I can't say enough good things about this audiobook. I stumbled onto The Hangman's Daughter by accident and really enjoyed it, which led me to the Dark Monk which I didn't enjoy so much. I expected that this one would go down from there since that's the way it seems to go with most books, but boy was I glad I took the chance! This one was as good as the first, and didn't leave all the characters separated as the second one did (that's what I hated about it) It even ended really well and has me wondering what will happen next to our intrepid heroes.
I've always loved this book, but this version was hard to listen to. The narrator did a lousy job with the woman's voices, and they all sounded like they were 5 years old. I listened at 1.25 speed and it helped. The story is good enough to overlook any faults in narration.
I really love these books, so when I heard they were coming out in audio I couldn't wait to get them. Unfortunately the narrator is really bad. I mean really really bad. I had a hard time telling the difference between Gio and Carwyn by their voices. I also thought that Bea needed to sound more female and less like the actual narrator. The book isn't worth returning since I got it with the ebook and it was fairly cheap, but I don't recommend anyone spend any time or money listening. Buy the book instead. You'll be glad you did.
I've always loved the book, along with all of her werewolf series, but listening to it on audiobook just didn't work. I felt like Duncan was talking in a Scottish accent with a lisp. I think the reader was trying too hard with the accent and some sections were regular english with the lisp part mixed in to make it sound Scottish. Overall it was bad.
The one different thing about her books is that each character has a different voice. (different narrator) At first this was odd, but it really works well for the story. I thought the end was a bit open ended, but I'd heartily recommend it to anyone along with the other books in the series.
I read that someone thought Sam was a bit Emo but I didn't get that feeling at all. I thought he was sweet, but not soft, if that explains it correctly.
I thought for the longest time what I should rate this audiobook. I rated "The Sworn" as 3 stars and hoped that this one would improve since it's the second half of the story pairing. I debated giving it 2 stars because I had to know how it ended so it kept pulling me along, but lowered it to one because I never would have finished it if I hadn't started skipping chapters. The ending was also a bit of a flop which influence me as well.
I'll start with the things I did like in this book since I was such a fan of the first series. I liked the character of Aidane, and thought her power was an interesting one, and although I wasn't sure what to think of Gethin at first, he was written well in the battles and I enjoyed the addition of the Hojun priests. Jonmarc was also enjoyable to read. I think that his physical battles keep him from becoming too one dimensional like Tris seems to be.
Ok, and the bad.... Right off I'll start by saying that the narrator was bad. Tris sounded awful, and I couldn't tell who a lot of the characters were compared to the original 4 books (chronicles of the necromancer) because the pronunciation was so different, the context was the only thing that saved them.
My next problem was with Kiara. I don't know what it is exactly but I find her and her chapters unbelievably annoying. It's like she's oblivious to something anyone with half a brain would see, and insistent on doing the most stupid things. I started skipping her chapters about halfway through. I couldn't have finished the book otherwise. Cam was also starting to bug me in ways that he never had in the Necromancer series. It might have partly been the voice, but the whole Isencroft section may as well been scrapped in my opinion.
The character of Tris is starting to have problems. I've always really loved him, but he's getting a bit one dimensional in his spellings and battles. .... magical sword.. piece of his soul...spells... headache...people worry... rinse repeat. Although I will say that the section with the Dread was well done, as was the end battle (I won't give it away)
Lesser gripes: The succession...Ok, the issues with the divisionists aside why are they having such a problem with Quinn being able to be the next king? He's not even a year old; Not only that but they've already started on another although they're on the brink of a war. In reality this would be a concern, but I think it just detracted from the story. I think they all had enough to deal with without Kiara being pregnant again.
If you're a huge fan I'd say borrow a copy, but don't waste the credit.
I've read (or rather listened) to all of Tris Drayke's adventures, both The Chronicles of the Necromancer series and this one. While I loved both the Summoner and The Blood King I felt things started to lag at the next one. I'm adding all of the books into the review, even the past compilation because they build on each other.
By the third book, although I'm still loving the story it's bugging me that all the characters I loved from the first two are now split across all the Winter Kingdoms. Also, despite the fact that it's somewhat illogical I feel that married kings with kingdoms to rule shouldn't go adventuring all over the place. (At least not without Kiara, who should be his 'partner') By "The Sworn" Tris is heading out on another adventure - minus Kiara again. In this book we are getting a few newly added characters, each with their own chapter, just to make things more spread out. Jair and Talwyn, who I quite like are pretty much another Tris and Kiara except they are adventuring together, which Tris and Kiara should be IMO.
Kiara on the other hand - who I'm truly starting to despise as a character, is insisting on another baby despite the hazards and the fact that Tris won't be around yet again. She seems to try to be brave to the point of stupidity and that annoys me more than anything else. No doubt her life will be in danger from the Divisionists yet again in a repetition of the previous stories assuming the author will give her her own voice in The Dread. She and Tris are also both having fits over whether or not baby Quinn is ok to rule, when at this point they should just be glad he's healthy.
We also have the addition of Aidane, who again while being an interesting has no purpose except as a background character. She also hasn't done much and could have easily been seen through Jonmarc's eyes.
Jonmarc is one of the only characters who seems true to form. Being a warrior-brigand seems to make it fairly logical for him to go with Berry to Principality even though Carina is pregnant. She also seems more the stay-at-home and worry type while being strong at the same time. These two were also the ones I enjoyed the most in books 3 and 4 of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series.
I mention Cam last because his purpose in these stories seems to be a bit of an afterthought. He deals with the Divisionists directly but they don't seem to be doing anything about the invaders from the north which are a greater threat.
Overall, I really liked the first two of the Necromancer series, the third and fourth were slightly less good, but I also appreciated them. This one, and also the next (because I know it'll leave me hanging at the end and that will make me crazy if I don't finish it.) are a disappointment and if I had known I probably wouldn't have gotten them at all. They have a 'I must know, no matter how bad it is' feel to them, which is really good, but also bad at the same time, and I can't give them less than a 3 star because of this.
because I like Tris ....
because I like Jonmarc...
because I like the vampires...
and so on...
I've read through all the chronicles of the necromancer so far, and am working my wait to the further adventures of Tris Drayke summoner. There is only one comment I'd like to make. I think that book 1 and 2 should have been made into one book, and the same with books 3 and 4. Even so, I've loved them all. This particular book was a bit low on action, but it was still high on drama and shouldn't be skipped in order to get to the "good stuff" in Margolan. I recommend this and all the series to anyone who might be on the fence.
I debated back and forth whether to give this 4 stars or 5. There were a few things that bugged me. Firstly, and this wouldn't have been an issue with the written copy, every chapter started with a few intro sentences - a blurb from the news or tv (I'm not sure what it's called when authors do that). About half of these were from the web (theirs, not ours) and every single dot and backslash was spelled out. It was excruciating to listen to. Second, the first half of the book had too many characters' pov. While the stories of the new kids were interesting they didn't really blend until the second half of the book and this made it drag a bit.
I'd still highly recommend it, and I can't wait to see how it ends in the third book. Now if I can only survive the wait....
I bought this book pretty much sight unseen because I enjoyed the Everlost trilogy so much, and I wasn't disappointed. It had a 1984-ish quality that you don't see in books anymore. Even his very disgusting description of how unwinding is done was masterfully written. I recommend it to anyone who likes his work.
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