I absolutely ADORE Patricia Briggs. I love her Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series --- they are both automatic buys/pre-orders. (In fact... I ha..Show More »ve them in paperback, kindle, and audio formats.) I HIGHLY recommend those.
In anycase... Masques is a re-release of her first novel and even though it has been tweaked/cleaned up some, it still lacks something. The story line is okay - though a bit choppy at times - and the main characters are interesting, but neither is as fleshed out as much as I would like. One of the things I like best about Briggs is how invested I become in all her characters... even secondary ones. I think this is perhaps the area that I can see the greatest improvement in how she has grown as a writer. ( Seriously... this woman has had me in tears over the loss of minor characters and can make a piece of wood interesting. One of my favorite characters of hers is a walking stick.) Unfortunately, in THIS book... I did not find myself emotionally invested in many, if not most, of the characters. Thus, my rating is as follows:
Story --- 2.5 to 2.75 Narrator --- 4.5 Overall ---- 3
Having said all that, I have purchased & look forward to the sequel to this book. And by ALL means... check out her other series.
Excellent listen that left me longing for the next
I just finished this book and Masques. The two main characters were easy to like and had significant depth. The "bad guy" was quite evil with out be..Show More »ing over the top. I found it difficult to turn off either book which my family loves as I cook much more elaborate meals just to have an excuse to listen. It has been many weeks since I last found a book that would entice me to make homemade applesauce.
As was said by the other reviewer, I truly hope the author picks this series back up and writes at least a couple more.
This was a great book, but it wasn't about Rialla. Rialla wasn't even in this book. I was greatly disappointed when I first started this book, expecti..Show More »ng Rialla. Only to be surprised, when it started talking about a thief named Sham. The book is still great, but because of the description I was extremely disappointed.