I so enjoyed the short story by Mr. Speakman in the Unfettered anthology that I decided to listen to this novel too. I was not disappointed.
Any fan of the Merlin television series should love this book, though this story is set in modern day.
The reader portrays each character well and helps you see that movie in your head (always a goal of mine).
Richard McCallister protects the secret Seattle portal between our world and Annwn--the world to which all of the fey creatures (fairies, leprechauns, centaurs, and the like) had long ago been transported to protect them from extinction. The Knights protecting the portals use magical items but so do the forces of evil on both sides of the portal. Without giving anything away, some of those magical items are ones that you are probably familiar with. 'Nuf said.
The book is full of action and adventure as a small group tries to reunite the fey creatures to battle the forces of evil. Any war in Annwn threatens both worlds. In the meantime, the forces of evil are also after Richard and another character he is trying to protect. Can evil turn these two or bend them and/or their weapons to their nefarious purposes?
Which creatures are on which side (if either)? Can war be averted and, if not, can good triumph? Which men of our world are simply trying to protect the portals and which really have their own agenda? Can the two worlds be saved?
A minor disappointment for me that these knights are supposed to be Knights of the Word here on our side as defined by a certain church (i.e. the Word of God). But when people try to defend their actions in the name of the Word, no one actually uses any of the actual Word to refute them. That would have been fun!
That's a small objection though and it did not prevent me from giving this book 5 stars. I couldn't stop listening and that's one sign of a great book. I look forward to the next one!
I very much liked the characters in this book, which is very important to me. The lead character is Eli Monpress, a lovable rogue with more tricks up his sleeve than you might imagine. As the title suggests, yes, he is a thief. But he is so much more. He lives life with a smile and he reminded me of Robin Hood in the beginning of the classic Errol Flynn movie:
Nobleman: "You speak treason!"
Robin (with a smile): "Fluently."
The story flows smoothly and the author does a great job of letting me see the movie in my head. The world is interesting and the source of magic is too.
The reader is great as Eli. And I never had trouble knowing which character was talking, which is a problem with the poor to mediocre readers.
After reading a few merely average (or less) books, it was really nice to read a good one again! I look forward to more Eli Monpress adventures.
I really liked the first book in this series so I am shocked at how BAD this one is.
The story just drones on and the plot is often overly-detailed and your attention tends to drift while reading it. There is very little action. The author knew where he wanted to take us but did a poor job of taking us there.
The characters I liked so much in the first book changed significantly, often for the worse. Their jobs changed significantly. The evil people didn't seem to have much effect on them. Suddenly, I didn't care that much what happened to them.
The conspiracy was revealed in the first book, so the author seemed to have trouble figuring out what the characters should do and talk about.
The reader is just bad. I often had a hard time figuring out who was talking.
Too bad. I had high hopes for the series but I'm stopping here.
This is one of those books that you don't want to stop reading. The premise is fantastic and the heroes are likeable (always a must for me in any media).
The story is really great. I'm a sucker for conspiracies and this book has a great one! The author folds in several scientific discoveries and historical incidents too, both distant and recent. Nice!
The author took me in a different direction than I thought the book might go. I like that too.
A nice side-benefit for me was that the book was so thought-provoking. It illustrates man's imperfect view of God. It also depicts how man corrupts both science and religion through his imperfection. You may think differently and still enjoy the story.
The reader was a bit of a problem for me. His voice works perfectly for a smarmy character (there are several in this book). But he doesn't seem to be able to voice a lot of different characters. I got lost multiple times trying to keep track of which character was talking. The better readers excel at differentiation (see Bronson Pinchot). I gave him two stars but added one just because the book he was reading is so great.
All-in-all a great read and I am about to read the sequel.
The premise and the revelation of what this town is about is very interesting. You might find it interesting too. But don't bother with the other two books in this trilogy. The last book especially will just make you mad. Really, it's just the missing ending to book two. And the ONE SENTENCE epilogue in that third book explains nothing.
The reader is not bad. That's the best I can say.
Ugh! DO NOT believe the comparison with the TV show 24. The only thing this book has in common with 24 is the one day time period. No hero really. No political intrigue. No spycraft. Not even any plot twists.
There is very little interpersonal communication beyond military comm and chit-chat. Certainly no romantic relationships.
Instead what we get is chapter after chapter of profanity-laced interaction between--well, in any communication that goes on between any people of any kind. I get the impression that the author doesn't himself know how to communicate without f-this, g d-that. And I mean CONSTANTLY.
Then there is the ultra (read: painfully, excruciatingly) detailed descriptions of battles, mech, machinery, and spacecraft. Right down to mathematical formulas and vomit-inducing g-forces. Page after page of it. This author loves his technology.
Too bad he doesn't love his characters nearly as much. Nor I suspect even his plot.
The reader did his best with the little he was given.
Wow, did the book description ever fool me! But the misery is over now. Maybe a little Pepto Bismol would help.
Although interesting in that this story takes place a couple of decades after the last Grimnoire book, it lacks the usual excellence of the rest of the books and stories in the series.
It just falls a bit flat. I have rated every other book and story in this series 5 stars so it had to meet a very high bar.
Bronson Pinchot does his usual fantastic portrayal of Correia's characters.
Can't wait for other books and stories in this world. I will immediately buy them.
If you have read Hard Magic and its sequels, you'll enjoy this story much more. And you're going to love that series!
So go read the series then come back and read this. But that's not entirely necessary.
Pinchot is wonderful as you might expect from one of the best audiobook narrators around.
Bottom line: AWESOME! I'll read every book and short story in this series because I know I'll love it.
The idea of transporting a modern American town to the 1600s is a great idea and the result was imaginative and complex. But there was just too much explaining and detail about King so-and-so or Captain what's-his-name. It bogged down the action.
The reader was adequate.
I'm not sure I'll read any more of this series.
I have grown to love Karigan as I read these books. I root for her almost like a daughter. She is heroic, brave and perceptive and she always tries to do the right thing. So why did the author have her do very much the wrong thing? For the first time in this series, Karigan engages in premarital sex. I don't remember that happening but once, let alone to Karigan in the first four books. Why suddenly now? It's really disappointing. It was jarring to me.
And why the weird reference to sexual orientation in this book? It was awkward and gratuitous. Did her publisher make her check off some kind of boxes before they would publish her book? I say that because, ordinarily, everything fits and seems natural in Britain's exposition. That seemed like a throwaway.
OK, so now to the rest of the book. It takes place in another time. Very cool and very interesting! And the reason why she is there is also interesting. The world the author creates is rich and everything fits with what has happened previously. Nicely done all around!
Ellen Archer was a wonderful reader, as always.
But I don't know. This book just did not seem to measure up to the previous wonderful books. Maybe she set too high a bar for herself.
I'm not sure whether I'm going to read the next book.
If you have read my other reviews, you know I have loved this series so far. But I have to say the weird ritual rape scene kind of threw me for a loop. There has been nothing like that so far in the series. It was handled as gracefully as possible but...really?
Other than that, I love the characters and the situations they get into. So this book is a continuation of the greatness of the previous books minus that one weird blemish.
Ellen Archer does her usual excellent job portraying these characters.
I would still recommend the series as Karigan gets thrust into the most amazing circumstances as a member of the Green Riders. I have very much enjoyed reading them so far.
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