A lot of things happen in this book including some revelations and twists in the story which I love! Obviously I am a Jim Butcher die hard fanReview:
A lot of things happen in this book including some revelations and twists in the story which I love! Obviously I am a Jim Butcher die hard fan so this review might sound like a fan-rave, so be warned!
I've been waiting for this book for the longest time! And I was ecstatic to receive it in the mail! I love the new book smell of paper! The glossy touch! The beautiful cover art! And dived straight into it! I tried to savour and read this book slowly but it still went too fast... good thing I have Steel's Edge waiting to be read next or I would be on withdrawal symptoms by now.
There are several reasons why I love reading Jim Butcher. First of which is that he never gives his readers a too stupid to live (TSTL) protagonist! Another reason is that he always delivers a satisfying ending. Well, almost always. Third, is that his stories always have a coherent and robust story structure. In which there is a clear beginning of a story, a conflict in the middle and a resolution at the end, even if the book is part of a series. And as if that is not enough, his plot is complex and comes with surprises at times. Lastly, his story telling quality is compelling! And this book is no exception. Jim Butcher obviously wrote this book with all cylinders firing! Can't wait to read the next Dresden Files book... and it doesn't come out until next YEAR!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 4 Pace = 5 Plot = 5
This is my first audiobook where there are four readers involved and I find that I kinda liked it! It's not a dramatAudiobook & Paperback Review:
This is my first audiobook where there are four readers involved and I find that I kinda liked it! It's not a dramatization but the book is written in such a way that there is swapping of POVs as the story is told. And the narrators take turns as their character's POV tells the story. Really fun to listen to! Specially that I've listened to David deVries and Angèle Masters with Book 1 (The Spirit Lens) and Book 2 (The Soul Mirror) respectively already. But even that got trumped up in awesomeness with the twistiness of the plot! I knew from Book 1 (The Spirit Lens) and Book 2 (The Soul Mirror) that the plot is devilishly twisty, still the plot threw me a surprise or two. Ah, lots and lots of brownie points to the author for the twisty plot!! However the theme of Dante batting for the other team is rapidly becoming a tired old tune that I wish Carol Berg hasn't recycled that theme. Also, there were many little holes in the plot. Sure, irritating... But, I choose to ignore it... because I also like Carol Berg's rendition of the Christian "War In Heaven" as the story's over-arc-ing plot. Just familiar enough to make a solid connection with the reader. Different enough to hold the reader's interest. And woven masterfully into the tapestry of this trilogy to make it the book's own. Fab! I also noticed that the titles of the books in this trilogy contains words pertaining to optics. The Spirit Lens. The Soul Mirror. And now The Daemon Prism. I wondered about it from the start and the answer slowly unfolded as the story progressed. Wonderful! ....Having said that, I don't know, maybe because I've read the Cartamandua Legacy first that now I am expecting the same level of awesomeness that the expectation bar has been set a bit too high and consequently I was a bit disappointed with this trilogy. And the reason for that disappointment, I could not pin point other than that maybe because the bar of expectation was high. So hopefully for you (who hasn't read the Cartamandua Legacy) this would not be the case and would enjoy this book even more than I did. My only advise is, don't read this book on it's own, gotta read Book 1 (The Spirit Lens) and Book 2 (The Soul Mirror) first.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4 Character development = 4 Story itself = 4 Ending = 4 World building = 4 Cover art = 4 Pace = (21.5-hour listening time) Plot = 4.5 Narrators = 4.5