The story line of this book sounded good to me, but the drone of the narrator was almost unbearable. He sounded like the narrator for an old Dragnet show, not quite the tone needed for this style of writing... at least for me. I have yet to finish, and am hoping when Kate starts in it may have hope of improving, but for now I am setting it aside solely for the reason that the poor narration is not grabbing my attention.
I really enjoyed this and all (well the first 4 so far) books of this series. That is why I say be prepared.... to buy the entire series. If you like fantasies like this then you will want to get all of them since there really isn't a decent end to any one book, they really leave you hanging at the end of each and you want the next to.... well maybe not answer questions but simply finish the story. I really enjoy the mix of old and new, fantasy and reality. It is written well and believably as in you want to say "it could happen" if you are a fantasy lover as I am.
I didn't like that they changed narrators for the first 3 books but it wasn't that hard to get used to each new one, and the final one for the last four books is the same and very good.
Possibly because I am a huge fan of the whole Enderverse and even though this seems uncomplete to me it is stll apart of that.
I went in thinking this would be an answer or completion of Bean's and Petra's story but was left with even more questions at the end then when I had started with, different question now but more. I don't know if there will be a sequel to this but if so, I think it should have been part of this book. The ending for me was too abrupt.
Having said that.... The performance was excellent and true to form for the series and was enjoyable just the same.
For me this started out painfully slow with far to many detailed decriptions. For the first 8 hours segment I was almost ready to leave it. The story line started to pick up, come together and become more interesting to me around the 13th hour. Then just as it starts to feel like a real story and you finally start to care about the characters... boom it is over and you are left hanging with many questions. Obviously meant to get you to move on to the next book. If a cliff hanger is what you are looking for then this would be it and be prepared to have to wait for the next book to answer those question.
The narrator does a good job with the story and the many characters, but in the slower parts of the book he does sometimes tend to drone (him or the book?). However, when the story heightens so does the narrator.
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