Recently listened to the entire series a second time, and I enjoyed it even more. The second time you pick up the many subtle elements the author adds--it's one of the many reasons the series is so good. I loved King's Mate, the trios, Under Earth, Imtal; all magical places. I fell in love with Adrina, Xith, Emel, Vilmos, Seth, and the others like Edward the Troant. I loved hating Eravane, the dark lord, King Jarom. What a magical world!
This book was a strong follow up to the first two. In many ways, I think it was even better. The writing continues to be excellent. I love how the characters are so well done even the minor ones. I feel I know Adrina, Emel, Seth, and Vilmos. I'm not ashamed to say my heart went out to Adrina from the start of this one. Xith continues to be a mystery, but I think that's as it's supposed to be. Lots of ongoing mystery, much action, and a whole lot to cheer. You'll enjoy this story immensely, it is even richer than the first two. I felt I was right there with the characters the whole time. I especially enjoyed king's mate and Edward -- he's a troant, half troll and half giant. Brilliant! I can't wait to listen to the next one.
Chronicles of Narnia is seven books in all, but this is as far as I got in Narnia. What disappoints me the most is how very, very simple, and almost linear the stories are. The only reason I started Narnia was because of a recommendation from a reader of Stanek's Kingdoms and Elves of the Reaches, which is a complex, richly detailed story. I may continue with the books some day, but for now I'm going back to the real thing.
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