©2005 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Enjoyed the ease of listening while driving. The storyline was good and easy to follow with frequent breaks from listening.
interesting, thought-provoking, brilliant
I loved the feel of it, the overall sense of realness WW1 brings to the story.
the accents, if you are not a British citizen than the rhythm of the dialog wouldn't be present as vividly.
to avoid any spoilers, I would just say that the entire journey of hard won Freedom was very moving and a very dear concept.
This story is a great retelling of Cinderella, with WW1 as a back drop. That said it is very difficult to say you can't see the ending coming... but this is definitely a book that proves, it's not the destination but the journey that matters. You will enjoy a new landscape as you travel down a fresh path into an old tale. It may even open your eyes to the thought that Fairy Tales may come in, at first glance, ordinary packages.
The horror and carnage of world war I is depicted in a way that brings it to a very personal level. The impact on the daily lives of all strata of British life and how they tried to cope with privation and loss is wrenching. Toss this all together with a wicked stepmother,two nasty stepsisters, and a cruelly treated stepchild. Then add magic good and sinister, a handsome young man and you have a whopping good story!
I loved Serpent's Shadow. I felt the author used the war to fill in for the lack of original material. I finally couldn't stand it any more and listened to the last two chapters. Maybe it's me. I listen to romances as an escape mechanism. I want to hear about the direct action. This story was impersonal and I found the ending disappointing. Overall, I really didn't like this
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