It gets a bit frustrating listening to the impulsiveness, temper, and sensitivity of a girl going through puberty when she is supposedly older, having been raised in a one parent home, and having been educated from an early age. Over all, though, it is a entertaining listen. Perhaps I am giving it unfair judgement with my love of the Hallows series. So, though this is a GOOD and entertaining series, I know this writer can do better. I have read GREAT things from her and did not see that same level of commitment and emersion into the world here.
I liked this series a lot. The magic system is pretty neat and it keeps you interested. The books have perfect pacing that lets the characters become well developed without getting bogged down with useless descriptors that just slow down the story without reason.
I will say the second two books are much better then the first two books. That being said the first two books are good too its just the second half of the series is AMAZING. The
a clever way to handle magic leaves a stratifying world where magic is tantalizing but easy to make serious mistakes. this world rewards the clever, but even the wary can catch one trap whilst blundering into another. very satisfying, I look forward to the next book.
I have enjoyed all of these books and other ones written by Dawn Cook. The stories are interesting and the narration is great.
As always Kim Harrison's world building skills are wonderfully displayed. This book is written from multiple personalities of various featured and main characters. There are not many characters in the entirety of the book, but each one was well written and understandable. I like the clever ways the author disguises snippets of importance that the reader can link together just before the characters catch on. The story is simpler in terms of complexity, but it has many enjoyable nuances. Overall a good read and a good performance by the narrator. I think if you have read any if the books with Rachel Morgan in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison you will enjoy this, even if it is shorter. There are many clues to the future that you will be waiting to fit together, something I really enjoyed from the Hollows series.
Very high - almost as great as the multiple-reader productions done with many of Orson Scott Card's books.
Alyssa - obviously the main character with the most focus.
All of them - Gavin does a great job at both male and female voices with enough difference to feel like you are hearing a different voice.
A wonderful story that stays clean enough for children to listen to as well!
Unbelievable emotional dialogue from start to finish. Characters that overreact to each situation and then are immediately over their fight and in love again. I know it is easy for a guy who has never written a book to criticize, but this was a tough listen. Sadly, they sold me book two on sale, forcing the purchase of book one. Since I don't like to start in the middle I unfortunately paid full price for this. The next book was not much better. In the book's defense, I must say that its probably great for the intended audience which must be 12 year old girls and not 46 year old men. Can a fantasy writer please write a single story that ends without the need for 5,10, or 15 books?
this is a ok fantasy sometimes a bit predictable but its interesting enough for the first book in a series i would get the next