This is mediocre in several ways. The majority of this novel is spent on world-building (and it is not a complex world, nothing like in the Kate Daniels series) and the introduction of major players. There is no cohesive story or conflict or mystery, so the novel really meanders around with no arc. The writing is colorful and accented with verbs and adverbs, which is sometimes nice, and sometimes overly flowery.
I agree with the other reviewers who said that the narrator is... problematic. I can't tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and she is a bit Shatner-esque. And yes, her pronunciation is strange. She says the word "coiffed" as "COYffed," and the word "contemplative" as "contem-PLAY-tive." It's like she went through the dictionary and picked out the most obscure, but still correct, pronunciations. It's frustrating.
This had promise. It really did. But it turned out awful. Ridiculously bad. Between the repetitive phrases, the purring narrator, and the premise full of plot holes, I just couldn't listen to the last hour of this. Yes, Gin looks at people with her grey eyes. Yes, she drinks chickory coffee. Yes, Donovan Caine. "Mmmmmmmmmm." If I have to listen to that again in the next decade, I'll throw my iPod into a river.
But don't try to sell me some stuff that this is the most dangerous, anonymous assassin in the world, and yet show me that she has friends who know what she does all over some lazy town in the south. Please. I wasn't born yesterday.
And what's with the elementals? Stone, fire, air, and... ICE? I don't know about you, but when I learned my Planeteers, they were earth (that's kind of like stone), fire, wind (...air), and WATER. (Okay, heart was in there, but nobody cared about heart). I really didn't understand why ice was a major elemental, and water was a minor elemental in this world. Unless she was trying to make a vague reference to Robert Frost's poem? I just didn't buy this world.
This was awesome. The writing is wonderful, and the story is compelling and emotional. I highly recommend listening to this, then seeing the movie, in that order.
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