©2005 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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.
Enjoyed the ease of listening while driving. The storyline was good and easy to follow with frequent breaks from listening.
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 will definitely listen to this again! I think this book is one of the best that M. Lackey has written, and it's one of the best performed books I've heard to date. I've owned a paper copy for years now. Picked up the audio book in part because I knew I'd like the story, and the other positive reviews from several other listeners.
What I look for in a good Cinderella story:
1) Heroine. The Cinderella character needs to have both a good reason for not striking out on her own, as well as the cleverness and character to work her way through and out of the situation. I want the Heroine to have a backbone and earn her freedom/reward.
2) Guide. A guide that helps Cinderella stand on her own, without doing all the work for her.
3) Hero. Hero figure that isn't one-dimensional.
4) Outcome. Mutual character growth, standing against customs and traditions to work towards the happy ever after.
This book? Has all of this and more - with the added bonus of excellent writing, good character development, and how Lackey built the story from three different viewpoints: the heroine, the hero, and the villain.
Other things I particularly enjoyed:
- The research and recreating a setting of the world of Britain World War I is compelling, especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of that time in history.
- The growth of the magic system overall of Lackey's Elemental Masters Series.
Michelle Ford is one of the best audio book performers I've experienced - she managed multiple voices and emotional inflection for all the variety of characters in this book, and her vocal dynamics throughout really draw the listener into the world of the story.
I agree with another reviewer - this really is one of the best audio books available if you enjoy 'Urban Fantasy'!
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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