I've enjoyed Thomas Perry's books, starting with the Butcher's Boy, and continuing through the different series. Perry often introduces a non-typical hero, sometimes unlikeable and occasionally even the "bad guy". Perry's ability to make these characters sympathetic enough for us to want to find out what happens to them is remarkable, particularly as he does it without watering down their personalities. Each one is an individual.
Another thing Perry does very well is craft an exciting story. He does it again here.
The premise of the book, that demons, witches and vampires were somehow interrelated, was intriguing. I particularly like the use and integration of folklore, the magical book, and the sentient house. I think the relationship at the center of the novel between the witch and the vampire was ridiculously drawn out. The effect, rather than increasing the sexual tension in the book, banished it, and left me wishing to get on with the story. Some characters were developed in an interesting direction and then abandoned to mediocrity.
On the whole, I liked her performance. She made some really terrible pronunciation errors, however, which completely distracted me. An example I still grouse about was her pronunciation of
I loved reading the books, and sometimes don't enjoy the audio versions as well. Steven Pacey, however, really brings the characters to life. I think this is even better than the book, thanks to the reader. (I admit I had to go look up grimace, to check the pronunciation. Grim ACE' is an alternate way to pronounce it. I love learning something new!!!) Great fun. I'm now a follower of Mr. Pacey's work. More please!
This series held up beautifully throughout. I'm waiting for sequels. In the interim, I'll reread the Harry Dresden novels. Keep writing, Mr. Butcher.
Basing a novel on a factual situation is tricky, but this was quite well done. The ending is a shock, and to some reviewers, dissatisfying. The possible causes of the crash, the real mystery, are well outlined. The fictional story is intense, well written and excellently read.
This book, as abridged, was marginally better than The Breath of Snow and Ashes. Having said that is about the best I can do. The good news is that Audible is apparently aware of our community's feelings on this matter, and negotiating access to the unabridged books. Meanwhile, is the new one unabridged? And, for those of us who gave up understanding what was going on because of the abridged versions, should we read it now or wait to reread the unabridged Fiery Cross and Snow and Ashes? A fun dilemma for a change!
I know I liked the book when I read it initially. The narrator does not fit well with the story. He sounds clipped, or bored, but not particularly involved. His accents are fleeting and inconsistent. Occasionally, the accents are just strange, like when he drops into a southern drawl. Really? In a book with a castle on its cover and a prince and princess as main characters? Unfortunately, the reading is so discordant that I struggled to listen.
The world Bujold creates is complete and consistent. The plot is intriguing and the characters worth meeting.
I previously read this and the next two books many years ago. I was thrilled to see these available on Audible, especially with the excellent narration of Robert Whitfield. I've just finished all 9 books in the series, and can recommend them without qualification. Excellent spy series.
Paul Carpenter is the accidental hero archetype. His work at the evil corporate headquarters is too funny. The writing is very well done, and the narrator convincing as Paul. The other "voices" are a bit mushy, but it doesn't interfere. Tom Holt reminds me of Terry Pratchett in corporate garb; high praise, indeed.
I anticipated a political thriller from the synopsis. Although there is a story here, it is totally bogged down in evangelical Christianity. I found it very heavy-handed, and it completely overwhelmed the story. It was very disappointing.
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