I decided to give this book a try after reading the reviews and am very pleased I did. It shows a world where an alien virus has infected the population post WWII. I greatly enjoyed the format of jumping POV's and showing how our timeline might have been effected by such an event - something I think was handled quite artfully by the writers.
The "Wildcard Virus" has effected people in several ways ranging from the Aces (superheroes) to the Jokers (those deformed or negatively effected) - and that isn't counting the overwhelming majority of those that get it that simply die horribly. With this in play it effects more than just everyday social interaction, it effects government, entertainment, crime, and quite a few other things in between.
There were characters and storylines I enjoyed more than others (the Sleeper, the Turtle, and the government anylist who can stop time being among my favorites) but all in all it was thoroughly enthralling with a wonderfully narrator to guide the whole thing.
I was hesitant to start this audiobook because when I have seen Shakespeare written before I honestly found it a bit offputting. But, I've heard before that it was originally penned to be preformed - that it doesn't work nearly as well, in tempo of language or action when it's just words sitting on a page that you look at.
And after hearing this - straight through all at once - I entirely agree. I'm off now to explore what other plays audible has by this theater group.
To be completely honest this last book is probably the weakest of the three, which is a real shame because I absolutely love Karal - he is probably my favorite of all Lackey's many likeable characters. His journey as a person, his want to help people, and the magical creature (and other more human friends) that attach to him along the way, were much more why I wanted to see how the book ended then the world threatening magics.
Because of this, the series as a whole, though still an immensely fun listen, might be one of those better read. I certainly found it to be so the first time I discovered the series - and it is also easier that way to skip a few paragraphs (or pages) when you get to the parts where it lags.
I've been following this project by these wonderful authors back when the first parts were originally online as a podcast. Hearing it again as an audiobook it's nice to be able to tell how where they have edited a bit, and the use of a singular narrator has streamlined and coalesced the multi-POV storyline (although I do have to admit I miss Veronica Giguere's voice, especially for certain characters).
If you are only just hearing about this series (and don't mind a main story made up of many interconnected tales) I highly recommend it, especially this first book.
I bought this book largely on a whim and am glad that I did. I am really unfamiliar with genre - outside of the horrible tropes - and was very happy that this book really didn't fall into those too much. And the use of deafness, both how the heroine adapted during the time period - even using it to get out of a bad situation, and how others around her view the disability were interesting.
Plus both the main characters (and many of the background one) were really likeable (which I find can be a real problem sometimes - especially in fiction) and I ended up listening to it almost all in one go.
I would definitely recommend it. It was a fun little story - and a very easy listen.
This story was one of my favorites growing up and I was afraid it wouldn't be the same listening to it now but I was pleased to be wrong. All the parts I remembered - the old warhorse, the dragon fighting, the immortal man in the mountains, and the ending of finding peace with a dual existence were just so detailed...and pulled at me with the same emotional resonance (if not more) as when I read them in middle school.
Oh, I just adore Robin McKinley and Roslyn Alexander was a very able narrator.
I look forward to going on to the Blue Sword next!
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