not feelin this book. so unrealistic emotions. but I think it did set the groundwork for the series.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good prequel to the LoTU series. It was an interesting take on how the Demon Lords escaped hell and why (and how) Pandora's box was created. The romance between Geryon & Kadence was intriguing. I kind of wished there was a little more time to explore it more but I will say that although the ending was a bit on the bitter-sweet side, they did end with what I'd term as a HEA. Now I'm really looking forward to reading the LoTU series. I'd recommend this story. :D
I didn't realize this would be like listening to mythology. The reader did ok, but couldn't bring a lot of life to this book. Glad I only paid $2 for it.
Yes. The Lords of the Underworld series is interesting. I love the mix and matching of modern times with mythology. Max Bellmore has a great voice.
Yes. I have...and plan to.
Not really. I had a hard time adjusting to him. He has such an elegant voice and the stories have a lot of humor that you don't immediately pick up on because he's so eloquent.
The love story...really. Weird.
It was really sappy but some people really enjoy that kind of thing.
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This is a new series for me....so I started at the beginning, book 0.5 as it were. This wasn't at all what I thought the series would be like. A lot of old language, not a lot of spice, very short and really anticlimactic, but what did I really expect from a book that is what not even 2 hours long? It gave a short back story to the rest of the books. I decided to listen to book 1 in the series before writing this review, and I'm glad I did! Book 1, The Darkest Night, was more what I thought the series would be like.
I could have done without this prequel, and if I had to do it over again I wouldn't get it because it is SOOO different than the rest of series that it almost turned me off to the series before I got started.
It's not that it is poorly written, and there is some "tension" in a good way, but ...well....'eh....kind of covers it.
I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!
While I wasn't super intrigued by this short story, it did give me a starting point on the Lords of the Underworld. I began reading the Lords of the Underworld at book 5 off of a sale. I was super confused in the beginning since I didn't know the back story. Then I read this book followed by book 1. Since this is only about $2, I think it is a good read just to get a little info on how things start.
The narration was great and I really enjoy listening to Max. While this story wasn't the most amazing story, it was a decent read.
I will say that I was originally put off by book 5 because the series is a bit dark and is a very different approach to romance but if you take the time to actually listen to it you will quickly become enamored and come to love it.
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This is a prequel to Lords of the Underworld series. I have not listened to any other in this series as of yet.
I enjoyed this listen as it was short yet had some "steam". I was able to finish it in a day. At the end I did feel lost. As there needs to be more to this. Understanding dawning I believe that will come in book 1...2..ect.
Max dose such a good job with Gene's books(I have listened to another series by her). He is intense but calming and can be very seductive with his voices.
This is great, CHEAP entertainment.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
The narration made the male lead sound a bit too much like a brainless brawn, but the writing does lend itself that kind of stereotyping. It's a bit of a beauty and beast story, and the heroes probably shouldn't have been drawn from some weird melting pot of religious / mythological iconographies if the author was trying for the kind of suspension of disbelief that the "fantasy" genre is famous for.
That said, if you're looking for a fun, fluffy listen it's not bad.
The male lead - his sense of community and responsibility was easiest to identify with.
I find I really have a hard time listening to men trying to mimic female voices, and Bellmore read the male lead in a way that conveyed a sense of brainless brawn. The characters were recognizably distinct, and the narration was worth the sale price.
This ain't Shakespear, and with that kind of expectation, it's enjoyable.
I tend to look for anything in a series so I have a long time with a story. I'm glad I listened to this one first. It sounds so fake! Yes, I understand it's fantasy but even I couldn't buy into and I'm looking for something unreal. If they gave me the first book free, I don't think I'd try again wit this series and I'd disappointed, I thought it must be good if there are so many in the sequel.
I gave up and stopped listening.