yes yes yes - the story was fantastic, and I cannot praise Stefan Rudnicki enough.
This: blood mixed with mare's milk. :: shudder :: Also, the quest for the eagle, the constant struggle on the steppes, and Temujin's strength of character.
I thoroughly enjoyed this! I'm a gamer gal who especially loves RPG-style games with quests and missions and "find the princess in the castle". This book, which is nothing more or less than one epic quest, was right up my alley. I could see it unfolding in front of me, and more than once, wished for the movie version. But not just any movie - an EIGHTIES movie. It would be epic. (And epically expensive, omg the licensing fees alone)
I listen to audiobooks in roughly 40 minute chunks during my work commute - much like many other people on this site, I suspect. Usually it's not a problem, but this book was occasionally difficult to follow. Jennings uses flashbacks and multiple points of view, which are probably crystal clear in print, but were sometimes confusing in audio. I liked the characters, especially poor Murdoch and the befuddlement of his personal life. It was a good read, a nice one, and down the line I'll pick up book 2 of the series.
David Marantz gives excellent narration! I loved the consistency of his choices - each character was uniquely voiced, with his or her own accent, which did more than just differentiate them from each other, but related to their history and who they were.
I found that I fell in love with the characters. The intertwining storylines were interesting, and there were a few genuine surprises. I listen to my books on my 40 minute commute, and there were times I was a little late in because I had to sit in the parking lot to hear how the scene turned out! I also love historical fiction, so this little peek into the early days of Scotland Yard was most enjoyable.
I found I needed a little break here and there, mostly due to the somewhat repetitive nature of "let's explain how thumbprints work to everyone all over again" - but it was a necessary evil, I think.
I read on Goodreads that this is book one of a planned series. Hooray! I can't wait for the rest - I want to spend more time in this world.
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