What a shame. It was like no one involved in the production really cared about the quality of the product. The Mage Winds books need to be redone by someone who has actually read and enjoyed the entire series, someone who could make the listener believe that the story was worth listening to.
Because he appears in many of the books Skif has long been one of my favorite Lackey characters. Elspeth is really the lead in this one, and Darkwind is the appropriate compliment for her. Readers new to Valdemar should start with The Arrows Series (Arrows of the Queen, Arrows Flight, and Arrows Fall), plus By The Sword, before starting this first book of the Mage Winds Series.
She had no idea how to say the names of characters, creatures and countries, and it felt like she had no interest in what she was reading.. Honestly, it isn't that hard to find the correct pronunciations for the words and names in this science fiction / fantasy series. I suspect Misty Lackey would have talked to Ms White and offered details that would have made the work shine.
Songs, written by Mercedes Lackey and sung by people who took the time to talk with her, are available online from Firebird Music. A few minutes of listening would have helped. Anything would have helped.
None. This is part of a series and cannon is important to the whole arc.I didn't like Darkwind's father, but he wasn't meant to be liked. He is intentionally flawed and it works for this story.
There is nothing about this version that entices a listener to invest in more of the books. Perhaps, if I weren't so familiar with this book and the entire world Mercedes Lackey has created, it would have seemed better, Sadly, after listening to less than a chapter I had to shut it off. I tried to go back to it but gave up and re-read it instead. *Note: As originally printed the book series is lovely, the e-book versions are poorly translated from print to digital and full of typo that the author is not responsible for.This audio edition is one I will return for a refund.
Original, dynamic, fascinating
Heart Mate is the first of the series and introduces Intriguing world building without an overabundance of backstory. Owens delivers very consistent writing with strong characters and a delightfully twisty plot. Lots to love here.
Inconsistent pronunciations, many that make no sense. I've read these numerous times, have talked with the author, and know the correct pronunciations of character names. Levine kept changing how he said T'Ash - which should sound like the Ash tree, not Tosh.
Small detail? Not if it pulls the reader/listener out of the story! I was more than a little irritated, especially when the character Tinne Holly started out rhyming with Wine and anded up rhyming with spin. Tin Holly? NO! Can't buy any more if this keeps up.
When the main character, T'Ash, finally lets go of his secrets and shares them with Danith.
Please, find a way for the narrators to talk to the authors so that names are done right! This is one of my biggest peeves about audio books, especially when the narrator is inconsistent. I already know I can't listen to the second in the series because of the way Levine says the main character's name. Ruiz Elder? How in the world does he get Rue-ish out of that?
Mediocre reading with poor production. The narrator missed punctuation and read right through commas, periods, new paragraphs and scene changes. Poor reader or poor production?
Vanyel Ashkevron because we get to see him grow from an abused and difficult teen into a selfless hero.
This needed better attention to details like correct pronunciation of character names and places. I wish St. John had been mindful of scene changes by taking a breath and leaving a little empty air space as a clue. I know the book has spaces between scenes for this purpose.I would have liked it better if he hadn't given every woman and teen character a whine.
I have waited a long time for an audio production of this series and am disappointed that it wasn't given the attention it deserved. I suggest you read the book first and let the characters become real to you. Mercades Lackey's writing is better than production makes it sound.
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