This book is exactly what you expect it to be, the same formula we've seen before. A fast-paced race to find modern secrets in ancient things, a pretty girl who isn't what she seems to be and piles of miscommunication and misdirection to lead the way.
Some of the characterizations are rather trite, but I only rolled my eyes a couple of times.
What I want to know is why is this still entertaining? Because it is, I just don't get why.
The narration style was engaging and the story entertaining. I wasn't much interested in the 'Coda' and felt the story could've done without it, although I suppose it did tie things up nicely.
Quite a disappointing main character and full of superfluous language. There was nothing dramatically unique about the plot and it dragged a bit in spots. Despite all that, it was interesting enough to keep me reading.
I did find a couple of Granuaile scenes were written oddly, it's like the author can't decide if she's a meek damsel or not. Her reaction to being scolded for not telling about meeting goddesses in the 'Test of Mettle' short story, for example, seemed awkward when compared with the rest of her personality.
I do quite enjoy Oberon -- he's quite possibly my favorite character in this series. I particularly like how Luke Daniels narrates his voice.
The story itself was okay, parts were even entertaining.
Some of the characters were interesting, if predictable, but they were handled so poorly that overall this book became a great disappointment.
OK, so there are a couple standard plot devices here that I don't care for - a) miscommunication between main characters as source of conflict and b) woman feels an overwhelming sense of 'Guilt' for things that are out of her control. To be fair, she's not the only character that gets a dose of this last one, but since it's her POV it seems more pronounced.
Despite those small gripes, this is a rather fun book and I really do appreciate the main character being a female protagonist that is in her thirties and the sense of team the book has set up with the crew.
The adventure is pretty interesting and it didn't feel cut off at the end (sometimes books that are planned series have way too many things open at the end, leaving an unfinished feel -- this didn't do that)
Definitely not what I was expecting, but then I've apparently been living under a rock. I enjoyed the first portion of the book a bit more than the later portion, but overall it was still very engaging.
The reader's style worked so well with the story. His inflection and tone really drew me into the tale.
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