This one had me going from the beginning. The voice actors are great (and numerous), and this is obviously not a low budget production. James Patterson is a new author for me, but I will continue to look for more of his works. This book was riveting from the beginning, and WOW, what an ending!
VERY impressive! Moscoe manages to mix sci-fi and prehistoric fiction in a believable way. The characters are strong, the action is dramatic, and the book is hard to put down. The second in the series is even better than the first!
If you can even get this book, you'll probably be disappointed. Yes, it is a rare book, but as a fantasy lover, I just don't see why it is in such high demand! Here is a copy of the review I wrote on Amazon...
It really was not that great. While the story is OK and -maybe- worth more than one star, I've read MUCH better fantasies for MUCH less hassle! If you like female authors with something of substance to offer, look to Tanya Huff, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Gael Baudino, Anne Bishop, Meredith Anne Pierce, Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.C. Cast, Diane Duane, Esther Friesner, Yasmine Galenorn, Robin Hobb, Marjorie Kellogg, Ursula LeGuinn, Holly Lisle, Jennifer Roberson, etc. While the story and the romance between the two characters was OK, I did not think the characters were as developed as they could have been, especially the ae'Magi and Myr. I didn't think there was enough plot to explain how the ae'Magi managed to convince entire populations of countries that he was really a nice guy, and I thought the constant use of Uriah every time they turned around got old. I have seen this used book priced at $349 and up!!! Don't waste your hard-earned money! Unless you can get ahold of an e-book or library version, it will sorely disappoint you. Maybe Briggs' later books got better. Lets hope so. There are so many other books out there to spend money on, if this book is priced at more than $4.99, buy yourself a cappuccino instead. It will entertain you a bit longer.
While this one is certainly better than the first one, Masques (way overrated!), I never had that 'gotta find out what's happening next' feeling while reading it. It is perfectly OK to read alone, and just barely ties into the first book, though that tie-in is not intrinsic to the plot. As for the story... Well, this author is getting better, though I still like the substance of such writers as Meredith Ann Pierce and Tanya Huff. Briggs' stories are just too full of questions and unresolved plot elements.