This is a fun, mind-candy type of book. If you are looking for something "deep" this is not it, but boy is it fun.
Wow...all I wanted was a bit of mindless amusement, but this book is so incredibly bad. Stereotypical characters, plodding plot. I will not order another book by Ms. Ashley again when I am looking for a bit of brain candy
Holdbrook-Smith is the best narrator I have ever listened to (and I have listened to many!). I was a bit more leary of this book because the other reviews mentioned that it was different from the first three. I am SO glad that I downloaded this book. It is a great book and I completely did not see the ending coming. Ben Aaronovitch is an amazing author. I can't believe I now have to wait for the next book!
This is a great book that really comes alive with Holdbrook-Smith's narration. Get this book. You will not be disappointed. And I have read the next 3 that come after it...they just get better and Holdbrook-Smith continues to be astoundingly fantastic.
Sweet and light. Nothing too overwhelmingly exciting, but cute and easy to read. I liked it. I love a good murder mystery, political intrigue, and interesting space opera, but I also like to read books that are just nice and easy. This is an enjoyable book and a fun start to a series. I have downloaded the next book as well.
I liked the first book in this series, but LOVED the second book and am downloading the third. The first book was action packed and fun, but no real character development. This book was much better and I am really excited for this series. Funny, witty, never boring and clearly moving into new stories - not just the same story told over and over with slightly different flavors. Definitely try this series.
And why did I wait so long? Great book and characters. Can't wait to listen to more of his works.
I stumbled on Hard Magic when it first came out and absolutely loved it. I have read the Monster Hunter books as well because I enjoyed the Hard Magic Series so much. I have to say, Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound are a million times better than Larry Correia's other series. Great world building, good character development, interesting magic and wonderful plot. I can't believe this series is over. It is like loosing a really good friend. Start at the beginning and enjoy. This series is one of the series that I wish I had never read so that I could begin it now and read it for the first time. Wonderful.
I read The Crown (first book in the series) and was interested, so picked up the second book. I had issues with the Crown, but thought I might have been over reacting. Well, I don't think I was. More of the main character moaning about the choices she has to make, not liking them, making a choice anyway, then regretting the choice and being miserable. She has absolutely no sense and makes really horrible decisions as well. It is as if the author thought, 'hm, not sure what to do next. I'll make her do somthing really stupid and we'll see what happens.' Not a practical bone in this lead character's body. She drove me absolutely up a wall. I thought The Crown had more interesting history as well. The Chalice really drops the ball with the historical fiction part. I really enjoy learning accurate history while I read/listen (at least piquing me to look up information if I don't know anything about it) and this book really did not do that. I loved the Matthew Shardlake books from this same time period and really learned a ton about the Reformation and King Henry VIII. Try those instead.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this book. Well, it was absolutely wonderful - excellent mystery, great characters, good development. I can't wait to get the next one and am thrilled this is a series. I also really enjoy Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series and this book is similar in terms of excellent writing and good plotting. I cannot recommend this book enough.
I thought this book was a bit slow at the start but was just a great read once it got going. I have read all of the Matthew Shardlake books that take place during the dissolution of the monestaries in England under Henry VIII, and this is just as good. The history is accurate and the characters interesting. Good plot. I have downloaded the second book, The Chalice.
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