This title has a few things going for it - reasonably good plot, and EXCELLENT villains. However, the protagonists, all two or three of them, are both boring and implausible. I soldiered on as long as I could, bolstered by long views of the bad guys' side, but I finally had to remind myself that I would only waste a few dollars by forgetting the story and turning to some other book.
I generally like Scott Brick as a reader, but this wasn't the kind of script that was good for him, even if the script was any darn good.
It is light - not too 'thoughty' if that is what you like. On the other hand, it is by and about an immature young woman of no great discernment. You need to have a sense of the larger issues of life to properly make the silly stuff funny. Or believable.
And her vocabulary... really, not funny in this decade - just tiresome.
Yes - give up 3/4 through. I hate wasting that money!
I'm a skeptic about long series - often a lot of so-so filler bulk them out. This may be true here, too. I'm only 2/3s through the first book after all, but the plot and characters are super, and things are charging along. I was reluctant to try out Bujold and King, such popular writers, but not seeming my style...but they just consistently delivered as if they couldn't help it. Joe A looks to be in that same form. We'll see. I look forward to trying him out. Oh - and the reader is outstanding.
That rule is: People are Stupid. Apparently so are publishers. I certainly felt a few IQ points slip away as I listened to this.
Unconvincing plot, terrible dialog, and a bad reader make this a train wreck. The only excuse I have for finishing it was a fascinated horror of the experience. Or maybe it was just the Wizards First Rule.
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