This book is like a wooden roller coaster ride. It starts out slow: Some people complain that it is boring while others just enjoy the v..Show More »iew. However, like the wooden roller coaster, once you crest the first and tallest hill things really pick up.
I set this book down twice and I'm glad I picked it up the third time. I started listening to it at night when I was trying to fall asleep, and at first it was great for that...
Other reviews have mentioned the 'monotone voice' of the reader. This reader uses a very monotone voice as the 'narrator voice'.
This reader uses many voices for the different characters (and you can recognize which character speaks by the voice the reader uses!) as the characters are introduced into the book. There is more narration at the start of the book, setting things up, than the rest of the book.
My Personal; About This Book:
Each night I would find the beginning of the last chapter I could remember hearing and start there, and listen again until I fell asleep...
... In the early chapters I fell asleep pretty quickly (not 'because' of the book, but the sound of someone reading muffled other sounds, and the images I formed in my head helped me to forget about stuff I had to do the next day or other worries I had)...
... However, about the third or fourth night I found the book was keeping me awake. I had to stop listening to it at night because I found myself staying awake to find out what happened 'next'!
The book had me cheering for 'both sides' of 'the conflict'.
Review Wrap Up:
I can understand why some people gave it a low rating, and if you just don't like slow starts then don't buy this book.
If you don't mind enjoying the scenery and just going with the flow, understanding that things will be explained later, then this is a good book.
I couldn't put the second book down and I'm reading the third book right now.
Positive thoughts first. The first book was good. It had a solid story arch and interesting, clear cut character goals. You will likely buy this book ..Show More »to satisfy your curiosity gained from the first one. The narrator for the book did a great job of allowing the characters to have their own personality and really helped to bring the book to life. So you may also buy it because you like the narrator. That said the second book was all but dead, despite his talent. Multiple times I verbally screamed at my headphones.
When I started out reading this trilogy,I thought the book 1 was good,a little slow at times,but we need time to let her build the characters and let ..Show More »us get to know them,by book 2 we knew them all and were able to enjoy the story and let it wrap itself around us,by the end of book 3 I felt as if I was there with the characters,and when someone died I felt like I lost a friend,Bravo Ms. Canavan,I have not enjoyed a book this much in a LONG time,and I look forward to more of your work.