The ending. The story started well and continued to develop for about half the book. The story then got fuzzy and tedious. It ended with a dreary conclusion that was not a conclusion at all - merely an introduction to the expected follow-on novel. A bit of a cheap trick in my mind.
Not really. Compared to the author's Ender series, this novel was not bad, just anemic
The various narrators were quite satisfactory although a single male and a single female narrator would have been sufficient.
Don't know. The question should be does it have enough substance to be considered a candidate for a movie.
Card has written some very good stuff. I hope he can again.
Jim Butcher is a master story teller (in a writing sense) and James Marsters is a master story teller (in a narration sense). Together, they are awesome. This the best of the 8 or 9 Butcher books I have read. An interesting thought came to mind as I progressed through the book - Butchers works are essentially fantasies about mythical beings and have strong occult overtones. However, more conventional spiritual undertones emerged in this book which I had not observed before. It suggests to me that while the author uses magic, demons and really evil characters in his stories, he is simply employing his creating talents and not denigrating opposing and more conventional spiritual mores'.
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