I've been a Mercedes Lackey fan, but hadn't read or listened to any of this series and was pleasantly surprised because I thought fairy tales??? It turns out that setting a novel in a fairy tale universe makes for an enjoyable fantasy novel. I got wrapped up in the story line which was fun even though it was fairy tale predictable. I've always been able to care about M.L.'s characters and these were no exception. I even eventually overlooked the narrator's frequent mispronunciation of the word "mage" which is a shame because she did a good job otherwise.
I listened to this story a couple of years and wanted my own copy to listen to again since story is interesting and exciting. (I love medical thrillers about unknown diseases). However, I was disappointed when the narrator, mispronounced Fort Detrick and USAMRIID (I verified this with a co-worker who used to work at the Pentagon). Since both were frequently mentioned, it was annoying. I'd recommend Books on Tape's version read by Michael Pritchard before this version.
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