I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I really enjoyed this book. It took me no time at all to be hooked, and by extension I have no doubt I'm going to be addicted to this series all the way through. The writing is good, I really came to like the main character, even if she is an assassin. (Who would have thought?) Though she absolutely does not kill anyone innocent...Gin is resourceful, tough, and wise enough to question herself and ponder NOT forgetting her heart. She has taken her place among my absolute favorite paranormal female heroines. Her background is well-introduced and solid enough...I also enjoyed the supporting characters who are well-fleshed out. I couldn't help but be a little drawn in by Finn, he cracks me up and is such a charmer! And Detective Caine is a bit of a mystery...an attractive character. Lauren Fortgang's narration is absorbing, compelling, and (IMO) spot on for the story. Her Appalacian-Southern accent really brings out the atmosphere and the feeling (vibe) of this book.
... I paid for it. Is it wrong to listen to a whole story only for that reason?
It's the only thing that has gotten me through this book anyway. I hope for the sake of anyone who chooses to go on with the rest of the series that the author doesn't continue to remind you every couple of chapters that Gin looks at things with her grey eyes... Nobody ever describes the colour or their own eyes when they are looking at something. Let alone every single time. It's irritating. Self-absorbed.
There's a difference between a strong character, and a boastful, arrogant character. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again when Gin was going on about her own endless awesomeness. Sorry, I found myself rolling my BLUE eyes over and over again... (You can see how that's irritating, yes?) Not to mention how often she repeats herself about where she keeps her five knives, how the spider runes ended up on her hands, and the exact same aspects of different characters' appearances . There's no need to remind your readers of trivial details over and over again.
Bad writing is even worse when it's read out loud.
This book was one big cliche. The story was predictable. The characters were caricatured and without any depth.
I had quite a few laughs listening to this story. I do not think that it was intentional for the writer to make me laugh as reader/listener. And they were not laughs based on humour, more of a "I don't know what else to do" kinda laugh.
The constant use of...
"I looked at him with my grey eyes".
"His green eyes squinted"
"His hazel eyes met my grey steely eyes".
The description of the eyes kept popping up, and I was both laughing and thinking what a waste of my money each time it happened (and trust me it happens a lot). Who keeps describing herself looking at things with her eyes and the colour of her eyes? Noone.
it does not stop there:
"Guilt and grief racked my heart" is heard more than often.
"Cold rage in my heart" likewise.
The writer just tries too hard to make the persons in the story interesting and ends up making them shallow, and stupid.
Some might feel that the narrator is good. I am not one of them. Whenever she was trying to make someone sound sexy and persuasive they sounded like stupid braindead pornstars. When the rugged detective (and you will hear that a lot) is "talking" it sounds more like a person on drugs, than a person rugged and tough.
Add a story that is neither good nor interesting, and you get to waste a lot of hours you will never get back. None of the heroes or the main bad guys/girls have any flaws. They all belong in a model magazine.
I was left with a feeling of this becoming a teenage girl fantasy novel, and if that is your age you might enjoy this story. Everyone else should avoid it.
I will not be spending any more money of credits on this series, and you might be wondering why I bothered listening to the story until the end - if you have the answer please share because I do not know. Might be that I just hoped something remotely interesting would happen.
No. The book seems like a 12th grade creative writing assignment gone wrong. The repetition of information again and again is distracting. I haven't had to mention to anyone the color of my eyes more than once ever. I can actually go months without considering this. The main character has trouble going more than 2 or 3 minutes without mentioning what is going on with her GRAY EYES. I listen to audiobooks all the time, ( I am a long distance truck driver) and this was quite possibly the worst purchase I've made. I may be spoiled, I just finished the fourth book in the iron druid series, 13 books of the dresden files and the Mercy Thomas series. I was unable to listen to more than the first hour of this book.
I love books with strong women charachters and this one was one of the best i have listened to this year. The story is really engrossing but the narrator really makes it great! Cant wait to down load the second book. I wish all narrators were this good!
Never thought I would get into it the Spider series, but it won me over, hook line and sinker, the story of Gin Blanco's retirement as an assassin, is great writing. Evokes the South, and the southern tier of Appalachia as a soup of timeless stories of the place, host of interesting characters and Spiders fight against local boss Mebb Monroe and her cohorts.
The collection of elementals and humans, dwarves, giants, and vampires form strange heirarchies of spiritual creatures in a way not depicted before. I am a guy who never thought I could enjoy "womans" fiction so much. Lauren Fortgangs narration is delicious. Sexy, dead-on accent and very funny.
I have a few criticism about the chain of causation in each story. But this writer
is somone to watch. I wish there were more in the series
I have only listened to about a quarter of the book but had to write a review -- LOVE LOVE LOVE the narrator. The book pulls you in from the start - and I can not wait to finish it and get the next 2 books in the series!
Good book and awesome narrator--a combination that kept me too entertained to put the ipod down. It's absolutely worth the circles under my eyes.
I came across this book by chance and I was mesmized within 5 minutes of the audiobook. I absolutely love Lauren Fortgang's narrating. Gin is a cold assassin in which I liked from the start. The story is rich, believeable, tense, and the supporting characters are just as fascinating as the main character. This, the first book lays the groundwork to an engrossing series and will have you on the seat of your pants.
Plus the intense Donovan Cain adds to the spice of the story
I am embarrassed to admit that I purchased most of this series - hoping against hope that it would get thicker. By the time you have read the third book you have reheard the first and second books twice...the retelling does not help. Ms. Estep has a great idea here, I love the duality with our own world, but....well I want a whole story, not a rehash of what has been before...In all I would suggest read a couple, maybe towards the end, (you won't miss anything), then move on to something new.