The three stars is meant as a rating of the series novels books 1-4 as a whole.
I found the long story arc fair, and even this last book to be better tThe three stars is meant as a rating of the series novels books 1-4 as a whole.
I found the long story arc fair, and even this last book to be better than the others if a bit more angsty than I expected from a protagonist that is so old.
That said, the "iron fey" as a new fey breed was pretty inventive, even if the rest of the series was rather predictable and pedestrian. There was pretty much every trope you'd expect from a YA series about the fey in there.
I can't say I enjoyed it, frankly, but my reason for not enjoying it was because the author did a good job of making the main female character very much the teenager she was, and I do not enjoy spending time in the heads of teens. I generally open YA hoping I can forget that the characters are teens. So it seems a bit unfair to penalize the author for doing a good job of drawing a believable teen character.
If you don't mind riding around in the head of someone who is suffering the pangs of first love and love triangles and unrequited love, stumbling through life in general, angsty over acceptance issues, etc., then you may enjoy this series. For me it was often excruciating....more
I didn't hate the book, but I did find all but perhaps the Iron Fey aspects of the story generally pretty pedestr2.5 stars rounding up for generosity.
I didn't hate the book, but I did find all but perhaps the Iron Fey aspects of the story generally pretty pedestrian. Angsty teen misfit discovers the existence of mythological races at the same time she finds out she's a fairy princess. You get the expected teen angst, you get the expected time in high school, you get the expected refusal to acknowledge what is right in front of your face (admittedly not a lot of that, though), you get the 0-60 improbable romance that seemed to come from no where, you get typical light/dark court and wild fey characters. With the "save my little brother from the fey" story line I half expected to hear Bowie pop up and start singing "Dance Magic Dance."
In fairness, I don't like spending a lot of time in the head of a teenage character and this character is definitely a teen, so kudos to the author for doing a thorough and believable kid for the story. The fact that spending time in the head of a kid is not really my cup of tea isn't the author's fault. I am going to plod on in the hopes that the author's intent was to have a believable place from which to launch the character's growth, and that as the bit that is different from every other fairy story develops it will get more interesting....more
This was cute although I think Hearne over compensated trying to make it an Oberon story and cut and/or muted Atticus's participation a smidge too mucThis was cute although I think Hearne over compensated trying to make it an Oberon story and cut and/or muted Atticus's participation a smidge too much. Even so, Luke Daniels' narration of this series, particularly of Oberon, never fails to crack me up.
And I loved the references to Seanan McGuire's October Daye series because when two things you love so much come together it's actually better than a Reese's Cup. :D...more
This one was paced a bit differently and felt a bit short. The Resistance climax happened comparatively early in the story and the rest of t4+ stars.
This one was paced a bit differently and felt a bit short. The Resistance climax happened comparatively early in the story and the rest of the story was more about the MC learning about her previously unknown familial history, her relationship with her friends, and her romantic relationship. It included some adult times, as well.
I didn't care for the next-book non-cliff hanger at the end of the book. These things always feel manipulative to me. It was well enough done, however, that I didn't feel like I was getting hammered to buy the next book....more
This rating is for the series as a whole as well as this last book in the series.
Excellent wrap to an epic fantasy story. I'd like to say I had it allThis rating is for the series as a whole as well as this last book in the series.
Excellent wrap to an epic fantasy story. I'd like to say I had it all figured out, but I only kept thinking "maybe" and wasn't absolutely sure until the end.
Well written series with just the right amount of action, not too much romance (and no sex), and minimal frustrating tropes. That's not to say there weren't any frustrating tropes, just not a lot of them and they weren't overly used.
Good series. I'll probably read the Chronicles after I've taken a bit of a break....more
This is a truly epic story that has become so convoluted, in the way only epic stories can, that it seems like you're not making much progress then yoThis is a truly epic story that has become so convoluted, in the way only epic stories can, that it seems like you're not making much progress then you get to the end and realize that a lot really did happen.
I am not amused with the way the author ends the books with a few lines or a paragraph that foreshadow the next books, though. As most of you who follow my reviews know, I find it manipulative and unpalatable. Still, I am not as troubled by the phenomenon when I can jump right into the next book, but I will never understand why an author would choose to have their reader have a "why did they have to play me at the end" as the last experience when reading their book.
I might have gone 4+ to 5 stars were it not for that....more
The story wasn't too bad, if a little t0o "Dr. Who" meets "Christian Dogma" to be original. The audiobook, however, suffered from the production. TheThe story wasn't too bad, if a little t0o "Dr. Who" meets "Christian Dogma" to be original. The audiobook, however, suffered from the production. The narrator, presumably in an effort to offset the narration from the character dialog, got buried in reverb such that he was difficult to hear and the sound effects drowned him out unless wearing earbuds with the volume turned up a bit. The volume being turned up was unfortunate because the character dialog was clear with no sound effects but the volume was louder than the narrator's so when the dialog came in the over all effect was that it was too loud. The girl who played Violette was a bit too bombastic, particularly in the beginning of the story, and consequently her acting came off contrived and like she didn't know how to differentiate between "assertive" and "bitch."
Perhaps the book would make the story more enjoyable. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. ******************************* I'm listening to a casted dramatic recording of this, but it's not listed on Goodreads, although it is listed at Audible here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fant...
I'm confused about whether or not this is supposed to be a stand alone or will be a series. If it's the former tPerhaps a 3.5ish, maybe a little more.
I'm confused about whether or not this is supposed to be a stand alone or will be a series. If it's the former then it ended with a lot of unresolved issues, if it's the latter then it still ended with a lot of unresolved issues and read a bit like a world building book. The characters are all quite difficult to warm up to, particularly the MCs of this first book, and there was never a clear sense of anyone that could be trusted at all.
Also, I didn't realize that the MC was going to be 17? 19? going on 12. The story provides reason for this paradigm in the MC, and it certainly will enable plenty of character growth if the book becomes a series, but it was more time than I wanted to spend in the head of an angsty but plucky, defiantly surly teen with abandonment issues. Then again, YA isn't my best thing.
Still, I'd be willing to read another to see where it was going. It's an interesting take on the alien-invader-body-snatcher, trust-no-one tropes.
ETA: I just learned that this is a spinoff book (although I'm still not sure if it will be a series) of another trilogy by this author called Tao. I may go back and read the original trilogy and see if it enriches my thoughts about this book....more
I'm feeling a bit torn about this book. It took me more than half of it to really get completely immersed in it, mostly because of a lot of implau3.75
I'm feeling a bit torn about this book. It took me more than half of it to really get completely immersed in it, mostly because of a lot of implausibilities that could perhaps be attributed to youth in the MC and, at least in part, because the world building pace was a bit slow. After the half way point the story really started to progress, but the climax happened pretty quickly and the end felt abrupt, and although it wasn't a cliff hanger it did leave me feeling like I have to read the second to get the rest of the story - which always frustrates me a bit.