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Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

CW: Rape
I’m all for graphic stories, but it’s really boring when a novel introduces an outgoing and extroverted female character in the first hour of a book and then corners her in a powerless situation that leads to rape. I’m not sensitive, but I want to know what I’m signing up for when I buy a book. Shit like this turns my stomach.
Spoiler: when she gives birth later in the book, she sounds like she's having an orgasm, not writhing in agony.

Overall production of the audiobook is very well done. Good voice acting and ambient sound.

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What is the purpose of this book?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Very much a narrative mess. So much of it is told, not shown. The main character recalls memories relevant to plot points only moments before they happen. This would not be so bad if character growth was not retroactive; the smell of strawberries is important about 2/3 of the way through the book, but is not at all foreshadowed. If you've read the book, I'll just say this; 'great horses'.

Furthermore, many narrative threads are abandoned part way through the story. A moderately spoiler free example is one of the characters being labeled a 'beserker'. This feels significant, but in most of the book it isn't addressed, or even mentioned or hinted at being a deeper issue.

Finally, none of the fights have any tension. Falcio already tells you the outcome before the fight has begun, and most often either Mary Sues through a fight, or is utterly trounced.

There is too much going on in this book, and it seriously needs an editor to sit down with Castell and figure out what they are trying to say with the story.

Voice actor is good, and is worth mentioning that they have a variety of voices for different characters. Would look up other books they have narrated, such as Prince of Thorns, as they are also enjoyable.

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Gripping, engaging and exciting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I loved Nonna and all of the sisters. I cannot speak of the plot of the book because any small detail is itself a spoiler. Lawrence ties every string together so succinctly that I am left wholly satisfied and wanting more.

ALSO, there's an almost entirely female cast to the book. Epic.

A fun adventure, with a great narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-17

I picked up this series on the previous strengths of Kate Reading. interresting premise of spirits, monsters, aliens and the Roman legions . Some characters develop from the last book while others take steps back, especially Amarra. A little too much exposition, telling the reader the characters thoughts and heavy handed forcing of situations, but good fun all the way through.

Put a gun into my mouth and blew my mind

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-16

I could rave about how amazing this was for days. My thoughts are too jumbled, too skewed to convey how much you should read/listen to this. Read on for a ramble, or just buy the book. (You'll be better off reading the book. )

The layering of narrative, and how every character and event and item is a Chekhov's Gun, it's stunning. it's not just one bang, it's a war where one gun firs and then two more fire and suddenly everything is connecting in a horrifying, enlightening trap that you can't escape. And no character is good or evil, black or white. I loved and hated each one at a time, and made my peace with all of them.
The voice acting is superb. It pressed this book into my mind, it grabbed me by the throat and choked me until I could not think about anything other than listen. I listen to audio books while I work- they're fun. You miss a bit here and there, but you get the gist and enjoy the story. but with THE Power I could not do anything else but listen.
I'm ashamed to say I wrote this off a little because of Atwood's reccomendation. It sounded like a good read but I studied Atwood at A-level and I never liked her work. It seemed a bit 'rape and pity'. But Alderman showed me convincingly and succinctly that I was wrong.

Please read this book.

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