Living among humans in a post- apocalyptic ice age, neo-mage Thorn St. Croix is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City - and now she faces her ultimate test. Deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this subterranean rescue will be Thorn's final descent.
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"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." (Kim Harrison)
“[A] darkly alluring vision of a future in which the armies of good and evil wage their eternal struggle in the world of flesh and blood.” (Library Journal)
Yes, Natalie Gold reads the characters so well. She brings them to life.
Thorn St. Croix as a Neomage, trying to make a living among people who would kill her just for being able to work the elements around her.
I liked Natalie's "voice" for Thorn's character and the life she breathes into the other characters.
Yes, and it was almost that...
Read all three of these books beginning with Blood Ring. Natalie does all three in the series...
1) Being able to listen to Chapter 152) The Editing of the audio is aweful. you can obviously hear wher they cut the audio. Never hear that in other books.
The story was a decent story, wish I would have read these instead of listened to them.
The series follows "Thorn" a stone mage living (illegally) in a post apocalyptic world ruled by vengeful angels. The post apocalyptic world is split between orthodox and progressive sects of humans, and Thorns life is disrupted by both "dark forces" and the orthodox humans, hating her mage status.
Through the books Thorn discovers more about herself and her past and bounces between various "love/sex" interests. However, due to a lack of character development it is hard to really care much about any of them.
As book one was only "okay", I only choose to read book two as I had little time to look for another and I was taking a long flight and needed entertainment. It has some potential and the narration is good, however, the descriptions are too lengthy for audio book, and as noted, character development needs a bit of work. Perhaps if I was reading it in paperback (or kindle) I would be able to skip through long descriptions of magic, clothing and gems and get back to the story. However, in audiobook it gets a bit tedious.
The Rogue Mage series for me was very thought provoking. I could tell that a ton of research was done for this series. The detail was amazing and I don't think I have ever read anything like it. I will listen to or read a lot of books twice back to back because the first time through I do a lot of thinking about different aspects of the book etc. and miss things sometimes miss an important bit of info etc especially if I have read a lot of reviews beforehand. With a second read/listen, I tend to pick up little bits here and there that are important to the storyline. I tend to do this with movies too. Also if I have a copy of the ebook or print on hand, I will read along with the narrator. You would be surprised at how doing this helps enhance the story and help me remember things easier.
Another thing...I kept a pad of paper and pen handy to write down the 26 words I had to look up in the dictionary (I write down and look up words a lot when I read. It helps me fully understand what is being said. I also write down quotes and keep a written log of through books I read). Anyway...this is a great series and author. If you want something different or that makes you think or brings a book out of the "mold", then Faith Hunter is a must read author!!
Did not read the printed version, but love the easy listening edition. I could easily disappear in a different place. Having a story read to me allowing my mind to create it's own images is wonderful.
Amber Benson series. Not the same thing but a great listen.
Audric and Thorn.
It kept me listening well into the night.
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.
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