Meanwhile, Prince Pyrgus has stumbled across some mysterious crystal flowers with an apparently formidable secret weapon, and there are rumours of a demon invasion led by Beleth, the Prince of Darkness.
Queen Blue, wary of her uncle's uncharacteristic generosity, pays a visit to the Spicemaster's labyrinth in an attempt to divine the possible future of the Realm. She is warned to beware someone close, little realising just how careful she will need to be.
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Difficult to Judge
It's a bit difficult for me to judge this one. I like the characters and the story is complicated and cleverly woven which holds your interest. What surprised me was that after weaving such a complex tale, Brennan suddenly, truly abruptly, ends the story. It almost felt like the climax was just completely cut out. And I actually went back to see if I'd not been paying attention. It was very odd and quite unsatisfying, almost like dropping your ice cream half way through. You've had too much to want another cone, but not quite enough all the same. Having said that, I can see that there's room for more in this series and I would read them if there were.
My second beef wasn't actually with the story and has no reflection on the book itself. I listened to this one in audio book format. The first two were narrated by Gerard Doyle, who is an excellent narrator. For whatever reason, they switched to a different narrator, James Daniel Wilson, for the third book. Now it would be unfair to hint that Wilson isn't a good narrator, because he is and I would gladly listen to other books he narrated. However, it bugged me to no end that he changed some of the pronunciations for this third novel. It took me a while to figure out that the new character wasn't actually a new character, but one of the main characters, Pyrgus. Wilson's pronunciation was completely different and that threw me. In my opinion, everyone would have been better served had he stuck to the same pronunciations in this volume as in the others. It took me personally half the book to get used to it and I find it difficult to rate this book because of the change. I don't know whether I'm rating fairly or not. However, since I have to rate it somehow, I'll give it a 3 out of 5, but keep in mind that it might be better with the same narrator or read on paper.
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it was annoying that they changed the narrator. Gerard Doyle is the best, and had already done the first two books. In this last one the new narrator changes the names with a different name of pronouncing them. Quite annoying
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Narrator ruined this book for me
The first book was good and the second book was ok, Gerard Doyle is one of the best narrators and brought them to life and made the first book a joy to listen to and the second book better then it was. This book was kind of hard to listen to as it appears that James Wilson never listened to the first two books to get an idea of the way Gerard Doyle brought the characters to life and the pronunciation of the names, the whole time listening to the book I found myself turning the book off or yelling at the author because I could not stand the way James Wilson brought some of the characters to life (voices, emphasis of feelings & pronunciations of words) it was a complete struggle with the new narrator.
The author seemed to not really have an idea of what he wanted to do as he kept floundering back and forth with the characters emotions, attitudes, and total characteristics it would have been a lot easier to get through that character personality unrest as in the last book if it was Gerard Doyle but with James Wilson it was just torcher.