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By Elisabeth on 09-30-17
A new favorite dragon, Fredrick!
First off, a freaking cliffhanger. This story starts off right after the events of the last book. The characters are spread out and there are multiple story lines.
There is Julius' story. He is back at Heartstriker Mountain having a showdown with the Chinese dragons, but it's Julius the pacifist, so any showdown involves a lot of talking. There is finally going to be a resolution for Chelsea as 'what happened in China' doesn't stay in China any longer. Some new characters enter the narrative. First, there are the Chinese dragons. Also, Fredrick comes into his own and takes a leading role. Fredrick the officious butler becomes rather awesome.
There is the POV that follows Marci's story. This is the weakest part of the book as this story line moves slowly with much exposition. Though there is a hilarious reunion that takes place.
Bob, the 'twisty in more ways than one' seer, has a much smaller story line as he goes about wreaking havoc and presumably saving the world.
With so many characters and so much going on, the separated characters need separate POVs. There are a lot of questions answered. Is Amelia really dead? What of Bob's treachery? Why was the F-clutch sealed and treated like servants? Does Marci become a Merlin?
This addition was a little weaker than the previous books, but it is still one of the best UF series' out there. The world building is interesting. The characters are really fun. The books are 'laugh out loud' funny. I'll hate to see this series end.
The narration by Vikas Adam is always terrific. He is perfect for this series. That said, he had some mispronunciations, and his female characters are starting to get a bit too shrill. I think he could dial that back a bit.
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By MVF on 01-28-18
I have been following the series since it began- has a great new world....I did enjoy the World building, and some of the characters. who wouldn't love a nice dragon?
but, the characters also frustrated me. I found it tedious at times. There was a lot of conversation in order to pass on a lot of information-explanations of how magic works ( too much info at times), why things were happening and so on. Many times there was a repeat of information that we, the reader, already knew-- to the point that it frustrated me and made the story a heck of a lot longer than it needed to be.
I grew tired of Julius's (dragon and hero) pacifistic stance. There were times even I rolled my eyes at his speeches and interventions. I have to admit, the author did keep true to him. I am not sure that I'm going to continue with this series but I'm glad I read at least the first two books.
The narrator is exceptional and a gifted artist. He was able to vary the voices. How he read the story made it incredibly enthralling even when it was extremely boring at times --now that is a gift.
The author Rachel Aaron, is an exceptional writer and Storyteller. Just because I didn't particularly care for this book doesn't mean I wouldn't read any more of her books. In fact, I have her on my radar now and I will probably pick up more of her stories.
I sort of recommend this book but that's my opinion if you like the first three it is good to get this book just so you can see the continuation.
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