Not the series best
Tantalizing if a bit unsatisfying. The Long Game comes back around to tantalize us with
where the series is taking us in future books. I enjoy the relationship between Kitty and Ben. Being an attorney myself, I like Ben as a coolheaded partner to Kitty's trouble causing curiousity and frankness. This was a nice continuation of their partnership but the actual story line was a little too creepy for my taste.
Any of the number of meetings with Ben's friends in the werewolf bounty hunter convention taking place in Kitty's Vegas hotel. I enjoyed the dialogues between the werewolf pair and their natural sworn frenemies.
Ziegfried and Roy in shapeshifter/vampire Land.
I've been slowly working my way through the series and this is probably my least favorite so far. There are important elements included in the book but somehow the storyline as a whole didn't grab me so I could give it a true thumbs up. Maybe it's the Ziegfried and Roy storyline (I've always found those two a little creepy in real life, and kind of a joke) but I just didn't feel as satisfied at the end as I have with the other books in the series I've finished so far. I really like this series, the main characters, and the narrator always does a great job. Looking forward to getting more credits to spend on the 2 books I think I've missed.
In the middle. Just what I was looking for right now, a light and enjoyable take off on Star Trek TNG characters but not a stellar new idea. Not great but fun and easy to listen to.
Dr. Whatshisname. I am terrible with names but this main character is very like Star Tree's doctor in The Next Generation. Nice Arabic Muslim without the religious prejudices we live with today. He's brilliant, somewhat effete, and often clueless. Very entertaining without being overbearing in his brilliance. My second favorite has to be "Will Robinson" (the smallest of the little boys starting their careers in the Navy.
His different voices for each major character were just right. This fails in book 2 but in this book the narration is spot on IMO.
No, it merely made me smile (which is a good thing right now). This isn't a stand out book with an exceptional plot and fabulous writing, just good plain entertainment with a few issues. It flows right along with the Star Trek theme in a "save the human race" war, the brilliant newly minted captain, and the highly educated ship's doctor who is also a brilliant diplomat (surprised? ) with no real new ideas or plots. Just what I was looking for right now.
There are some "in jokes" that don't seem to quite work out. At one point there's a comment about a message to "speak Friend and enter" where the Captain (a cajun human with the annoying but believable name Maximila) reads this message with the doctor and comments it's a little frightening when he is reminded of one of his favorite childhood books where that is written on a gate which leads the company to a bad place (Lord of the Rings) but then he goes on to say something about the author Arthur. This may be in the next book but it was such a glaring "hunh?" moment it put me off my pace and made me wonder what the heck was going on. Was he referring to Arthur C. Clarke as writing Tolkien or was something in between left out or what? Other than a couple of these moments I enjoyed a nice light ride with this book.
The second book is more of the same and would have been just as enjoyable EXCEPT the narrator screwed the pooch for a listener who went right into the next book.....He CHANGED THE CAPTAIN'S VOICE! I spent this entire book listening to Captain Max with a younger man's voice then go on to the sequel where Max is now talking with the hoary old Admiral's voice from book 1. A real NO NO in the world of narration! Messed up my frame of mind.
Absolutely! I started reading Ms. BRIGGS religiously right after her first Mercy Thompson book (Blood Bound) came out. Eventually I was so satisfied with her Thompson books I started buying her older books and enjoyed those as well. At this point I have already read just about everything this author has written and can heartily recommend everything she has written so far except The Alorn books.
I would like to see more interaction with the main characters of the series and just generally more cultural experiences / history / background in the story. My favorite books in this story include River Marked and Iron Kissed so I think what I enjoy most is learning about the cultures created in these books and Frost Kissed didn't have enough of this for me.
Always a good listen.
Yes! Pray for the authors future work.
