kirkland, WA, United States
I adore the Valdemar world and most of Mercedes Lackey's books in general which is one of the only reasons I stuck with this series. The other is Nick Podehl, his narration made the characters live. In fact it may have been his voice as much as the authors words that made me want to shove a steel rod down the main characters spine. Every time Mags's inner voice would escalate emotionally out of control I would cringe. Not many narrators can do that to me.
This 5th book finally answers many questions and is the best one since the 1st book. It is obvious there will be more in the series but it could end here. This series has been the weakest of all Mercedes Valdemar stories for me. Maybe now that is has taken Mags 5 books to stop his emo whine the series will improve.
It is not often that a book can be the beginning of a series and yet be a stand alone that is satisfying as it is. I don't know if there will be others, I hope so but would be happy if it was a singleton. The intriguing view of werewolf and vampire like aliens as well as other travelers was great. There is so much repetition in this genera that anything different is welcome. I have listened to Raudman's narration on other books but this incarnation was amazing.
I rarely dislike narrators as I love the spoken word but something about this one turned me off completely.
I was looking for something light and humorous after reading Molly Harper, this wasn't even close.
Wil Wheaton is the perfect narrator for this romp of a story. I could sometimes see his wry expressions in my mind as he made the characters come to life. As always with the best narration it was easy to lose myself in the vivid images his voice brought to life. The bleakness of the world Cline created was contrasted beautifully by the virtual reality. I am sure every Sci and Fantasy reader out there has dreamed of the possibilities. As others have said it is a wild and wonderful romp worth your time and your credit
It is an odd story that gives you no idea how vampires or werewolves came to be in an otherwise bland society and why there are only a few. Her vampires are interesting in that they are not really dead and they can be out in the day with some precautions. I liked the way the main character deals with her transformation and how she tries to continue a "normal" life. It has possibilities and I will listen to the second to see where it is going but more because I'm curious than because it's a great book.
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