This feels like a blatant knock-off of several other series, primarily Eragon. Boy finds magic stone in the woods, goes on a quest to elude evil king and get to a rebel kingdom with the help of a wise old man, add dragons and dragon riders, humans, dwarves, elves, parents who may or may not be evil, an ancient language. Substitute Necromancers for Shades. There's the odd dash of Harry Potter (incendio!) in some of the spell casting and in the way relatives have sacrificed themselves to save him. A bit of Tolkien in some of the naming. I'm enjoying listening to this partially because it is a good plot, partially because the narrator is so much better than the guy who read Eragon, and partially because it's become kind of humorous to see how many plot devices from other authors I can pick out.
It seems to be geared towards a younger audience than I expected. The category listed is SciFi: Fantasy: Epic and I think it would be more appropriate under Teens: SciFi. This is not really an adult book, but I'm listening anyway and enjoying it.
I'm really impressed with the series. I've read a lot of paranormal, and the ideas here are very unique. A long, long time ago, before the ancient gods left the earth, they each bestowed immortality on one of their descendants. There's only a limited number of immortal slots available, and the only way to become immortal is to be a descendant of a god and to kill an immortal.
The story focuses on a newly immortal P.I. She didn't know anything about the immortals before she accidentally became one. She's witty and has a great sense of humor, is bold and daring with a lot of style. She has to learn to use some new powers and abilities that don't come with an instruction manual, navigate the politics of the immortal factions, figure out who's a friend and who's an enemy, solve a new case involving immortals, move, and deal with an adopted mortal sister who really wants to know whats going on.
Add three complicated men to the mix and well...it's a hit. No spoilers, but I loved books 2 and 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out.
Love the new content. It's a tossup which is my favorite...the story about Ben, Kara, or a new vampire, but I won't give any spoilers. The funniest scene in the entire anthology is at the end of Ben's story. (I wish there had been new Charles and Anna content.)
The old content has all been re-performed. I couldn't get very far into Alpha and Omega, always a favorite of mine, because as much as I love Lorelei King, it just seems wrong to have her perform it. They should have re-used the Holter Graham performance because he's the true voice for Charles and Anna. (That's no criticism to the narrator...I think I'd be equally unhappy if Holter Graham read a Mercy book. They each have pronunciations and voices associated with the characters, and it's inconsistent and kind of wrong to switch.)
"In Red with Pearls", the Warren and Kyle story, was also reperformed, still with a male narrator. I liked the way this guy did Spanish accents much better, but mostly he's just too wimpy to be Warren. In the scene in Kyle's office after Kyle has been attacked by the zombie, and Warren uses that dominant werewolf voice to command Kyle to "Stay Still," the original narratorkind of shouts it out, giving the words true power, while Alexander Cedese doesn't alter his tone of voice at all. I think if Alexander was a fan he might have done better with the book, but I really prefer the narration in "Down These Strange Streets" better. I don't remember the name of that narrator but he just nailed Warren.
I don't think I've heard "Star of David" or "Seeing Eye" performed before but they were fabulous. Love those stories.
The whole thing is a Must Listen if you're a Mercy fan.
I bought the first one on a whim, on sale, and WOW, these are great!!! I couldn't stop listening and quickly bought the rest of the series. Great narration, very interesting characters. I love the whole cast although being a dog lover, I think Oberon is probably my favorite side character (although I really, really like the Morrigan!). There are some freebies worth reading on the author's homepage and he says there are 2 shorts coming this year, plus the next book in June 2013. Can't wait!!!
I keep drawing comparisons to the Mercy Thompson series by the same narrator. They're both paranormal fiction with a strong, snarky female lead. The plots aren't exactly similar (shapeshifting mechanic vs. private investigator grim reaper), but King portrays the female leads in the same voice, same intonations. The secretary is Mercy's mother Margie, her daughter Amber is Jessie, and I've detected Adam and Samuel in some of the police officers. It's distracting if you've listened to the Mercy books.
That said, this is an engaging story. I like the lead character Charlie Davidson, the plot is not predictable or formulaic - there are some unexpected twists in here. It's unique and well written. The narrator does do a very good job with the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the sequels.
This thing reads like a 1970's romance novel. The "hero" is an insensitive jerk who accuses the heroine of being interested in a minor and of having an affair with a married man. He has had a string of involvements with women he has used and casually discards a girlfriend. He's secretly using the heroine to win brownie points with her father, a potential business partner. The heroine lies about an assault / fails to report to the authorities. Most of the characters aren't very likeable. Bad pacing. No complaints about the narrator, who does a good job with the voices, but I can't bring myself to finish this.
The world of Jane is expanded. Previously minor characters are brought to the forefront and more about the supernatural is revealed, but Jane's wit and humor and unique take on life remain the same. A must-read for anyone who likes the series.
First, you should know that this is the last book in a series, and the other books aren't available as audio books. I probably wouldn't have downloaded it without reading the other books if I had known that, but it didn't become evident until the end when you find out his siblings are mated.
Second, the story has a great plot and I like the main characters as well as the side characters. But there are some pacing issues. The first half of the book has a good pace, and then about a fourth of the book is a series of sex scenes with no real plot advancements, and then the last quarter of the book is back to having a good pace.
Not that I object to the smoking hot love scenes, but 2 hours out of an 8 hour book, especially when they're one right after another, is a bit much. After a while, my reaction to the sex was just "yawn". At least some of them needed to be edited out or seriously shortened so that the plot would move a little. Good book but not up to Singh's usual standards.
So both of these are continuations of other series. Probably neither one the best story to start out with if you're a newby. I never liked Teddy all that much on the Argeneau vampire series, but Lynsay Sands really does a great job of bringing his personality out. And Cat and Bones smoke as always. A 'must listen' if you're fans!
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