PLEASE don't loose the magic, Ms. Briggs. Create a new series if need be. I have been so disappointed by Charlaine Harris deterioration of her Sookie Stackhouse series, Hamilton's Anita Blake books went South really fast, and even the last installment of one of my favorite Looooonng series, Bujold's Vorkosigan series, showed signs of this "no longer up to par" performance for the first time. I won't even start on Nora Roberts In Death series.....why do i keep buying these? Generally every author who continues their series for over 5 to 8 books grows old and repetitive or unimaginative. Create a new series if need be. I have great respect for Harris coming out with her short lived but very satisfying Grave series about the time Sookie was getting old, then ending that series before it could grow old. I could barely finish her last few Dead book. This installment of Mercy feels like it's going the way of the author hanging on too long to a hit after the inventiveness / creativity is gone. I like nearly all Ms. Briggs worlds. If you don't have a new twist for Mercy (and I LOVED your Coyote and Indian cultuural twists in River Marked) write your next book in a new world! Tell us what happens next in Where Demons Walk. Your writing is enoyable and I don't want to see you go stale playing the big hit too long....like so many other authors I could name. I hope to be enjoying your books for many more years.
I couldn't finish more than a third of this book before stopping and getting a good fantasy to take the bad taste out of my ears. I bought both in this series and want to return both to minimize my suffering, if you like teen fantasy that's not terribly mature this may be for you,. I'm enjoying space opera righ now,
The characters were too juvenile to get involved in.
Nothing. It was the story I couldn't continue with.
Kresley Cole is a good writer and I have enjoyed some of her books, this series is just based on characters I found immature and irritating.
Perhaps if I were into juvenile angst I would enjoy this in the future.
Very much in the middle. ..which means it was worth the credit! Not a favorite but then I read the written series "long long ago in a universe far away" when it was being written. I liked the Amber series then but it was never an auto buy qnd I never read every book as the series dragged on.
Don't believe I would change anything. I have pretty much forgotten the series and enjoyed rediscovering this story. It is a little medieval in an alternate universe. No complaints.
As I don't remember, it must have been okay but nothing to rave about. Since I gave him 4 stars immediately after listening to the book he is a good narrator but not the top (of which there are very few).
Not so much. Compared to my favorite authors which include Bujold, Eric Flint's 1632 series, David Eddings Belgarion and Mallorean series (not to mention the GREATS like Heinlein and Tolkien) this iw an interesting story and a series I will continue to follow when I need a new read and can't find one I REALLY want.
Good solid story and writing. If you like Game of Thrones or Christopher Stasheff's Wizard series you will likely enjoy this series. Beware. ..like the Ringworld books and other series I seem to remember that there's a lot of books in this series.
No one. I carefully read the reviews and remember the complaints about the NARRATOR. I thought, narrators are often complained about and it doesn't seem to bother me that much. WRONG!!! This is by far the worst narration I have ever heard.
I thought I would try this, as I've run through the books so far of authors I really enjoy. I generally like witch stories and fantasy/paranormal both light and dark. I'll give this author a try. Well, if the Powers That Be are trying to ruin this author's book-on-tape career they are doing a great job.
The narration was flat, monotone, and truly annoying. I certainly hope no other aspring author gets stuck with this Narrator! As for the story....who could tell? I gave it an extra star in sympathy for the horrible packaging here. And if possible I would give her Narrator minus 5 stars.
I can't say. I don't pay attention unless someone like Nora Roberts replaces the narrator of her in Death series. But I will have to remember this one and avoid her.
No. Not even the witchy stuff I generally enjoy.
Finally Ivan's turn!
Byerly Vorrutyer is just such a baaaad boy...and so much fun. Since his introduction into this series he's been such an enigma, and almost as much trouble as Miles. Byerly takes on more personality here and we learn just a taste of his history. I certaiinly hope we get to read further of his adventures in Jacksonian Space with his blue cherie amor.
The tunnel scene at the end. The GEM grandmother and her family are just too entertaining in their frenzied search for riches. Then again, Ivan's first meeting with his Princess and her sister, all the way through Byerly showing up at the girls' apartment is pretty entertaining also.
Keystone Cops of Barrayar!
As with every one of the Vorkosigan books, this is another winner. It will never be on my top 5 list (or top 10, either) as the story line lacks something I can't quite define. Cetaganda is my least favorite and Shards, Barrayar, Memory, Komarr and Civil Campaign are probably my top 5. Then again, that list could change when I listen to some of the older ones again. The one thing I didn't get here was that it felt as though Aral was still living on Sergyar even though he passed away at the end of Cryoburn (another good installment).
