This had a lot of potential, but it was slow paced, and the characters could have been better developed. The world, and the concept is creative is worth a try, but this isn't one I would recommend. It's a good book to get on sale. Maybe the print version is better.
I couldn't figure out how such a consistently awesome series could get so many bad reviews. A key character behaves in an unrealistic way, I am still looking for someone with a polyjuice potion to show up. Aside from that, the stories continues with same quality, and the series makes some great movement forward.
Another good addition to this addictive series, but not as much personal growth in this one for Eve. I also missed the supporting regular characters. They were not as integral as I expect to the story. I will always get any additions to this series. This is a fascinating world.
I just couldn't get into it. The narration was good, but the characters weren't compelling.
I am re-reading the series because I enjoyed it so much. I thought I'd add the audio to my collection. The story is still exciting and unpredictable, but I don't think the narration adds much. Dufries is good with adding vocal excitement to his narration, but there is a whine-factor to his style that takes away from the story. He did the same to the Enduring Flame Series. I know Pendragon is a teenager and they are supposed to whine, but his translation is more of a two-year old's.
Stay with the book, unless audio is your only option. If you have a Kindle, buy it first, and then get the audio for $3.99.
I really enjoyed the first book, but this installment didn't progress the story a great deal. It's as if the publisher wanted to stretch two books into a trilogy. That said, it is well written and interesting. If you enjoyed the first one, don't expect much from this. Hopefully the next book will resolve some issues or develop the story more.
I just wanted to warn anyone who can't handle a series which is unfinished, and may never be finished. The book is great, and the Audible version excellent as well. Sadly the death of Andre Norton put the end of this series somewhere (hopefully) in the future. Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful fantasy author, and I've read and thoroughly everything she's put her hand to (that I could get my hands on). This is a great story for fantasy book lovers. It has all you want, magic, creatures, love, iintrigue, imagination galore, etc. I just hope we find out what actually happens to the characters in this story who are left without any resolution. My imagination isn't good enough - I need the professionals! If Audible has any power encouraging authors, please do so. The entire Valdemar series should be in a quality Audible format. The Colegium Chronicles isn't the best way to start listening to her Valdemar books. (and Arrows of the Queen is 1/3 of a story).
What an amazing series. The perfect man, an imperfect woman, and a really, really, really bad guy. Enjoy being disturbed.
I've been reading and/or listening to this series in order, so obviously I like them all. This one, however, is just PERFECT! The story has all of the classic components of romance, mystery, fun, and suspense of the series, but it has another element of intrigue and heart that makes the novel irresistable. Enjoy!
I agree with the others. The narrator makes the characters sound like idiots. That said, this is an awesome story, which if properely read, would be even more entertaining, funny & interesting. Any book which uses a reference from the Blues Brothers Movie is OK in my book. I look forward to the others in the series which use a different narrator.
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