Review: Crystal Queen

  • Title:
    • Crystal Queen
  • Author:
    • John M. Olsen
  • Release:
    • April 5, 2019
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Andrew L. Barnes
  • Series:
    • Riland Throne, Book 2

Book 2 had a very boring start, I believe book 1 did as well. There’s just far too much court politics and drama, back-and-forth nonsense that puts me to sleep. I’ve seen it done well, this just isn’t one of those cases.

When the story finally goes somewhere, it’s nice. But it wasn’t as exciting or interesting as the first book was when it got interesting. Again, there was too much back-and-forth nonsense that had me pausing the book constantly to listen to other stuff. I’m fine with a slow-paced novel if it’s building up to something interesting. This was just downright dull at times.

The narration was alright. The narrator did a good job of giving the characters life, while the overall narration was a little dull. There wasn’t much in the way of inflection or tone changes, which led to it sounding monotonous.

There were 1 or 2 instances of what sounded like repeated audio clips. When I had my phone close, I noticed an obnoxious background hissing as well.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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