This was really enjoyable listening. It is a human story of the South. I loved the characters, some of them nasty as heck and others sweet as honey. I had to research the author to see if she's black. I think it's great that a book can fool me into assuming it must have been written by a black author. Not a predictable story either. I feel like I really got my money's worth with this one. I also loved the narrators who brought the story to life.
I suppose this book could entertain some older folks like myself if we were looking for a cute fairy tale but I was sorry to find out I needed to listen as if I were a juvenile. I would have probably loved it in high school. It's just not very deep. I wish this was communicated before I spent the credit. So I'm warning you all who think you're going to listen to a mature fantasy genre novel - this ain't it.
Listening to audiobook and can't easily pull myself away. The narrator enhances the story. He is fantastic - it's amazing how he brings out the emotions, the snideness and innocence, etc. of characters through his tone and accents. He is a true actor. The author is a gifted storyteller. Unless someone tells me otherwise, I believe this story contains kernels of historical reality - familial love and hatred and hidden loyalties that underlie the winning and losing of royal and lordly power in previous ages. I feel that I'm looking through a window into the past that is more magical and interesting than any other.
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