Definitely a bit dark but a wonderfully written story that is very well read by John Lee. The story is clearly a setup for the reminder of the books i..Show More »n this series but sets up the characters and the storyline nicely. Unlike a lot of YA books in this genre, these characters have depth and are very vulnerable at times. The author's world building is pretty good and continues to develop as the story and series continues. It is the classic good versus evil but a very good story with interesting plot twists and main characters struggling with their own doubts and whether they have the courage to do the right thing. Very well done, especially for a first book in a new series.
The Elf Queen is truly epic and continues to build the story in book three of a four book series. I've already finished book four, which is every bit ..Show More »as good as this story, so felt compelled to come back to book three to write a review. This story is suspenseful, exciting, filled with drama, and every bit as entertaining as you would hope to experience in this genre. Terry Brooks is a wonderful story teller complemented with John Lee's unique narrating style which only enhances the listener's experience.
If you are undecided about this 4-book series and are previewing what others have to say about this epic fantasy story, you will not be disappointed if you take the plunge. Each story continues to build on its predecessor with new characters introduced along the way. I especially enjoyed not having to wait at least a year for the next installment but was able to proceed with the next book when I was ready. The story is suitable for young adults and above and is not predictable as many YA fantasies are. A great read, highly recommended.