This book got off to a very slow start, rather awkward like it was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series and we were already supposed to know this world. After the first few chapters the story picked up and the characters started getting interesting. It even got interesting enough to make up for a very unfortunate choice of narrator. I have trouble empathizing with the heroine when I can't stand the narrator's voice.
I enjoyed the book enough to go for book 2... This has all the makings of a fine series, and maybe I'll get used to the narrator,
Oh, Thea Harrison, what on earth were you thinking? I own every book and novella and short story in this series, and every time you release a new novel I start from the beginning and read them again. Fantastic series. But think of the wonderful strong women characters you've created: Pia, Carling, Niniane, and Grace? A now you give us this total spoiled ninny called Tess. I can't stand this woman! I'm eight hours into this book, I know the big event is coming to be followed by the happy ever after, but I'm not sure I can make it. Why oh why would an ancient, rich, ripped, sexy vampire want this selfish twit? Argh!!!
Okay seriously, if you are a fan of this series you'll absolutely want to get this book and you'll most likely enjoy it. I'm much intrigued by the story and the other characters as is usual but I have to skip over Tess's dialog. Much harder to do in audio than in print but it can be done. Looking forward to your next book Thea. I'm thinking you'll have this out of your system in time for the next story.
Love this series, especially love this character and his family. $5 is a bit much for such a short story but I think it is worth it if you're into Pia & Dragos and the rest of the Elder Races characters. Hopefully Thea Harrison will return to full-length novels. Hate to spend a credit on a novella but hate to miss any developments in the series.
Short or long, Thea's writing and Sohpie Eastlake's narration are consistently top-notch. 4 stars overall just to complain about the price/length ratio.
What a fun book. I don't like buying novellas because the cost to length ratio isn't very good. However, this is the third book starring Pia and Dragos, one of my favorite fictional couples. I've read enough series romances to get used to the one-book-per-couple format and it is nice to get a second and now third look at favorite characters. Liam the Peanut has to be one of the cutest kids ever! And switching POV between mom, dad, and the kid was very well done. I'm not sure what compels an author to wrap up a story at novella length vs flesh it out to novel length... it seems like there was enough interesting stuff happening that this could have been novel length with no problem. Definitely left me wanting more.
I really love this series. The setup for this series is the modern world with the addition of the "Elder Races", also known as "the stuff paranormal / urban fantasy addicts like best". I think Thea Harrison has created some of the best pairings in this genre such as Pia the unicorn & Dragos the dragon, and Grace the Oracle & Khalil the Djinn. Fabulous! Sexy and witty and a good adventure/mystery with well developed and likable characters.
This book started out good. The two main characters had potential but they went largely undeveloped while the author concentrated on the "kink". All I could think of as I read the story was "Oh no! Not another Anita Blake! Please no!" All the other books in this series had just the right amount of sex thrown in as spice to an already great story. It's not like Ms. Harrison couldn't think of an interesting plot -- this is a great story. It's not that she couldn't think up the characters -- these had appeared in earlier books and had lots of potential. When does fictional sex go from spice to spoiler? I can't say but I know it when I read it. I choose to believe that Thea Harrison won't go over the cliff as have other paranormal romance authors. Please.
I adore Kelley Armstrong's work. I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series two or three times, and I have all of the YA books too, very enjoyable. So of course I jumped on this first in a new series as soon as I saw it.
Intriguing story. The performance is fine, but not outstanding. I'm giving this a 4 star overall because I just haven't warmed up to the heroine. I'd be willing to be that I'll be hooked soon enough. All of the groundwork for a great series is laid, and I'll snag the next as soon as it comes out. Sometimes it takes me a couple of books to get to know the characters, I guess.
Where do great authors get their ideas? Kelley Armstrong's got a doozy of an imagination, and I'm looking forward to finding out where this goes.
This is a very good read. Engaging story, interesting characters that catch you up right away. Also, if you're interested in history and/or academia at all this is a great read. I guess I'm giving the story four stars because of the flash backs to the Salem witch hysteria, that whole piece of American history just makes my skin crawl. You know things won't end well for that poor lady!
