I enjoyed the first book and, started to lose interest by the end of the second book. I hoped that the Third would bring some closure and it did tie up some of the loose ends, but not in a satisfying manner. The action was all second and third hand, there was a lot of time that the characters spent in a foggy fugue state that couldn't hold my attention. Even the climax of the book, the big battle with the Red ships was told in a boring dry manner. Finished, just finished, no need to reread it.
I might read it, but I would not listen again, narrator was really very bad.
Interesting plot twists, and excellent Baddies.
Mispronounced words, awkward pauses in mid phrase, HORRIBLE Scottish accent.
Well written and entertaining overview of the origins of humans. Backed up by research and well explained. Excellent beginning text for the beginner, and enough in depth information for someone who has some knowledge of the subject.
This book started with an excellent anthropological view of the gradual change of gods over time. Then it became a book on Game theory, and a very round about justification with LOTS of hand waiving explanations on why it is okay to still maintain your current religion. It stopped being about evolution of the idea of gods and became why it is okay to keep the same traditional religion. After the countless time some game theory term was mentioned within a five minute segment, I simply stopped listening. Perhaps it gets back on track, in the third segment, and perhaps some day I will start with the third segment and check. Not likely though.
Enjoy the beginning.
This was a fun "origin" type story for Yorik and Leif, great background and I enjoyed spending more time with two of my favorite characters.
The story itself was very well written and entertaining in a very creepy way. Especially for anyone who lived through some fo the cold war, or enjoys HP Lovecraft.
The Narration absolutely killed the entire story for me. I had to go and read the story to get the emotion of what was going on.
Good story, Really poor narration.
A typical beginning with no real surprises, two teenagers set out on an adventure that the reader knows from the start will become a life changing event and cause them to grow in strength. But then the whining begins. The emotional drivel was only moderately annoying at the beginning but by the third book it is just absurd. Twenty seconds on a huge battle and then twenty minutes on bemoaning their horrible fate. Perhaps others will enjoy the emotional development of the characters, I became bored very quickly, I kept listening because I thought that the story had such great potential and could really be a great and exciting adventure story. Perhaps if it was a single book then they would have had to cut out a lot of moaning and emotional brow beating.
I usually enjoy Mercedes Lackey’s books. I don’t know what happened with this series.
Let me start by saying that I like both authors other works. This Series should have been a single book, perhaps two but by the time they got to the third book they spent too much time discussing the inner turmoil of each person. I understand that you need to know what is going on in the minds of the characters but seriously enough is enough. When the main characters are being attacked in what should have been an amazing battle scene, suddenly becomes a dreary lament (again) about the dreadful necessity to have to kill. There were lots of great creatures and dramatic situations that were sucked dry by the mindless bleating of the internal monologue of the characters. The self loathing and denial just kept going and going. I rarely find myself thinking that a book had great potential but was very poorly executed.
The story line was interesting and engaging but I honestly kept being distracted by the constant sexual references. I am not sexually prudish nor puritainical but the random, "I am a wolf and the Moon makes me horny" references didn't really add much to the plot nor to character development, they just seemed to be thrown in to make the story "spicy." Totally unnecessary and actually distracting from what was a good storyline. It was almost as if the pages of a werewolf/vampire story were randomly mixed in with a cheesy romance novel. Only the use of the words turgid flesh were missing.
So again Good plot, just ignore the constant sexual references, I would NOT recommend this to pre-teens or any one who is easily offended by sex.
Okay, first the Story is actually entertaining and light, a fun and mildly creepy read, here in the nightside. The characters are enigmatic and entertaining here in the nightside. The only problem with the book is the CONSTANT repeating of "in the Nightside." to the point that I started laughing at particularly dramatic points in the book because they kept saying, "here in the Nightside."
So I propose that you get the book and invite over some friends and do a group listen (probibly in violation of the copywrite) Take a drink whenever they say "here in the Nightside." You will be unconscious before the book ends.
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