©2005 Christine Feehan; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
I really like the Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan. This story (about eldest sister Sarah Drake) is a good first entry for the series.
It is a bit short, but I believe it (and the second entry featuring Kate Drake) were originally novellas inside anthologies. Plus "Magic in the Wind" costs less than most audiobooks, so that all evens out.
The narrator has a good voice for the narration of Sarah's story. She sounds young and somewhat sweet. That may seem a contradiction when you realize that Sarah is a security expert (supposedly versed in weapons and trained to fight), but the entire tenor of the series hangs on the idea that the Drakes are really kind young women (no matter the flashy careers or flamboyant personas shown to the world). They are the girls next door (who are actually the witches next door, but still the kind of girl your mom wants you to bring home).
It was not a syrupy-sweet reading, please do not mistake me. But it was just as I'd expect Sarah to sound.
This is a refreshing book in that the main male lead doesn't leap in to "save" the woman (even though she is much better trained and better suited to the role than he is). When this couple appears in later issues of this series they seem to be true partners. That is especially refreshing for a Feehan novel.
She has a bad tendancy to make ALL male leads so alpha as to be in serious need of a smack in the head with a heavy object. I like a good alpha hero as much as the next woman, but come ON. Some of her Dark Series "heroes" would end up dead if the heroines were like REAL women.
It was ok. Probably would have benefited from being longer and having some kind of plot.
Sorry, I wanted to like this book. Purchased on sale just for a fun listen. It was so shallow and poorly developed that I thought it was a bad abridgement. The characters are empty, the story is predictable, the dialogue is sometimes painful. It was a good concept and there a few good elements of supernatural in it but it fell flat for me. I will say narrator is good.
If you haven’t met the Drake sisters, this a the first book you'll want to read. Don't be concerned if you can't keep the sisters straight because you will get a chance to know each sister as the series continues. Lot's of magic and mystical happenings set with characters you will enjoy. Be aware that there is graphic (almost pornographic) sex in some of the later books. This one is pretty tame - especially since it is abridged.
I wish that an unabridged version had been an option.
Christine Feehan is a true artist. The story was beautifully thought out and presented with a little touch of mystery, suspense, action, drama and magic thrown in.
The narrator did an excellent job, she mastered the personality of each individual through the varied inflection in her voice.
It was a perfect blending of the story and it's presentation.
Worth listening to and repeat, especially after reading the more recent Sea Haven novels with the various elements.
Explore and enjoy!!!
VERY GOOD AND JOYFUL
WHEN SHE FIRST MEET HER MAN
WHEN THE HOUSE PROTECTED THEM FROM THE BAD GUYS
LOVE AT YOUR OWN RISK
WONDERFUL BOOK, I LOVED IT
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