As I commented above, the story wasn't a 5 star as it lacked some of the traditional surprise elements I have come to expect in Ms. Lois' Vorkosigan books. The storyline here was a bit too expected in my opinion (as in "I saw that one coming"). Very unusual for this author. So only 4 stars here for the story. But then almost every one of h installments has been a 5 star listen for me....very unusual. Perhaps this is because I've been anticipating this so long it couldn't live up to my vaunted expectations?
Absolutley! One of my favs in the last year. Started with #7 on sale and was so impressed I just bought the first book and am now starting #4. Missing work to listen through the series! Picky about my purchases and this enire series is worth the credits.
I enojoyed his book as much as my first read..#7. First book was good but 2 and 7 are my favorites so far. More adult with less of the erotica in many female fantasy reads. It's one of my top listens the year if not the best. Enjoy it as much as my Bujold Vorkosigan series or Flints 1632. Highly recommend the series. Kind of an Eve Dallas story set in a fantasy world.
Good solid performance. Did have a bit of trouble following some of the characters due to a lack of more than a couple of accents and the confusing names.
Only the insatiable desire to get through the entire stories 7.5 books ASAPP.
I know it's good, as I have ignored work for nearly a week now.
Maybe, as I have enjoyed her books in the past but this was disappointing, boring, and not what I expect from this author. I will bw careful of my next purchase from this author.
Absolutely Not! I love this genre and have enjoyed this author in paperback in the past. This was my first real loser from her.
Can't overcome bad story!
What else can I say? This is one of my returns from disappointment. It happens.
Stunned How Good (it was)
Very hard to say. Obviously it should be the main character, Meryn, but my favorite was actually the "dead woman".....I enjoyed the entire book, which for someone with hundreds of books in my library (member since 2004 or 2005) seldom occurs. But the ending left me dying to see how life goes on for the smart mouthed "chosen one".goes on with her new roomie.
The narrator has a nice cadence and voice. It helps alot to have her humor, including snorts and giggles come through the narrator's reading. The only reason I didn't give her 5 stars is that she uses the same accent for anyone who isn't "human". The dragons have the same accent as anyone else who isn't human (and they all sound like their from Jamaica, maaan). That irritated me a bit, as I was listenening while working and often couldn't keep up with who was speaking. Otherwise, she brings the story to life.
It made me want to buy MORE BOOKS! I bought this to try at the reduced price and started the series with book 7. After trying so many other of the new fantasy series authors that have become wildly popular, I was amazed that this book stood out as just BETTER than what I've been listening to. I just downloaded the first book (although I wanted the second one reading the story) and looked at how many credits it's going to take me to get through the series. This book reminds me of trying the first Sookie Stackhouse when it came out and being amazed by the idea/series, or the very beginning of the Eve Dallas books (by #33, I still listen but it's getting old), or the first Vorkosigan book (Shards of Honor) by Bujold.
I hope the rest of the series continues to keep me as happy as those series do/did. I hope Sagara can keep me this impressed for a long time!
When is the new installment coming? Tell me this was a teaser for the upcoming (soon) release of book 8.
Best....the history of the characters I read about in the series books I read first.
Least....the story just didn't grab me the way the other books did. I think the fun background of the sister Valkyries lacked the sparkling interaction I've come to expect from this series.
Yes, but not based on this book. As I said, I enjoy the fun, bloodthirsty women and their relationships in the series. The women here are irreverent, comical, and witty...just not so witty in this installment. I would like to see the series go forward and perhaps find out what happens with the missing Valkyrie queen.
I enjoyed the scenes showing the hero's confusion regarding the new world he and his comrades inhabit and his attempts to learn about the other supernatural inhabitants of the world.
I really want the story behind the missing Queen, who is being forever tortured. As you can tell, it's been awhile since I listened to this and I forget the names but remeber the story. Aside from the Valkyries, I would like any other stories to focus on other inhabitants of this strange and fun world MS. Cole has created. Aside from learning more about Prince Christoph, I think I've read enough about the vampires and the werewolves.
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