I found this novel unexpectedly intriguing. Great fantasy based in reality (sort of). Chimera and Angels living in their own universe, yet able to make their way into ours...a time when angels are not necessarily the good guys, and chimera (demons?) are kind and thoughtful and dangerous...
The narrator makes this novel a superlative listen. She performs the accents beautifully, and reads with aplomb and grace.
I had read some reviews that made me think the finale would be lukewarm. Not having read anything by this author before, I wasn't sure. The second installment was so excellent I thought it would be hard to top. But I have to say...I was very satisfied with this one! Narrator, once again, adding all kinds of joy to the listening experience. So many threads and details to be accounted for - and the author totally accomplished that. Adding in something new, but accounted for as some of the backstory had been alluded to previously. Epic ending...can't say too much because I don't want to spoil it...but heart-wrenching and beautiful in the poetic way Karou and Akiva always seem to deliver. This was fantastic. Definitely a new author to follow and an unforgettable story that completely took hold of my heart. EPIC!
I love urban fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, and dystopian. My favorite authors are Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison.
This is an amazingly beautiful symphony of words, preformed by a narrator which brings it to life! It is literary music.
It is a wonderfully gripping and surprisingly moving adventure and romance! I can't wait to listen to the third book.
Love the 1st book, 2nd one was ok, kept it interesting enough to want to see what happens in the next book.
I rated the first book 5 stars all around but I took away one star all around for book 2 for the following reasons:
Book 1 was so intriguing, fascinating, exciting, and mysterious. It made me want to be Karou... what a fascinating and mysterious life she had! But then at the end you find out she's not actually Karou, but Madrigal, and that is when the fun mystery that has been so built up all comes crashing down- never to be picked back up again.
In book 2, I was mourning the loss of the exciting, young life of Karou as the whole tone of the story shifted and became dark, anguished, heavy and dry. The whole feel of book 1 that captivated me was gone and I missed it and it was never coming back. In addition to that, the mysterious characters- such as Brimstone, who I so longed to discover more of- were all dead!
The beautiful imagery that painted book 1 so lovely and made you want to be there was missing from this book. Left mostly to my own imagination, Eretz was vast and empty, without much detail by the way of landscape.
The story was really heavy and angsty, which got on my nerves. In my review of book 1, I had said I was relieved it wasn't full of angst, but book 2 more than made up for that with plenty of angst. However, once I accepted that this was now a new and different story with a totally different feel, I was able to enjoy the book for what it was, especially for the way it ended.
Finally, the reason I removed a star for the narrator is because she read this book in a strangely continuous manner. What I mean by that is the story frequently changes locations or perspectives from Madrigal to Karou to other characters, but the narrator transitions from one scene to another completely seamlessly, without even a pause, so if you aren't paying close attention, you may lose track of where you are.
Like I said, I was still able to enjoy and appreciate this book, but be prepared for a dramatic change to everything you loved about book 1.
This trilogy was my introduction to Audible and my my what a great intro it was!
Zirie was my favorite character amongst many others for his selflessness, bravery and kind, loving heart. But then there's Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Miq, Brimstone, Issa and so many characters that were so beautiful and special in their own way that it is really hard to appreciate just one...
The story was captivating from the beginning, moving seamlessly from one book to the next until the last one. As much as this was a fantasy genre, for a while you forget this is fiction because the writer writes with a fluidity, ease, descriptive depth, mastery and finesse, credibility and authority that captures you and makes you believe in the realness" of her world or should I say worlds. The intrigue was very intriguing, the plot development flawless and the characters believable. You move and are catapulted back to many emotions and feelings from sadness, joy, disbelief, excitement, anger, expectancy, suspense and so many more - all keeping you interested and begging for more. What i especially took from this literary opus was how perception affected one's ability for empathy and love... I won't talk about the story per say because i want the potential reader to discover it on their own without spoiling any moments but believe me you will not be disappointed. In nearing the end of book three i was between reading slower because i didn't want this journey to end but then being eager to finish just to see how the story ended!