Lacey, WA | Member Since 2010
Although I can't honestly point to any one or two specific elements where this story went wrong, I can say it just never grabbed me. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that exciting either. The historical elements did help and the author did a great job on melding history with fiction. This however would be a great choice for when you are waiting for one of your favorite authors to come out with one of their books. I don't regret this book at all. It was good. It just wasn't great. This was just an average story for an average day.
So many characters saw growth in this one that it will be worth going over a few times. However, never skip ahead with this series. Start at the beginning.
It is extremely important that you consume this series in proper order. That being said, this book is another one that finds a way to kick the saga into an even higher gear. I strongly recommend it.
The only thing close to a complaint I can come up with for any book in The Dresden Files is that Jim Butcher creates so many amazing secondary characters that you will always miss a few of them in each book. Toot is just plain awesome. But I give this book full stars because it is still a perfect listen/read. But please start with book one in this series.
Although they can be sort of meh if read/listened to out of order, every book is amazing when taken in the proper order. Best book series ever!
Jim Butcher has an amazing story, and with James Marsters performing (not just reading) it, we have perfection.
As much as I love to expand my brain by listening to books like this, I find most of them so boring I can't seem to focus long enough to learn anything. This book however did a great job at keeping things interesting enough to keep my focus, but without getting into a level of sensationalism that has destroyed cable news journalism over the past decade.
I also love how the author points out how both sides have helped cause harm to the political discord in this country. He doesn't stop at just throwing around accusations. There are real solutions here as well. This book is strongly recommended. I'm sure I will listen to it again when I am mentally ready for something this heavy. It seems like the kind of thing that could be listened to many times over and over again with each time the reader picking up new info missed every time before.
Highly recommended, but be ready to grab something light after.
With the third book I had hope that things would get more exciting. Sadly this was not the case. I am not saying this book is bad. There were parts of it that I enjoyed. With the entire series I loved the links to actual history and how the author comes on at the end and tells you where real history and his book differ. At times it felt that that the author was trying too hard to make it fit into the whole Steampunk style. So although I enjoyed the book, I would have to say that the entire 3 book series is nothing more than average. But it is still good enough to buy if you are waiting for one of your favorite authors to come out with something. This is a gap filler between better stories.
Ok, sure I listen to a ton of audiobooks due to having a job that takes zero brain cells. But when only a few weeks later I can't remember a single detail about a book? That is a bad sign people. It tells me that although it didn't annoy me in any way, it also did not interest me at all either. This might be a good book to go to sleep to. I just might give it a few more listens and test this theory out.
I thought that although the story was miles above Twilight I still was still left feeling that it received way more hype than it deserved. The character at times came across as a weak minded little drama queen when what the story needed was a little more Joan of Arc strong. With all three books I was left wishing she was more like Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials and less like Bella from Twilight.
Other than a weak main character, this could have been an amazing story with several layers of depth. The political message underneath is very well done and gives these three books the element that makes it a worthwhile read.
With a stronger lead character, this could have been a perfect tale instead of just a worthwhile read. It is good, but it could have been great.
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