I like this book, although it has a bit of a "filler" element, being obviously the second in a series. However, Flosnik's overly mannered reading style makes it difficult to listen to. These books would be so much better with a narrator who wasn't so determined to make ridiculous vowel sounds.
I found Harkness' prose style a bit stilted, but worth putting up with since the story, after a bit of a slow start, moves at a rapid and entertaining pace. If you like complete suspension of reality, this is a great, light listen.
Harkness combines some original fantasy ideas with cliches from bodice-ripping thrillers into a fun tale. The only disappointment was the way the book ended on an obvious cliffhanger, so prepare yourself to have to wait for book 2 (and probably book 3).
The narration was fine, but not stellar.
Goodness the narrator for this book is annoying, with her overly mannered pronunciations, especially saying "tham" for "them", except when she forgot that was how she had decided to say it. I am kind of hooked into listening to book 2 because of the content, but I wouldn't ever buy another book narrated by this person.
I agree that it is a bit of an abrupt ending, clearly building up to book 2, but I think that's the publisher as much as Hobb herself.
I would give the book 4 stars, but the narration really took some of the enjoyment out of it.
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