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This book has something of interest for everyone, with a well thought out story line to keep you interested and wanting more.
I absolutely adore this series! And what better deal than getting books 1-3 in one bundle? The characters are fantastic and I really enjoyed the premise of the overall storyline and idea for the series. The protagonist was an especially interesting character to get to know. The books were well written, I just didn't love the narrator all that much (but I eentually got used to her style/voice) found that each individual book just got better, and the first one was already a fantastic one to begin with...
Overall I quite enjoyed these books. There were two major problems though. Both apparent in the third book. One was the awful attempts by the narrator at various British accents. Nothing really more to say on that, it can be a common problem with narrators from all over the world attempting different accents. Heaven knows some British attempts at American accents are cringe worthy.
However, the other problem was something that had me really cringing as a proud Salopian, (that's a person from Shropshire btw). I understand that with fantasy novels you suspend belief, it's part of why I love fantasy works so much. However, if you're going to talk about somewhere real, then there should be some accurate accounting of the places mentioned. Yes, that Templar Cave does exist. However, not only is Shropshire miles from the coast, right on the Welsh border, it's the largest inland Shire in England... not the largest English Shire overall, I believe that goes to Yorkshire, but inland, yep, we have that honour. The key in that bit of information is 'inland'! I get that water was important to that part of the story... but if a bit of effort had been made, then the authors could have found out the river Severn runs through the county, is a tidal river at source, and indeed, is famous in the UK for the Severn Bore. While the Severn doesn't go right past the Templar Cave, it's close enough to have been used in place of cliff's and sea, yet still having a link to the sea that the authors wanted. Think of including the Severn Bore into the story as part of the magic, and it was a real opportunity missed. It was as though the authors heard about the cave, realised it could be nice to work that into the story, yet took no time to research the place beyond media reports. A total disappointment.
With those grumbles out of the way... overall, I did enjoy these stories enough to look forward to seeing where the upcoming book/books lead.
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