Excellent story, great characters, I did not want to stop listening. This is more of a YA fantasy, with the main characters being 15 and 16, but there..Show More » is a lot to keep your attention. This story does not have as much political intrigue as some fantasy so the story moves along quickly. I am going right on to book 2. I am totally hooked.
Excellent narration notwithstanding, I'm a disgruntled reader. Even though some scenes were wonderfully vivid and quite suspenseful (especially in the..Show More » Shivering Fens), as a whole, I felt mildly impatient with the pedantic writing style, annoyed at the romantic developments, and irritated at the ending. Ends on a major cliff. Hanging on for dear life.
"Leave-no-thought-unwritten" writing style: Infernal internal dialogue. The author uses a character's thoughts to reiterate things gleaned from the actual events and dialogue, to be totally sure we totally know what's going on. Totally. As if we can't catch the nuance from the story itself. Chima's mental asides occur within conversations even, interrupting the flow. These thoughts offer nothing new — they are usually obvious and/or repeated info. Sometimes they restate previous passages, italicized. Emergent plot twists are hinted at too strongly, making the twist obvious even before the reader could possibly play the prediction game. Boo! Nuff said. Forgive the rant, but I felt cheated of the joys of puzzling out the plot.
This one reminded me too much of Hogwarts, complete with a Snape doppelgänger and a nasty trio to replace Malfoy and friends. I don't mind reading that same trope again, if it's well written and engrossing.
Frustrating love triangles. I totally hated what the author did to Amon and Raisa.
Foolish and obtuse hero and heroine. At times too stupid to live. The letter she wrote!! His lack of caution re Crow.
All that said, I liked some scenes and some secondary characters really caught my attention. I might read the sequel. I want to know how it all pans out.
Okay for kids? Probably. The contents are fairly harmless. No swearing. Lots of sexual innuendo (no actual sex, but occasional kissing and necking).
So Amazon.com has been calling this series a trilogy, it's not. No closure here. But that's actually ok. Turns out this is the best one yet (though ..Show More »I think the 4th book should be it). The first book, The Demon King, was a slow builder as the foundations of the characters, their past, and their environments was filled out by the author with care. The second book, The Exiled Queen, had more happening. But this third one is full of action driving the story forward at a much quicker pace. There are many exciting developments and I was caught by surprise at the sudden announcement of the narrator saying, "The End." I should have noticed the subtle difference in the publisher description as a 'seven realms novel' instead of 3rd in a trilogy. But the listening hours were long enough and the story definitely engaging enough that I wasn't too put out. The narrator is limited in her range of believable male voices but is still enjoyable. I will be getting the next one... (I don't repeat story synopsis in a review since that is found in the book description already, but, since no ratings are given it should be said that all 3 so far have been completely 'clean' of adult content for anyone who is concerned about that)
Its done. its done??? ohhhh, best book so far this year. I'm feeling the afterglow of this book. Considering if I should re-listen from book o..Show More »ne again right away... Or wait... So good!!! This series ranks close to the top in my best series ever list.
The series is perfect for fans of series like Song of Ice and Fire (with the understanding that it is a YA series). It is a series full political drama, messy misunderstandings, robust characters you love and others you love to hate.