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I purchased this book without the usual due diligence, because I could purchase the e-book and the audiobook for only $4. I wanted to try the new whispersync technology, and I have very much enjoyed the Alchemist's Apprentice series. If you haven't read that series, I highly recommend it. But if you are not crazy about brutality and torture in a dark and ugly world, I would skip Against the Light. I can't critique the character building or the plot, because I didn’t choose to spend any time in that world. The "Reading Level" as reported in the Extras section of the e-book is shown as Young Adult but accompanied by parental warnings about prostitution, torture, and murder. Clearly, I am not young enough to enjoy this book, though, in my defense, I really liked Duncan’s Alchemist’s Apprentice series and was swept away with the Hunger Games series.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, this is definitley a great book for those who like to read books with good plots, political intrigues and believable characters, set in a world where magic is present. Dave Duncan is in fact my favourite writer, and I consider his series "The Alchemist" to be his weakest and least interesting books. As always, his characters are very well portrayed, perhaps especially the women.
What other book might you compare Against the Light to and why?
Against the Light has more in common with the 'Dodec books' in my opinion, since it deals a lot with religious persecution. The plot is set in a fantasy world, but the religious perscution is easily recognized throughout history in the real world.
Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This was my first encounter with Ralph Lister, but it was a very nice surprise. I liked his performance, and hope to find other books of interest that he has read.
Any additional comments?
I liked the book very much, but am reluctant to give it a full score, mostly because there is a long and very painful torture scene in the beginning of the book. When you read such descriptions on paper, it is quite easy to just skip the worst parts, but you cannot escape them when you listen. (*spoiler*To those of you as sensitive to explicit violence as I, I can reveal that there is only one such scene)
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