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Adam

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  • Masques: Aralorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Patricia Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1136)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (775)

    After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

    Tabitha says: "Satisfying tale, interesting characters"
    "Unimpressive performance of a subpar novel"
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    I really like Patricia Briggs's recent work, and had read most of it, as far back as Steal the Dragon. I thought Steal the Dragon was really, really rough, but still worth reading. Still, I wasn't sure about picking up her first novel, given how close Steal the Dragon was to my limit. But when I found out that she had revised it, I figured, okay, it's probably fine.

    I was wrong. It's pretty bad. In fact, I'm not sure any amount of revision could fix what is wrong with this book, and she more or less admits that in the introduction.

    The characters are one-dimensional, but even more, the writing style is just stickily stereotypical. The book shows flashes of promise, but I wonder how many of those were inserted later.

    Frankly, if I'd been her, I wouldn't have released this. It's probably made her some money, but it's also probably made a number of people respect her less. In the end, I couldn't make it more than halfway through.

    Skip it. Try one of her others instead.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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