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A bit average

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-2020

An average tale. There was potential there in the rich japanese cultural setting. But the main character lacks interest and strength. The tale is somewhat cheesy and stereotypical. The sweet shy girl needing to be rescued by powerful men. Not as good as Annette Marie's Guild Codex series.

A dissapointing new chapter

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

Reviewed: 30-01-2020

Not up to the standards of earlier books. Weaker writing, less interesting & more stereotyped plot. I think quality over quantity would be a better rule for Annette when writing these books. There are 2 key plot points that are worth knowing as we continue on to the next book, but perhaps those can be caught up on by reading an external quick book summary. Still, there remains some pleasant humour and friendly banter which was enjoyable.

slow but beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-2020

A decades long wait for this finale and it is so fitting. The world is broken to be made whole.

decent effort

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2020

a decent book, filling in some plot holes for this universe. But not as good as the other Guild Codex books.

great ending to am excellent series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2019

As usual the writing was sharp and impeccable, all phrases well turned and polished. No slip ups in the flow of narrative and pace. An excellent resolution to this highly enjoyable series.

pleasant

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2019

good to have Saskia Butler back narrating again and to find out more about the lives of the former and current elderlings.

good read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-2019

Another good tale in the series with a suprise twist. Only slight comment would be to Aaronovitch to come up with other creative expressions of how the magic works and feels, rather than always relying on endless lists of vestigia. Kobna's narration is perfect for pc grant as usual. Dry and humourous. Onto the next novel!

quite slow and dull with good highlights

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

Reviewed: 15-07-2019

I agree with many of the lower reviews of this book. I'm not sure why it's gotten the outstanding raves it has. It does not compare to other 5 star audible books, whether in the fantasy genre or fiction generally. The author is clearly talented and uses beautiful language. But this tale is so slow, repetitive and lacking in action. The basic elements for a good tale are there and if it were a lot shorter it would probably work alright. Future readers should note this is not really about magic at all.

fantastic fun

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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: 08-06-2019

highly entertaining comedy series. Miranda makes more an engaging and loveable central character. Her whitty commentory on life as a dominatrix is excellent. Through the humour and heart of it all, i feel I've also been educated on possible aspects of sex working today. i was so pleased to discover this confident, female forward tale. It faces human sexual quirks head on and was able to offer a rarely seen represenation of these hard work men and women.

loved it.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-2019

Bought this book recalling only how much I'd enjoyed the previous novels, but in no detail. It was a slow start, but as the story progressed all the reasons why this series is so excellent came back.