This and the two others to follow will have big shoes to fill when it comes to following up the previous three books. And while reading the first three books isn't necessary it provides a lot of background to the story presented. My only real issue with the book (and it might ahve been the narrator) was the Arcolin/Phaelan bits seemed... stilted. I wish there had been more Dorrin as her parts seemed to be rushed somehwat. Overall though I enjoyed this and look forward to the next book which isn't out until 2011.
While I normally enjoy strong female protagonists, I found Maya (our heroine) too strong. Her world view (and I think the author's) is that if your female your a perfect being. If your male your lower then scum.
I could accept Maya's world view because of the time period the story was set in. But As soon as our main male character meets up with Maya he's immediately cowed by her verbal warning.
I could also accept this if Peter was presented as a whishy-whashy man, he's not though. He's presented as a strong Water Master, that he was a ships captain for several years before starting a business ashore.
Maya has an English father and an Indian mother. This in itself isn't a problem except that everyone that meets her (except the white males) loves her instantly without her having to do anything. She faces no discrimination because of her sex/race except, again, from teh white males who seem to be put in her path so that the author can preach the evils of men.
If the time period was a modern era setting I could understand the lack of discrimination better. However my understanding is that this book is set around 1902 so the lack of discrimination and insta-love for our main female character just doesn't make sense to me.
The handling of Maya's mixed race. Maya could have been half-human/half-martian and it wouldnt have made much difference to the way people react to her. As I said above if the time period was more modern I could understand people's reaction to Maya's mixed racial background better.
I don't think cutting any scenes would ahve saved this book, there were too many flaws int eh foundation.
I wanted to like this book, the premise was interesting. I just didn't like the main character Maya.
I think if you haven't seen the miniseries or are looking for a Romeo-Juliet sort of story you could enjoy this work. I certainly did when I was in my teens.
Disappointment because while there's resolution, you're mostly told what happens rather then shown what happens. I also wanted to know more about Blackthrone's future.
The narrator only had three "voices" for all the characters. Blackthorne/narration, female and everybody else. Sadly the "Everybody else" voice sounded like the narrator was being tortured while reading the speaking parts.
As I've said when I was a teen I liked this book. The story/idea was very interesting. I enjoy stories set in Japan, each character was distinct from the other characters and didn't feel like cardboard cutouts.
I think the author became confused about who was main protagonist was because as the story went on Blackthorne seemed, to me at least, to become a secondary character.
The character of Duke is an unpleasant creature whom I didn't like spending time with. He detracted from the story and lessened the importance of the two protagonists introduced at the beginning of the story.
Sula's heritage is so overly hinted at that it ruins some of the mystery surrounding her.
More showing of Ticca's past rather then telling of her past.
Probably not. I might give the second book a chance if it's ever on sale.
Cut out the sound effects. They added little to the performance in my opinion and in some cases were distracting/badly timed.
Anything involving Duke. He seemed like an unnecessary chracter and feels more like an author self-insertion.
The premise was enough to get me to spend one of my credits on the book. It started out well but as more and more characters were added the entire flow of the story bogged down.
Despite the strong and interesting summary, the actual plot was shallow and lacked any real depth. The word choice and phrasing might have worked better as a children's book, rather then as a book directed at teens.
The book starts to raise interesting questions of a person's faith but then seems to shy away from the topic. As if the author felt the reader wouldn't be able to understand.
The main character, Amber, lacked flaws. She was jsut "too good" to be real. Again, in a children's book this sort of main character could pass easily but I expect more depth from a teen/YA focused story.
I'm not sure. I normally don't listen to faith-centric books. I picked this one up because of the strong plot summary but the execution of the ideas in the story were a letdown. I'm not sure if I'd listen to the author's other stories.
The scene where Chelsae wished her family was back the way it sued to be.
Disappointment was my reaction. I had high expectations of the story.
I enjoyed the narration. The narrator tried to give each character a different voice and generally was successful.
The plot was interesting, limited info dumping to a minimum and didn't give the plot immediately away within the first chapter.
