More than anything else in this book, the love story stands out. Its not romantic or erotic, its two friends who spend years together, slowly building a close friendship that turns into love. Its a beautiful, realistic portrayal of a love that will last a lifetime. No "love at first site" crap that is so common in literature.
The rest of the story is also good, though a bit predictable. The villain in the story felt a little cartoonish.
The author starts with a brief background about the book. I think she's too hard on herself. I found the story entertaining and one that I will go back to periodically since I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting, the mystery keeps one's attention and the unlikely romance fits the story. Good listen/read.
Love Patricia Briggs but this was a little hard to follow. I found myself replaying several chapters but it's worth the trouble.
The charters were different and enjoyable.
In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
I did not have high expectations for this book since the introduction so clearly stated it was Patricia Briggs first book and it had not sold well. I was so pleasantly surprised to find it be a well written and well rounded story. I HIGHLY recommend this story.
I love the books that Patricia Briggs has written - the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series are 2 that stand out. This book, though, was hard to get into and stay interested in. It was a ho-hum book with not too much excitement - unlike books that she has written since then.
I would have much stronger leads - Aralorn and Wolf in particular. The interaction between the two of them was hit or miss - not very exciting. I didn't like him staying in his wolf form all the time either. I would have made this book more mystical, better interaction between the characters instead of merely talking about what each of them were doing.
I enjoyed the scene at the beginning of the book when Aralorn was in a birdcage and had the guise of a rare bird. Her interaction with the First Mage was much better than with other book characters.
No, not worthy of a movie or TV series in my opinion...
Patricia Briggs became a much better author in her later series. I will continue to read her books as she has them published. If you have read later book by Briggs, you'll notice that this book proves that she has progressed from a beginning author to the author she is today.
I loved the 2nd book first. It is a good change from the usual epic fantasy. The problem I have is not with the book but with the narrator. She speaks very fast, very unnatural, she doesn't try to change voices with the characters, and she sounds very condescending.
I would hope that Patricia Briggs not be allowed to narrate her own books again.
Good first book
For Briggs first book good characters and story
Good voices without trying good speed
Just enjoyed overall
The end is abrupt but still good book
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
i only pick books i expect to like so when i could not really get into this one, any less finish it, i was really disappointed. the narration is good though.
Let me start by saying I love Patricia Briggs. I follow both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series and I'm picky about my urban fantasy choices. This is more of a straight fantasy and didn't grab my interest the way her other books have.
When is the next Mercy Thompson book coming out?