I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I originally thought this would be a good series seeing how e share a name. But it was really hard to listen to. I had to stop and listen to other books and come back to his. It didn't hold my attention. It was a very slow read. It would have been bettter if there had been more action. but, I'm not sure if that would have helped.
The whole thing. It was a very slow read. You have to be dedicated to read the story otherwise you will never finish. Not that it wold matter. You cold go without reading this book and you wouldn't feel any different while if you read it, you may want to reconsider and save your credits or your wallet.
There isn't a character that I would say i could keep. They all seemed to me to lack depth. Like they are missing something that just isn't addressed in the book. Maybe it is shown in others books in the series but, in this book they all could be cut.
I would not recommend it because I found the author put too much extraneous information in there and the characters were not interesting at all. The basic premise of the story is good but not enough to make up for everything else. It's also kinda cliche - to the point of being slightly corny.
Was difficult to distinguish between characters as they all sounded pretty similar, if not the same
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
I've heard that this series takes a little while to get going. After listening to the first book on audio, I can see why. The set-up is pretty cool - Renaissance style fantasy kingdom with six races and a cool law enforcement structure. The story starts out by following Kaylin as she goes to investigate the mysterious deaths of children. And then it gets hella confusing. By the end, I just had no idea what was going on, with the crazy magic and everything. Also, I kept thinking: "If anyone says 'I'm a hawk' or 'Kaylin was a hawk' one more time, Imma lose it." And then they'd say it again.
Still giving it four stars because the premise and universe are intriguing, and Kaylin's a cool main character. I also really enjoyed Severn - he's probably the most interesting character in the book, in my opinion.
I picked this up not expecting a lot. The cover led me to expect a YA or a romantic light fantasy. I would say this is better characterized as more adult or high fantasy, but I believe younger audiences would still enjoy it. It is not a romance at all, if that is what you are looking for, this is not it. I was pleasantly suprised and will be getting the second of the series shortly. It is detailed, and if you are looking for something that moves quicker in the beginning this is not for you. You do have to commit to the book, the beginning has a lot of set up and detail, but I did not find it a problem and enjoyed how Michelle Sagara brought it all together in the end.
The story deals with a woman who has joined The Hawks, a military faction, after having been orphaned and living on the streets in the Fiefs as a child. She explores the mystery of marks that mysteriously appeared on her skin as a child and what they mean while investigating a number of child deaths in the fief of Nightshade that took place when she was a child and started happening again now she is an adult.
Social factions are divided by species of human and human/animal combination species. This type of theme can be a cheesy, but Michelle Sagara handled it pretty well. Social castes are separated based on species and economics.
I would recommend this book, ignore the cover of the book. The cover misrepresents it.
The narrator is superb! Her characterizations are wonderful. The story is enthralling although sometimes a bit too dark for me, involving some fairly grisly murders. I'm willing to get past that though for the enjoyment of Khristine Hvam's amazing narration. She gives alien characters truly believable voices.
I liked this one so much in fact that I purchased the next in the series. So there you are, how's that for a recommendation!
Recommended with the one caveat that I would not listen to this while falling asleep, (which is one of my favorite things to do with audio books), just because it has some rather gruesome descriptions. Other than that, a truly enjoyable story and narration.
This book started out a little slow for my taste. I almost put it down. The thing that kept me going was that Hvam is a great narrator and I knew there were 8 books in the series so I had hopes that it would pick up and get better. It totally did. Very entertaining. The premise is interesting, I am looking forward to learning more about all of the races in Elantra.
I would not try another book by this author. I found it hard to connect to any of the characters because much of the plot was held back until the last quarter, when it was explained in flashback and overly formal conversation. I felt that it left too much unexplained and explained too much, all at once. The connection between the main character and her
Definitely not one of these. A different series by someone else.
I found her voice untrained and formal - like a high schooler trying to sound adult while reading a classic of literature aloud to the class. Maybe she would be better in something with a more casual tone that would allow her to relax into the characters. I think the author and performer were a bad mix.
Boredom. I fell asleep listening to this book multiple times and could not get attached to the plot.
I found this book quite slow and the story wasn't really that well crafted. I didn't feel like the main character's role was that well explained at the beginning of the story. I'm not a big fantasy reader/listener and maybe that made a difference but this just wasn't resonating with me. Half way through the story I found that I just didn't care what happened to the characters and turned the book off. I'm glad I bought this in and audiable sale and didn't waste a credit on it.
No, this was a pretty boring book.
The narrator did a fine job but the writer wrote 'he/she said quietly' A LOT. It really started to get on my nerves (like when someone says 'um' a lot in a speech and you start counting). It was just weird.
This book starts off like it's book # 2 "I stoped and checked" this is the only book I could not finish
No to Michelle Sagara, sure to Khristine Hvam
Left out all the unnecessary swearing--a few here an there from the unlikable characters in the book I can handle, but when the language is like what I left behind in High School, no thanks. I realize there are plenty of adults who still talk like that; not exactly good role models for our teens.
I'm sure the story line would have been awesome. I was really looking forward to it.
Why all the foul language when it is SOOO unnecessary?