I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.
When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..
Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.
When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.
I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!
Just put Georgiana on a trip to a wedding and the fun breaks loose. There were so many things going on is so many different places that it was a challenge to keep up but so funny! Most of the usual wonderful characters showed up and did their thing and is was just overall a great story with great narration and lots of laughter in between.
First of all I have to say that I have read all the books so far in this series and have loved every one of them, waiting impatiently for the next to come out. This series attracted me due mainly to the main character Matthew Corbett. He is one of those characters you'd just love to meet and talk to for a while.
In this book however, he seems to be in some kind of funk, like he's being dragged through the story rather than his normal taking command of the situation. I also missed the usual characters that he normally has around him. The story was generally slow and forced and it didn't meet the quality of the previous books. I really hope the real Matthew returns in the next book. Narration of course was outstanding!
I love it when I find a book with something a bit different that makes it stand out from the rest. This story has that and more. Really makes you think how so many things can go wrong in such a short time and can end up affecting the rest of your life. Really great storytelling.
When I started this book I had no idea what to expect. So many of the "supernatural" stories now are just plain stupid and I don't get very far with them. The further I went into this story, the more I liked it. The main characters are wonderful and the narrator is absolutely perfect. I will be watching for the next books in the series.
After all the hype I heard about this book, I was really disappointed in the story. I thought it would be a good murder mystery type and instead i got a twisted money pit story with a married couple showing how crappy they can be to each other and the ending was ridiculous.
I can't possibly say enough about this series. I was a little apprehensive about this set of books being a pre-quel to the "Theft of swords" in that maybe it would be another failing trail to string out the original story, but it is wonderful in it's own right. You could read these first and have the story in order or read them after Theft as a background fill in for all the characters and places. This is the most entertaining series that I have read in a very long time.
I enjoyed the mystery and twists in this story. The setting and geographical uniqueness were especially interesting. The narrator was excellent.
I was so looking forward to finding what happened to Danny after he grew up and the story started in the right direction then went down a raunchy road then went right off the road all together. I had to leave the room for a few minutes and when I came back in they were talking about vampires of all things and I was all ready getting pretty fed up with the raunch level that was all over this story. Now I was completely at a loss. I feel like I was a victim of bait and switch. I bought a book that was supposed to continue on with a story that I was familiar with and was slipped another sell out, cliche' vampire story. That's where i quit and asked for my money back. If this is Kings idea of a follow up to the shining, he has completely lost it. He shouldn't have even tried. He let them screw with the book with bad casting and horrid screen writing on the movie version -Twice! Now this. Please just let that wonderful book stand alone as one of the scariest pieces of writing I've ever read and stop trying to turn it into something it should apparently never be.
I would first like to mention Katherine Kellgren's performance which I think is top notch! She absolutely puts me in the place you need to be in to understand the royal "thing". I love the story and the constant humor that finds it's way into every turn of the page so to speak. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listed to these books. Keep them coming!
While I really enjoyed the first book and will continue to enjoy the series, I was seriously annoyed by the princess character in this book. She was whiney and immature through the whole thing and I was really hoping that she would get bumped off and I did figure out the twist concerning her fairly early on which made her even more annoying. Georgie is as always a class act.
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