The story line had potential to be exciting, and the book started off with action. Unfortunately the author developed the lead character, Rachel Morgan, into a sex starved witch who evaluated each male (elf, werewolf, vampire, even demon) she encountered from a sexual standpoint. It was really annoying when it became so pervasive, maybe she was writing to other women.
Additionally, the author allowed the lead character to squeak out of mistakes through luck instead of clever intelligence. And the constant whining by the lead character of negative events that were affecting her also annoyed me. I wanted the lead character to take charge and develop into a strong person, and kept listening to the book because of tantalizing moments of action in which the heroin succeeded in overcoming the challenge of the moment.
Still frustrating waiting for those moments, and having to listen to the constant whining and sexual evaluations of the males in the book.
Not a lot of variation in voice.
This audio book may have been better, at least for me, if I had read it in written form. In audio, I had a hard time tracking the many characters and paths the story developed. In written form, I could have backtracked to relate what I was reading to that which I had already read.
This book had a good story line, but I may have enjoyed it more by reading it.
The author, for some reason, inserted sound effects into the script, therefore the reader tried to make the sounds.Really weird. You will hear the clopping of the horse, the swish of the reins, the splatter of the rain, etc. This was, to me, quite annoying. I could have skimmed over the sounds if I had been reading it.
The original book, and story had a great scifi theme. Some sexual connotation, but still adventure. In this book, the author spent most of the time on a sexual theme. I had a hard time enjoying a scifi book, when it kept jumping into a romance novel.
This will be the last book I purchase from this series...for three reasons. First, this book devolved into a illicit sexual story, which I was not happy about. However, the author did end the relationship in a positive way, so a plus here. But I was more interested in the main characters, the magic and the battles.Second, the story synopses indicates one of the main characters is off to fall "in love". Again, not what the initial story line started out as. and Third, the story will now be narrated by a different individual, a male, which actually "changes" the lead characters. They no longer fit the visualization I had of the main characters. bummer!
I enjoyed this book, and purchased the next one. However, like many authors who write science fiction or fantasy, they forget that (oddly) the story needs to be logical within the realm of unreal! In this book, the hero individuals who make up the group have great magical powers. But, they are constantly getting into ambush situations that would not happen in the realm of the unreal world, given their powers. So my reaction is incredibility, even though the story is not credible as written. ;-)
I purchased this book based on the story line. It had/has excellent potential. However, I was disappointed, again, to find explicit sexual passages that did not lend itself to the theme of the book.
True, some sexual interaction might have been fine, but the author goes into detail, and during a dangerous time of flight from an enemy. Not going to happen.
I keep forgetting that I should not purchase books written by a woman author. They seem to play to the exotic, romantic themes, using extreme details and during critically dangerous times.
Elizabeth Moon is still the only woman author that I enjoy fully. Her romantic passages are limited and just enough to get the point across.
Depends on the person
There was little voice variation, and the males still sounded female in voice...my opinion.
This series started out exciting...now it seems to be mired down in a bog! Just lke the Wheel of Time, several of the books could have been deleted, or at least condensed into one.
I perferred Jason Culp. It is difficult for me to enjoy a new narrator.
I wish David Weber would go back to what made the book exciting, and get away from his enjoyment of "playing civil war"!
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