©2008 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin
I'm so hooked on this series, I've listened to book after book without stopping, sometimes ending one book late at night, only to crouch on the floor in the dark with my laptop anxiously downloading the next one, while trying not to wake my partner. My mind is filled with Vord and Carnum and High Lords and Ladies. FANTASTIC!
This series has kept me hooked for months, not only through a flowing story of strong characters but also with Kate Reading. She captures every aspect of the characters without the slightest hesitation, through her the emotion that black type couldn't fully throw out was felt through tone and depth. The Romanic spin about the stories were also clever, Jim didn't over exert his skill by placing unmemorable places and objects within his world. Not to say other Fantasy writers have this as a fault, but this material is laid out for anyone to pick up and immerse themselves without little effort. From beginning to end, you grow up with Tavi, you begin to understand the Highlord's decisions, and you just can't help but to wish harm onto the enemies of the Realm.
This is Fantasy Writing at it's grandest.
I have listened to the books in this series and (yikes!) I got so involved I stopped everything I was doing and enjoyed the action! Kate Reading is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. She really brings the characters to life throughout the whole series thus far and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of emotion in her voice! I found myself "feeling" the emotions of characters and situations and I loved the descriptions of places and people, the writer really drew me into the story. I would have to say that this series should be on the credit-worthy list. As a side note, I feel the need to add that I love "Epics" but I am terribly picky about what series I keep listening / reading. This is a great one and I will be sad when it's over.
I just love this series, I love all of the characters and care what is happening to each and every one, good and bad! I will be sad if it ends. Soon as I am done, I get the next book.
It's a fun story and the characters really grow on you, but they all:1) arch an eyebrow (a pale eyebrow, a heavy eyebrow, a disdainful eyebrow ...2) lift their chin in defiance/resolution/determination3) ball their fists and grind their teeth in fury4) notice or keep people from noticing their hands trembling.
Kate Reading is an inspired reader. One of the absolute top out there.
This series is wonderful. I've listened to all 5 as of July09 and I look forward to what should be the final book (or maybe next to last) in the series. The narration is very good.... Highly recommended!
Just wanted to encourage all Sci-Fi readers to check out this series. I think you will love it.
And dont miss the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
At this time Audibon only has 1 of that series. Sure hope they get the whole series. It's about Chicago's only Wizard. It's full of action. I love it when Dresdon raises a Dinasaur to fight the bad guys. All the books are terrific.
The audio version is superior in that it forced me to slow down while the pace of the book pushed me forward. There were scenes, good scenes, I entirely missed when I read the hardback.
None, Jim Butcher is the master of his craft.
Invidia was my favorite. A good villainess is vital!
Ha, not possible but this was an awesome listen.
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