- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 1, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014WXAE06
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Pale Queen Rising: Pale Queen Series #1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Claire is a great character with a fantastic attitude. A girl who can fight, drink and kill with the best of them. For lovers of kick ass fantasy with a mystery being unfolded this is your book.
The writing is fast and concise, beautifully crafted. Can't wait to read book 2 in the series.
This is the first book in the series.
Wow! What a way to begin a series. Mr Kahler sure has a flair for writing. It is even more engaging if you read his profile and find he actually has real life experience in a circus! No wonder he can make things come to life. Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself!
The book is about Claire. You learn that Claire was raised by Mab, the Winter Fey Queen. She was taught by Mab to be an assassin for her. You don't really learn more until later in the book.
The Fey survive on humans dream. Or should I say the dream taken and collected. The Fey will die with out it. Mab learns someone is absconding with some. Mab sends Claire to the Immortal Circus to begin with, to see if she can find anything wrong. The Immortal Circus holds some information Claire finds out about herself. Does Mab send her there to find this out?
By the end of the book Claire finds out about the Pale Queen. Thus continues into book 2.
Clair is tasked to find who is stealing Dream from Winter and Summer. Dream is food for Faery and their magic is powered by it. Clearly, theft of it means immortals' magic is jeopardized. Apparently there is a rebellion in process and some mortal witches are handmaidens in bringing it forth. I guessed the importance of the last statue and the author, thus far has implied the identity of the Pale Queen. However, authors are tricksy creatures and I await the next book for confirmation.
A few quibbles-- Clair was taught magic by Herself.. Queen of Magic - Mab, so after Roxie's list's first contact was so dangerous, Roxie herself should have been scrutinized and questioned closely. How was Eli, who is equated with dogies or Pan unable to taste the dissembling? For me, that went wide off the mark of Clair's self presenting as a badass assassin with magical wards and practice. Another quibble - the story hangs on relationships and magic, albeit fine by itself, but Clair is an assassin and being badass by itself isn't enough. When will she begin to learn to read the political landscape without having Mab point her in a direction? Next book hopefully. 4 stars.
PS. There was a familiarity that nagged at me all the way through. The book has similarity to the TV series Lost Girl. The protagonists are similar in attitude and outlook.
I was impressed with the ability of the author to write both female characters, in first person, and reveal such different personalities. It was masterful.
Spoiler Alert: The one part that bothered me was when she slept with Kingston, her mother's former lover. It made him seem weak, but it was better after he explained that he wanted to be close to Vivienne again. If a woman author had written the series, the love between Kingston and Vivienne would not have ended in such a heartbreaking abrupt way. It makes me sad that they will never know their happy ending.