So I want to actually give this book a 3.5, but I don’t think it deserves a 3 star rating on Goodreads, because I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn’t want to give it a full 4 stars is because of the extremely slow start to the book. I was about 2/3 through the book before anything really happened, but I’m thinking this is the author’s style. The same thing happened in Succubus Blues, nothing happened until the end of the book. I think there is just so much information she has to put out there so that the audience understands, but besides that it was a fantastic read.
Obviously my favorite character is Rose, bad ass guardian in training. Always herself, she didn’t take anyone’s crap, and right off the bat she is a star at what she does. Everyone can see her potential for greatness, and she knows it. As much as I love rise to greatness with a meek character, it’s refreshing to see a strong central character from the beginning. I also really appreciate her relationship with her best friend the princess, Lissa. I liked Lisa too! Usually friend dynamics can be hit or miss for me, but their friendship was awesome. Nothing comes in between them (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself) and protect each other. I’m praying that Lissa’s character develops more though, she was a bit boring at times. Just a tad though.
Maybe something that hindered my experience, were the voices. I listened to the audio books, and Gosh damn it, the voices where so ANNOYING. I didn’t really like the narrator and I don’t think it gave the characters justice. I felt like some of the characters that were scary or had to be condescending, sounded like pre-preschoolers. And I love Demitri, but his voice (gahhhhhhh), I thought I was going to scream every time I heard him talk. I love accents, but the narrator didn’t do that well of a job. BUT I heard that the next books have a different narrator, so I’m looking forward to that.