The main character Mercy was the most interesting. She seemed fairly fleshed out as well as Oliver.
The entire love quadrangle. If Mercy was younger (13-15) I cold maybe see this as an important plot element but it just bogged things down.
The Voice Actress could convey emotion well and fitted it to what was happening in the narration.
I didn't like that there were only a few unique voices and sometimes the VA mixed up which character was speaking and used a different voice.
Overall it's not a bad beginning to a series. The novel suffers from a few issues, like having a too neatly tied up ending. I wish Jackson, for example, could have been a great loose end.
The whole love plot was strange and detracted from the plot for me.
I would not recommend this book. While the concept is interesting the plot itself is simple. Despite the simple plotting the major draw back is I didn't find any of the adult character's sympathetic or appealing.
For example this one woman has a child, not because she desires to raise a family but so that her dragon can have a handler they are familiar with. She's quite causal about suggesting to our main character that he have two children so that two of the dragons we've met to this point can have future handlers.
Lawrence isn't offended over the lack of parental care this shows. Rather he's appalled at the forwardness from a woman. It offends his upper crust sensibilities because she's not acting like a (proper) lady should.
The main character. I found him arrogant, hypocritical and shallow.
I normally like Simon Vance but this book fell flat so yes I would try another of his performances.
Worth the time? Yes. Worth the price no.
Not the worst book I've ever read so I'll give the second in teh series a try.
1) Better editing. There are places where words or entire sentences are repeated. Also there are a few places where obvious errors have not been corrected (e.i. having just had breakfast but referring to the meal as lunch).
2) Slow the pacing. The author's writing doesn't spend a lot of time on world building, I think because the author is rushing to get to the love interest/romance section. Since I picked this up under the Sci-Fi category I wasn't expecting a YA cliche.
3) Include character development since there really isn't any. Nexa goes from a member of an oppressed species who guards caves and can barely fight to leading arms and becoming a tactical genius with little time spent to develop such skills.
4) Dump the romance between the two main characters, it's very cliche.
I'm not sure, what is this genre? As I said this was listed under Sci-Fi and I've read worse Sci-Fi books then this. It reads more like a book aimed at tweens though. Given the excessive insta-love that's happening I can't even really call this Young Adult though it's closer then Sci-Fi.
Oliver Wyman, Gover Gardner, Christina Moore or Jennifer Van Dyck
None that I can think of.
The author has a solid idea but I think her rush to do the whole romance thing spoiled what could have been a great idea. Also with poor editing and less then stellar narration it wasn't the best book I've listened to, nor the worst.
My biggest disappointment though was Maddie. She finds out that her parents have taken a extremely drastic step which upsets her. Unfortunately this betrayal's impact lasts something close to 2 paragraphs and then vanishes. The fact that Maddie doesn't show any other emotional response to the event just makes her appear shallow and leaves the book lacking depth that other books in the series have captured so nicely.
The Author uses the book as a soap box to preach about the sins of alcohol.
Maddie had (at first) one memorable character trait but soon that's eliminated to the point where you could go through the book and replace "Maddie" with Wioll and stick Halt back in as the Mentor and you'd likely not notice the difference.
In the genre? No I've read far worse. By the author possibly.
About the only good thing about the story was the narration.
No, the book summary is misleading. The summary tries to make it sound more dramatic then it actually is. It should really read "Will takes on his god daughter because her parents don't have a clue what to do with her. This isn't a realy mystery because the author's telegraphed who the apprentice will be from teh second chapter."
Compared to the rest of the series, this one really flopped for me.
Quite possibly the most disgusting book I've ever read. To have Canada act as World War II Nazi Germany if very offensive to me. The fact that the author goes out of her way to blatantly depict Canada as "the bad guy" and the American's as "the good guys" doesn't help.
This isn't about human slavery, it's about a badly written romance trying to be a fantasy novel. I realize that this is listed (now) under the "teens" category but I've read books for teens that are superior to this piece of cow dung.
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