Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her best-selling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it - even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace - no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides...if they can survive.
©2013 Elizabeth Moon (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I'm committed to finishing the series, but I almost switched to print due to the poor voice performance. The narrator is not the worst I have ever heard, but she is not far from it. Definitely preview before you buy.
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
First off this was a horrible narration. She didn't even verify the pronunciation of names and places from previous recordings which only tells me she was not very professional or prepared. Her acting was terrible and it made this a struggle to get through. Beyond that the story was not quite the quality I expect from Ms. Moon.
Some of the plot devices were clever and I like the overall direction that the tale seems to be moving toward, but I was unhappy with the Stammil (sp?) story line. It should have been handled with more care and in a less hurried manner. It felt like a hasty choice to close a quick storyline and that cheapened what could have been very moving.
I was irritated with some of the elven plot twists as well. Who is this new King and why should we care? I didn't feel much interest for him and what he stood for.
I also felt like the bastard son of royalty theme has run its course and should be retired. The "how many former soldiers can become royalty?" game is getting a little stale at this point.
I love the Arcolin direction. His story is my favorite beyond Paks. I love his interactions with the stone folk. He is such an interesting and charming character. I also love the Dragon, but then again doesn't everyone love dragons?
I still enjoy the series overall and will keep going to the conclusion. I am giving this one 2.5 stars because the story should weigh heavier than the actor.
The story line and characters.
Continuity of the story line and characters. E. Moon always tells an enjoyable tale for me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and have always liked E.Moon. This was the first audio book I have bought that was difficult for me to complete listening to the end. I had read a previous review that said "read the book", and I now know why. The story is great, but it was a very difficult listen. The voices kept changing, and not always the same voice with the same character. It got a little better toward the end. The pronunciation of some of the characters and places took me awhile to connect with the other 3 books.
I do not understand why this narrator was chosen. She is misspelling everything. The voices are different than the rest of the series. I can't believe no one made sure she knew how to pronounce words. Disappointed to spend $17.00 to hear her.
I know I'm repeating sentiments already expressed, but the production of this audiobook leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the constant changing of narrators is poor planning. It is distracting and annoying to find that the names are pronounced so very differently from narrator to narrator
In the end, I had to buy a written copy in order to continue to enjoy the series. The biggest sin? Pronouncing Paks as Packs instead of Pox, followed closely by the TIge instead of Tage, Almost as irritating was Mike-eli instead of Ma-Kel-e, Chi-a and Si-a instead of Chay-a and Say-a. It was like nails on a chalkboard.
What happened to Jennifer Van Dyck? All of the men's voices sound the same and they are all husky and rough.
Most of the women whine and sound weak.
She pronounces important words completely differently then Jennifer Van Dyck in all the previous books.
Within the first 5 minutes I almost stopped listening due to narration. I'm glad she wasn't used for the first book in the series, or I'd never have bought another, never miind how good the story.
I have not read the print version.
Her pronounciation of various place names and characters' names is inconsistent with the audio versions of the first 6 books. I went straight from Limits of Power to this book and it was a jolt to hear familiar names "mispronounced". Obviously the narrator had no familiarity with the first books.
No extreme reaction. I thought it was, like all of the Paksenarrian/Paladin books, very well written.
Almost anyone else. Changing the pronunciations of many major characters and the heavy, breathy voice made it difficult to tolerate
The death T the end
Dawe's pronunciations of names and words in this book differ from the prior books, which is annoying. It's more her break from cannon, than anything else that left me displeased with the narration.
I couldn't make it past chapter 2 as the narrator performance was extremely poor and tone of voice nerve racking. I couldn't even relate the characters with the voice. The author once again, spun a wonderful tale.
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