I have been amazed by Luke Daniels reading of this book. His characters are so easily identifiable by voice and character that you feel less like you are reading a story and more like listening into the conversations going on between the characters.
I am amazed that this book kept the long journey feeling without belaboring the long journey to the point you were sick of hearing about it. The concept of covering that much land on horseback through rugged and unfriendly terrain has all the earmarks of being a very boring book marked only by the regular injections of interest by way of combat with roving bands. Not so here.
I could never have imagined a higher quality of accents and speach patterns as I was given by listening to Luke.
"After the Glimmer" I feel like the last book left us all with some glimmer or inkling of what was going to come next but still with plenty of space to turn about in a final twist of plot or ending. In many ways this book is what occurs as you round that last final bend in the story and you think you know how things will go. However often we are dazzled by glimmers and sometimes the after effect of the glimmer blinds us to what will happen next.
What is most interesting is that even arriving late to this series this book pulls you in and indoctrinates the reader to the world you know a score more books are set in. The fallibility of the main character makes him very believable even in the incredible world around him.
I think the moment that Harry walks into the Bar owned by the Mafia boss and is truly a force to be reckoned with you really feel the power Harry wields and understand that his ability to keep his power in check is in fact the real battle of the story.
I think James performs the female characters the best. I am not certain why I say that but they are all believable and the tone he uses to frame their voices is well done. It may be helped hugely by the fact that these stories are all written from the point of view of Harry Dresden but no matter the reason I didn't feel any hesitation performing the female characters.
The moment that Harry has to save Murphy after she is wounded pretty badly by a magical creature. The whole scene between that point and when the EMTs arrive on the scene had be on the edge of my seat so to speak.
The character flaws in Harry are so incredibly important to the story. However the main character is wonderfully tempered by the Mafia boss and Murphy the police detective that is often at odds with Harry in one way or the other.
Hearing the making of a Shield Maiden and her connection to the Vor (sp?) was incredible. And I believe the authors emphasized the way in which it effected those who had known her a long time. The short story emphasized the things it needed to and yet dwelled on the parts that it needed to to get the weight of the moment across.
The moment when Sigrid and the Sheild Brother (his name escapes me) fight. The interplay between her and him is very well played out.
I certainly would if the story had a female main character. My only issue was that it was hard to hear male voices from Mary Kowal. I have the same issues with males reading female parts. Its certainly heavily dependant on the listener.
I definitely felt some of the sadness Sigrid felt when her family became afraid of her and nearly cast her out. It pulls a person right into it.
I don't think I would listen again. I was a tiny bit dissapointed when I read this book to discover where the storyline had gone. Jumping way ahead in time wasn't bad from the parts of the main Foreworld Saga books but it was a difficult pill to swallow that Sheild Brethen had faded so far from who they were. I understand that the Order would change over time but I wasn't on board with them leaving behind completely. This was a book about rogues not knights.
A very difficult question. The idea of the book was great. The part about so many people trying to get their hands on it for different reasons was great. But it seemed like a story glued onto foreworld and the Order's history. It didn't seem like the same world generated this. I don't see the knights becoming rogues. If they faded with time then they faded. I would rather see the Order a minor portion of the story but hold fast to their identity.
The reader was fantastic. Many of these readers have amazing abilties to jump from voice to voice and accent to accent. Amazing reading.
It wasn't hard to pull away from this book in the first hour. The setup was complicated and long and a bit confusing. However as the story progressed I definitely wanted to know who was going to make it out at the end.
In my heart of heart I hope this is not the fate of the order.
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