I loved this story when I first read it and was happy to revisit it as an audiobook. The narrator fits my image of Cazarel and the hours flew by as the story unfolded. Went straight out and bought Paladin of Souls straight after.
I can't believe how much I wanted to listen to this, a true guilty pleasure, and grimace at myself for wanting to keep on with series. The trope of YA, the love triangle and all the angst it creates, how else will young people know what to do. ;)
I loved the philosophical political view presented and the ending is well done and true to the spirit of the characters. (I should have revisited the first two books before listening to this as it took me a little while to get back into the rhythm of it.)
I have long enjoyed the Chrestomanci stories and was delighted to find this edition. Tom Hollander is perfect for voicing these characters. Alternate universes, magic and mysteries, too good for only children to listen to.
What a gritty, harsh journey into the mind set of an Irishman. As I work my way through the McKinty collection I find myself quite sucked into the way of Eire. I also like the educational journey it as he explains how and why things are in the hero's world.
So many other listeners have made the same observation about Scalzi 's use of 'said'. It is incredibly irksome and has become more so over the course of this series of short stories. He has a wonderful imagination and his ideas are very creative and inventive,if only his thesaurus worked better and removed that dreaded word from his vocabulary. I have found this failing Isn't nearly as obvious when reading as text.
Not as strong as the first two stories. Some of the Arabic stories and fables were marvellously entertaining but I just couldn't buy into Marid and Poppa being put into the predicament of the first half of the book and then the resolve of the situation was wishy washy and lacked the punch of the first novel.
I am sure I would have liked this story, the premise sounded great, but after 23 minutes of every piece of dialogue ending with said I just couldn't stand it any more. If that doesn't worry you, give it a go.
Thoroughly enjoyed this story and felt that the author had a wonderful grasp on Holmes and the time period. (Just imagine Benedict Cumberbatch at 60 for an even better mental image).
Wonderful to be able to spend time with Ista after the Curse of Chalion. Kate Reading does a fine job as the narrator except that I had not pronounced Arhys the way she did. I thought it would rhyme with Harris, without the 'h', rather than the Are/high/s that she says and it is amazing how often it had to be said and this took some of the shine off the narration for me. Bujold is a superb author and her divinity is wonderfully described. May the five gods bless her.
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