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By Nocturnus on 04-21-16
Rime Beyond Reason?
What did you love best about Spell/Sword, Book 1?
The incredible writing paired with incredible acting made this listening experience an amazing treat :) I can't wait to listen to the next book and hole the series carries on forever! We need more fantasy like this!
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Jonas because he was so steadfast! He might not always understand what is going on, bug once he has made up his mind there is no changing it! He does the right thing (or at least she HE sees as the right thing) and follows the Code because he is a Squire and noone can take that from him. It has become his being and though he sees the world as it is (as much of it as he understands) he still does what he knows is right in spite of what others do or say to him. It is inspiring that his spirit cannot be broken.
Have you listened to any of Rachel Ahrens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the first performance by Rachel Ahrens I have ever listened to but I look forward to listening to many more by this talented voice actor! She portrays all the characters with depth and irreverence just as they are obviously written. I can't imagine either Rime or Jonas voiced by anyone else. I think I would cry. I fervently hope she continues on with this unique series so we can continue to enjoy it to its full potential :)
Any additional comments?
This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to Riddle Box!
Rime is a wlid mage. Her kind has been searched out and eradicated because of their madness and incredible power. Lucky for her, her father loved her and hid her, all the while educating her and shielding her from her true nature. Too bad she knows she will now be hunted... If only she can get to the Gray Witch and learn the secrets of controlling her magic! She does not want to die or go mad. Does the Gray Witch truly exist? Or is she the false of of a Faerie tale? Will she be able to find her? Can she convince her to help?
Jonas is still at heart a Squire. He loved his Master and took his teachings to heart. No matter what anyone says or does, he will stay true to the Code. So what if he is a bit of a slow learner... At least when he learns something he learns it fully! He longs for a purpose now that he can no longer be a true Squire. Will he ever find anything to give his life meaning? Will the mistakes of his past catch up with him? Can he continue to be true to himself and his Master's teachings when noone else plays fair? Should he quit drinking?
***This series is suitable for middlegrade through adult readers who enjoy irreverent, snarky fantasy filled with comical characters and indomitable antiheroes who eventually learn that they need friends or life is not worth living or even survivable :)
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By Teresa on 06-10-16
Great Fantasy Story, Great Characters
"Spell/Sword" was definitely a worthwhile listen. I loved the main characters of Rime and Jonas and all the supporting characters were awesome as well. The plot was good and I agree with another reviewer that this book would perhaps be good for a slightly younger audience but it does have some language. The story was cute and G. Derek Adams has a neat writing style.
Rachel Ahrens did a good job reading this book. I think her voice fit the characters well. There were a few places where it was a bit monotone but I think it went with the story. Overall, this was a fun adventure. I look forward to more from both author and narrator.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.