The content of this novel was very dark with a lot of the story telling the story of the childhood abuse suffered by the main characters. At times I found it depressing and too serious but the narrator was doing such an amazing job I kept listening.
Like many of L.E Modesitt's other stories I found this to be slow, drawn out and confusing. He hints at things and assumes you know what he is talking about, never quite giving you answers or explaining what is going on. The book also contains Modesitt's normal overuse of particular words such as 'eased' which can become very grating. The storyline is nothing compared to the narration though. The narrator performs sound effects that are annoying, distracting and cringe-worthy. We hear creaks, hisses, neighs, burps and a stack of other noises which I'm sure Modesitt didn't include in the text of the book. They well and truely ruin what would have otherwise been an average or good narration.
I disliked this book for three main reasons.
1. The chalk monsters are 2D and not easy to envisage as malicious or dangerous.
2. Every chapter started with notes that accompany a diagram that we could not see as this was an audio version. It was a mixture of confusing and annoying.
3. The characters were very shallow and the ending was terrible.
The narrator did a passable job with the text he had and this made the book slightly easier to endure. I would not reccomend this as an interesting read.
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