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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
The text focuses, in my mind, too heavily on interpersonal relationships and exposition of growing feelings and attitudes. I'd imagine this would work more in the context of big fans of the romance genre.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The world itself has a lot of potential. The tribalism and ritual of the U'lfer seemed interesting, exploring the realities of an animalistic people denied their traditional hunting lifestyle was interesting to chew on. There was just too much focus on the little details without enough chance to absorb the big picture first.
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This book is in desperate need of an editor. 120 pages into the book we're still talking about the implications about the first dramatic scene in the Edgelands. The impending doom is delayed by every pair of characters hashing out how they feel about the event. The world is interesting and there seems to be some good ideas here, but the author bogs us down with character details we don't have nearly enough investment to care about! I'm patient, and the narrator of the audio book wss good enough to make me even more so, but this has turned into a slog and I just can't continue.
I am amazed that this series has not hit the best seller list. Happily, I feel I got in on the first wave even though the series has been on the market for awhile. I'm not quite sure how to describe the series except to say that Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones & the Dresden Files marry.
There are Magicians, Shifters, Trolls, & other paranormal characters & a sort of history of the ancient Celtic people all rolled into one. It is mystical and draws you into the story line whether you want to be there or not. The series makes you feel empathetic toward each character and is explained from each POV so much that even the villains can draw your sympathy. I was only though 1/3 if the Edgelanders: Serpent of Time book when I sought out and purchased the 2nd book in the series, Sorrows Peak. Believe me, normally I don't do that! I wait until the end to see if there is a major mistake made by the author. Didn't happen!!!
The audio version of each of the first 2 books runs just over 19 hours ( over 550 pages) & each hour/page is total bliss. If you are looking forward to books full of blatant sexual encounters...you won't find it. However, there is romance and tons of adventure, intrigue and excitement. It was hard for me to put it down, turn it off to sleep or work. Nothing could get in the way of the books. That, to me, is the sign of a good book or series.
Both books had a solid 4 at Goodreads (which I found out by the time I was at the end of book 2). That rating only tells me that others (for their own reasons) enjoyed these books almost as much as I did.
So, if you have approximately 40 hours to invest in a great series & enjoy fantasy...I don't think you will be disappointed and will thank me for this recommendation.
Would you try another book written by Jennifer Melzer or narrated by Veronica Giguere?
I love the voice narration of veronica Giguere, and I would most definitely listen to more books in which she narrates
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the book was frustratingly slow , it spent 19 hours setting the story for an epic adventure which never happened, just when the story truly started to get rolling ,it stopped, this is clearly one long book dissected into at least 2 probably 3 smaller books, which is fine if you have a definitive start middle end to each of the books, this has a long and drawn out, sometimes repetitive start but no middle and definitely no end what so ever in sight I love long detailed books that are very descriptive and that last many hours and i regularly listen to books in excess of 40 hours, so length is not an issue, the most positive thing I could say is you clearly need all of the books available to listen to so you can follow the story through to its conclusion, unfortunately they are not available atm and it could be years before we get a conclusion to this adventure and im not sure its written well enough to be worth the wait .
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