I'm a fan of Mercedes Lackey and have always particularly liked this sort of precursor to her Elemental Masters series. I love the time period and the alternative reasons behind historical events. I also very much like the heroine, Rose, because she has spirit and doesn't meekly follow the roles set out for her. The romance is predictable but delightful none-the-less and the villains are appropriately villainous.
My only disappointment was with the narration. It is awkward in places to the point of being distracting. Though the narrator tries to give unique voices to various characters, most of them sound sort of silly. In a story that usually lures me in, I kept being jarred out by something odd in the reading. Perhaps it is because I have read this book in print previous to hearing it. I'm not sure.
The book is definitely worth your time. Even though the narration was disappointing, the story is good enough to overshadow the awkward places. But if you have a chance to read it in print, you are better off.
I listened to this book over the course of several days. Not because I wanted to stop listening, but because I knew it was the last book in the series and I wanted to make it last.
It was worth every moment of my time. I enjoyed the previous two books in this series. I have, frankly, enjoyed all of Larry Correia's works. But this was different. There are plenty of reviews that talk about what happened during the course of this book, some spoilery, some not. But the thing about this, the thing that made me feel the need to write about it, was the feeling I got after listening to the last words. "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program." Yes. I have. But "enjoyed" is not the right word.
This was the most satisfying conclusion to a series I have ever experienced. Though I was sad to reach the end, it was the end. Everything concluded. Everything. There was no "But what happened with X?" which nearly every series leaves me wondering. Aside from idle wondering about the minutae of favorite characters lives, there aren't any questions left to ask. It wasn't a perfect happy ending. Those annoy me. There were surprises, things that made me sad, things that made me smack myself upside the head for not figuring out sooner, things that shocked and things that happened that I knew should have happened but never really expected to happen.
This is all very vague. Really, though, the ending made me happy and satisfied and only a little sad that it is all over. That hasn't ever happened to me before, but I hope it does again. And as much as I hope it continues, I can't wait to see how Mr. Correia's other series ends now. Because clearly, that man knows how to end things properly.
I can't decide which I like better, the action packed story line or Oliver Wyman's narration! I've listened to this audio book over and over again. It is the book I use to lure skeptical friends into listening to audio books. The narration is fantastic, the story is never boring, and even though I've listened to it several times, I find myself lingering in the car, or staying up a bit later than intended just to listen a bit longer. It's just plain awesome, as are its sequels, Monster Hunter Vendetta and Monster Hunter Alpha.
The basic plot is an easy one: monsters are real, people hunt them in secret to collect bounties on them. Larry Correia writes action scenes that feel like movies and Wyman's narration compliments them perfectly. The edge of your seat action is interspersed with snarky humor and moments of deep emotion. And plenty of serious butt-kicking.
Do your self a favor and just listen. You won't regret it. Just be prepared to be listening long into the night!
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