This series is wicked and I can't wait for more. Also I'm soooo glad Robert is doing the narration, it gives great continuity between the series. I hate it when narrators are chopped and changed. His accents are great and he does the female voices really well. And his rendition of dear old Nix is great, seriously quirky and out there, the Lykae Scottish accent and the Dacian one is knee melting. The British accents Cockney and otherwise are really authentic. The story was great full of emotional twists and turns - Kresley Cole is awesome. Shy placid heroines usually annoy me. But I loved Bettina - her godparents may have tried to undermine her but she outdone them and got what she wanted. The girl has serious potential I hope this pair pop up again. Their passionate byplay is entertaining.
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It may have been exacerbated by the fact that I didn't care for the narration, but this book really got on my nerves. I thought all of the characters were really one-dimensional and not very likeable, and Bettina was just annoying. I also thought it was about 3x longer than it needed to be. There were a couple of bright spots with the humor -- the mundane world references to things like Rocky Horror and Cracker Barrel were kind of funny, but they seemed very random and out of place. The sylph Salem was the only character that I really liked, but he still seemed like a caricature. There were quite a few sexy bits, but something about the language seemed too crass to me and the Dracula-style accent that the narrator gave to Trehan was really disconcerting. I also really dislike the romance novel tropes of "Oops -- I had sex with you by accident, thought you were someone else!" and "Well, since I can't have sex with who I really want I'll just practice with you." Overall, bleh.
First off Robert Petkoff's narration was superb. The book was well written with complex developed characters and just enough heat to keep you turning pages without feeling like you need to pray for forgiveness after. Awesome story for those who are fans of Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series which I LOVE. There were those frustrating moments when I felt like Cole was just screwing with me and I was screaming at the characters to get a clue. And there were those eye rolling parts you get every now and then. You know, as the main character is drowning in someone's "molten eyes" or some other such sap. But that can be considered part of the charm of the story. All in all awesome listen. Definitely recommend it.
I come back to this book over and over again! I absolutely adore it. Very cleverly written.
Great story, i love these books my new favorite character is Salem. the Nix sightings at the contest were hysterical and you knew just by the description who it was. Funny!!!
I LOVE this series and so far gave it 5 stars. This book was my least favorite in the series so far. The female was weak and so confused and just a bit too annoying. The plot twist were because of misunderstandings between the main two characters which was somewhat boring... He wants her but he doesn't say all that he thinks so she doesn't get it, she wants him but she doesn't realize it and than once she does she doesn't say it so he doesn't get it....
Also this book added so little to the overall plot of the series, accession and all that, I almost feel like I could have skipped it (nuf said)
Performance was as always superb
Phantom character was funny
couldnt stop listening...darn!! the story just grabbed on and would let go. 30hrs straight.