*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Don't let the length full you. It's a shorter read/listen, but we quickly get into Brett's world of wizards that's he's worked to NOT be part of and the band life he enjoys as it all crashes together in trouble.
Joe is a narrator I've listened to before. He fits Gary's characters well with their dry sense of humor. Joe voices the characters with tones that fit their standing and personalities. There is a twist to the characters and they (or the narrator) acts their parts well. Nicely done.
Brett doesn't want to do magic. The pain of the blood price is something he's not into.
Brett is a younger man and feels to fit the part of a band member. He's a stereo type where he doesn't like wordy explanations, but at times he shows how smart he really is. He comes across as a slacker, but is still the star of the show in the book as he knows what to do and it's easy for him when he applies himself. He's surrounded by strong secondary characters thanks to his family's reputation.
Sabrina, his cousin, is a strong and smart character here. She has no problems using magic and yields it with perfection. Then we have Michael, a band mate of Brett's. He's special and had my attention from the moment we met him. The author did well in how he "spoke" of Michael through Brett before we met Michael, and it drew my attention to him when first walked on the page.
Brett then grows more responsible as the story goes. He is distracted with the people working to get to him and the tarot cards.
Want to talk magic? Do it in six words or less - that's Brett request, as he doesn't want to deal with it. He might be lazy, but we repeatedly see he's not dumb. Now, Brett being lazy is not all bad. It gives a little spice to the book and Brett's character. At times it feels as though he doesn't know what to do, but then all the sudden he does. More a smart aleck than anything. I enjoyed his flavor of spunk.
I enjoyed the way Gary plotted this story to come together in the end. Crafty. There was a twist to who's connected to who and what the ultimate goal is. I was surprised at one twist to the story. I enjoyed the power we find in Brett and curious to see what he may do with it in the future, along with his friends too.
I would enjoy listening to the rest of the series.
This, for the record, is the cover of Nenya's edition, which I grabbed off the shelf to check the spelling of something. And then started at in silent amazement for some time.
Nenya: Yeaaaaah. There's a reason I haven't read that series yet.
*I know it's '73 because that's when the inbound ad for Kent menthol ciggies is dated. Also we are GOING to get that new collected edition of Earthsea when it comes out in the fall!
Eleven books read:
Women Writers Bingo: 3/25
(Personal take: Finish 25 books by new-to-me female authors in 2018*)
Finished in January: Wioletta Greg, Rose Lerner, Katherine Arden
Fiction: 7 by women, 0 by men, 0 by non-binary
Non fiction: 1 by women, 3 by men, 0 by non-binary
Paper books that I own: 0
Paper books from library: 5
E-books that I own: 1
E-books from library: 1
Audiobooks that I own: 4
1. Finish reading for Hugo Award nominations (Jade City, Prey of the Gods, Winter Tide).
2. Read at least one book for black history month
3. Stop ordering fucking library books.
*Women Writers Bingo Bonus Points:
5 of those books in translation: 1/5 (Swallowing Mercury)
5 of those books are non-fiction: 0/5
Bingo Companion Round:
5 books by non-binary authors: 0/5