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Would you try another book from Morgan Rhodes and/or Scott Aiello?
I should preface this review with the fact that I've been reading fantasy of one sort or another for over 25 years and writing it for 10 so I can be a bit of a snob on the subject. That being said, it's not a bad read. I think the audiobook's performance does it far more harm than does its somewhat clunky prose. I like the characters and the overall story - it's intriguing and I'm interested to find out more about this world with the coming follow-ups to this novel. However, I cannot listen to them in quick succession because the readers condescending tone and butchering of the dialects he's using are so bad I almost shut it off during long chapters in Maddox's world. It's almost entirely unbearable. <br/><br/>The book itself feels like a YA novel rather than a book belonging in the fantasy category outright. The language is very simplistic, like a teenager is actually telling the story rather than a narrator, the prose is clunky, the dialogue is okay but lacking, and the direction of the story became very predictable early on. I don't mind reading a good YA novel, but I like to know ahead of time so that I can be prepared to be pounded over the head with the story's theme or message or be lead by the nose by whatever mysteries they try to include. (I've actually read a number of YA books that don't do that, but they're so common in that category that I feel generalizing is allowed in this case.)<br/><br/>
What did you like best about this story?
The characters are fun, interesting, and diverse (not just a boys' club), which is a refreshing addition to the fantasy genre.
What didn’t you like about Scott Aiello’s performance?
His dialects were painful to endure.<br/>His tone is frustratingly condescending.<br/>His predictable 'fantasy' voice when he's describing something dramatic.
Do you think A Book of Spirits and Thieves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Well, there is one so my opinion on the matter is unnecessary.
I love love the Falling Kingdoms series but was so turned off by the premise of this book I didn't even put it on my to-read shelf. I read a review for it from a blogger I follow thought...err...I guess I'll give it a try and wwwwwwWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWiiiieeeee! it was better than I could have even conceived of, I loved it as much or more than the series it spun off of.
Seriously, do it.