I'm not sure why this book had such good reviews. The author rambled on and on with details that didn't matter. The plot could have been great, but the story just wasn't put together well at all. I restarted the book over a few times in the beginning thinking I missed something, only to find I hadn't. The author kept that up through the whole book, going overboard on staging, lacking in story line, making it almost impossible to follow. I just couldn't get into this book at all.
Separately, I don't think the narrator helped much either (although the book would have still been awful without her). It wasn't that she read in monotone, but just flat.
This book bombed on all accounts.
No I have not listened to Khristine Hvam before but found she makes the books seem more realistic and the change in peoples voices is perfect. She was consistant with her people and voice change and it made the book easy to follow.
no it was not a page turner as I would call it. I enjoyed the book but was dissapointed in how there is no romance. I kept looking for more to develope with severn but turned out to be highly disapointed.
Love Star Trek
FOr the Audible book
I read the books first and catching up with the Audiobooks going backwards! Since now I buy the Audiobook first, this is the last one. If you like the books please try the Audio books it's just great. The narrator does a wonderful job adding voices to the characters!
Original review for the book
I really didn't think I will be hooked to this series so quickly, I read the first book then I read all that are available in a day!! I have to admit I found the main character annoying at times when talking about the past, but with such past I suppose it is understandable. I find the world and characters interesting and looking forward to more!
I would be willing to try another book from this team however I wasn't a big fan of this listen. The plot had some extreme potential but the writing just failed to grip my attention. I found my attention constantly wandering while listening to this book (not a problem I normally have). This may be because of all the perpetually unresolved questions introduced concerning the main character. If you like waiting a LONG time to get any answers while being teased with more and more detail then this book may work for you.
I didn't feel like the book resolved almost anything within itself. Granted this is a series but every book should wrap up something by the end and I felt that the ending really was just a place holder so the author could start on the second book.
The narrator had a smooth voice and she did different plausibly different voices for every character which I appreciated. She did, however, have a tendency to sound whiny to me when the situation didn't call for it.
It definitely needs a follow up book to make any sense. In theory this is only the first book in the series but I won't be buying the second.
This Book's Awesome
all of them .. they all fit in perfectly
all of them
I am unsure yet.
There was so much small detail thrown about in what felt like a disorganized fashion that I found myself drifting off in my focus. I listened for about 2 hours and upon realizing none of it made much sense to me, I started over at the beginning! Sadly, this didn't help. I still ended up losing interested constantly and felt like I had to struggle to keep my thoughts in tune with the book. This never happens to me! I have come back and read a lot of reviews and I'll give it some time and try the book again. I listen to 2-4 books a week while driving or working and maybe I'm just on overload. I'd love to find another series to get lost in.
The narrator was easy to listen to.
I'll give it another try before I pass judgement.
I'm a fantasy book hoarder!! :-) I am a mother of two small beautful childeren and my books are my way of getting away for a little break!!!
Good but not my thing. The narrator was good. But I think I will try the nexted book in the series.
The author creates a stunning visual picture. Quick, addictive read.
I really enjoyed the story and visiting the picture of Elantra that Michelle Sagara painted.
I could not put this book down.
I'm the proud owner of all the books in this series, and I heartily recommend it for any fan of the fantasy genre. I gravitate more towards contemporary or urban fantasy but I enjoy a trip to a completely different universe if the author does a good job. Give me characters that I care about and give them interesting stuff to do -- it's all good.
I didn't really warm up to these folks after reading this first book. I was, however, intrigued enough to grab the second, and then the third, and by then I was hooked. The main character, Kaylin Neya, is one of those uber-charged kick-ass heroines that are so popular these days, but this author manages to pull it off without making you detest the little darling. Kaylin had a crappy childhood and works her butt off and is totally irreverent and oblivious of much and is just learning as she goes along. She has a couple of love interests but has way too much baggage to indulge. She has this vast potential power but lives in a one-room flop because that's all she can afford on her private's salary. I guess I just like her, and I like all her friends, and I really like Severn (the childhood friend/protector/potential lover). The stories are each inventive and interesting and follow a very satisfying arc.
Great story line. Entertaining characters, could not stop listening when I got started.
I compare the audiobook to the Harry Potter series in the fact you can tell one character from another
Different voices bring out the characters personalities.