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After reading The Bloodletter's Daughter, I was interested in reading this new novel by Linda Lafferty, which also deals with characters in the age of Rudolph II. I thought the conception of this story was very ambitious. Ultimately, I think it did not create very sympathetic characters, which is very important if you expect to keep a reader's attention in a back and forth, whiplash plot scheme. The present-day plot was less interesting to me than the one taking place in the the Countess's castle. Ultimately, however, I think the effort falls short on the work of the narrator Kathleen Gati. Gati does accents well, by she doesn't breathe life into the story, failing Lafferty's prose time after time. A good narrator can take a so-so book like this and sell it too us, make us believe in its quality and value. But here, we get just the opposite: a terrible job of narration that does severe damage to the writer's work, cheapening it. How did I manage to finish the entire story, you ask? By listening to it on an advanced speed, allowing the narrator's annoying habits to be submerged in a rapid processing of words.
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The book started out well, but as I read further, it began to drag. By the ending I felt as though I had been transported to a " Hardy Boys " mystery. Disappointed.
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What was most disappointing about Linda Lafferty’s story?
The story was overly long and dull. The subject matter could have been really interesting and creepy but it was just badly written and clunky.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator came across as rather stilted and at times sounded half asleep. Some of the accents were pretty shocking too.
I really liked the three different narratives across history and Slovakia / USA. This beautifully establishes the creepy Bathory dynasty and Lafferty plays with our expectations by cutting from one to another. It was a little over long but I enjoyed the vampiric plot!