This is a great continuation of a good series in a great world. The narrator is.... lacking. Doesn't use the same pronuciations as any of the previous 4 books. Her style is more matter of fact then dramatic. Worst of all... there is little to no attempt to differentiate the voices of the different characters. Especially with the different stories withing the story, it makes it difficult to tell 'where' the story is until several 'paragraphs' in.
This story had lots of potential, but I can't count the number of times I almost yelled at the main characters for being SOOO stupid. The side characters were smarter and more interesting.
The story is great and has a bunch of interesting twists. It was definitely hard to hit the 'pause' button when other things came up. The only downside.. the narrator, however, over plays the whiney tone on the female protagonist. All of the male voices sound almost exactly the same as well. Despite that, the inflection and energy the narrator brings to the story got me past those hiccups, with only a minor thought of 'enough with the whining'.
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