I have already listened to The Girl of Fire and Thorns numerous times! I just can't get enough. And each time I listen to it I find something new I missed before and I'm equally enthralled listening into hours of the night. Sound crazy? No, just a crazy good book. There is so much movement within the story that it feels like you're listening to a whole series at once, but yet it still goes by so fast!
There is no other book of the kind. It's part book of Revelations- yet with Spanish culture and religious influence- with a dash of futuristic "after this world" magic- and a little Lord of the Rings.
My favorite character in this book in the series is the main character- Elisa. I really couldn't stand her much at first but the writing was so good that I was captured into her world. Slowly Elisa changed, and so did my view and opinion of her. She became someone that would likely be my friend if she were real and someone that I would admire and respect. A great example of a humble servant ruler, not afraid to get her hands dirty, and certainly not a girly girl.
I really liked the first book in the series, even though it felt like it was too short. This book had plenty of movement within the story, and was even better than the first!
The author does a good job at making everything seem real in a world that is completely unlike our own. Super human senses and a world where the climate has gone wacko seems entirely believable when phrased and described like she does. I also enjoyed the further development of the two main characters Aria and Perry and their relationship. The author doesn't do the typical "split up/now they hate it each other for some reason that isn't even true" that many authors do in the second book in the series. She doesn't keep it all hunky dory either but it's enough to make me happy. Kudos to one of my favorite books this year!
Michael Goldstrom has a smooth manly voice. At times he has to narrate as Aria, the main female character and does more than a believable job! (A hard thing for a man to do I must say.)
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