This is a fun little blending of Law & Order style cop drama with a fantasy universe. It's heavy enough to take seriously, and yet light enough to be ..Show More »thoroughly entertaining. Using the cop drama style really helps to build the city and people of Cliff's End in your imagination, and fools you into accepting magic and fantasy races as a given in that world.
As an observation (as opposed to a criticism), this book doesn't go too deeply into the past of the main characters (Torin ban Wyvald, and ex-soldier and Danthres Tresyllione a female half-elf), at least not at first. You do get enough for proper development, so no worries there, but you also don't get bogged down in exposition. In that way, the story moves along at a proper pace. I will say that after listening to this book, I feel more acquainted with Danthres than with Torin, but that may be because she is the wittiest of the two. She is easily my favorite character in the book. As I understand it, we get a bit more of Torin's nuances in the next book, Unicorn Precinct.
I must compliment the audio book narrators performance. He does an admirable job differentiating the characters. Though one or two character voices do seem to blend together in places, it doesn't happen enough to distract or confuse you. He also seems to capture the tone and spirit of the story perfectly. Well done, Michael Page!
Keith R.A. DeCandido's use of the police drama device in a fantasy world has once again wrought captivating story. Michael Page again delivers a great..Show More » reading of the audio book bringing all of the author's characters to life. I look forward to the rest of the books in the series.
Not only did it meet my expectations, but I truly enjoyed the book! If you not had a chance to read this series yet, don't start with this one. St..Show More »art with Dragon. This entire series is a fantasy series but add a dash of Law and Order and it takes it to a whole new level! Take a chance and give it a listen, you will be glad you did!