Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.
The ongoing story is interesting and engaging, but the trite and sterotypic 'jealousy' bit was almost enough to make me give up anyway. It was so excessive that I WOULD have stopped if this had been the first book in the series
Two strong, intelligent, independant female characters act like insecure jealous teenagers over the main character... They decide to 'hate' each other because they both like the same man. Never mind that in the last book they respected each other and were becoming friends.
Given the personalities and situations of the characters, it makes no sense that they'd act like spitting cats.
It's sad that despite the good story, that negative bit is what I remember the most
Rukh Shektan and Jessira Grey struggle to reach the OutCaste city of Stronghold before winter's snow bars all passages. Their travels test Rukh's will and hope as Chimeras hound their footsteps, but the most difficult challenge proves to be Stronghold itself. The city is not as Jessira described.
The story is interesting and mostly well done, but every single character reacts to setbacks and confrontations like grumpy, immature and insecure teenagers.
They snap and gripe when ANYTHING happens they don't like or completely understand. They always expect everybody to be 'mean' to them
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.
What happened to Jennifer Van Dyck? All of the men's voices sound the same and they are all husky and rough.
Most of the women whine and sound weak.
She pronounces important words completely differently then Jennifer Van Dyck in all the previous books.
Within the first 5 minutes I almost stopped listening due to narration. I'm glad she wasn't used for the first book in the series, or I'd never have bought another, never miind how good the story.
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In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.
This story had lots of potential, but I can't count the number of times I almost yelled at the main characters for being SOOO stupid. The side characters were smarter and more interesting.
Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.
This is a great continuation of a good series in a great world. The narrator is.... lacking. Doesn't use the same pronuciations as any of the previous 4 books. Her style is more matter of fact then dramatic. Worst of all... there is little to no attempt to differentiate the voices of the different characters. Especially with the different stories withing the story, it makes it difficult to tell 'where' the story is until several 'paragraphs' in.
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There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while. Unfortunately, she wasn't alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don't, when they're vampires.
The story is great and has a bunch of interesting twists. It was definitely hard to hit the 'pause' button when other things came up. The only downside.. the narrator, however, over plays the whiney tone on the female protagonist. All of the male voices sound almost exactly the same as well. Despite that, the inflection and energy the narrator brings to the story got me past those hiccups, with only a minor thought of 'enough with the whining'.