I lived the deep description of everything and the authors ability to transform a mundane moment into a humorous emotion filled event.
At the hotel when he observes the life coaching class
Good book, story wasn't as impressive as the writing.
Why is this narrator so popular? Everything she says sounds soft, monotone and like she is trying to be deep. I actually think I could enjoy this book but not with this narrator. Even tense moments are dulled over with this terrible monotone 'reading' style. This style of reading is my BIGGEST pet peeve, returning this one.
Yes, most of the stuff she writes is great
I am a huge Tamara Pierce fan and have read all of her books, however this was one of my least favorite so far. I felt like I was reading an action mystery novel that uses suspense to keep the reader engaged vs. one of Tamara pierces beautifully crafted character driven novels that you read because you love the journey with these characters. I also think for a YA book it was fairly graphic definitely for kids 14+.
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Detail is one element that makes Tamara Pierce’s novels so special she takes note of everything from meals, elimination, etc. However this book just went over the top I feel like in every single scene and character needed to explain at length what they were eating and drinking EXACTLY and where/how the used the bathroom. It became distracting and just felt like filler. Also this book became rather grotesque with all the dead bodies, the white wax ball stuffed up Farmers butt and the torturing, it just seemed very odd and forced for shock value.
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Although the little things about this book made me cringe the actual plot is what really killed it. Tamara Pierce seemed to invent more and more fantastical contraptions, spells and curiosities vs. focusing on the characters and their relationships with one-another. The Holborn Fiancé thing was unnecessary and did nothing for the story, I honestly went back and kept thinking did I miss a part of bloodhound who is this person and why do we keep talking about him?
The betrayal at the end was unrealistic in my opinion and seemed random, when Tamara pierce has had other good/bad villains such as Ben L. in Cold Fire he is developed in layers we see how something that was his passion slowly degrades into crime with intense family influences. But in this case there is no setup not creeping chauvinism, insecurity, or corruption that would lead plausibility to this betrayal in character.
I liked the romance with Farmer however the way it was all wrapped us was just so ridiculous, okay great statement on women empowerment man taking his wife’s last name but a more fitting romantic ending would have been her bedding with Rosco and then realizing it could never work but finding she was pregnant with his child. Maybe Farmer was too obsessed with traveling the world to want to settle down… Also I find it implausible that this family is well recognized by the crown has noble relations a strong network, money etc and yet in a few generations falls into extreme poverty again? It’s like the major betrayal shock was countered by ting up Beka’s life in a neat bow that just wasn’t believable.
I did like the end of slavery angle and how all these events set greater things in action. HOWEVER I feel like that lost me at the end with the statue and the gleaming purple eyes. I would have loved to see something like Liam’s letter to Alana in “Lioness Rampant” something insightful that George learns about right and wrong not being bound by class or law but rather the way you treat fellow creatures and humans.
I won’t say I didn’t enjoy elements of this book which is why I am giving it 2 stars but I hope to see better from Tamara Pierce in the future.
This is one of the best audio books in my collection. Hilarious story perfectly in character narration.
Ignacious of course.
No I have not.
Yes when Ignacious puts the sign on the cart that says 12inches of paradise and rolls into the womens art club in his pirates outfit. I could not stop laughing.
Just read it/listen to it! So amazing.
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