I typically enjoy a book with a strong female protagonist, and it would seem I hit the mark on this one, or rather, Elizabeth Moon did.
I won't bore you with a run down on what this book is about, as I'm sure you are able to read the other reviews, or simply read the publisher's account.
Instead, I'll simply tell you I liked this book. In fact, I really liked it. A lot of the typical ellements are there: swords, knights, the occasional monsters, and magic.
Jennifer Van Dyck is not my favorite narrator. she has a weird tendency to pause at strange time, putting emphasis on a sentence that can sometimes make it easy to take things out of the actual context Ms. Moon had intended. After a few hours I had grown accustomed to this, and the listening got better.
Paksenarion (Paks) is something of a strange girl who turns into an amazing woman, learning about herself as she makes her way through life. I give credit to Moon for simply letting Paks learn and accept. She doesn't spend a lot of time whining about hardships. She doesn't complain that things aren't fair. She recognizes change, and moves with it, and discovers a lot about herself along the way. Its a somewhat refreshing way to discover a person.
I was a little concerned at first, as it seemed to be fairly directionless for a while. This was conflicting with the fact that although I could discern no identifiable plot I was thoroughly enjoying the tale as it went on.
Later, the story became more pointed, and it seemed clear there was a direction, which helped hold my attention as I found it waning at parts.
But the story held me through, and I even listened to the other books in the series, also read by Ms. Van Dyck (which I guess means while she isn't my favorite narrator, she isn't so bad I couldn't listen anymore).
I would certainly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story, and doesn't need to pick it apart. Just enjoy for what it is.
This was my first foray into the world of Audible books. I found the narrator to be decent (although he gets a little carried away with his accents at times, which makes it a little hard to understand). The books are ones I enjoy, and this was a very easy listen.
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