Not bad... not good.... warm .... Vampires and steam-punk... It held promise but left me lacking enthusiasm for the sequel.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
The first part was ok. It started off a little slow. Some (ok... a lot of) world building and character introductions. I thought the steam aspects were nice, but I thought it lacked a little something to be a real steampunk book. It had airships...... But that was really it.
The second half of the book was AMAZING!!! Seriously. Couldn't listen to it fast enough. I'm not going to give you a plot summary. But I will tell you that I'm definitely continuing on with this series
Greyfriar owns blade
I don't know any like it...
When he took the bullet to save the princess
Laughed quite a bit
Where are the other 2 audiobooks, seriously WTF
I downloaded this book sight unseen because I wanted to support Buzzy Multimedia, and James Marsters has quickly become one of my three all time favorite narrators. His performance was excellent, as always, and the world the characters inhabited was intricate and well realized, but the characters are trite, derivitive, and frankly boring.
There's nothing wrong with this book, per se. If you love harlequin romances, this will probably be a step up from your usual fare. If you can't get enough of shows like Smallville and Vampire Diaries, this will probably be right up your alley, but I was disappointed that this interesting alternate reality was wasted on a generic teenage fantasy romance plot.
The "main" character spends most of her time as a captive, waiting to be rescued by her various romantic interests. She fights, true, but once captured, she's vacillates between damsel in distress, and moron. If she were shown to actively take charge of her own destiny, rather than simply reacting to every event, it might be easier to swallow the Greyfrier's infatuation with her.
You probably remember James Marsters best as Spike from Buffy, but if you didn't know that beforehand, you'd probably never realize it from his narration. He's got the kind of voice that can make even the straightest man question his sexuality, so he's the perfect choice to narrate a romance, but even he can't make these characters interesting.
It would probably run on the CW, and the teenage lead would most likely be played by a 20something model-turned-actress like they usually get.
I wanted to like this book better. Star-crossed heirs of enemy empires have been the subjects of some of my favorite books, but these two just weren't believable, and by the end I found them cloying.
First off, there is Greyfriar, who is very quickly revealed to be Prince Gareth, heir to the vampire Empire, who is running around masquerading as a human folk hero swordsman. Apparently he and he alone is filled with curiosity and sympathy for the enslaved humans of his realm, while the rest of his kind just see them as food. The reason for this is never explained, but it is sort of suggested that it is his nobility of birth that contributes to this nobility of nature.
Then with have Princess Adele, a spoiled, though spirited heiress who just happens to have mysterious in-born superpowers, destined to be the most powerful wielder of said powers, according to the shadowy cabal run by her mentor.
I guess I can see a girl falling in love with her vampire rescuer, but it's tough for me to reconcile her romantic mushiness with this indomitable, practical character she's supposed to be, and I just can't fathom Gareth at all. If he's going to try for taking over and remaking his empire, why not work on building a power base or gaining more influence at court, or just killing his treacherous brother already, instead of brooding in his lonely castle and playing 'Greyfrair'. And since vampires are a different species, seemingly without love or romance, his falling in love with her is kind of weird.
I would have liked more explanations and world-building, and maybe a few supporting characters with more depth than cardboard, and less sappy adoration.
James Marsters was excellent, though.
Didn't read the book
Yes, but with a warning that the book is rather lacking in originality and gets rather boring after a while.
I love James so much. This book sadly is far from his best.
Nope, at best I got a little sick to my stomach when the book got a little overly graphic while the main vampire was drinking blood. It bordered on pornographic at times.
This book is a good example of a good attempt failing to impress. As others have said its a book with vampires and steampunk. I would add that it also has element of Disney Beauty and the Beast thrown in. Sadly it gets a little drawn out and not even one of my favorite narrators could save it.
The main character while a little whiny at times is a decent female lead. But the main vampire is depressingly mainstream and moody. But I'm a fan of the Dracula era vampires over the twilight era we're currently living in.
To sum up; not anything out of the ordinary. Gets a little lovey dovey and graphic at times. James Marsters rocks.
No the story started off great it had interesting people and a steam punk feel. But then it crapped the bed and became a very predictable boring rehash of Beauty and the Beast.
No, one bad book doesn't kill a genera for me
Everything. He did a wonderful job with all the voices and keeping everything the same. He did his best with a horrible script.
Read the first 5 chapters then make up your own end i promise it will be better.
While the premise of 'steampunk vampires' initially turned me off, it seemed a little gimmicky, I am really thankful that I passed that and actually read the story!
The story is incredibly nuanced while still staying relatively light hearted and fun. This isn't a heavy read (or listen) but it still manages to stay away from tropes and pitfalls. The characters are believable and all as reasonably flawed as they are charming. Characters double-cross for good reasons, make unexpected turns that are still within character, and their interplay is truly delightful.
Another great thing about this series is the use of supernatural/magical powers. This is managed really well, without being over-powering or eye-rolling. It's really gracefully done while keeping the premise fresh and interesting.
In short, I would highly recommend this series to anyone! If you liked this series, I would also recommend The Riyira Revelations. Similar level of fun.
Lovin' the Listenin'
The reworking of the Vampire Genre is an interesting and refreshing re take on what is becoming an over worked area of fiction. The world is intriguing and there is potential for interesting twists and turns - both involving action and the political undertones.
Adele - she has an untapped potential that breaks through at times and I am looking forward to how she develops over the series.
The battle scenes were written with great description and when the Colonel called his troops into square to defend against the attacking Vampires the whole thing sprang to life for me.
No - you could but I like breaks.
A great performance by James Marsters who has a fantastic way of bringing the story to life.
I really like books about supernatural creatures, but sometimes they tend to get a bit hokey and stale. I was very pleasantly surprised with this book!. The vampires are actually scary (not just sexy immortals that prefer the nightlife). The Greyfriar is a great hero that started out mythical, as the story progresses, we get to know a complex character that is almost childlike, rather than just a dashing swordsman. Princess Adele isn't the usual damsel in distress. She can kick some vampire butt, but also manages to remain feminine and regal. I like seeing strong female characters, but all too often, a "strong woman" is given male qualities, which defeats the purpose of proving that women can hold their own in a male dominated society. She is 19 and very mature for her age. At first I thought she was too mature, but I suppose her royal upbringing took away her childhood at an earlier age. This is a great book! So glad I stumbled across it.