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.
The characters were well voiced and most of the main characters had a seperate voice. The Narrator was animated and matched mood of the current scene well.
I've seen claims that this is similar to Harry Potter and really it's not. I'd be more incline to compare this book to "The Dark Is Rising" volume 2. I think this is a better comparison because unlike Harry otter, both this book and the otehr are gears towards and older YA range.
I can't really answer this without giving away spoilers
Yes. While there were some areas that dragged, I was hooked form the beginning and had to resist the urge to skip to the end to find out what happened.
I'll be interested in seeing if the second book in the sereis stands up just as well as the first book. I enjoyed this novel because the characters seemed fleshed out, there was some mystery and not everything is neatly wrapped up.
I don't know I've only listened tot eh audio edition. I'd like to see the print one... just to see if the audio edition missed a few pages though.
Yes, I'd be willing to give this author another listen. While I do have some issues with the book itself I did enjoy the story overall.
The narrator helps carry the story along, providing distinct voices to most characters and just provides polish to the story.
A few scenes could have moved me if they'd been executed better.
I don't know if it's the author's fault or the narrator's but there's spots in the book where scenes shift without much lead in. For example, in one scene Carey and her family are around the table eating. An argument breaks out. Carey's dad says he'll talk with Del (Carey's step-sister) after dinner. He never does and the author loses a chance for some character development.
The book could be 4 or 5 stars, except that it feels more like a teen-fiction checklist. It sometimes felt like the author had a checklist and she was writing stuff to cross those items off rather then a full story. There was quite a bit of insta-love going around too.
I did really like the idea and quite a bit of the story. It was the execution that brought the quality down.
Rerecord it in a proper sound booth. There's hissing and the narrator sounds like the distance form the mic is changing constantly.
A different narrator might not have made the book such a painful listen either.
Yes, I think I would. It's a different and somewhat refreshing take on the rich girl theme. I didn't really care for Vickii but again it's not the typical step-mother cliche found in most books.
The main character is supposed to be 12 but she sounds about six. But it's the recording quality thatneeds to improve.
I don't think I would cut anything. I would have liked to seem some expansion on things though. I mean our main character was at a boarding school and is now being sent to a "normal" (read public) school. This is brushed over in the rush to rach the ending.
No, While the narration wasn't terrible the story was badly structured, and seemed to try too hard to be mysterious.
I'd have to be paid to listen to any of the author's work.
Not sure, the story suffered form too many structure issues.
Michael as he seems redundant.
It started off good but soon devolved. I didn't know what was happening. Not knowing w2hat is happening does not make it "mysterious".
I don't blame the narrator, I blame the author for giving the narrator such bad material to work with.
A book that didn't start off with a big, fat Dues Ex Machina in the very first 10% of the first chapter.
What I got form the cover was that the main character was going to be teh greatest mage in the world. I thought the book would detail his growth into that position. What the author gives us instead is a shortcut to this greatness.
The "Jaunten" are a race that passes knowledge down through the blood. So whatever the persons ancestors knew they know. No this isn't a spoiler, it's spelled out within the first 10 pages or so of the first chapter. Our protagonist meets Jaunten and they trade blood. Ta-da! Instant suped up main character without any need to actually grow into the role of the advent Mage.
Have a better novel to read. Honestly the narration suffered because the writing was just horrible.
The entire scene where our main character meets the Jaunten. If the author's resorting to these sorts of shortcuts in the very beginning of a book they really should restructure the plot.
I have the impression the narrator was trying to go for a Asian accent of some sort for our protagonist but he just sounded like he was constipated. An Asian accent would have been understandable given names of people(s) and places. The narrator just can't do the accent justice though.
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.
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