Unlike the first book in the series, this is not a regency era romance novel. I don't generally like books with strong romance components, so I found this story to be better than the first in the series. I liked the regency setting and the Napoleonic references.
I have no regrets for reading this book. The author does a good job (as far as I, a non blind person can tell) of portraying a set of experiences from a blind person's perspective. You have to read it after the first book, but that's not such a bad thing. I'll probably listen to it again down the road. Another thing: the narrator adds a lot to the book. I highly suggest you pick this up.
My only 2 qualms about this book are that the ending was identified too far in advance and that the main character had very little agency throughout the book. Besides those, this book was excellent.
There were lots of plot twists, but I felt that they were broadcasted too loudly in advance. I enjoyed the book, but I would have liked it better had Sanderson played things a little closer to his chest.
I enjoyed this book's plot. My biggest qualm with this series is that there is too much indecision in Jane's private life. She needs to hurry up and actually chose one or the other of her potential mates. Five books in and I can't even remember a real date that Jane's been on. Even more annoying is the fact that it looks like indecision will continue to be the modus opperendi for the next book too. Jane has been stuck in this situation for months, if not years now. She needs to break out of it for the character to seem believable to me. It's getting to the point of being silly.
I liked this book, but with some reservations. I am not a fan of the genre (this is my first steampunk and first zombie book), but my mind was open. I felt that the story was good enough and the main characters were believable. I also felt that Kate Reading phoned it in a little (or her accent was just weird) and that Wil Wheaton just didn't click for me. If I were to change something to improve the story I would like for the characters to enter the city sooner and for Mrs Blue to go to the bar immeadiately (so we know by contrast that her son is in deep trouble sooner). Also the Doctor could have twirled his moustache some more, I felt.
I have no complaints for buying this. I would read it again. I think the author could have advanced the plot a wee bit faster, but I still liked it.
I enjoyed how the author brought together many world religions and compared them, but I feel as if she failed to sufficiently compare them and prove they were essentially the same thing (as was her thesis). Had the author simply recalled history and left it at that, I would have enjoyed it more. Also I would have liked it if the author had discussed each religion individually instead of breaking up all the different religions along chronological order. I didn't want to use this as a resource, but had I wanted to talk specifically about ancient Greek Religion I would be forced to search several dozen different sections of this book for information, as opposed to just one.
I went into this story wanting a mystery book similar to those previously written by the author in this series. I came away with a pseudo-high fantasy novel. I also did not like how the main character seemed to immediately fall for a new person. It seemed... Odd given the characters (both Kara and the new character).
This is the fourth book in the series, but only the second put on audible. I've only listened to Secrets of the Demon in this series, and I liked this book better than Secrets. I really enjoyed this book, especially how demons were used to attempt to solve the crime. I also liked that I was able to predict before hand who was actually at fault for the murders. Overall, if you want to listen to a good mystery or urban fantasy this is a good choice. I would recommend this book to friends.
I would recommend this book to a friend, if that friend has read at least one of the previous two books in the series. I hope that the author continues with this series because I am hooked; she's doing a very good job of incorporating real world events into a fantasy setting.
What I liked: character development of Jane and Vincent. Melody also had her moments as well. About halfway through this book I finally understood why Vincent is such a debbie downer, which was very rewarding.
What I didn't like: I would have liked more glamour. One of the reasons why I find this series so fascinating is the whole 'Jane Austin with Magic' thing. In this story the glamour used by the coldmongers moved the plot off screen and rarely on screen. The author has developed a beautiful form of magic and it's a shame that so much of the coldmonger glamour was off screen.
Net total, this was a good book because it brought more emotional depth to all the main characters.
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