Harry Dresden has returned to a detective role and less of a all-powerful wizard role, with less melodrama and more fun. While I love the series, I was happy to see the tenor change somewhat. Gloom and doom still lay over the horizon, but as usual Harry practically kills himself to prevent the worst case of two evils from happening. This audiobook is especially great because Spike is back! While I didn't dislike Ghost Story, the change in narrator was jarring enough I had to listen a second time to get past it. Now we all get to return to the characters voiced as we are used to, as James Marsters has brought them to life yet again. If you like audiobooks, the urban fantasy setting and good voice acting, I encourage you to try the whole series, as well as this book.
After stumbling along this series by finding Oath of Fealty on sale, I can honestly say I am glad I purchased it all. With flavors of military and political intrigue, this is a tale of Paks growing up and becoming knowledgeable/powerful, and is framed by a beautifully detailed and depicted high fantasy backdrop. While I may have been frustrated with some of the character flaws a few of the characters had, it is indicative of the story's quality that I was so invested in the story to want the characters to behave differently.
The Narrator did a great job differentiating the different characters from each other, making each chapter of the book feel like a vignette from a monologue. She has done a good job with not only this series, but Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series, and the first two books in Sharon Shin's Twelve Houses series of five. Her contralto speaking voice allows her to depict voices for both male and female characters well.
Overall, I'm glad I decided to go back and listen to the first park of the Parksennarion series before continuing on the Paladin's Legacy series. I think this book is well worth a credit, if not an outright purchase.
Without revealing too much of the story, some of the secondary characters die in this book, and a few of the deaths are very poignant. I found it hard to be unaffected while listening to Paks' reaction to losing friends, and then having to deal with their constant reminder.
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