These books are written in the format of each chapter is about one character, so the story tells many timelines which intersect. There is just enough magic, dragons and mystery to keep this book on the edge of fantasy but with out falling too far in.
I use this mic with my iPad and some recording software to record training sessions. It has a settings that allows the smallest of noise (or someone speaking who's not so close) to be heard and recorded. There are other settings too that cancel out the background noise.