Though the reading was well done, the author leaves a lot to be desired. The first half of the book drew me into the world and from the narrative of a young girl in apparently the late-1800s.
The portrayal of Tessa, the young female lead was done well. Her narrative staying close to that of a young, well read woman of that time. The rest of the characters however lack variety and depth. I was disappointed that the other reviews failed to mention that this book is clearly written for a young crowd. The author often explains what is obvious to reader and in ways that take you out of the story. Lines of dialogue spoken only for the readers' benefit when we should already know what is meant. The supporting characters are out of place being so young. Displaying experience and depth of knowledge that even the magic could not rightly explain.
I really wanted to like the story. I was so invested for 60-70% of the book, but once the glimpses into teen relationships reared it was too late. The book devolved into a sort of Twilight narrative. Disappointing.
loved it! the story was amazing. i dint think i could ever like this series after reading the mortal instruments but this one is just as good. the narration was really good. i definitely recommend it!
I have listened to this series going on 4 times now.
Will Herondale is, of course, my favorite character. He is enthralling, sweet, and sexy.
Her voice is what I hear in my head when I think of the main characters.
I went through so many emotions.
Off all of Cassandra's books and series, this one is the best. It is dark, but sweet and passionate.
I liked it. I would have liked to hear more emotions in the reading. Sometimes it seemed the emotions portrayed didn't match the emotions stated of the character. All in all I liked it.
This was very well done with one glaring exception. I do not understand why the character of Gabriel Lightwood was given a speech impediment. There is nothing in the book to support this,which made it sound silly.
I think this is a great novel, and the characters resonated with me. Narration was superb. I didn't give the story a full 5 stars because the author engaged in a writing habit I hate: namely, having the characters interrupt the flow of action to ramble long explanations for the purpose
of tying up loose ends. Seems like this author is talented enough to tie some things together in a less predictable and clunky way. Still, definitely recommended!