Auberry, CA, United States | Member Since 2008
I love this genre and started with Charlane Harris but have also read several other authors and enjoyed them. But this one was so bad, the heroin is a bimbo idiot and the hero is a paper thin character with nothing to him but abs. The performer makes the heroin into suchs a ditz that I started picturing her as a clueless stripper. The book also has endless amounts of sex and supposed fire between the two leads but it is so boring and redundant that I wondered if the author had ever had sex in her life. Pick any book but this one and save yourself the time and money. I bailed after about an hour. In traffic no less. I was kind of facinated that while being bored out of my mind I was also constantly rolling my eyes.
Not much happens in this book. In fact if you were to skip to the last hour you would know everything you need to continue the series. The rest is pretty boring filler. In fact I fast forwarded twice and lost my place once. I'm glad because it was getting real tiresome. This book could have been dropped entirely by putting a couple elements in the books before and after it in the series. But I guess the author would make a lot less money that way.
I read this as a child and loved it then. Fast forward 35 years and I realize it's not very good. However, the most annoying part is the lousy narration. It just moves it from a bad book to a terrible audio book. There is a funny forward written by the narrator that is almost a love letter to Fred Saberhagen. It is a little over the top in praise.
This book is light and fun. It just fills in the gaps in his previous book. Nothing else. If you're take it for what it is it can be a fun listen.
Wow, a lot of people die in this book. Every character is pretty much a killer who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. The lead villain kills so many of his own men and family you wonder how anybody could follow him. His son constantly makes stupid mistakes which leads to dear old dad killing his friends one after another. Etc, etc etc.
The story is also just ok. Not great but not awful.
It's a kids book with a bad narrator. My spouse who doesn't get audio book on any level overheard some of the story in the car and asked how the narrator could have such a monotone. Which then lead me to trying to explain how there are some brilliant people out there narrating books. Just not this particular book.
I found this book to be tedious at best. Having LOVED the first Farseer books I was so happy to see his one. But the entire book is a long overly detailed setup for what looks to be a great series. I've got to say that Fitz is a bit of a dolt throughout. As a side note the ending made me lose some sleep worrying about what's to come next. Which means it touched me somehow in the last couple pages.
I think this parallel magical world in London is a bit overdone. Specially with the Harry Potter series. Which made this story a little in the boring side. But I still love Neil Gaiman.
The title says it all. I knew from the first scene that the monotones narrator was going to make it a tough listen and was right. But the story did not help either. One thing that was notable was the lack of description for the main character. They just don't give you much to help you picture any of the scenes. He was tallish and had brown hair. That's it.
The sex scenes were also mediocre. Then the story just ends. One second they are just getting to know each other in the early spring then they are packing up in the fall. What happened to the months in between.
The Dragons are definitely a side issue with book. It is all about the soap opera like relationships between the humans. Just a whole bunch of love triangles. The author constantly uses miss understandings to keep constant friction and hurt feelings between all these pairs if people. To the point you get sick of it and start wishing all of these idiots would just drown or die horribly.
Oh, and there are dragons in the story somewhere.
These two books are amazing and fun. But I've been reading fantasy books a long time and all the signs point to the fact that the author does not have an ending to this story. He pre-determined that it would take three days to tell the story but by the end of book 2 you realize that book 3 is either going to be HUGE or there are going to be some unanswered loose ends.
So if an ending is not crucial for you to enjoy a really good book then I recommend this series. If one is then you should move on cause this one is a dead horse.
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