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Balancing the Scales (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress) Paperback – March 10, 2020
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- ASIN : B085RRGKG1
- Publisher : Independently published (March 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 263 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8623366290
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since this is the end of the series, it felt like the threat of "reckoning" wasn't good enough for all of the manipulations and harm Noah caused. He was involved in nearly everything bad, but it was all just tossed away.
Nothing came of it and as a reader, you were left unfulfilled and unsatisfied. In my opinion, The First wasn't that big of a deal to me. Noah was built up to be a genuine bad guy. Much more so than The First.
We "heard" about The First, but Noah actually took part in many of the things that happened to Jade and Alek.
Ending the series without ending him was a huge, huge letdown.
Also, regarding the entire series, someone needs to go through the books and repair all of the typos and extra words that shouldn't be there.
series's big-bad, her evil ex "Samir" though she had not (in the
manner of sorcerers) eaten his heart.
Instead of getting some nice down-time after that, she and her
current boyfriend are assaulted on their drive home from what was
supposed to be their final victory, and events leave Jade separated
from her allies, her lover, and her powers while facing two
interlocking new (ish) threats and one resurgent one.
Despite the complications, the book was rather straight-forward and
a bit of a let-down plot-wise. Jade's spirit familiar saves her
from a repeat of Niven's _World of Ptavvs_, and Jade wins the day
(not a big spoiler) through the overwhelming application of force.
It was nice to catch up with Jade again, but I felt a bit underwhelmed.
This time out, the nasty is a sorcerer called, simply, the First. Jade, her lover Alek, and many of their friends go through terrible things before getting to a final showdown with the First and his minions. As is often the case, Jade finds strengths she didn't know she had. How that plays out, you'll have to read for yourself.
I'm curious to see what comes of her acquisition of a substantial library near the end of this book.
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The books in the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series need to be read in order to understand the characters’ motivations and previous plotlines. But they’re more novella size than full epic fantasy novel size so it’s easy to catch up! Balancing The Scales is the 10th and final audiobook in the series and picks up almost immediately after the events in the previous story.
Hollie Jackson is one of my favourite narrators.
Hollie has taken over the narration for the final few audiobooks in this series. I love the pace that she reads, the emotions she portrays during the various scenes and the voices she gives the characters. Hollie captured Jade’s personality to a tee and led us into each battle of this adventure.
The main series threat to our protagonist, Jade, was dealt with in book 6.
Therefore, the focus of the series has changed somewhat to a grim prophecy about an apocalypse. Oh, yipee. 😉 Danger is still lurking around every corner and Jade and her friends are trying to deal with each threat as it arrives. Annie is excellent at building tension and writing dynamic fight scenes. The perpetual fight or flight adrenaline surge seemed to be continually flowing through my system as I listened to this finale. However, the banter, humour and softer, emotional scenes balanced the tension beautifully.
Balancing The Scales had it all.
What I really loved was that Annie has wrapped up the loose ends in this final instalment while still providing some threads she can follow to write additional stories in this new magical world.
It was well written and engaging. I look forward to more from this author.