Every time I start a book from this series, I hear myself thinking something like, "okay, I've just got to get through the buildup part of the book to the good stuff." Then after listening to the whole thing, I am amazed that I even considered the buildup something to 'get through'. You'd think I'd learn after reading the rest of this series. Lots of humor, great political intrigue, just a lot of fun to read.
I love this whole series!
The style is essentially pulp fiction - not the movie, I'm talking about the 30's and 40's detective novels - and it really works well. The story itself is good - nothing that hasn't been done before, but solid. Correia does a good job of starting narrow and opening up a world with complex problems. The characters are great, and while he generally starts out painting them as a typical representation of their respective powers, he then layers on more and more as the series goes on. Fictional quotes from famous personalities (Rosevelt, John Ford, Churchill) at the beginning of each chapter are another little treat. They give you a kind of mashup glimpse of how some real life events would be viewed in the context of the world Correia's created. They're not necessarily related to the chapter, but are just fun little bits.
For those that like new and different magic systems, this series has a wealth of goodies. Very creative system and the battles are a lot of fun to go through.
Bronson Pinchot is AMAZING. I thought Jim Dale had the market cornered on number of unique characterizations in a single book, but Pinchot does at least as many without resorting to any cartoony voices. I've started picking up other books he narrates just because it's him doing it. The way he reads Fay evolves throughout the series to match her development. It's subtle, but there, and is very impressive.
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