I read this book in print before buying the audio version, and enjoyed it immensely. Granted, it's not perfect, as it is the author's first book, but..Show More » it was entertaining. Yes, the story does start to drag a bit about 3/4 of the way through, but not so much that I lost interest. Yes, the author does borrow elements from Chinese culture, not just Japanese. Yes, the author does perhaps use elements of the language incorrectly. But remember that this is a fantasy story, and as such does not need to be grounded in reality. Jennifer Ikeda does an excellent job of the narration. At first, I was a bit concerned about her not being able to differentiate between characters well, but manages that well as I was never confused about who was speaking. She conveys their emotions just as well, and I think she is the perfect voice for Yukiko. Overall, it's not perfect. But it was definitely worth the listen. It kept me absorbed and entertained, and I look forward to Book Two. I think you should buy it and give it a chance.
Great voice acting, great settings and great writing . However, I feel like this series was overly depressing I found myself not caring anymore if a c..Show More »haracter died. Yes there needs to have conflict and realism but I just found the book to be similar to walking dead because like this book; so many characters died so randomly and obviously it just made me as a reader go "eh another one bites the dust." Regardless Jay does an amazing job at steampunk anime-esque book it is still worth your time.