I thoroughly enjoyed the previous series, and really looked forward to listening to this one. I was intrigued by the story and the author does a good ..Show More »job with making the story original (albeit a tad slow) while remaining grounded in the interesting world created in the previous series. The most significant negative is the narration.
The narrator isn't bad, she just has an impossible act to follow. Gabra Zackman took a good story and made it great, this lady takes a good story and leaves it more or less on the same level. Annoying things like the way she pronounces names and events from the previous series add to the disconnect between the series.
Although, I liked this book better than the first in the series, there are still things that continue to bother me as a listener.
The sto..Show More »ry finally managed to engage me, and for the latter half of the book, I wanted more. The narration is just bottom rung though. Words are still mispronounced, all the men sound the same, like dim-witted, slow-talking morons. Also, I still have issues with characters from the Study series not having the same voice, or for that matter accent. (Irish, British, English, etc.)
The story gets a 4, but I recommend reading the book itself rather than listening to the audio version.
I know I love a book when minor quibbles with it drive me crazy. I love the world of Sitia and Ixia, and revisiting these characters is like catching..Show More » up with dear friends. Familiar characters return and a few new ones made me fall in love with them, too. The large cast (but not Dune large) is juggled with finesse. I was worried about not remembering enough of book 2, but the author does a fine job of seeding reminders in the early chapters. My quibbles are with the final 1/4 of the book, which I found disturbing, even though I don't think of myself as squeamish. This section strained a bit under a number of plot complications, but to my relief everything seemed to be wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion. I thought the narration was fine.
Overall, after the first few hours, I couldn't bear to put Spy Glass down. I found the Glass trilogy to be time well spent. Especially recommended to lovers of fantasies with complex characters.