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The gloomy atmosphere of the first book made complete sense with the setting and characters. It took a while for me before I wanted to revisit the story but I'm glad that I did! This was a great follow up to Borderline. It's a solid story with interesting fables, personal histories and developments between characters. A whole lot happened and there is a more settled viewpoint that isn't all about dark and gloom.
I like the characters, a closer look into the Fae world and all of the action. Millie is finally fitting into her own skin and I'm really excited to see what will happen in the next book.
What made the experience of listening to Phantom Pains the most enjoyable?
I identified with the characters even though they in no way reflect who I am, which is something. I think the first person narration helps with that instead of hindering it. The character is so intensely self aware of her own problems and how she is broken that I wish that I could be that good at identifying my own crazy and how it impacts my life and my decisions. And for being an Urban Fantasy, and leaning on times and places I know well (So Cal) I still enjoyed the feel of the book, and it's narrative setting.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The book never really took the easy extra turn. People would throw out solutions to the problems being faced by the characters that would be fixed in most books. 'Oh we need to kill the fairy queen, but she can only be killed by a viable female, and whoever kills her takes her place' and a character offers to fall on that grenade... And then doesn't do it. I really enjoyed that. Almost everyone is actualized. This book actually explains the actions of the bad guy of the LAST BOOK and makes her back story more interesting. It is a fascinating piece of writing.
What does Arden Hammersmith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She voices the character so well. I've never heard anything else she's done, but for me she is Millie, in the same way that the Narrator who does A Distant Mirror is now the voice of Barbara Tuchman.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
After ten thousand years the queen of evil is back, and she's pissed, and the only thing standing between her and the destruction of all human and fairy kind is a young amputee with Borderline Personality Disorder...
Any additional comments?
This was awesome.