First thing that comes to mind while listing to the book is mutual of omaha wild kingdom and all sorts of animals. The heroine, if you can call her that is constantly being over shadowed by the males in the book, them being over protected of her and her not doing anything about it. Dominance this, dominance that just like the wild kingdom.
I am still on the fence with Khristine being a narrator, I will need to hear her read a book series worth my time.
I was initially captivated by the story line--poor orphan makes good--but as the story progressed, the characters remained static and became more and more incomprehensible. I don't think the author really knew who her characters were. I got very tired of Kaylin not knowing why she did things and saying so frequently. I couldn't find any rhyme or reason for the actions of many the characters, and I frankly gave up on the story before the end because I didn't care about any of her people. The narrator does a creditable job with poor material.
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.
This is one of the few book series where after I was done with it I actually tracked down the author on Facebook to tell her what a Goddess I thought she was. (She wrote back and said thank you. She was so nice!)
The first book drops you so completely in the middle of everything you will think there is another book a head of this one, and you are a little lost. But, hang on and listen closely because there is a method to the madness that totally pays off in the end.
I would actually classify this series as "New Adult Fantasy". I enjoyed all the books...so far.
I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic
I read this because I like the narrator as I had never heard of Michelle Sagara before. I was enchanted and engaged with the novel immediately. It creates a whole new community with rich details. Read them all, Read them in order, and I hope Michelle Sagara writes more of them. I just downloaded and read the latest book.
Sherrilyn Kenyons Dark Series as it creates an entire community and is very much a neck and neck run on which one was best. Although Acheron which is book one for the Dark Series does slant things completely for a win. Either way you can not lose reading these books. You will like them.
The voices and characters. I have read for many years and love it easily making the book real in my mind when I do read one but she has a real talent.
Leave the book title alone, it rocks as do the graphics on the cover of each of her books. Please do make a film.
Looking forward to the next book.
This is one of my favourites. The author is new to me but well worth the listen.
Kaylin Neya the main character. She displays a bold courageous nature, often reckless but she's on a learning curve. Looking forward to further development.
Magic to die for!
Really quirky storyline, you have to pay attention but it is well worth while. The characters are quite well defined although there are a few gaps. Perhaps future books will flesh this out.
I was bored by the whole story. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up about halfway through, and quit listening...
i think i would have enjoyed this more if i hadn't read the books first.
i had high hopes for the narrator since she got so many good reviews but this one hit one of my biggest pet peeves.
its fief, not feef, and its ferals, not fearels.
(look fief up in the OED for pronunciation).
normally it wouldn't be a big deal but the words come up in just about every other sentence and by the time i was an hour into the story my teeth were clenched, by an hour and a half i started grinding them and had to stop.
now, i have seen narrators self-correct pronunciation in the middle of the story but so far this one hasn't.
it makes me sad because its a series i really enjoyed reading and was looking forward to the audible version. i will probably force myself on until the end out sheer stubborn hope but i doubt i will buy any more out of this series, which is a shame as i want to support the author.
the narrator, other than those mispronunciations seems fine, better than some i've hear. but really, the little things can make or break a narration.
Yes, I bought it and I want my money worth!
This was a good book but for some reason I haven't felt like listen to it again (this may have nothing to do with the book).
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
Wow, where to begin. First, I really wanted to like this book. It had a lot of promise, but it failed to live up to it, in my opinion. It feels like a first novel (I have no idea if it is) and it needed *a lot* of editing. I found the the main character's internal monologues (and sometimes external monologues) endless and tedious. The author is fond of hinting at something (character X knows something *important* about the main character) but then doesn't reveal it (character X tells main character they're not going to tell her because she doesn't need to know even though it effects her directly) and the main character doesn't have any curiousity about it, she just accepts it. A lot of the mystery about the various marks and at least one major conflict could have been resolved so much more easily if people had just had an honest conversation about it. Instead, they create meaningless problems for themselves. Misunderstandings are apparently just a way of life for Kaylin, along with crazy mood swings and fits of sulking. The dialogue is pretty stilted and frustrating to listen to. About a third of the way through, I started listening to the book at 1.5x speed so it would be over faster. It kept my attention enough that I wanted to know how it ended, but not enough to linger over it in normal time.
Khristine Hvam was the best part of this audiobook. She did a good job distinguishing the races's accents and doing her best with the dialogue. I would definitely listen to more books with this narrator.