The title led me to believe that magic would be a big part of this story, and while it is a major point it is not front and center to the story. The characters, who they are, their stories, those are first. And they are very well developed and thought out.
First person narrative works well here, you get inside the character and really feel like you're seeing the world through her eyes. Lauren does an excellent job giving Gin a voice. But like most female narrators, she falls short with voicing men. But unlike others I've listened to, it doesn't distract me from the story.
I listened to this book on my daily commute to and from work. It certainly makes my 40 minute drive go that much faster and leaves me wanting for more time in the car!
I like this story. It can potentially work its way up to one oft favorite series. Likes the narrator as well. She fit the story quite well
Very strong female point of view. I had an issue with the 4 "main" Elements being fire,air,stone and ice. water was a "lesser". This felt wrong to me every time I heard it. A fair amount of blood gore and sex "fantasies". The actress has a slight southern twang which helps add to the narration. I didn't care for the fight scenes, but most of the story seemed to be centered in Gin‘s emotions and thoughts than in anything else. All in all, it wasn't a bad story, just not my cup of tea.
Quality story, insightful character development. plenty of suspense but not too much. an ending that was logical and satisfying.
love this story telling style - it brings all the colorful characters to life. one feels as if we got to meet and even know them.
the,reader's performance scores an 11 on the scale of 1 to 10. Enjoyed the way she did the voices of the other characters but the way she did the main character was perfect.
my only criticism is that it was hard to put it down and get to sleep!
a triumph by all concerned.
This was a reasonable book I found Lauren Fortgang easy to listen to with a story that needed a good reader to help it along, I like a few other people have issues with the Colour of eyes coming into the story all the time.
Another issue I have is one that I have been finding in a lot of books in the past couple of years, and that is we have a strong female lead that is supposed to be the best at whatever they are destined to do, and yet they go all weak at the knees and wet in the nether regions at the first sign of the male sidekick, I don't mind some romance development or even sex in my books hell I am a man after all!
What I am starting to dislike is the mommy porn storyline "I want feel his throbbing member rubbing against me" type of thing, if we have a strong female lead then I would expect her to not have fantasy's in her head but just go get what she wants, maybe it just me though.
The story apart from my previous two complaints was good I found it to be all in all a decent listen I will be getting the next in the series and hope that it keeps up the good points and eases down on the bad. :-)
I like reading the print than listening, this was for a friend of mine. But she didn't like the sound of the readers voice.
The killing parts and funny times
No. I haven't listened to the Heart of Venom yet.
All my emotions were good.
Well, if you're even considering purchasing this book, then I assume that you know what you're in for in the urban fantasy genre. So, yes, this book delivers everything that you expect it will. Bad-ass heroine with complicated back story, love interest, revenge, murder, etc. etc. etc. Nothing you haven't seen before, but arranged in such a way as to be sufficiently interesting. The reason I couldn't give this book more stars was how horribly horribly repetitive it was. It wasn't just that it reiterated plot points, and boy did it reiterate plot points! If you find yourself drifting off and thinking about something else for a few minutes, don't worry if you missed something, it will be repeated! Just when you think the book is about to end, it goes on. For another half an hour. Not only could the overall plot use some serious editing, but trivial things were repeated too. I'm pretty sure that I get where Gin stashes her knives about her person, you don't need to give me the exact same description every time she puts her clothes on. I get the three runes that represent her family members, you don't need to give me the entire spiel every time she looks at them. Really. I get it.
The narrator did a good enough job, but she often phrased things oddly. Frequently she would put odd pauses in the middle of sentences so things come out sounding like: "...he pushed past me. Into the dimly lit room." It was odd, but at least she didn't do it all the time.
The narrator did a good job with the female voices, not so great with the males. The absolute worse part is the heroine chasing a man who is disgusted by everything about her! Really, get a clue. The "SPIDER" , who considers herself the best assassin ever, should have a lot more self respect. The second worse part is how often she brings up her family and repeats the same details EVERY time. By the fifth time its mentioned, with the same details, you really don't have any more sympathy for her.
To not write like all her readers need their hands held every step of the way.
The narrator has a fair voice for the female characters. It is a soprano and so does not translate to the male voices so well.
I'm not big on stories about assassins who just like to kill people. I'm OK with those where the killing is done for a greater purpose (e.g., protecting the innocent), but the murders in this book are done to people who, while bad, probably don't deserve death. The main character likes being the best assassin "east of the Mississippi" and doesn't want to retire because she's only 30 and has no other skill set. Despicable! In addition, the narrator is slow, flat and generally boring. I think I got through chapter 3 before deciding that it's just not worth spending any more time on it. Don't waste any of yours; there are better urban fantasies out there.