I had read two or three other books in the 500 Kingdoms series. They aren't great works of literature but they are inventive and fun. I enjoy the author's work so I picked this one up.
It was good, the story pans back and forth between two areas of focus for much of the book, which was a little difficult at first because there's often no marker to indicate the switch. I was irked at the pronunciation of the word "mage," but other than that the narrator did an excellent job, even the accents were good.
The story was interesting and engaging, and I didn't see the ending coming. I would recommend the book to any fantasy lover as an interesting view on fairytales.
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was excellent, the book interesting and well put together. I didn't really enjoy the voice used for Oberon, but understand the direction they were trying to go. A few folks have complained he doesn't sound like a 2000 year old druid, but if they'd been listening intently they'd know why. Besides, I would choose the distinction between characters that this narrator was able to produce over one that sounded like an ancient druid.
There was a surprisingly wide range of characters and the asides to explain the workings of the beyond-mortal were surprisingly unobtrusive and usually flowed with the story. I think that anyone who enjoyed American Gods might enjoy this.
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