Story is a little slower then the first two books but has some big character building moments for Alvin. Card does a good job of letting the reader/listener learn with Alvin and see that he dosen't know everything right from the get go. He helps paint him as more then just a normal straight laced hero type character he makes some bad calls and even spiteful ones but they really help develop the character.
I am sure it is in part due to the change from Benjamin L. Darcie's slightly austere reading on the first 3 books to David deVries more boisterous delivery, but I can't quite make the Weston in this book match up with the character that was developed in the first three installments. Combine this with a major shift in the setting and action sequences and the whole book feels like it is trying to be a summer blockbuster with kitchy one liners at every turn. Really kind of disappointed in this one.
After deciding to re-visit this series I read “Storm Front” and then realized that James Marsters was narrating the series and thought I would give it a try for “Fool Moon” and unfortunately by the end I was a little disappointed Marsters reading was a bit breathy and seemed to take a lot out of the action of some of the scenes as I recalled them. After that I decided to read “Grave Peril” as opposed to continuing the audio series but during that time I saw several reviews that said Marsters performance, or the direction he was given was markedly improved in the later books so I decided to give him another try for “Summer Knight” and he did not fail! Mr. Marsters delivered an amazing performance! The drawn out hesitations on lines was gone and the breathy deliveries was markedly dialed back so that there impact was much more prominent when needed, and I am sure that I was grinning like an idiot from sheer joy for the entirety of the final action scene!
Picked this one up because the description sounded a bit like the Dresden series but it fell far short of the mark. It made me feel like the author wanted you to know that Stark was a real tough cookie but the slow roll on the reveal for his powers and the lack of explanation behind them really left me feeling let down. On top of that a lot of the driving plot lines didn't feel like the character was making the right choices to further the story but simply that things were just falling in his lap.
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