What I love about this series is the same thing that makes it difficult to write a review - the writer never leaves the characters in the same place they started. The story is fast-paced and well-plotted, the characters are never one-dimensional and the villain's motive is both believable and hard to predict. Love it. And the "Labyrinth" shout-out made me smile.
Mary Robinette Kowal's performance was outstanding, as always. Her character voices are always spot-on and her pacing is perfect for the book.
This is one of my favourite stories from Lois McMaster Bujold. The characters are well drawn and their motivations are consistent with their characters.The story starts a little slow but it pays off later in the book as we find out more about the paths each character (particularly Cazaril) walked to get to where they are. In Cazaril's case, as his past unfolds within the narrative you'll end up thinking back to where the story began and how it was a cross-roads in more ways than one.
In many ways the story is as much about chance, circumstance and human nature as it is about political intrigue and adventure. It has a particularly unique and interesting take on sainthood and divinity.
Honestly, though, the best part about the audiobook was the Marlon Brando/Godfather accent the narrator puts on for Dondo and Martou dy Jironal. I'm not sure of the intended effect but to me it was hysterical and had me snickering every time Dondo or Martou were talking. I wasn't 100% sure I didn't hate it at first, as an interpretation of the dy Jironal brothers it was somehow both off-putting and appropriate at the same time. I like it now, though, so I guess appropriate won. Your mileage may vary.
This is another excellent excursion into the crumbling but somehow still vibrant Atlanta that forms the setting for the Kate Daniels stories. It features Kate's best friend Andrea Nash in a story of her own. This novel stands alone from but is still linked to Kate's. I love Andrea as a character and it's great to have a novel from her perspective.
Renee Raudman is an excellent narrator, though the pronunciation of some terms and place names threw me off a little. It's more likely that I'm reading them wrong than that she is but it's still enough to pull me out of the story occasionally.
Excellent follow-up to the first book. I loved the character development. Nikki doesn't really like her situation but is adapting and starting to build some real relationships with the others in the mansion. Anderson creeps me right the hell out but in the best possible way. He's one of the most interesting "good guys" that I've seen in this genre. Really, he's only good relative to the alternative. There are a few scenes in Deadly Descendant where we see more of the less-human side of him than we did in the first book and it adds some more depth to his character, yet he's human enough to like having Nikki around because he knows that he can trust her with his biggest secret and because she knows, he can be himself around her. It's not a romantic relationship but it's an interesting and complex one, particularly in the way that it affects Anderson's relationship with his own wife, and it is a large part of what will keep me reading this series.
She is very consistent with the character voices and they match the characters very well. I find that listening to a well-narrated audiobook like this one adds to the story. Having read the book, it's great to have character voices associated with it when I re-read it after listening to the audiobook.
The story is really entertaining and Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator
It's a very funny story and very well done.
He has a great voice and he puts real energy into the story. It's fun to listen to.
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