The author does a fine job tying the past to the future with a long string of "cunning women" who had the ability to use magic. They used the magic to make a living and to help their neighbors. They were often the only help around for sick people and animals. They could find lost property and kill the blight on your tomatoes. No demons needed!
I loved the choice of villain and the explanation for it. It's not super-hard to figure out but I don't want to ruin the fun with any spoilers. This book is a nice change of pace from the "fluffier" fiction I've been reading. I especially like the author's afterward explaining the genesis of the book -- a very rare occurrence for me, I usually skip that stuff. Definitely worth a credit.
Mr. Pinchot is absolutely perfect for this very original, very creative, very engrossing series. What a range of voices and characters! Never would have guessed he had it in him, back in the day when he was doing sitcoms.
I have all of Larry Correia's books that have been released on Audible and I've given 5 stars to all. He's a great writer. I love the paranormal genre and it seems that a good share of the books in this category are also romances. I have nothing against a good romance, but every once in a while it is great to read a manly man's book. These are a wonderful mix of paranormal and the old hard-boiled detective books.
Mr. Correia's other series, Monster Hunter, is just as good & highly recommended.
I'm the proud owner of all the books in this series, and I heartily recommend it for any fan of the fantasy genre. I gravitate more towards contemporary or urban fantasy but I enjoy a trip to a completely different universe if the author does a good job. Give me characters that I care about and give them interesting stuff to do -- it's all good.
I didn't really warm up to these folks after reading this first book. I was, however, intrigued enough to grab the second, and then the third, and by then I was hooked. The main character, Kaylin Neya, is one of those uber-charged kick-ass heroines that are so popular these days, but this author manages to pull it off without making you detest the little darling. Kaylin had a crappy childhood and works her butt off and is totally irreverent and oblivious of much and is just learning as she goes along. She has a couple of love interests but has way too much baggage to indulge. She has this vast potential power but lives in a one-room flop because that's all she can afford on her private's salary. I guess I just like her, and I like all her friends, and I really like Severn (the childhood friend/protector/potential lover). The stories are each inventive and interesting and follow a very satisfying arc.
Others here have written stellar reviews and I won't try to duplicate. I just want to say WOW. I just finished the book because I decided to start the series over and hold the new book out like the last morsel of some incredibly rare treat. So I've been totally immersed in Dresden's world for awhile now and I'm feeling a little bereft. I can't wait for the next book! I listened to this series more often than anything else I've ever owned and they just don't get old.
I absolutely HATED the book where Harry was dead. I didn't hate the book as a book, I mean it is a well-written piece of fiction by one of my absolute favorite authors, I mean I just hated Harry being dead! In retrospect I think it is perfect that the other guy did the narration for it. So now when we hear his voice well, it's because Harry is dead! I hope that poor guy gets work on other books that aren't quite as well established because he has talent and didn't deserve the thrashing he got here... but thank you James Marsters for coming back to life along with Harry!
My admiration for Jim Butcher has only increased with this installment. As others have noted, most series are losing steam and direction by book 14 but it seems that Mr. Butcher has lots left for our wizard. It must be so incredibly satisfying to be the creator of such a body of work and have such a loyal following. Good for you Mr. Butcher! Thank you.
I have to put a plug in here for his Codex Alera series too. Even if you're not a huge high fantasy fan these are worth a listen. Same high quality writing and character development.
Love this author. I've read all of the October Daye books at least twice, and I'm delighted that she's publishing another series (although I hope there is more Toby to come!) Since my favorite genre is Urban Fantasy, I've got a lot of practice with "suspending disbelief" and I needed those skills for this book.... The premise is fun and different, the overall story is great, but the details kind of poked at the edges of what I'm willing to swallow. I guess I found the lead characters just a bit too perfect. It almost seems like an earlier effort that was written before the author had fully developed her style, and is just now getting published. You know that anything titled "book 1" the hero is not going to die, but the whole time there never seemed the slightest possibility of anything other than falling in love and beating the bad guys. There is, however, some really good stuff unexpected stuff here (the dragon! the mice! love them!)
I'm afraid I never did warm up to the narrator. The writing makes up for what I found as an annoying voice and other folks seem to like Ms. Bauer just fine. I'm in for Book 2 regardless but would be pleased to see a switch in the narrator choice.
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