When Van stood up to his father.
The end but I don't want to spoil it.
A well done production spot on. Homosextual main charactor done with such care that you could even let a young adult listen to it.
This series is one of my favorites of all time. I first read it when I was twelve and I have read it hundreds of times. It never gets old. The true humanity of the characters, the depth of emotion in the story and the imaginativeness of the world combine to create a tale that stays with you. It was the first real fantasy genre novel I read, and what an intro!! I love all of Mercedes Lackey's works, but these books have a special place in my heart.
Imagine my disappointment to have the novel ruined by narration. The narrator was completely bizarre. The cadence of his words was off, at times making me question if he actually knew how to read the English language. To quote Mike Myers, he often "puts the EM-pha-sis on the wrong sy-LLAB-le". He leaves out words... And no only mispronounces names of 90% of the characters, but periodically changes how he pronounces them.
Scenes with intense emotion were read with almost no inflection.
I was so horrified by the reading that I felt the need to read the book out loud to myself just to feel better about what was being said.
I have very very few books on tape that I do not enjoy. This is the first one EVER that I returned to audible rather than keep it in my library. Horrific.
Skip it, get the print version.
I've long held that Vanyel just was not a very relatable character, or at least not as likeable as many of Lackey's other protagonists. Very whiny, and a lot of the plot seems weirdly paced. But the performance was by far one of the weakest I've heard for her novels.
The narrator often puts weird emphasis on certain words, as if he is reading the sentences by seconds instead of in one long flow. several times, it's meant that I have to play catch up in my mind when his pronunciation of a sentence doesn't match what it's trying to get at. He also pronounces many of her names, foreign language words, and place names in what I would have thought to be the LEAST likely manner when I was reading it versus listening. maybe that's just me, but overall the performance was awkward, inconsistent, and distracting.
it's still an awesome story now and this performance was fun to listen to while keeping my hands busy.
Main Character needs to grow up
Savil Ashkevron. She was strong enough to not care about what others thought.
Would have been if... (see additional comments...)
The narrator paused when he shouldn't have and didn't pause when he should have. This could have been editing. Sometimes there was a pause when there should not have been: "he climbed down the back........ stairs" (listener starts to question how anyone can climb down a back and finally the sentence is completed. Oh, okay. He climbed down the stairs!!!).
There were not pauses between separate segments when there definitely should have been. Whenever there was a scene change, the lack of separation created confusion in the mind of the listener.
This broke the flow of the story and made it difficult to fully enjoy.
I love this book, but the lack of a simple pause when there is a scene change takes away from the story.
This is one of Mercedes Lackey's best series. I wish it had been given the attention it deserves.