Don't even try to guess what will happen next. This was one of the best thrillers. I couldn't put it down. The last five hours are absolutely amazing--better than Indiana Jones! The narrator was great as well.
A gripping knot of suspense skillfully unpicked by the series' star, Matthew Shardlake. The twists and turns just kept coming ratcheting up the suspense. I could not put it down; the story was addictive and the characters brilliantly realized. It kept me guessing until the bitter end. The narration was spot on in my opinion, I could not imagine a better voice for this series or as Matthew's voice. I cannot wait to listen to the next installment and I'm generally a fan of mysteries! C.J. Sansom has won me over to the genre.
I enjoyed this story so much I bought Hexed and Hounded before I even finished Hounded. Unexpected twists, turns and the very interesting perspective of a 21-hundred year old Druid combined to tell an intriguing tale of revenge and the lengths people (and deities) will go to get what they want. Truly entertaining from start to finish. I loved the relationship between Atticus and Oberon. Luke Daniels was spot on with the characters; he has a way of voicing novels that emphasizes the immediacy of the story making it doubly hard to pause the story before it's ended.
From Asgard to Midgard this tale captivated me--it just never let up. I couldn't put my ipod down--I had to hear what happened next. The humor was spot on and had me cackling in my cubicle, garnering more evil glares from the HR rep three rows over. Luke Daniels did a fantastic job voicing all the characters and making them distinct. I especially enjoyed the tales of the others who had vendettas against Thor. I can't wait for the next installment.
I couldn't bear to pause this one even to answer the phone at work! The twists and turns kept me spellbound and the unexpected moments of humor had me laughing so hard in my cubicle that the head of HR glared at me through her glassed-in office. The narrator did a fantastic job; he had me hanging on every word. What a great way to spend a boring Thursday at work!
Read the Radiant Seas because the universe where it is set and the players behind Soz and Jabriel interest you and you'll not be disappointed. If you read it because you enjoy Soz and Jabriel and want to continue their story--then skip most of the first part. If you belong to the former group, there's some great writing about the Imperator and insight into his troubled past and present. If you're part of the latter group, skip to the rescue and you'll not be disappointed. The two halves of the book form an interesting cycle of events and themes that once I got over my annoyance that Soz and Jabriel were mostly absent from the first half, I actually enjoyed. It's actually a good book if you read it with the right mind frame and know going in that you'll have wait for Soz and Jabriel to return to the mix. There are three really great sequences that truly make the book worth listening to. I can only give this book three stars because it should really have been split in two. It functions as two separate books and has two separate climaxes and resolutions. The narrator did a great job considering the sheer number of characters.
The story has a very long lead-up and once it gets going, it crawls along. However, the last 6 hours are well worth it and I wish the rest of the book moved at that speed and tension level. The main character is very dense and more than a bit daft thus the reader catches on chapters ahead of the boy and that wears on the reader. By the 15th hour of the recording, I was ready to strangle Kellen for his daftness. He would worry for a good length of time about something the reader already knew was not important or was not going to happen the way he feared. You know it is bad when other characters comment on his darftness. Truly Kellen lead a sheltered life but I wish the authors had chosen to make him less daft and less worrisome and instead, devoted their writing to the plot. The descriptions are photographic at times, they are so detailed. But the narrative tension completely dies after the outlaw hunt and is not revived until Kellen has a vision and then it dies out again when he and Idalia arrive at the sanctuary of the Elves. It is finally ressurected at the last six hours of the narrative, which are very good. The last third bears striking similarities to the Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King and The Fellowhship of the Ring. That was something I did not expect. I am a long time fan of Mercedes Lackey, especially her series concerning Valdemar and its Heralds. I have never read any other James Mallory works, so I cannot comment on his writing. Since I am a die hard fan of Mercedes Lackey, I will listen to the sequel and I hope it is devoted more to plot and characterization and less to exposition and is faster paced. Show us what is happening, do not tell us about it!
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