I adored the 1st in the series, was just meh with the 2nd, and thought I'd just be bored with this. Until I reached the ending. If this were a book, I would have hurled it at the wall in disgust. But since it's a digital audiobook, I just immediately deleted it from my player and then figuratively stomped all over it. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices--they were all very distinct and enjoyable. There were some enjoyable parts, but for most of it, I just wanted a resolution of the mystery and to get Alexia and Connall back together for his groveling scene. SPOILER ALERT: Alexia acts as if she hadn't been betrayed, humiliated and endangered by Connall's throwing her to the wolves. Err, vamps that is. She forgives him in 2 minutes (even though he doesn't actually apologize) and says he can make it up to her by giving her a bunch of stuff. They exchange some witty barbs and all is forgiven. Can you say shallow? Or maybe the author just wants to show the extent of Alexia's soulless-ness? This is one of those books where you wish you could scour out your brain in order to forget the experience. If you're not invested in the characters and are reading this series just for the steampunk elements, you might still like it. I'd only read/listen to the next in the series if Lord Akeldama were the main character and Alexia was relegated to the far sidelines.
Married, not quite 40 mom from the mid-west. I sit behind a computer all day translating large amounts of data into business solutions.
Another great story by Gail Carriger. The enjoyment was hampered by the unnecessary pauses and silence gaps between transitions.
It's official. Gail Carriger is one of the best authors upon whom I have ever had the pleasure of stumbling. Her sardonic wit combined with amusing phraseology is delicious...like pesto. And like that "green sauce", her stories are similarly rich and complex.
the editing is pretty bad in this one. huge pauses where the shouldn't be. but another satisfying story from carriger.
Loved the book and the reading but the editing was the worst I've ever heard. Random breaks in a the middle of a scene and intakes of breath in between chapters. Weird pauses where there shouldn't be any can be distracting but the the book was so enjoyable I put up with it. Love Ms Carriger's writing and even had some LOL moments which are always extra funny when walking around in public! Ms Gray also does a lovely job with the characters and their different voices. Basically wonderful audiobook with bad editing!
It has the right combination of story line, characters and interaction of the characters. I also want to thank the narrator Emily Gray for her excellent ability to bring life to each character. I not only will look to this author, Gail Carriger for other writings but will look to Emily Gray for her telling/reading of the story.
Just love this series! Alexia is such a bewitching heroine and has such madcap, albeit dangerous, adventures. Cannot wait to see how things continue in the next installment. Highly recommended!