Before purchasing this novel, I read the reviews. So many mixed reviews...I decided to give it a try anyway.
This novel is not for you if you like a 5 hour novel. Jacqueline Carey creates a world, solid characters, and a different way of life in this novel which does take time.
I almost want to say don't listen if you're too religious but that is not it. This novel is very religious...in its own way.
But, you do have to have an open mind and accept that things are different and so is Phedre.
As another reviewer wrote, the masochistic sex piece is there only as an explanation and not as a part of the plot. And, not so much of it either.
The narrator was difficult to understand in the first 30 minutes or so but now I absolutely love her. Anne Flosnik is my 2nd favorite after Davina Porter.
I thought after Outlander I wouldn't like a series but I was wrong.
Another reviewer was also correct about the names and locations. Since they are new and heavily in the French language, it does become somewhat difficult to follow who's who and where in their world they are from. I just decided to go with it and at the end grasped most characters with minimal difficulty.
Phedre has the courage of a lion but doesn't seem to know it. She does what she does for the good of her country and people. (I am not talking about the sex!)
But one must admit...a bit of sex never reduces the intrigue of a novel either. :)
I am now so in to this novel that I am purchasing the second one rather than waiting for my credit.
I have decided lengthy novels are better than the short ones which has no time to develop characters or plot lines.
Great read! Give it a try!
I really like the series and although I am not addicted as I was to Twilight, I am a follower of the series. It is a great story line, well developed characters, and it gets me out of my daily bore in to a world of fairy folk. Can't ask for more. Author is great. Narration is also very good.
I am so very impressed with the narrator - Helen Stern. I could listen to her all day long.
This book was Harlequin and then it wasn't. Yes, hot&steamy all the way but well written and such an extensive vocabulary one doesn't see even in literary books. I am not knocking the author down but truly didn't expect such a well written romance novel.
I enjoyed the plot and could listen to Thane...well, forever. :) Absolutely fantastic narration.
To start with...the narrator was absolutely fantastic! I have a soft spot for Phil Gigante but Abby Craden was even better because she was able to do an excellent job even with the male voices. FANTASTIC!
The story line was good and could have been great. Truthfully, if I hear "possession" one more time - I am going to puke! If you're a female who enjoys being "possessed" by a male, then go for it. It irked me to no end. The heroine is smart but stupid, Mikael gentle but possessive. How idiotic. She kept saying she has a mind but acted like a stupid ditsy girl. He kept saying he wants to accommodate her independence but when it came down to it, it was "do as I say or I will take over and do it for you!"
I really like the story but was greatly annoyed by the two main characters. I had also listened to another Feehan novel (out of sequence) with a similar annoyance ( so, I haven't learned my lesson!) and this one seemed to be the first of the series. But, it was added very recently. It made the whole storyline a little confusing for me.
Overall, if you can manage the cons, there is none better than Feehan to write those steamy scenes. But, beware of being 'possessed'.
This is on my top 3 J.R. Ward bests. Who knew Revenge was such a "male of worth"! I always saw him as the drug dealing jerk. Until... of course....Elena comes and rescues him. Overall, it was good. Also got a good view of the Sympath thing. Makes more sense with a lot of the stuff now.
This one is the best of all! I can't stop listening to it. Couldn't believe how well the story developed and how tenderly it all tied together at the end. But, could J.R. Ward please give a break to poor Leila? I think she's going to hook her up with Murder after the Pain novel which comes out mid this year. Well, at least I hope so.
And, all those review who say they were sickened by Quinn and Blay? Boo for you! Love story is a love story. Granted, I am not too sure if I'd like to hear the details in the bed chamber but it is a story worth exploring. Hmmmm, will they ever end up together?
Liked this one least of all but it wasn't a bad one. Mostly, this book was slow. The story line wasn't just of Phury but all the other characters developing so that the rest of the books in the series also make sense. For that reason alone, it wasn't the high action, let's kick some butt and have a "female" didn't work so well.
Was definitely nice to explore into Phury and his serious psychological issue(s). As with the rest of the series, the male has problems although Phury's was the worst of all but Z. But, as always the female saves her male.
There are steamy novels that revolve the sex around the main story line and then there is the Dark Highlander. The steamy was really everywhere overwhelming the story line. Phil Gigante is absolutely brilliant when he's the male characters but is disappointing as the female voice(s). Females come across as whiny and just plain old dumb. I really liked the actual story line when it manages to emerge from the "big huge hunky male" blah, blah, blah...
If you're looking for yet another Gabaldon equal - NOT even close!
Bought this in paperback as soon as it came out and now listening to it. Nalini Singh could have written another 300 pages and I would have read it with just as much anticipation. The ending came way too soon. Good twists but there was much more steaminess on this one than the previous two novels. I am not complaining...
I would really like to have seen more of the last 1/3 of the book develop but oh well. Guess I am a slave to buy the 4th for that.
Since I have turned in to a sucker for Highlander stories after Gabaldon, I thought this book would be similar. The story line certainly is. But, as with my first miserable attempt, this one falls way short as well.
For what it is though - it was a somewhat enjoyable book.
1 - the "cherry picker" thing is just not eloquent at all.
2 - Phil Gigante - OMG - he's a narrator god! He can just read anything and hopefully in that Scottish accent and I will buy it!!!
3 - For a 'genius' she sure was stupid. And, although Gigante was a god in terms of Drustan, he did not do well with the female charachter. She came across as whiny and annoying. Couple of times, I just wanted to smack her up side the head.
4 - Inconsistencies with the story line in a few spots but who cares, right? I mean I wasn't listening to this because it was a literary thing...
I about wanted to puke toward the end - with the whiny/annoying voice she said "Drustan, oh my love" and that just took it over the edge.
Those are the negatives.
Positives - easy to listen to - no brain power necessary.
The story line is not too shabby.
Threw out a few curve balls I didn't expect - nice to be surprised.
And - if Drustan's brother ever turns out, hopefully around this century - many a lassies would be interested.
Overall, nice enough read.
Classic Ward novel. I enjoyed learning about the tattoos and other things about V. I thought the ending sucked though. A ghost? Come on....
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