I'm a caffeine zombie suffering from constant book hangovers.
i feel the print would have been a better option for this humble reader due to the fact that I feel Robert Petkoff didn't use an accent that matched how i imagined Lothaire to be like. and Elizabeth was no better nor any other of the cross over characters from the series.
perhaps Christine Feehan's Dark series and J.R.R. Wards Black dagger brotherhood's series. they all share similar attributes to how ones "mates" are concerned. (that is also a friendly recommendation to check those series out if you haven't yet and you enjoy the immortals after dark series)
hard to say but for sure not Robert Petkoff!!! he didn't bring anything to the table as far as the infamous Lothaire was concerned.
I would have devoured this book in one sitting if i could have despite the voice of Robert Petkoff being bad the story itself was really good.
I was really disturbed that Robert Petkoff sounded like he was acting out the passion scenes between Lothaire and Elizabeth and not just reading them. he took it to a level it shouldn't have been brought to in my humble opinion that is all .
I really love this narrator. He does so many different character voices so well. He really did do Lothaire justice. It made the character come to life. The story as always was amazing! Finally we get to see why The Enemy of Old is the most feared and badest of the baddies. As well as why he did what he did on "The Island" a few books back. I love that all the characters and stories sync up over time. And the history between Nix a.k.a. Phoenix is revealed as well. Over all well worth it and I plan to listen to it again!
I loved every book so far and my biggest disappointment is that in a few books the series will end and I will have to wait for a year for the next book.... Wish she could release one of these a month :)
The stories each as stand alone and all interwoven are great! The plot has intrigue, adventure, mystical/magical/fantastic creatures with cool abilities, great character development and an amazing world. Sexy scenes are differently tailored to the characters rather than the same over and over in each book.
The narrator elevates these books and just makes them come alive, amazing!!!
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
I am rapidly devouring this series, on to #13. Thanks Audible for putting all IAD on sale!
This was one of the most exquisite story in the series......it had everything in it from forgiveness to lowering your ego and arrogance and also hot steamy sex with lots oh love :)
the narrator was awesome he did the story justice
Addicted to Audio Books !
I would for sure recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys many different types of Paranormal Characters, who are all exciting in their own ways, but Lothaire is my all time Favorite, I admit all the books before this one in the series were great and I was really looking forward to listening to this book and I was not disappointed it was so much better than I had expected.
I cannot think of any other book that compares, this is my all time Favorite, in a class of its own.
When I first started this series I didn't really like Robert Petkoff but as the series went on I fell in love with how he made every character come to life and I could tell the difference between the characters and he puts so much passion in narrating the books he performs. Very Very good Narrator.
THE ENEMY OF OLD !
I don't often write reviews as I am unable to put my thoughts into words but this book was so good I had to put my two cents in. ::)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
**warning, the description and reviews for the book don't tell about the 3rd person in this story and I'm going to talk about her so this review will be considered spoilerish***
This was a very good story. Lothaire was a bad guy in previous books and TBH, he didn't get much better until the very end of this book. I liked Elizabeth...she was kind of wishy-washy in her actions at times but I had to give her some slack considering what she had to deal with.
Elizabeth is a mountain girl that grew up wanting more from life. She's very close to her family and did everything she could to help them out but she also worked hard at school and saved money to go to college. She did fool around with guys to an extent but never went too far because she didn't want to end up pregnant and stuck in her current life.
Saroya is was an evil goddess that excelled at killing. Saroya lost her goddess state and was cursed to have no body. She went from host to host, killing as she went. When Elizabeth was 18, Saroya possessed her and started making Elizabeth's life a living hell.
Lothaire is a Vampire that's multiple millennium old and many consider one of the most evil vampires out there. He's known as "The Enemy of Old" because of his horrible actions and his age and he revels in that designation. His mother sacrificed herself to save Lothaire's life when he was a boy and their situation was due to his father so he had a lot of hatred built up from a very young age. Since then he's never found anyone he could count on not to betray him so he trusts no one and has gone out of his way to gain blood debts that he could use to gain his revenge and a vampire kingdom (or 2) one day.
Lothaire had the help of an oracle that told him when and where to find his "Bride". He found Elizabeth when she was still 14 but he couldn't believe that fate was cruel enough to give him a mortal mate and he stayed away for the most part. He happened to go look in on her when she was 18 and found her surrounded by bodies of people she'd just killed. He spoke to her and found that she was currently taken over by Saroya. He felt the pull of his Bride (now that she was 18) and since Saroya was inhabiting her body, Lothaire decided that Saroya must be his true bride. After all, Saroya being an ex-goddess, was much more to his liking as a bride than some mountain hick mortal. He hatched a plan to get a ring that would allow him to get rid of Elizabeth's soul so Saroya could have her body and then make Saroya a Vampire so they can take over the a Vampire Kingdom and rule together.
While Lothaire was searching for the ring, Elizabeth ends up jailed for Saroya's killing sprees and Lothaire leaves her there because he figures she'll be safe behind bars. Elizabeth hates what her life has become and is willing to die (from the death penalty) in order to kill Saroya, thinking at least she'll go to heaven when it's all done. Just before she can die, Lothaire comes to retrieve her. He still doesn't have the ring so he stores her in one of his residences that's warded so she can't leave and no one can get to her. Elizabeth is very strong minded and so Saroya doesn't get to surface a lot but when she does, Saroya shows a lot of contempt, even for Lothaire. Saroya is willing to do anything to keep Elizabeth's body and get her immortality, including playing at being Lothaire's bride. Lothaire hates mortals and goes to a lot of trouble to avoid accepting that Saroya isn't really his bride but he does eventually have to accept this.
Unfortunately, by this time he's put Elizabeth through a LOT of crap. She's been doing what she can to convince Lothaire that she's his bride but this is mostly in order to survive. She has mixed feelings about Lothaire since she's very attracted to him but thinks he may be pretty on the outside but is very ugly on the inside. When Lothaire finally realizes that Saroya has used his prejudices against him and Elizabeth is his true bride, he's screwed himself and Elizabeth over by making unbreakable vows that will make it almost impossible for him to keep Elizabeth. While their feelings grow for each other, the possibilities of him being able to save Elizabeth from the fate he decided for her seem doomed. Eventually, things happen that allow them to be together but not without a lot of drama and heartbreak (as well as some danger). Unfortunately, even after things are good in that area, Lothaire's arrogance makes their relationship rough and there's more drama before they finally get together and have a HEA together.
While I typically hate love-triangles, I did enjoy this story for the most part. I hated Saroya and was annoyed at Lothaire's arrogance blinding him and putting Elizabeth in danger but those were the worst parts (and Saroya wasn't in the picture much). I really liked Elizabeth, she was in a rough situation and did the best she could considering what she faced. I became happier with things as the story progressed and overall, I felt it was a very good story. I'd recommend this story (and the series).