I'd read that this was the capstone of the Otherworld series. And yes, in some ways it had that capstone feeling, with all the major characters showin...moreI'd read that this was the capstone of the Otherworld series. And yes, in some ways it had that capstone feeling, with all the major characters showing up for a least a bit. However, the ending felt open ended enough that I could easily imagine more books in the series. Which surprised me. Not that I thought everything could be tied up with a bow, but it really didn't feel finished, IMO.
While I enjoyed this part two of Savannah's maturing, there's so many characters I enjoy more and would have liked to see as the central character. (less)
Quite possibly the best written book I've struggled to complete. The reason being that it is a world so frightening in how easily it might be. How fra...moreQuite possibly the best written book I've struggled to complete. The reason being that it is a world so frightening in how easily it might be. How fragile are so many things we consider to be rights. How quickly people shift from being perceived as people to being property. How complicated the internal fight to survive yet to not lose one's self in the process.
My only small quibble with the story is the time frame of events. It feels rather compressed for such a radical and apparently complete cultural shift.
Also, while I really liked the P.S. to the story, it radically changed the emotion of Offred's story, given where it ends.(less)
As with the previous novel, Waking the Witch, this is from Savannah's point of view. I continue to enjoy Savannah working to be more self-reflective a...moreAs with the previous novel, Waking the Witch, this is from Savannah's point of view. I continue to enjoy Savannah working to be more self-reflective and self-aware. Her previous adventures have taught her that there's more to being an adult than being able to claim you're old enough to drink, and now, unable to use her powers and feeling incredibly vulnerable, she has to dig deep to find an identity that isn't about being an uber powerful witch. Watching her struggle to be the person she's capable of being but until now has been to lazy and selfish to work toward is enjoyable and I was rooting for her all the way.
I was disappointed their wasn't more resolution in this novel. After reading it, I've realized it's the middle novel of a trilogy within the series, consisting of Waking the Witch, Spell Bound, and to be released this summer 13. I'm looking forward to 13, though disappointed to learn, that at least for now, it's to be the end of the Otherworld series. Like others, I want more of the pack.
I'm not super keen on Johanna Parker as the narrator. Granted, there are things she does well, such as emotional scenes. Her voice holds just the right tones, along with the writing, to tear me up. However, in a novel where a whole slew of characters, distinction of voices is key. She's decent, but not outstanding. Particularly with well known with distinctive voices to a listener of the series. Elena is Canadian, not southern, and southern, as Clay is, has a variety of drawls, depending on where one is.
However, a chunk of that problem lack of information given to her prior to narration. Also, whoever decides on readers seems to have taken the view of it being most important to have narrator who sounds more naturally like a young Savannah than to keep the voice who is consistent to the listener's experience, Laural Merlington. I really her work and the voice she's given the Otherworld characters. Well, other than when she laughs for a character. (less)