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"!
I did not enjoy this book, mainly because I prefer a linear story. This one, with it's flashbacks, and converging story lines was confusing to me, and tiring. However, someone with a more agile mind may enjoy it. ;-)
I started reading and enjoying this series with the first three books. I enjoy science fiction and strong women, which was both indicated in the first three books.
For some reason, the author has changed the lead character, making her weak, indecisive, and unable to defend herself. Not what I was hoping for, nor expecting. I did not read book four because of the reviews, but thought this book would get back on track. Not so.
As it turned out, this was basically a love story, and not a science fiction, nor a strong woman.
Started and stopped several time. I just couldn't connect with this story no matter how much I tried.
I was not happy with the slowness of the story development. Although the story line had potential, the author kept having the lead characters make dumb mistakes during times of crisis!
Why do author's take the lead hero, give superpowers,and then have them whine about using them, or fail to use the powers given until the last moment. The story line had great potential, so I listened to the next book hoping the hero would step up. Some use of his powers, maybe the third book! If I decide to continue.
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. ;-)
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