This book takes the well loved characters and puts them in a situation where they don't have access to most of their usual arsenal of fairy devices to help them out, forcing them to have to rely on their wits instead. It's difficult to explain without any spoilers, but it felt at times as if the author was trying a little too hard to make the story clever to make up for the lack of gadgets, or just for the sake of being clever. Also, for the first time there was a proper cliff hanger at the end, there are always threads that carry over, but never such an obvious cliff hanger before. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, just unexpected. However I enjoyed the story, and it certainly kept you guessing, right up until the end. A couple of the twists I worked out well before the reveal, but just as many twists were red herrings. I'm looking forward to the next and last? book in the series.
Nathaniel Parker's narration was, as ever, fantastic, I can't imagine anyone else reading Artemis stories and voicing the characters.
As ever Nathaniel Parker's reading makes this book so enjoyable. The story was a good one, and I had to shut myself away somewhere quiet, to listen to the ending of the story, I couldn't turn it off!
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