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Yes, it's interesting, fun, multi-layered and exciting. It combines many principles of fantasy in a new way.
She embodies Kaylin and brings the other characters to life beautifully!
I devoured this book and have systematically consumed each of the subsequent ones!
Love this series - try it now!
Bring some understanding of the various races and creatures in the story. There is no explanation to environment or how the various beings came to be built into the story.
Quit with the "she did, but she didn't...", "she could, but she couldn't....". this got really tedious.
Tiamaris the dragon.
The liontine characters did not make sense.
The story could have been good, but there was too much time and words spent on odd and broken descriptions of emotions and situations. There also needs to be a reason built into the story as to how this world came to be. This would help the reader better identify with story.
Khristine Hvam is a very good reader and did as good a job as possible narrating a challenging script.
I love books. hate reviewing books because I hate reiterating what many other's have said. I hate spoiling a review.
It is one of my favorite series'. I don't actually consider it a single book-- the story continues and builds with each new book. I have them all and re-read them about every quarter waiting for the next book (paper, audio interchangeable). The story is wonderfully detailed- it has to be it is a world unlike any other. The Emperor is an immortal Dragon. Her immediate boss is a Leontine (a vaguely humanoid lion). Her highest ranking boss is an Arian (winged humanoid but not angelic). Her best friend/mentor is an immortal Baroni (Elf- tall beautiful perfect). It all works perfectly.
I really can't compare it to any other books. I have read about fantastical police in other worlds before, but I can't really compare them to Cast. It is unique- mainly because Kaylin is unique. She is very opinionated and yet she is not extremely knowledgeable because she is a new citizen in this society. She is bigoted and yet she is open to learning and discarding those bigoted ideals when given the opportunity to met good "people". She is scathing and abrupt, but she makes time and takes care with the fragile. She is a contradiction by definition and brash about it. But she is lovable and loves her "people" that surround her for the very fascinating differences they hold.
No, but I have listened to these alot. Her rendition of Marcus is wonderful. And later of Sanabalis, too.
Yes, at least three times.
The caharacters become real and grow and mature and surprise you and disappoint you and thrill you and anger you and make you laugh and make you want to cry. Despite very few of them being human and having very few human responses-- they all become "human" to you in a very short time.
Mom who reads
I really wanted to like this book as I need a new series. I just couldn't get into it - although I listened to the entire book wanting to like it. I hate how people do poor reviews and they've only listened to the first ten minutes of the book. The names were hard to remember, the plot was so complicated that I kept thinking that this was a book farther on in the series and I just hadn't listened to the first books so I didn't know the back story. I was sad I had wasted my time. I returned it.
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The Chronicles of Elantra are a wonderful series. The narration is excellent and the books are very well written.
I've listened to the entire series several times, so its a bit hard for me to separate each book. The series as a whole though I absolutely LOVE. Between the story line, the character development and the performance of Khristine Hvam, all Chronicles of Elantra books are at the very top of my favorite audio book list.
Finding out Severn's reasons for having done certain things. I won't say more than that for fear of ruining the book for someone.
Honestly, she does such a great job with all of them I would have a hard time choosing just one. I read these books myself through the kindle app after listening to them. While still good reading myself, the life that Khristine Hvam gave the characters made me prefer listening rather than reading, which is saying a lot. The character Severn is my favorite but that has as much to do with how his character was written by Michelle Sagara as it does the performance by Khristine Hvam.
This one no. I didn't really start loving the book until closer to the end. There is a lot of character development that while listening to for the first time seemed slow to me (listening to it for a second time though after having listened to the other books in the series made me love all of the first...if that makes any sense at all). The second book in the series did however make me cry at one point.
I purchased this book because I had heard such good reviews. Now, I regret it.
The author did not explain the world she was writing about. She did not describe the different races and cultures that make up most of this story. She wrote in an overblown dramatic writing style with no context. Her main character seemed to go into extreme emotional outbursts with no apparent reason. Needless to say, I just got nothing from this book but headaches.
Excellent. Riveting. Fantastic.
It's a tie between the characterizations and the world building.
Every character has a distinctive voice which a) brings the characters to life and b) helps the listener distinguish who is speaking.
This listen is a good use of a credit.
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.
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.