In response to the reviewer who complained this was a "Harlequin-like" novel - well Luna is the new fantasy line from Harlequin. The books are supposed to be about strong female characters in fantasy settings. Harlequin novels are good novels more often than some would like to admit. And this novel is no exception.
Urban Shaman follows a mechanic who becomes a cop due to her particular circumstances. It is also about coping with dual - but similar heritages. Something a lot of people don't realize is that the Cherokee and Scots-Irish melded so well in Appalachia because their cultural beliefs were so similar! (I'm talking about first wave settlers.)
This book is exactly what it claims to be - an urban fantasy from Luna. And it is well-worth listening to. I do enjoy the narrator and wish she had come back for the second book, but, Gabra Zackman is also an excellent storyteller.
The Middle Ages are so much more varied than most people realize. This overview is an excellent one! No single book can adequately go into the diversity of the societies at conflict during that time, but this one comes very close.
This is not a book for the reader looking for a plain old romance. The characters pull you in despite being less than sympathetic. Conceit wars with empathy and love in this novel. It is about the ego each person has. Mistakes are made because of overconfidence. People die, people are hurt.
I found myself wanting to know when the next book would be available. This isn't quite up to earlier Charlaine Harris or Tanya Huff's early vampire novels, but it is well worth listening to and shows promise from a new author. I will be watching for her future books.
I am still relatively new to the "Chick Lit" and "Romance" markets - but must say that the literary quality is right up there with what is produced in other genres, including general fiction.
I have to agree that the narrator could have differentiated the voices more - some characters sounded alike when they should not have. I, however, think she did a more than adequate job of reading this audiobook.
Harlequin, please release more on Audible.
This is a book worth a listen. I do agree that the first narrator is better for this particular series - but I don't agree that Gabra Zackman is too cynical. She is a talented storyteller and she is a narrator I look for now.
This stories continues where Urba Shaman left off. It is all about growing up inside of a skill or talent - and the wrong turns that one can take. It is not cynical - it is about choices the character makes that don't always fit. Granted, there are times you want to holler at her, but, we have all made stupid choices and the reader/listener can recognize herself quite easily.
Please Harlequin, put more Luna books on Audible!
Gabra Zackman's narration, plus Maria Snyder's characters of Yalena, Valek, Irys, and more pull you into a web of intrigue, deception, murder, and magic. I listened to this book in 2 days. I want all of the Luna books on audiobook so I can knit, clean, etc. while listening.
Upon finishing my listen, I immediately went to the author's website to find out plans for more books. There is so much room for the author to expand even though she wraps up all the major plot points within the book. This is a rare gift in fantasy books today and Harlequin / Luna is to be commended for having series like this one coming from them.
Please, Harlequin, put more out on Audible!
I found Gabra Zackman brings Maria Snyder's Poison Study to life. I hadn't even finished this book before wanting the next book, Magic Study. I am loving the Luna line of audiobooks and am anxious for Harlequin to put more of them out.
This story is not exactly what you would expect. The author does not fall into just any formula with her story. You want to know more about Yalena and Valek. These characters - perhaps not the most likeable at first - become very sympathetic.
Listen to this book! (And Harlequin, PLEASE put more of the Luna series on audio!)
Too many of the Fantasy novels aimed at the younger audience is geared towards boys or adolescent fantasies of girls. This, on the other hand, is about how a young girl must be very practical - well, as practical as you can be in Discworld. Don't just listen to this for yourself - buy a copy for any young girls who love SF/F - it will be a welcome change from the run of the mill novels. (Same is true for Wee Free Men.)
Stephen Briggs brings all the characters alive with their own unique voice complementing the strong writing of Terry Pratchett. This is a audiobook worth adding to any fantasy lovers library.
Rarely do I read books that have young female characters as delightfully thoughtful as Tiffany. No foolish young maid in it for love - no this is a book where a girl is a girl, the way many girls are before they discover boys. And the way many a girl is even after discovering silly boys. Stephen Briggs is a delight to listen to as he brings to life all of the characters. A wonderful complement Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Briggs - I will be looking for other books where they have teamed up.
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