This may be a really good book if it's the type of book you like. I can't judge it's merits because it's not my cup of tea. The 2 star rating is because it was compared to Terry Pratchett's books. The reason I bought was only partly because the sample seemed interesting... and mostly because we are told if we love Terry Pratchett we will like A. Lee Martinez. Comparing A. Lee Martinez to Terry Pratchett is like comparing a puddle to an ocean. Both are water but that's about all they have in common.
Deanna Raybourn has that rare gift of sly irony that provokes laughter at the situations people find themselves in rather than at the people themselves. A quote from another book, Margery Allinghams The Estate of the Beckoning Lady comes to mind. "Dignity skating on very thin ice."
There are few writers who can present a book that handles serious subjects and, at the same time, are able to make the reader laugh out loud over and over again.
I like the narrater as well. Yes, the accent slips a triffle from time to time but only slightly. What is wonderful is that the delicate, almost surgical, precision of her speech invokes a different time and place. She is perfect for the Lady Julia books. I've listened to all of them and am happily awaiting the next one.
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