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After all the hype and implied political this and that, it's finally just a pretty good story in a pretty solidly constructed world with no idiosyncratic axe to grind.
I loved the world. I thought the concept was excellent. I was fascinated as a tourist with the places the book travelled through and the story is itself exciting enough with never a rest between drama and action.
The problem is the characters. One expects a certain degree of angst, strutting emotional irrationality, intellectual blindness and even teen narcissism in adolescent characters but in this story its all turned up to volume 11 all the time. Now in a good high adventure movie one expects endless action and bravado with characters that respond with endless heroism and damn the torpedoes. However, in a book it's a bit wearying.
The reader is excellent and she adds to the atmosphere. She brings out a wonderful sense of place and situation.
But in the end I suspect the Movie will be better than the book.
A stunning story, characters, scenery... I felt like I was really there in Orisha. The world building and descriptions of magic are wonderful. I couldn’t stop listening. And the narration is just incredible, I have listened to a lot of audiobooks but the narration was the best I have ever heard, full of emotion and perfect for the story. I would recommend to any fantasy or YA fan. I just haven’t heard / read anything quite like it! Now I can’t wait for the second book 🙂
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took me a while to get into the book but I stuck with it and can say I loved the story, the narrator and the most satisfactory ending.