Excellent Narrator and very well written, this book starts off the series in a way that literally paints an entire landscape for the reader. As the book goes on it unwinds a wonderful story with both happiness and pain. Must get this series!
Both on several occasions
Wow, I am not sure what to say about this story. It is really tragic, the epitome of what war and hate is about. This is Romeo and Juliet in an otherworldly fashion.
The writing painted a beautiful picture of the world and lives of the characters as well as the essence of them. I found myself torn between right and wrong, good and evil. It seemed that the light and dark roles were reversed to me and I am not sure how I feel about that. I might have to reread it to fully understand all of it. It invokes a lot of contemplation. The cliffhanger ending made me immediately check to see if the next one was available at my library, if not I would buy it. (I am glad I did not start reading this series until they were all written)
I listened to the audio-book and found that I had to pay attention at times during the frequent shift in time periods.
Though advertised as a YA book, this story is not for children. Due to mature themes and some sexual situations I would recommend it for older teens and over. I found it read more as an adult book to me.
A heterosexual YA romance novel disguised as fantasy. I would prefer if these things had a list of themes on them. I detest straight people's romances.
A good book allows the imagination to create wondrous images that no special effect ever could. Characters become like treasured friends.
Excellent narration. A perfect choice for this book. Made every emotion palpatible! bring on the next one.
Great reading. Good dialogue. Original. The romance drags (he looked- she looked) in the midst of an otherwise well paced adventure.
Oh. My. Gosh! I think this is the best book ever! Thank you to all that recommended it so highly. I, too, now sing its praises!
Laini Taylor is the storyteller's storyteller. Once I started into the world that she created I didn't want to leave. In fact, though the copies I had of the hardback and the CDs were borrowed from the library, I couldn't bear to return them had I not gone ahead and bought the Kindle and Audible versions to read again. And while I was at it I picked up the next in the series.
Oh, and I need to sing a few praises to the narrator, Khristine Hvam. I was caught up in the sound of her voice and her ability to wring out every nuance each word and even syllable the book had to offer.
The main character, Karou, is real, palpable. I could see through her eyes, smell what she smelled, anguish in choices to be made or mistakes that resulted. The cast of characters surrounding her was also real. I keep trying to come up with another word after all this IS fantasy, but that is all I can come up with, real.
Magic is in abundance in the book, whether it is meant to be or not. Yet it is highly believable. And always leads to hope. Hope is the theme, I think. It made me feel it deep inside in places that haven't felt it for a while. Hope. How many books give you that? That is a priceless commodity.
Please read this book with the audio along side. It immerses you into this world and you will feel hope, too.
I did enjoy the reader's performance. It was the only thing that kept me going besides it being a book club choice.