This is the second of three books by the author, all suffering the same issues. The SCI-FI concepts are pretty interesting - teraforming, robots, vision of the future of colonization of the solar system. There are some very fun concepts in the book. Unfortunately, the author seems bent on displaying his knowledge of just about any topic that comes to mind and this consistently distracts from the story. I was tired when the book was finally done.
The performance is good - kept the story interesting.
Brandon has produced another pretty good starting book for a new series - another long series it seems like. The four main threads do a great job of developing characters for the long run. The story line is interesting, the characters changing with their fortunes (usually for the worse at least at the beginning) make for a fun story and a great audiobook.
The reading is great with the actors providing great voice track for the various entities both human and not. I look forward to the next book.
This is a fitting end to this series. Its a well told story tracing parts of the true Baroque period in the guise of SCI-FI. This series was okay. Some of the books are great, others are a bit slow. Overall, its a fun few of our history told through some interesting characters. Over the course of the books, the fun heros do get somewhat lost in the story. The are very compelling in the first few books and not so compelling in the last.
But I am glad I read the series.
The first book was a great story. This one takes a different slant and tells another interesting story. It is not as compelling as the first, but still holds together. The bad guy is surprising (figuring out who or what it is). The time tombs are still confusing to me - must just be a bit dense for this one.
Overall a pretty good audiobook.
I picked this up as one of those books that did well in the SCI-FI award competition. The concept is interesting in that you have immortal beings with great power who have been cast down so to speak to serve a particular human family. This has had the result of stopping wars and disputes due to the overwhelming power of that one family.
It also brings in infinite corruption and a total lack of human dignity in those rulers. The story goes about how this is all changed by a young woman brought in to be a sacrifice. Its a good story but lacks energy. It spends alot of time with the young woman moping around once it is clear what will happen to her.
I thought it could have been held together better.
This book will keep your attention, the reading is great. The dialogue is a bit like a soap opera at times. The ending is a little on the weak side, but overall pretty interesting.
This is one of the better books in the series focusing at how currency came to be the source of the English economy rather then just coin. The book does a great job providing a fun adventure story through the streets of London and Europe while educating one on the politics of the time.
The reader is great and really brings out the characters - even to the changing age of the characters. Really good read.
This story focuses more on Jack and Eliza and their adventures. it covers a different part of society during the same time period. Kind of makes you wonder how we came to be given this part of history. The story is engaging and thought provoking. I find the topic interesting and the reading is great.
This is a pretty catching novel of what is a series about a pretty fascinating time in history. While I am not always sure what the point of the book is, the tale is great. The characters kind of flow through life, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The time period is fascinating and you meet a lot of characters you will see through the rest of the series.
This was a quick read covering some interesting tales with all the favorite characters. I did feel the author got a bit distracted in this book. While the story carries well, the historical side kind of wanders and is hard to keep track of.
The reader was great - I am constantly laughing at some of Jack's antics. Worth the read.
This is a good book to close the series with. Brandon has done a great job with this series and closes out all the loose ends. I loved how he ended the story and how he explained how the world got to the way it was. Pretty inventive ideas.
Great read and great story.
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