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The good - an extremely talented narrator that was brilliant putting texture to the characters.
The bad - the author didn't have the same level of talent as the narrator. The book was just so-so. The pace was erratic. Very engaging in parts but completely lost my interest otherwise.
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Okay, my true rating for this is more like a 3.5, and it's for the audio version of the book.
Now, the plot was great, and I loved Ammey. I don't think everyone loved her for her looks, but for her heart and courage, her loyalty. She is an amazing character! I don't mind the love triangle, I'm very interested to see how things develop. I'm am solidly #TeamVincent.
What got to me was the rape. I could never even pretend to care for someone who did that to me, and it continued to niggle in the back of my mind whenever she thought fondly of him and seemed to completely forget the horror of what happened to her. I know this is just fiction, and even in reality, I suppose some women could SOMEHOW get past it. But it really bothered me, and so it had to affect my rating.
I wasn't really fond of the narrator at first, but I grew accustomed to her voice and actually quite like her now! Her tension doesn't always feel right for the scene, but in general, she was pretty good. One thing DID bother me, though. At one point she pronounces Amaris, "AM er iss", and another time, "uh MARE iss". And now I am confused lol. It's not a big thing, just one of those things that caught the attention of my weird brain and wouldn't let go.
In general, I would recommend this to those who like fantasy with a strong female lead. I definitely will be continuing this series.
Bob says: 3.5 Platypires
It's a great story. It has none of the depth and scope of Name of the Wind or SOIAF - it's simplistic but sweet. Ammey is loveable if a bit annoyingly nice. Some surprising grammatical errors and mapapropisms but that might be the poor narration. I got the impression that the narrator is inexperienced. Why didn't the editor catch the poor character change voices? All in all, a great story, but don't expect to be haunted by plot or characters. Jane Shoup is no Patrick Rothfuss and Romey is no Anne Flosnik.