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this a really good book with great imagery and action and a little romance too. The only thing i didn't like about it is the story had a harry potter/young adult book feel to it but its not for kids because there are some pretty descriptive sex scenes in the book. Other than that its ok. Enjoy
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
TLDR: story very good even for hard Sci-Fi lovers, reader spectacular.
I'm usually a hard Sci-fi/historical fiction type person. I chose this book based about 90% on the fact that Simon Vance is the reader, and his treatment of the Aubrey-Maturin series was perfect -- he's a great reader.
I'm usually not into fantasy, though like many, my introduction to Sci-Fi was via fantasy (LOTR). As it turned out, the story was great and the "magic" used here, seems much less like magic and much more like some strange technology left behind by alien visitors. There were some things I think that fell together a little too conveniently, hence four rather than five stars for the story, but I'm already downloading the second book in the series as I type this. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Hmmm, I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to rate this story as I think there are some things that could be better (more 'oomph' in the narration; it was quite flat at times, and better handling of the passage of time in the early part of the book; there were parts where the story had moved on by years, but as the reader, it didn't really feel like it had and it was a bit jarring), and some bits which were excellent (the magical system and it's 'Achilles heel', the Primate and his role in the story, the world itself and description of the cities).
I'm a fantasy fan, this being virtually the only genre I listen to, and it just felt like there was something a bit lacking, even though it was good enough to keep me listening through to the end.
I have to be honest and say that the narrator, whilst not annoying or irritating, didn't really being the story the life. There wasn't really a great deal of different accents so I couldn't identify a character as soon as they 'spoke' and they weren't imbued with their own personality, and at the points where the character was meant to shout or scream, or perhaps sound very desperate, it wasn't conveyed in the voice, it was just spoken. This let it down I feel.
A decent story, but something left to be desired
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
Loved it, can't wait to get going with the next part. Mixture of all you wish from a book, nail biting moments and rising excitement. I would most certainly recommend this series.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The magic system is cool.
The conflict is okay, although i am 4 hours into the book and only now does the plot begin to unfold. The main character doesnt really seem to have a major arch in the story, leaving her brother Miro to steal the show. That might change later on, if i manage to talk my self into finishing this book. It has being quite boring as the development draaaaaaaags. The dialogue is very cliche and there is to much focus on love stories. There are several sex scenes so far and a lot of heavy sexual tension and nudity, which is fine, but i dont see how it helps the story. Which brings me to my headline, its a book for adolescents telling the story of adolescents figuring out this whole new world of sexuality and their new urges and desires. I just so happens that these adolescents can do magic and use swords (no puns intended!)
The writer is a great wordsmith. I really enjoy his phrasing and structure, which gives a very poet spectrum to the narrative sometimes. But still, the story itself does not please this reader.
However, that is just MY opinion. I came here to leave a review because i always read these before i pick out book. Hope this helps.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Excellent story read well by narrator. Can't wait to read next in series. Didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.