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 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?
Absolutely - The combo is great, this book is not one of her usual good reads....
I usually can sink down in the book from the first intro, but I tried for at least 20 minutes to involve myself in the story line. Perhaps as Briggs tells us in the prolog, this was a first book effort on her part, and I give her credit for telling us that. Perhaps, if I had been able
to continue, I might, (underscored) had been able to listen to the entire book and enjoyed it, but I couldn't get interested, much less stay intrested.
Well, let's say yes, if it were free, but I'm sorry to say, I would not waste a precious credit or my money on it.
Since I only listened to it a very short time, the only redeeming quality was that I KNEW
Briggs is still one of my absolutely all-time favorite writers and I will continue to look for
her more current offerings and will buy them.
What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.
I would actually give this book 2.5 stars instead of 3. It is a very average book. The plot is, well, a fairly typical and well used plot in fantasy. The main characters, we have seen before and will see again in other authors first attempts at writing. What makes this book better than most "first try" novels is the world that Ms. Briggs creates. She creates a fully fleshed world through her protrayal of the villian. This novel was not bad, it was not great, but it was not bad. It intrigued me enough to purchase the second novel in the series and give it a try. This is not Ms Briggs best work, but considering her considerable talent, that is not saying very much. Her worst work is going to still be better than half the novels out there...and I would say that this novel is better than half the novels out there.
The opening of the audio is the author basically saying she is ashamed of the book and dislikes it...this is a good few minute speech. It turned me off to the book which I didn't make it far into. Very teenager-y for my taste.