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.
I loved that it was creative and new and wasn't another book glorifying vampires. The characters are fresh and vibrant.
The scene in the library at edinburgh
Gareth. I bought the book solely based upon Marsters being the narrator. He's my favorite.
I loved how Marsters was able to interpret each of the characters voices and inflections, even their dramatic pauses, and brought them all to life. The story itself is wonderfully written, and listening to it made it all the better.
I loved the combination of tender moments, with gruesomeness. I loved getting the full picture of what this world is all about. But truly I loved the characters, particularly the main characters, and all the obstacles they faced. I especially liked as Adele was teaching Gareth about simple things like writing. Very sweet. And the cats were a fun addition.
This is my first, but I loved his narrating.
I don't want to be spoilery, but of course the end was touching. And there were tender moments before that, but I won't specify to avoid spoilers.
James Marsters does an amazing job with the narration, so I would highly recommend the audio edition over the print version.
He has a dynamic voice that is always entertaining, and there is never any confusion as to which character he is voicing at a given time.
The world in which the story takes place is well developed and interesting. I liked the way vampires were handled in the story as well. It ended leaving me wanting the next book.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
Not a bad story it was hard to get past the beginning which was a little slow going and many times I wanted to just stop... but I kept going and was well worth it. If you like steampunk you might like this. I enjoyed this and have moved on to the next in line.
It depends. If they like alternate history and star-crossed lovers, then maybe. It was just too cliché and trope-ridden for me.
Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Meh. The plot and characters were so-so and predictable. Several reveals were telegraphed poorly, and I'd seen a similar star-crossed lovers thing too many times before. The world-building and alternate history were well done, and were really the saving grace of this book.
Really I "read" this to hear James Marsters read an audiobook. His male voices were well done and I liked the range he showed there but the female voices were a let down. Still I will listen to more from him, but I will not continue this series. Not enough to the story for me to care.
The narrator! LOVE HIM! He does the Dresden files,I was worried I would be able to separate the two. He is amazing, the story is good too!
Probably when she realized he was the other kings son
HE IS AMAZING! I love love love him!
It was who she would have never expected!
Great book, a must read
Well its not too comparable - its a complete rewrite of history with science and supernatural elements. Just delightful.
Top notch. James is absolutely amazing.
Laugh, cry and shudder. It was a very compelling listen.
I anticipated another crappy vampire novel - but she managed to capture a sort of unique twist. Airships, vampires, post apocolyptic (sort-of), spiritualism, unexpected (an not forced or irritating) romance. It was wonderful. Any lover of fantasy/sci-fi will be very entertained.