No. The initial idea is great and the first half of the book opens up a lot of possible story lines. Most aren't pursued, unfortunately.
In the second half of the book the author switches to lots of interior monologues full of psycho-babble revelations that are trite. It was a big come-down from the first half of the book where readers were allowed to make their own conclusions about characters based on their words and actions. In the second half of the book I felt as if the author lost faith that the reader was smart enough to think for herself.
I finished this book disappointed that so many interesting story lines stopped midway and angry that I had wasted my time on this book. This book can't hold a candle to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
I've listened to hundreds of books and Celia Imrie stands out as a gifted narrator. Her voice conveys subtle changes in line with what the character is experiencing in a way that I had never experienced with other narrators. Her narration of Granny Weatherwax was a complete delight. I would seek out books narrated by her again.
Though this book is different from the main series in many ways, in its humor, keen observation of the foibles of humans (witches and warlocks), and in its philosophical musings, it fits right in. Perhaps it is because I'm a woman, but I found this story to be entirely engaging. I was cheering for the female wizard and Granny all the way. It was wonderful to hear a witch's view of the world of warlocks.
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