The battle to save the kingdoms devastated by the Plague culminates in this exhilarating finale to the Whispers from Mirrowen trilogy.
If there is anything more dangerous than the Plague itself, it is the journey that awaits those sworn to stop it. Tyrus, the renegade magic-wielder exiled from Kenatos, knows this firsthand. His original mission through the Scourgelands met a tragic end, leaving him as the sole survivor.
Now all hope lies with his daughter, Phae, the uniquely gifted Dryad-born who can not only steal memories but also summon the power of the fireblood - and who alone has the power to breach the lost gate of Mirrowen. But first Phae and the comrades who have come to her aid must survive the most dangerous place on earth: the Scourgelands.
The menacing woods prove every bit as treacherous as reputed. Murder, sacrifice, deception, and an epic battle with a beast ensue. Will Phae reach the land beyond the grasp of the deadly Plague...or will the quest through the Scourgelands end in tragedy once again?
©2015 Jeff Wheeler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Good story. Needs edits and different narrator."
There will be possible ***SPOILERS*** in this review.
The best point of Poisonwell was probably Phae watching the past. It provided answers I was craving. Shion has been a favorite of mine. There is a sadness and darkness about him. It makes him bitter sweet. Tyrus, as usual, was great, and I'm relatively pleased he got the wrap up he did. I do love the story, and at many points I was impressed and pleased with how it was twisting and turning. There's a lot to like about this story, and Tyrus and Shion are at the top of that list. There were some great reveals in the last quarter as well which were very satisfying and entertaining.
There are, however, a few criticisms I have. First off, this book really needed a few more edits. There are several points where the narration comes off as rushed, and amateurish, when I know that Jeff Wheeler can do better. When Phae is watching the past, and Shion's brother is talking about Shion's journey to find the tree, he goes into the "as you know" way of info dumping about what has happened up to that point. The second most annoying point was at the very end when Phae says "Of course. You remember everything I've ever said or done." Jeff, you're readers are more intelligent than that. The concept was only completely drilled into our heads.... The third most annoying incident of this was when Phae thought to herself that Shion's real last name sounded a lot like Shion. It added nothing, and in the "reality of the story" was no more than a coincidence. It instantly snapped me out of the story. The book badly needs more editing. Cleaned up, I know it would shine a lot brighter.
Second, the two middle quarters of the book are spent bouncing from one horrible danger to another, and somehow all the main characters are miraculously saved every single time. It's just too much. Had one of the main characters died, any of them, it would have brought a little more credence to the plot's events. Even if there was more intricate plot, and less action fill in, it would have healed the issue. In that same way, the end is so sickly sweet it's unbearable. The wrap up also felt a bit rushed.
Third, and this applies to all three books, some of the ideas are portrayed as amazing when they are simple, everyday ideas. I'm not sure how to spell it since I've only ever listened to the audio editions, but the Ud Hava is a perfect example. It was an idea that if left out, would have greatly improved the genuine quality of the story. It's a bit like when a child shows you a drawing they've done. They think a stick figure is amazing. It's not. People trying to mislead others is constant and guaranteed. It is human nature. There are also a lot of biblical references, some that are too overt. I don't feel like he'd trying hard enough, and instead taking the easy route on both accounts. It's just a matter of feeling like Jeff can do better.
My final criticism is about the narrator. Practically anyone would have been better than her. Sue Pitkin is an atrocious narrator. She spits her words, makes mistakes, performs amateurish inflections, and can't consistently assign a character a voice, or even an accent. One of the worst pitfalls (pun intended) was when she continued to do a "character voice" after the regular narration started, and several in words realized it wasn't the character speaking and mid-sentence changed back to her normal narrative voice. A lot of Audible narrators could have done much better. Michael Page, who narrated the first book would have been infinitely better. Kate Reading would have been a descent female option for a narrator. Whenever I see Sue Pitkin's name on an Audible book, you can be sure that I will avoid it like the Plague.
"3rd in series, story kept improving"
Really enjoyed this story (third book), all of the characters previously developed worked well together and details connected nicely, as the story tied up loose ends. Fewer horrid voices from this narrator, although she continues to favor craggedy evil accented male voices for her characters making them all sound old and decrepit. Doesn't work for me. Her female voices were lovely and the story was creative.
"Sue Pitkin almost ruins the story"
Great characters and a rich world created by the author but the narration almost ruins the story.
"Not the best narrator"
I like the book, narrator's voice is somewhat annoying. Maybe if they had a different actor
"Story fantastic, narrator only so-so"
The performance was ok, but the narrator often pronounced words wrong, even for someone with an English accent. Take the word skeletal. Sue Pitkin pronounced it skuh-LEE-tuhl. I have no idea why she said it that way, but even my British friends don't say it that way.
"Great story, dismal narration."
A worthy conclusion to an engaging series. Do yourself a favor though and just read it.
No. Absolutely not.
The narration made me cry.
I loved the entire series but this final installment was perfect in every way. The twists in the plot and the ending left me wanting to visit the characters as friends lol. Simply amazing!!!
"Interesting story, the narrator ruins it."
Good not great
Interesting story, sometimes a bit cheesy, but enjoyable in a way that a cookie is enjoyable.
Honestly, any attempt at improving anything would have made the performance better. The reason I write this review is the narrator, Sue Pitkin. I have listened to dozens of books and dozens of different narrators, I've also listened to 4 books that Pitkin has done. Pitkin is jarring and seems to be unable to remember what voice she assigned a character. She also makes up the strangest pronunciations for words. When she does this, say the way she says skeletal, it takes me out of the story and makes me do things like come onto audible and write a bad review. If I had used a credit for this book, rather than buying it for pretty cheap after first buying and reading the kindle versions, I would return them to get my credit back.
My husband walked by when I was listening and said, "why does she sound so condescending?" That perfectly sums up her character voices. Somehow they all come out as condescending and honestly, it's impossible to tell which character is which by voice alone because she seems unable to remember which voice she's assigned them or sort of switches the voices around, even mid-sentence.
No, the narrator is awful.
Seriously, if bad voices bother you, don't listen to this. Or at least, be prepared to suffer through it, and I do mean suffer, it's really bad.
"As good or better then the previous two books."
Thank you Jeff Wheeler, I have enjoyed each book more then the last. I hope for more, It has been a refreshing departure from the tried and true fantasy worlds, I am accustomed to visiting.
"better than before"
The first two books in this series felt mediocre (3 stars), I was not sure if the writer was just following a format or if he had a big picture in mind. This book however made up for it. I felt like he did a good job of bringing things together and answering the questions I had.
I know this sounds bad but what the neck I will be honest. The writers voice feels like a female author and his style may be more attractive to female readers. a lot of word count is used talking about inner turmoil of love and desire or clothes.
"Good story spoilt by narration."
Unfortunately every character sounded like Linda Snell from The Archers. Accents were poor and not consistent. Found it so irritating I couldn't concentrate on the story. Shame the narrator of the first book didn't finish the series.
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