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I enjoyed listening to this book, once I got used to the narrator's style. It has all the elements of a good fantasy novel. It's not the most original fantasy ever written, but the characters are good, the story moves along well and it's quite compelling, difficult to turn off! The author has clearly left room for a sequel, but this can be taken as a stand-alone novel. Well worth a listen.
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This is not a great book. It's not exactly terrible either, but the story is weak, the characters pretty flat and it just doesn't feel a rich or well constructed as, for example, Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' novels.
Don't bother unless you get it for free and you really have nothing better to do.
Overall I have really enjoyed this book, but I may have enjoyed it more if I'd read it myself. The narrator, Kevin Pariseau, has a pleasant voice, articulates well, and does an excellent job of creating character voices! The first few chapters, though, were difficult to follow. His speech was alternately stilted and then rushed, pausing in the strangest places in what has to be the same sentence or thought. It seems as though he hadn't read the book before he began narrating. By about a third of the way, he got on track, and I enjoyed the story heartily. Recommended listen.
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Sturges has been writing comic books for a long time now, and this is his first attempt at a novel. It's a quest fantasy novel, but the object of the quest isn't made very clear for a long time, and that's why I'd give the story a C+/B-. It's an interesting world of fairies and humans and there's portals for going from one world to another, so it has all the stuff of good fantasy, but just doesn't completely satisfy. Narration is excellent, I give it an A, making the whole experience about a B. I hope Sturges keeps writing novels, because he is able to make great stories work on the comic book page.
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