Harry Potter fans would like this book, I think. There's the magic of Potter, but most of it takes place in present day California. Lots of action mi..Show More »xed with a mystery about the past. The narrator's ability to create different voices is amazing!
If Someone is looking into getting this book, I would go say for it as is the whole series. I am a very picky fantasy reader. I like coherent metaph..Show More »ysics and people you can genuinely care about or dislike. My one HUGE issue in the 2nd book is the narrator change. To be fair, I did not look to see if this was in response to any bad reactions to the first one, but I would be shocked it that was the case. Also, to be fair it can be said that the replacement is not bad. He is not even close to the other voice actor but I could listen to him. I voice my opinion because I listen to books on audio all the time and I thought book one's reader was truly gifted and he acted out all of the main parts with proper accents, adroitly. So I felt I had to posit my frustration at his loss when the series is so clearly a hit and can afford a quality voice actor. A really dumb mistake made in audio publishing all the time. I have dropped series altogether because 3 books into a series they bring on a horrible narrator. I simply find it appalling that they do not work harder to prevent such things from happening. At least in this book, you can deal with both narrators, or at least I could. So I would say if you liked book one, jump on in the water is fine. I just had to mention the switch of readers because I know that Audible knows the difference. They have made some amazing book on audio. I read "Tales of the Otori" and it was stellar and even more so on audio via audible. And my taste must be somewhat on as I am sure that "Tales of the Otori" series won several awards. Many actors truly do act out each voice and do it well. A good example is the first book in this series with Denis O'Hare. In short this is a good book well done in and it is good for older children meaning 14 and up 12 if your child is precocious There are great cultura references to real places in people that are great at stimulating interest in history.
Why oh why do they change narrators in a book series? Just when you get used to a style, a cadence, a tone of voice, there's a new one to get used to...Show More » And this guy, is just ssssllloooowwwww. He seems to always be deliberately slowing down his speech patterns. He speeds up a bit, catches himself and slows down again. The second book was wonderful. It was fast paced and exciting and the excitement came through in the voice of the narrator. This guy is putting me to sleep! I am so disappointed that he is the narrator for the next book as well, I will have to switch to the print version and I'm sad.
This novel intensifies your feeling for the characters. By the end of this book you have so much invested in the story that you want to know the end;..Show More » but are starting to mourn that there are only two more novels. This is the 2/3 point in the series. Be prepared for heartbreak and surprise – who is who. The strands of the base story complicate in this installment leaving you unsure of what twists and turns lay ahead -- excellent. There are storms brewing on every front, elder and immortals and on the side of good and the side of evil. You’ll have some big questions at the end of this one for sure.
Book five brings many changes and pieces of information to the immense puzzle. The role of the fifth book is to setup the sixth, which it does extrao..Show More »rdinarily well. The best part of this book is how many of the loose ends are now becoming woven tighter and more directionally to a conclusion. Although by the last page, you may have some hypotheses about where things are going, I think there are many different possibilities that you cannot discount. On to the sixth and last novel – the final battle is coming.
You know, you listen to five books, to the adventures, the twists and the turns and sometimes you just want to scream at the author at the sixth. I c..Show More »ould not have believed that Scott would finish in such a poor, unenlightened, uninspired way. I am heartsick with disappointment. If that is not enough, the ending just doesn’t hold with the universe that Scott himself created begging numerous questions and leaving unforgivable gaffs. Just too bad!