really enjoyed this book, particularly through audio. good characters, but i would like a little more depth in some aspects, but this is a series, so this may come later. I'm looking forward to book 2!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I read the free prequel novella about a year ago and I was not overly impressed. I had already purchases this book so after I forgot what was in the novella (it was that good), I went ahead and listened to this book only because I hate to waste money. I could not connect with the book. I had more questions and the characters were only paper cut outs. I felt like they went through the motions but I had no sense of who they were, where they were or what the differences were between the cast. I kept catching my mind wondering and then I would think I missed something, but no, nothing was ever explained. There were a few ideas that could have panned out but since I felt the same with the novella I decided not to finish this book. I have finished books that were worse, I just didn't want to waste my time on something I had mediocre feeling towards when I have over 200 audio books in my library that I haven't read yet. Narrator did an okay job, she just can't make up for inadequate writing.
I am listening to the whole series again, for the third time. I am only going to comment on this one. It took me a couple of tries to get into the story but once I had it is very addicting. Not only is the story well written and the characters relatable but I have never heard a better narrator. I cannot wait for the next release!
The main character was tedious. I wanted to put her in "time out" until she turned 30.
I would check out more information on the book before I would purchase another book by Ms Sagara.
Ms. Hvam did a good job as narrator, just didn't have much to work with for the main character who was predictable in her reactions.
I was disappointed with the book. I had already purchased the seond book in the series and could not even get started listening to it.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I compared the print edition to the audio version. I found the audio book to be a little slow and repeats things many times. I became bored with the print edition because of this. The narration is excellent and does a great job at keeping the story moving and interesting. There was a need to explain the other races and their traits and habits. This was well done. The problem came because of the number of races that had major roles and parts in this novel. There was repetition of these traits and habits that kept the story a little slow.
I was looking for a new author to start with. My daughter has read this series and convinced me to give this on a try. The plot is obvious with development of the characters good even though a little slow. I am willing to give other books by Michelle Sagara as well as reader Khristine Hvam future tries. I did enjoy this book.
I had no favorite scenes. I did enjoy explanation of the different races in this story and how the main character deals with them.
I listened to this book in two sittings. I did complete it all the same day.
This story is a little slow and repeats itself. It does hold together and the narration is excellent.
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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.