The narrator is such a talent that I dearly want to give this book 5 stars. Yet, this whole story hinges on people not talking to each other. Be it ..Show More »fear, anxiety, lack of maturity, or stubborn pride... characters keeping unnecessary secrets is what made this story 20 hours long. Perhaps some readers can relate enough to have patience for it. I just don't want to know what happens next.
I purchased all 3 Aetherial Tales for Matthew's narrating. I'm returning the next two.
The world building is fantastic. The way the realms fit into one another is intriguing. The lore is well done and sets up a wholly believable fantasy world.
Character development happens quickly but with enough foreshadowing to keep it from feeling too abrupt.
I want to say more good things about this, but it aggravated me more than entertained.