"[Brennan] is a master of the hairpin turn, leading readers in one direction and suddenly reversing their expectations." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Narrator Gerard Doyle does a remarkable job of bringing each character alive. He reads clearly with great enthusiasm and vibrancy, allowing whimsy and mischief to emerge. Fantasy readers will thoroughly enjoy this audiobook, especially fans of Artemis Fowl and Harry Potter." ( School Library Journal)
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By Julie on 04-06-08
Hooks you in and keeps you wanting to hear more
This was my first ever audio book and I wasn't sure how I would take to it after being a bookworm for so long. I needn't have worried - I was quickly drawn in. It was so well read, humorous and very easy to listen to. I couldn't wait to get back to it and when I wasn't listening I kept wondering what might happen next. The characters were extremely distinctive and well developed. I was hoping to let my nieces and nephews listen but I think the issues surrounding same sex relationships and divorce, touched on near the beginning, would really be for their parents to introduce them to (if they so chose) rather than me, so unfortunately I am keeping the book to myself. Highly recommended nevertheless.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Gurmukh on 17-08-07
One of the best books I've listened to!
This is an absolutely gripping story. The characters are engaging, the plot is fresh, and Mr. Doyle is a talented narrator.
IT begins with the revelation of a lesbian affair between the protagonist's mother and his father's secretary. This may make some people uncomfortable. The protagonist muses later on about how adults try to protect children from uncomfortable truths, but that just makes things worse.
This is apparently the philosophy that the author holds by. If you disagree, you may want to reconsider purchasing this book. If you do agree, however, I heartily recommend this book for the honest and tasteful way that it handles the situation.
What struck me about the revelation of the lesbian affair was how frank and open everything played out. The assumptions and messiness of the characters' thoughts and emotions. The little details in conversations between parents and children that get all tangled up through multiple layers. The process of coming to grips with difficult situations.
But that is only a side story, and you're quickly sucked into the main plot involving parallel dimensions, conspiracy, and political intrigue.
The story cleverly incorporates many aspects of modern and classic mythology, including aliens, demons, and faeries. Even though these aspects are done to death elsewhere, here the author has managed to include them in a way that's fresh and new and altogether fascinating.
The characters are well formed, and the character development feels natural, although some aspects of the story seem a little bit silly.
That the best way for making strong glue, for example, is to throw a kitten into the mix seems a little out there. But I suppose it does set up the villains for the story quite nicely. You can't like anyone who kills kittens for profit, after all.
Overall, I highly recommend this book because of it's exciting story line, memorable characters, and the frank, realistic way complex situations are handled.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
By Steven Casper on 18-06-08
Fun and Entertaining
What a surprisingly fun book!
Well narrated, it started off completely different from what I was expecting from a book with Faerie in the title. By chapter two, I was confused about what was going on. By chapter three I understood what was going on and was very pleased.
The good guys aren't completely good, though they try hard. The badguys, on the other hand, are pretty much badguys, which usually bothers me. I generally think even evil people have something good to their character... but because there are a variety of badguys in this book, and they are each a different *kind* of badguy, there are varying tiers of evil which makes the badguys feel more three dimensional without the reader ever feeling a need to empathize with them.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful