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This is absolutely one of my favorite fantasy novels. Wells does a great job in creating her worlds and populating them with interesting characters and creatures. I've read it repeatedly over the years since it first came out with may be my problem with the narrator, but more about that below.
This book is set mainly in the City of Duvalpore although it starts outside the boundaries that protect the city with a band of actors accompanied by a woman named Maskelle travel toward the great festival that accompanies the remaking of the Wheel of the Infinite. Maskelle has been summoned by the spiritual leader of Duvalpore. She would not be returning otherwise, having been branded a traitor and murderer by the temporal powers. As the Voice of Adversary, she has also lost her ability to communicate with that powerful force that is also the source of her power.
But all is not well in Duvalpore and Maskelle accompanied by the troop of players and Rian, a Swordsman from the Sitane is going to shortly find out that there is much to be done.
Wells writes with real talent and wit. This book is highly recommended even with a few caveats about the narration.
OK, the narration. I've never listened to anything else read by Pitts, but I thought that she read too slowly and deliberately. I tried increasing the speed to 1.25 x but that ended up making it too fast. Also the accent she used is clearly from the United States, which jarred. I've always heard this book in my head with a trace of an Indian accent due to the names and the descriptions of the city and people. I would have enjoyed something just a little more exotic.
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What did you love best about Wheel of the Infinite?
The world was creative and the characters distinctive
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
I don't usually pay much attention to the narration when it works. This narrator had the accent of the American south. Completely at odds with an exotic location. In addition, she mispronounced words. I cringed a lot listening to her.
Any additional comments?
Martha Wells creates interesting worlds and characters. She needs a different narrator for this one.
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