The reading and overall storyline in this book, like all Meljean Brook's stuff, were really good. My problem was with the heroine who seemed to spend most of the first half of the book running away from her problems. I dislike a cowardly heroine, especially in the case of this story where most of the issues would have been resolved if she had stopped to talk with the hero for ten minutes before running full speed in the opposite direction. Of course this would have shortened the story considerably but that's my take.
this wasn't my favorite in the series (hence the 4 stars) but it's still worth reading since the books are all fantastic.
I can't exactly put a finger on what was wrong, but I really disliked this in audiobook. I love Gaelen Foley's other novels and even this one wasn't horrible on paper but I had to listen to it on double speed to get through.
It wasn't exactly the characters specifically as I liked both the prince and the heroine. It might have been more the heroine's wishy washy attitude on sleeping with the prince who she admits she loves. I couldn't buy the scared line after the first night since this was a women who dressed up as a highwayman (woman?) and robbed people. The prince on the other hand was a bit to willing to take it.
My final word on this one : It's not so horrible to never read, but definitely get it on discount.
This story started out in the usual way of a Books and Braun novel with the two of them starting an assignment. This time it was in America. Although I thought there was too much of Welly's car in the story, the interactions with America - dressed up a lot like the wild west with steampunk, was really good. All the way through it was as quality as any other of the Ministry novels but I think they really outdid themselves at the end. I won't give away any details except to say that you actually meet the Maestro and boy won't you be surprised. - Or maybe not, but I sure was.
So my suggestion on this one is : Yes Read It !! . . Read them in order for the best effect. You can read this one as a single, but you'll be missing parts of the story that help fill things out.
I loved, and I mean LOVED clockwork heart. I wished for a sequel even though I didn't expect one and had horribly high expectations. Maybe that's why I felt a bit disappointed in Clockwork Lies. Although Cristof and Taya are married now it seemed like there wasn't much in the story that had them working together. I got a real Taya = Lone Ranger feel, and although the most action centered around her in the last book, I felt she had a lot more help from friends and neighbors. Also, - and this will sound weird - I disliked the villain. I don't want to give away the surprise so I will say that the villain as a general idea was good, but the specific people didn't work for me.
That being said, its definitely worth a read, or listen whichever you prefer. This one says that it's book 2 so I'm hoping a book 3 will come along soon. I also loved what this book does with Captain Ancathra (sp?) and its worth a read for that alone.
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...
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