The youngest in a long line of witches, Ari senses things are changing for the worse. For generations, her kin have tended the Old Places, keeping the land safe and fertile. Now, she finds herself torn between the world of mortals and the world of Fae, who ignore what occurs in the mortal world, for the roads between the two lands are vanishing into thin air.
©2001 Anne Bishop (P)2010 Penguin
"Bishop only adds luster to her reputation for fine fantasy." (Booklist)
Make sure to listen to the sample before purchasing this. I did not and really regret it. While some may not be bothered by the narrator, I was. He has a strange way of ending the sentences that makes every sentence almost sound like a question. I found it very distracting and unfortunately can not finish this. I've enjoyed every other Anne Bishop book I've read, or listened to so I know it's the narrator.
I have loved the Tir Alainn trilogy since I was a teen, and the audiobook version doesn't disappoint. The reader reminds me of John Sherian (sp?), who narrated all of the Black Jewels books. He has a little less variety as far as character voices are concerned, but his accent is the same, and he still seems to -perform- the book, more than -reading- it.
Give it a shot, especially if you liked the BJT. You won't be disappointed. Another review said it sounded like every sentence read was a question. I respectfully disagree. The Dune narrator had that problem for me and I couldn't listen because of it. I didn't have that issue here at all.
The Black Jewels Trilogy, and the Crucible. It's got all the mingling whimsy and brooding darkness of the BJT, and is a fantastical sort of rendition of classic witch burning drama.
His tempo is perfect. There are some scenes where a seamless transition is absolutely warranted, and he aced them all. He lets silence linger when it ought to as well.
Yes, but I fear I'd be spoiling it a bit much if I said what. Let's just say it involves Morag and a bargain.
Like any of Bishop's books, my one criticism is that she draws from obvious sources. This is not at all disguised fluffy pagan, "Wiccan" type fantasy. If that doesn't bother you, it's a good read. If you're bothered by constant references to earth as "the Mother," references to four branches of magic, the regrettably titled "Wiccanfae" and blatant references to the Wiccan rede and the Christian Bible, stay away.
I am actually listening to the series a second time right now. The story is wonderfully told (the 2nd and the 3rd are even better) Like many of Anne Bishop's characters, these are ones that you are really able to grow attached to. I really wish she would write more in this series.
I love the bantering that happens between the male and female characters. There are quite a few "laugh out loud" moments.
Honestly, he took a few chapters to get used to. There was always this sort of "inflection" at the end of each sentence that was annoying at first when he was just reading non-dialogue stuff. However, once he started getting into the characters voices, he really does quite well and didn't find the inflection annoying anymore. (I still like John Sherian best for Anne Bishop's books)
Defnitely! I would love to be able to listen to all 3 books in the series in one sitting. Alas, I must have a job to be able to pay for my book habit.
Listen to all 3 books! The first is a good tale but it really just sets the background for the other 2 which are awesome!
I'm about a quarter of the way through listening to this book and am truly enjoying the story. However, I agree wholeheartedly with John and P Brown about the narrator. He sounds as though he would do better reading a technical manual. This story could be a much easier listen. A female narrator would give a total different tone on the book.
Anne Bishop, in my estimation hasn't written a bad book yet. In this series, the central players are the witches and the Fey and the war against the inquisitors. As with all her works, the characters are rich and the story flows well. The only downside is the narration by Erik Synnestvedt, who has an almost 'Capt. Kirk' style of speaking
it's not my favorite world that anne bishop has created but I'll still continue the series. The magic doesn't feel totally fleshed out yet but maybe we'll learn more in the next book.
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