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Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2020

Wow! Just finished reading this and still wiping away the tears. Some great characters that I will miss now that the series has ended. Some surprises in there as the author resolved a seemingly unresolvable situation. Particularly liked the consistency of the magic system. The audio performance is of a very high standard, with fabulous and distinctive character voices. I especially loved Breeze.

Very poor editing.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-2020

The first book in the series started out with a fabulous premise, but sequels have gone downhill from there. Increasingly boring with almost no character development, the worst thing to me is the lack of consistency in the rules of magic. They appear to change as the story goes on eg it's stated in the first book that only the strongest sorcerers can travel between worlds, yet it appears that it's really easy and everyone can do it in the last couple of books. Dialogue is quite childish most of the time. I only stuck it out because I wanted to see if Tyen and Rielle ended up together. The audio still contained the major criticism of different narrators pronouncing the main characters' names very differently, as has occurred throughout the whole audio series. This book, though, seems to have been produced in a rush. Many, many times the narrator stopped and repeated themselves, which should have been edited out but wasn't. The frustrated interjections were amusing when left in. There is at least one passage of 2 to 3 minutes which was repeated, and I am sure that there is a whole section left out (after Rielle becomes ageless again and before they dress for breakfast at Tyen's father's place). I wonder how many more passages were excluded. The release of this audiobook was delayed for around three weeks. It would have been better to have taken an extra three months and fixed all the editing problems.

Great story, not so great narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-02-2020

The story is fabulous. Great plot, lots of suspense, really likeable characters. I don't like the narrator and I'm a bit bemused at all the great reviews. I found his voice soporific. I had to really concentrate to keep up with the story. There is no dramatic timing. I cannot tell the difference between characters other than male and female. In a conversation between two male characters, I lose track of who's talking very quickly and often have to rewind to make sure I know what's going on. Having listened to a dozen different narrators now, this one ranks near the bottom. Sorry.

Good story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2020

Listened to this following Burnout, the first in the series. Did not like this one as much due to the bloodbath in the plot. Enjoyed the characters of both Jessie and Leary. Excellent narration from Xe Sands.

Enthralling tale, well performed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-2020

Really enjoyed the story, had me entertained right up until the end. Also really liked Xe Sands' narration. Calm, almost laconic, it felt as though she was sitting just behind me. Off to get the second book. Highly recommended.

Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-2019

I'd forgotten just how good this story is, and the narration is brilliant. Well worth the money.

Six stars!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-2019

This is a fabulous story! After having gotten to know a little about the coldly inscrutable Savannah James in Tinderbox and Catalyst, we now have her story. Savvy turns out to be a woman full of passion and compassion, strength and intelligence. Her attraction to Cal and the sparks they generate set the scene for a complex plot, full of intrigue, greed and betrayal. Set in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the story takes you on a voyage of discovery of the people and problems of these developing nations. With action and romance on every page, Rachel Grant has written a fast-paced thriller that will have you glued to the page right up until the very end. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Greg Tremblay impresses me more and more every time I listen to this story. His expression is wonderful and his characterisation takes my breath away. His distinctive voices for each character mean you know exactly who is involved in the dialogue. A masterful performance.

A masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-2019

An absolutely brilliant story from Rachel Grant. It's not often that you find a story where you have to stop and walk away because it's just too intense. This is one. A masterpiece with a complex and complicated plot, wonderful, sympathetic characters and gripping writing, this story deals with important world issues. Just read it. Greg Tremblay does a masterful job in reading this book. With distinctive voices for each character and plenty of expression, he is a joy to listen to, and with each subsequent listening, one appreciates his skill even more. Kudos.

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

This story is fantastic! It hooks you right from the start and never lets go. The complicated plot, the passion between Morgan and Pax, the interactions with the secondary characters, the information about lesser-known cultures and the total realism and plausibility. It's one of the best stories I've ever read. Thank you, Rachel Grant! And the more times I listen to the story, the more I realise how good Greg Tremblay is. Whether he's reading action scenes or sex scenes, narrative or dialogue, his expression is fabulous. He has different voices for all the characters to the point that I can differentiate by his voice alone between the 6 major characters. This is an absolutely wonderful audio book. Highly recommended.