In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.
©2008 Faith Hunter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
Earlier this year I wrote a review of Bloodring (Rogue Mage, Book 1) and I was highly critical of the narrator, particularly the pronunciation errors. I pointed out a single annoying example that was repeated throughout the book. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Audible telling me that they took note of my review and corrected the mispronunciations. As requested, I downloaded the corrected book and listened. True to promise, Audible had corrected the annoying mispronunciation of solder. I found I could overlook the remaining mild errors like Seltic (Celtic) knot.
I thought the narrator was appropriate for the characters, especially the main character, a fairly tough young woman who had overcome hardships. Gold's voice is gritty and jaded just enough to tell this kind of story. Her characters, both male and female, are distinguishable and her style of reading contributes to the overall setting. In all fairness, the story was original and I liked the characters well enough to find out how the story ended. I did go on to finish the Rogue Mage series, rating all the books as 4 of 5. I do recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre.
This series by Faith Hunter was thoroughly delightful to me. Not to give too much away but most authors writing about Angels have such a sugar-coated view. Faith has managed to build interesting characters and personalities in these stories whether those personalities are human, or non-human, even within each group. This is a series of books to be read where you don't have to put the book down until you nod off from sleep deprivation and ardent reading...get this book and the two that follow!
i gave up on this after 5 hours. the narrator is SO boring. I just could not get into the story because of her dull, monotonous delivery. very cross, as another wasted credit. Audible. why can you not make samples LONGER?
Avid reader 5 to 10 books a month. I like urban fantasy and Sci-Fi the most. I do enjoy a bio every now and then.
I started this series because I loved the "Jane Yellowrock books." The writing style is so different here. So many long winded sections of descriptions and meditations. In between this over explained dialogue there are terrific battles and interesting relationships. It just seems to take forever to get somewhere. The narrator cannot do great voices like Margaurite Gavin or others. Men and women sound alike. I bought this series on sale so I am going to finish them but I would not recommend unless you like tons of slow paced ramblings.
I listened to the entire series, but I just found it a bit too...romancey. Grant it, not a lot of sex, just lots of compulsatory lust. The story elements, on the other hand, were good, and it was entertaining.
I have enjoyed the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter and was anxious to try a new series. The story is a welcome new take on a dystopian theme, more adult than most of the other books I have read on that theme. It reminded me a bit of Sharon Shinn's Samaria Series.
But I was glaringly aware of all of the simple words that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce. It got to the point where I wasn't always sure of the meaning of a word because Natalie Gold was so far off in her pronunciation. This became so off-putting that I found following the story to be difficult.
There is nothing else terribly wrong with the performance. I found her portrayal of the characters neither exceptionally good nor bad, just fairly monotone. I did have trouble distinquishing between the characters, even between men and women.
I saw an older review complaining about the narrators mispronunciation of certain words. That reviewer was thrilled that Audible corrected the repeated mistakes they complained about and found the book much easier to listen to after the corrections. If it used to be worse than it is now, it must have been unlistenable.
Examples of words she couldn't pronouce correctly: lure, enclave, vestigial. She even pronounced rocks like vox a couple of time. Every once in a while I could hear a bit of southern accent - appropriate for a story set in the Appalachians, but I couldn't tell if she was trying to sound southern on purpose or trying not to sound southern and ocassionally slipping.
Sorry, but I think I will get the other books in this series in paper form, so I don't have to listen to Natalie Gold's narration.
YES! Edit down the blow by blow account of EVERY step, breath, etc. We ALL know how to walk and breath...move on.....
meandering...much ado about nothing. So when SOMETHING does happen, I was too numb from boredom and overwrought prose to react or feel anything towards the characters or the convoluted story-line.
none. they all blend into overly descriptive non-sense
for god's sake, there was a decent story there to be told...yet got bogged down by lack of editing
Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.
Imaginative, deep and thought provoking. (I know it is four words but that describes it for me)
I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it. Wonderfully different.
The flow of the read. The emotion and how she brings the characters off the page and into my reading experience.
Like the book cover says "The Apocalypse Takes Wing"
If you have yet to experience the worlds Faith Hunter has introduced us too, what are you waiting for? Download this book, buy the print or download the ebook and jump right in. I think you will be glad you did. OH...and read her other works too!!
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
I was excited about this book as the description sounds fun and different. I was really suprised to find that i could not get into the story. I liked that the main character owned a gem shop as i love gemstones and jewelry and could totally relate. However, that is about it. I love this genre of books but there is something critical missing here. Around 5 hours into the book, i found that the book was just not keeping my interest at all! I was trying to concentrate on the story, but would constantly find myself lost and wondering what was going on. I must have played chapters 11-13 about 9 times before giving up and going on in attempt to get through it. Then i gave up entirely a couple chapters later. I hate it when i am counting down the time to get through a book just to be able to finish it. I don't want to waste anymore time on this book when there are much better titles in my library. Perhaps i will try this again some day...then again, perhaps not.
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