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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 26, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E06WBRY
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Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic: Dowser Series, Book 4 Audiobook – Unabridged
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1) It was too short. Meghan, you've taught us to savor chocolate, and we've learned American chocolate is nothing but a waxy substitute. We're eager learners. But the care and savoring you gave to your first two books is slowly fading from the third and the more so from the Oracle book, and is definitely missing here.
2) I don't buy the Warner & Jade angle. I don't feel any chemistry when I read any scenes containing either of them. It's like, well, the author is telling us there is chemistry there so I should just buy it. But I don't. I don't "feel" it like I would savor a Valrhona chocolate bar. The only chemistry in this book is between Jade and: Audrey (believe it or not, I am beginning to like her, she is learning), Lara (who doesn't like Lara?), Kandy ('nuff said), Kett (again, 'nuff said) and...Desmond. She hates him for the death of her sister, who caused so many deaths of innocents -- so Jade needs to remove the "log" out of her own eye; and he hates her, for almost killing one of his wolves (that name's a spoiler for this book), yet he is big enough to absolve her. She is high and mighty now, but so prejudiced; he is high and mighty, but willing to reach a compromise. Their relationship is so layered, that going to Warner is just really a cop out, IMHO. Warner doesn't have the "je ne sais quoi" that Desmond does. He's not her equal in "interesting", dynamic or chemistry, that Desmond is.
3) Trying to pump out books one after another: I'll still buy the next book, regardless...but there's a thin thread of carelessness here (akin to Charlaine Harris's loss of her direction) that I would hate to see woven into something more. I think this author is on a level with the early Charlaine, with Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kim Harrison...and she needs to resist the push of her fans to pump these books out. It's about the story more than anything else, just like it's about the cupcakes.
4) Nitpicky on my part: instead of repeating the cupcake combos, ad infinitum, use that incredibly inventive mind and flavor them with words as if the reader was tasting them? We can remember the combos :)
5) I wont deny it. I'm firmly in the Jade & Desmond camp. I'll be disappointed if they don't get together because he is her foil. Will it stop me from buying another of her books, or going and reading all of her other books? Not a chance.
Dr Chocolate, heal thyself, and savor. Also...the three stars is based on the comparison of this book against its predecessors. If based against the genre at large, and as a stand alone, I would give it 5 stars. (Except I still don't buy Warner. Just giving a guy a gorgeous body and the ability to ogle someone doesn't cut it). Ok, I'm beating that dead horse into the ground. I'm shutting up, finally.
As per usual, there is a goodly amount of chocolate, cupcakes, action, shoes and LOL moments.
The fourth book adds a new character as Jade, the witch, who isn't a witch, embarks on a new escapade to search out treasures for the guardians. There are plenty of the previous cast of characters involved, enough so rtf hat it would be prudent to read the books in order.
I've so enjoyed reading this series, as well as Oracle, and will be sad to put them aside for now. I shall wait expectantly for new installments.
Meghan, I'm waiting for my cupcakes, chocolate and magic. Thanks for the utter joy I've had reading your books!
This series made me a fan of Meghan C. Doidge. The series is set in the current day. Witches, Sorcerers, Shapeshifters, and Vampires inhabit this hidden-in-plain-sight magic system. The pace of the story is fast. The female protagonist is kickass, beautiful and flawed, mostly too humble, surely too nice for her own good. Even the supporting cast characters in this series are rich and lifelike. Read or listen as the audible reader is a good version of the leading lady. Catch the other series set in this author's world too.
If this series makes you want to bake you can go to the author's page for recipes.
Magic, witches, vampires, shifters (maybe in that order), toasted by some dragons and smelted by an alchemists. Superb.