As always with Duncan, the characters are well chiseled, and the story is excellent. However, there were so many deities and characters involved in this story, that I think I would have been able to keep them all better apart if I had read the book and seen all the names spelled out, instead of listening to them. Towards the end, it felt rather long, but I still could not put it away. I had to know how it ended! And it's always a thrill to see what Duncan has come up with.
One of Dave Duncan's strengths is his ability to create strong, belieavable female characters. Gwin Solith, the lead character in 'The Cursed' is definitely one of them. It's very interesting to see how well she adapts to the changes in her life, and to see how she influences others. In my opinion, Duncan is the master of this.
The narrator did a good job, but I have grown more accustomed to British readers, and did not really enjoy Peter Berkrot. He did however do a good job keeping all the different characters apart, giving them life.
If I would see the movie? Well, that depends on who would make it. I think I would prefer the book over the movie.
I would only recommend this book to friends I know have a weakness for this kind of historical romance.
I liked the description of the settings, and the era. Unfortunately the main female character was extremely annoying since she did not learn from her mistakes. I would not have minded had I read it when I was 17, but at age 40 I don't find stupid girls as entertaining anymore.
This was my first listening to Sally Armstrong. Her beautiful Scottish accent was the main reason I bothered to finish listening to the book. I have learned a lot languagewise by listening to it. (English is not my first language).
It would depend on the casting...
The book is actually really good and well written for its genre, but in my opinion it suffers a lot from all the conflicts that are caused by the characters' lack of communication and intelligence.
This is really my cup of tea. I just love this intelligent, stiff-upper-lip sense of humour that both Gaiman and Pratchett are so good at! I really had to concentrate for not laughing out aloud sometimes when I was listening to it on the bus, or in other places where uncontrolled laughter would not have been appreciated.
There are many good scenes, but the birth of the Antichrist is very special indeed!
The ending, and the friendship between the angel and the demon.
The reading performace was a bit uneven, in my opinion. He was brilliant at times, but sometimes he read so quickly that it sounded almost slurring.
Yes, this is definitley a great book for those who like to read books with good plots, political intrigues and believable characters, set in a world where magic is present. Dave Duncan is in fact my favourite writer, and I consider his series "The Alchemist" to be his weakest and least interesting books. As always, his characters are very well portrayed, perhaps especially the women.
Against the Light has more in common with the 'Dodec books' in my opinion, since it deals a lot with religious persecution. The plot is set in a fantasy world, but the religious perscution is easily recognized throughout history in the real world.
This was my first encounter with Ralph Lister, but it was a very nice surprise. I liked his performance, and hope to find other books of interest that he has read.
I liked the book very much, but am reluctant to give it a full score, mostly because there is a long and very painful torture scene in the beginning of the book. When you read such descriptions on paper, it is quite easy to just skip the worst parts, but you cannot escape them when you listen. (*spoiler*To those of you as sensitive to explicit violence as I, I can reveal that there is only one such scene)
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