The dichotomy of the viewpoint character and the villain was astounding. The author successfully made the main character much more creepy than the villain. I can't say that I've ever read anything quite like this. I would recommend this to a friend if that friend was able to endure a creepy viewpoint character. This was a very good book. The only problem which I had was that the narrator was very much a monotone.
This was a decent book. I, as a reader, have read many Pratchett books. This is not an amazing Pratchett book, but it had its points. If I were to suggest that a friend start reading Pratchett, I would tell him or her to start with the Tiffany Aching series rather than this. As a Pratchett book this was good, just not great.
Very good. I've read multiple of the authors books, and I would rate this as slightly worse than the Riddle-Master Trilogy and slightly better than Ombria in Shadow, which I had previously considered to be her two best stories. Excellent narrator. Is set in a Victorian setting, has themes of archaeology, music, magic letters, and harping. Also has steam powered cars. I'd recommend this to a friend.
Like other commenters have written, this is not her best book. Here are the good aspects of this book:
-Unique writing style
-Unique plot(kept me guessing)
-Unexpected(which was good), but abrupt, ending
-Interwoven story lines were very well done, not forced like other book's I've read recently
-Fairy tale fantasy, not D&D/Tolkien based fantasy
-Lighter subject matter (no one dies, battles), but like all of this author's work, this is pulled off exceedingly well. Makes for easy reading while still feeling the tension.
-Cool and different magic and just enough history to feel like a complete world.
-Many fully realized characters: everyone mentioned had a full story behind them.
Bad parts include:
-Narrator when she tries to be a male character, she sometimes changed her voice too much. She was a good narrator overall.
-Abrupt ending, no truly fullfilling 'moral of the story is' moment as you would expect from a Fairy tale
-Valoren being a idiot(Really?! Your that blind to everyone around you?! Really?!!). Same goes for the king. They were never really fleshed out as characters. We never really learned their motives for being so ruthless.
-No real battles or deaths. Lots of threatening of them by one party or another, but we never get the chance to believe them. A threat without a weapon is not a threat
This gets 4/5 because, despite its flaws, it's still awesome to listen too. Go in expecting lighter fare, non-Tolkien based stuff. As a one shot, non-series, story it's great.
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