Although I really enjoy the Ilona Andrews books in general (and particularly liked The Edge, Book 1), I found this book incredibly boring. As another listener mentioned, the story was formulaic. It was also predictable and way too parallel to the story in the first Edge book. The fight scenes went on way too long and the monsters of the book were less than believable. A big disappointment - one of the few books that I have listed to that I was glad to be finished with.
i love ilona andrews. i love reading her books, getting lost in her world and falling in love with her characters. rene spins a great tale, good pacing and her voice is soft, sweet and an easy listen.
This is one of my favorite books. The story is great from beginning to end. Ilona Andrews is a one of a kind duo, creating worlds that you can immerse yourself in. I love the edge series. They are all good stories.
I love audiobooks. I usually listen while quilting, or just relaxing in the garden. My Great Danes even settle down when they hear a book.
The writing was superb. But characters jumped off the page and invited you into their world. When the book ended I felt like I was leaving friends behind.
I love audiobooks, but unless I'm on a roadtrip, I only get about an hour a week to listen to them. This audiobook was 16 hours long and I only had one small roadtrip when I got to listen to it. As a result, this book took me about 6 weeks to get through. That was entirely too long and I think it affected how much I enjoyed the book overall.
This is a complex world and a complex story, but at the heart of it were Cerise and her family who live in the swamps. William is a changeling...i.e. a wolf shifter...and her love interest. The overall story line was very layered with intrigue and levels of interest from the three different levels of this world. But I'll be honest with you...because it took me so long to get through it...the politics of who all was after what and who was working with whom, got completely lost for me. For me, this book remained about Cerise and William and their developing relationship which I did really enjoy.
For William, being a changeling is not something good in this world. The world considers them feral and tried to kill them all at some point. So he never lets most people know what he is. For Cerise, she doesn't give a damn what he is and I absolutely LOVED that about her. Cerise is one tough cookie and she does what she wants (unless it will hurt her family) and then she does what's good for the family. She's loyal to a fault, tough, but so wanting for a life and the love that she finds with William. For him, he's never even considered that he could find the happiness that he does with Cerise. He is also really tough, but has a vulnerability which just tore at my heart because he wants to belong somewhere so badly. I loved him in book #1 and fell even further for him in this story.
There is a LOT to this story...a lot of characters, a lot of layers of politics, and I'm not going to get into all that. I will say that something that the team of Ilona Andrews does incredibly well is adding children to the story. In book #1 there were Georgie and Jack (which we get to see again in this book ...yay) and then this one had Lark and the boy that I can't remember his name that William takes under his wing. They added so much impact to the story with very little overall page time.
And I can't do an audiobook review without mentioning Renee Raudman's INCREDIBLE narration. Wow. There are SO MANY characters in this book and each one sounds distinctly different. I don't know how she does it. Even the kids from book #1, Jack and Georgie...sounded exactly the same as they did in book #1. She has to have over 100-150 voices in her repertoire and it boggles my mind.
I have to admit, I'm on the fence about book #3. These absolutely are the kinds of books I enjoy on audio, but that one's 14 hours. But it also features Kaldar...who I loved in this book. Maybe I will just sit down and read that one and save the shorter books for my audio enjoyment.
did not read the printed version. so???
When the "GRANDMA" patted his cheek and said he was a good pup. I all most lost it. writing like that, is what makes reading so much fun.
the voices. how she can do all the voices and make all of them so clear, and full of snark, and grissle.
lol, yes, and I cant wait for the next one.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
I'm so happy with this series! It's so very creative and well done. This edition was long, and at times felt slightly anticlimactic for that reason, but that long journey pays off in the end by making the romance involved feel more natural and by making the characters and the world of these stories more dimensional. I love the way details of the world are added in quickly and succinctly, without drawn out explanation, and then are expounded upon with action and dialogue. Really a cool writing style that packs lots of info in without slowing things down. On a side note, I am betting that the married couple who write these books under the moniker Ilona Andrews have a very strong relationship, partly because of the collaborative influence of their writing (and I'm sure cooking up the sex scene details doesn't hurt either.. These two can really write some sex ). Great stuff, all around.
I love the Kate Daniels series, and this one has captured my interest as well. This is a paranormal romance set in another realm of existence that borders our own world, that only those beings of magic can survive. It's one of the most imaginative series that I've read, with creatures brutal and lovable alike. They must go to a war among their own kind, then battle an intruder out to steal a secret most of the family doesn't even know they posses. Renee Raudman does an excellent job of narration,bringing all the voices, mannerisms, and emotions of the characters to life.
Really great characters
Ms Raudman is a great narrator. Her voices bring the book to life
There are some books that you want stretch out because listening to them is such a pleasure. This was one of them.
It was nice to see a relationship between a man and woman that was not predicated on misunderstanding. I liked that the characters did not try to play games with each other, but spoke plainly of their feelings.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Fun, funky, and fantastical romantic suspense with the daring deeds fueled by magic, muscles, and science-fiction. It's told in third person, with the POV switching among characters, but primarily the story is seen through the eyes of the hero Willaim, a wolf-changeling, the heroine Cerise, a magical sword fighter, and the villain, Spider, a human of dubious bio-engineering. Spider has gills and lungs, for one example.
The narration is uneven. Mainly it's fine, but sometimes it's a little hard to understand, if the accent is too thick, and/or if the words and names are invented or rare. I had read the book in advance, so I had an advantage.
This is book 2 in The Edge series, and my favorite of the four books. I have read them all, and bought this Audible version because it was on sale.
Setting: The Edge is the strip of land that lies between two very different lands. On one side, The Weird, where magic is status quo, and the leaders and lawmakers are those with the most magic. It's a world of lords and ladies, butlers and balls, similar to Jane Austin's England.
On the other side of The Edge is The Broken, where it's business as usual, with Walmart and Starbucks on every corner.
In The Edge, the magic is weaker. Most of the people who live in The Edge are exiles from The Weird. One part of The Edge is swampland, called The Mire.
This story is set primarily in The Edge, at the swampy Mire, but also in The Weird and The Broken.
The thriller plot makes sense, especially what the scientist-researcher-physician tried to do with the red moss, called burial shroud. There are lots of weird humans and animals, transformed into killing machines by science and dark magic. Lots of bloody fight scenes throughout the book.
Characterization and relationship development was delightful. I sympathized deeply with lonely William, Lord Sandine, a wolf-human changeling. Glad he finally found a home with the deadly warrior Cerise Mar. Lots of laughs as William and Cerise spar with each other.
Enjoyed getting to know Cerise Mar's large family, living in the Mire at the large but humble stronghold they call The Rathole. It felt like a boisterous, deadly, but loving family. I liked William's dealings with young Gaston and little Lark (aka Sophie).
Great battle scene at the pond.
William jumped to conclusions towards the end, which bugged me, but I understand why he did it, given his life-long history of rejection, abandonment, and isolation.
It ends happily, and we see lots more of William and Cerise in book 3. They only get a mention in book 4.