The end of her journey is only the beginning....
The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous....
And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.
If only she understood the story....
©2013 Michelle Sagara (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I love the narrator. She breathes such life into the characters. I have read all of the books before this one and then listened to them as well. I have a love-hate relationship with this series. I find the characters compelling and the world of Elanntra interesting. At the same time the story itself is often very confusing and many times at the climax of the story I am annoyed with the main charater's long self-analysis as she tries to resolve the crisis at hand. I gave a 3 for the story because while I am sucked into the series, I found this story to be even more confusing than most. There was so much abstract symbolism and weirdness around names it just got ridiculous at times. I spent much of the story, asking myself "what!!?" and just hoping at some point during one the long aelf-dialogue sessions of the main character that maybe there'd be a summary of events I could actually follow. The story did end well for me and gave a little bit more information about Nightshade that was intriguing. I'm in for the long haul and will listen the rest while hoping for a clearer series of events in future books.
can't wait to listen to the next one. It has great characters and really good narration.
I felt that it dwelt too much on the one event. Other episodes had little digressions from the main story line where this one has very little to say about what else may be going on.
It is not as good as some of the rest , but still good. This is one of three different series that I will listen to more then twice a year. I like it when books have 18+ hours. This was confusing but not...I fill like the main character is confused as I am. I too would like to see more development of some of the characters as well as nightshade. And I do want more of the dragon and have that relationship grow. I am almost 60 so am not a kid.Ps. To me , if you get author you like and a great narrator audio books is better then a movie or reading.
Yes, as is the rest of the series.
The hero of the story is constantly saying she doesn't understand and nothing makes sense. She is right. I'm sure people like it because the characters were formerly well-developed.
Formerly interesting characters have become so stupid, one-dimensional and irritating that I never want to read about them again.
She did the best she could with the material provided. Perhaps more energy could have helped the material is some way.
I was initially interested in the premise but after listening for an hour I became angry because so much made no sense. I was stuck with nothing else to listen to on a long road trip made longer by this story. I felt cheated after listening to this.
Seriously, I can't believe that anyone wrote a positive review for this story. I liked the earlier books and was excited about this one. After listening to the entire mess, I never want to hear from these characters again. The series has "jumped the shark".
the only major bummer about these books is that they come out once a year. I really wish there could be two books a year from Elantra.
Well, Kaylen has grown a lot since the first book, and she still has a long way to go. I think the one thing that astounds me is that given all the death and short lives around her, Kaylen hasn't just said to herself: look, I'm going to decide on who I love, admit it to myself and to him, and go for it because life's too short. But in thinking about that, it's probably not a Kaylen sort of move. I did miss the dragons, but loved getting to know more about the Barani.
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