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A series of separate stories, Neverwar really hits all the fantasy buttons, and fires on all cyclinders. The first tales can be considered as "world builder" stories, they set the stage and really give you a feel for the setting and the people that inhabit it. The last few stories take the what you start with and build up from there. It is a good progression, and each could be a stand alone tale unto themselves.
When I say setting, I mean setting, as it deals with different worlds and different races. This does not take away from the tales at all. Instead it really helped the story grow. It is interconnected from the start, even though you may not see it at first.
I will say that Rutherford really paints a verbal picture. You feel what the characters do, their triumphs and defeats. You are there with them. The nemesis is believably evil; a rarity in this genre most of the time. Also, this is not a straight fantasy piece, it touches into sci-fi territory and we get Rutherford's take on parallel dimensions.
Welburn is really great in her role, as she really has some heavy lifting to do, as Rutherford does not hold back on the roller coaster ride. Her voice is sweet and soothing and fits the storyline. I never wished for a different narrator, and I do have some favorites that I prefer to listen to. I think she may have just entered my stable of preferred narrators. I think I need a few more books to be certain, but yeah. . . I think she's in.
Rutherford has now become a name I will look for when I am seeking something new and different. By the way, my teens listened with me as we drove, and they loved it too.
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Great series for a long drive. Intricate storyline takes paying attention to understand full depth. Many layers happening at all times. I should probably read the e-book version to make up for what I missed in life's interruptions.