Actual rating: 3.5 stars
This book got better as it progressed through. It has the classic KC construction in that the main male character is uncontrollably drawn to the main female while the main female struggles and defies the less intense pull towards the male. These uneven surges then creates the entire basis of the story, with lots of action, humor, death, and lust adding color and depth to the tale.
At first, I was disappointed because I felt like it was the same story with different character names and a different backdrop. Although there is some truth to that, KC is a skilled writer in that she is able to spin the tale with new aspects that, after all was said and done, I really enjoyed the romance. The surrounding events are also very intriguing because Cole does a great job of connecting all of her tales and characters in both a subtle and evident way. Before reading this book, I have read up to book four so there were a few things that I wasn't privy too, but I figure it will make sense once I finish reading them.
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Petkoff is perfect for this narration because he has such a strong and powerful voice. His rendition of the female characters were pretty good as well, not making them sound vapid.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
From beginning to end it's a great paranormal listen. I've had it on my wish list for awhile but kept passing it by. I'm glad I finally got it. I enjoy KC's books and this is another fine example of why I keep getting her books. This is a very creditworthy book for the paranormal fans.
I am so hooked on all these IAD books! Each one intrigues me and keeps me wanting more. I'm thrilled that the Dacians have a spin off, as I found them very interesting while listening to Lothaire. Judging from their introduction in Lothaire, and Trehan's (lead male character) story, I think the Dacians series will be an exciting and intense auditory ride for sure. This book had all the variables I needed to make up an excellent listen---swoon worthy male, action, lusty romance interludes, humor and just a little bit of crazy! I am an instant fan and can't wait until there's a book 2. Highly recommended!
Absolutely. Robert's voice and acting ability brought the characters to life!
It cannot compare.
All of the battle scenes. I also enjoyed the final scene between Trehan and Bettina where he is begging her to love him back. Spectacular!
A Prince without a Kingdom Battles to Win the Queen who Rules His Heart.
LOVE the audio version of this book. I look forward to hearing Mr. Petkoff take on Lothaire and MacReave!
Believer in what you can't see
It is average. The story is a general theme with Cole's storyline, but the narrator brings each character to life and creates a better world in my mind. I also have the book, but the story wasn't as powerful without the audio.
I would have made Bettina realize early on that her power came from within and that her heart power was only the frosting. I would have made her more present like the other Soceri.
He keeps getting better and better and his female characters are just wonderful now.
No, some of the scenes were a little annoying especially the one where the contenders were killed just because Bettina didn't like her gift and she had no way of stopping the killings.
I like the series, but the beginning of the series I like much better. I love Nix.
Great New Series
The Immortals After Dark books
As always, Robert Petkoff does a great job
Say something about yourself!
Probably top 5. And that is saying a lot.
Trehan, come on really? Do I have to say why??
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
The action, intrigue, and romance all wrapped into one.
l loved the entire story. I especially liked Salem's character.
This is my first Robert Petkoff performance. I think he did an outstanding job with all the unique voices of all of the characters...and there were many.
"A Mate's Love"
This is my first Kresley Cole book. I am definitely a new fan. I can't wait to listen to more.
Romantic, Exciting & Funny
The Romance & story line between the 2 Hero's is awesome
At the end when they finally clear up all their misunderstandings & they make up - it was so romantic !
It made me laugh a few times !!
I really recommend this book ... I love Kresley Cole and all her IAD Series books
I have read all of Kresley Cole's other novels by paperback. I can honestly say that I liked them better. The story was good but it took me a bit to remember what happen in her previous book Lothaire. I wish that some of the other characters that were so dynamic and funny from other books would have made an appearance. I know this is a different series but Nix is so funny but said nothing in this book. Overall I liked this story and look forward to more to come. Information was easy enough to follow but I am glad that I read all of her other books so that I had a better idea of some of the character's roles (demon, horde, Valkyrie, Nix etc). That is the one thing about audio books, you cannot go back to the front easily to reference definitions.
I would compare this book to Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love Belador Series. This is also a series about other worlds and deceptions. As well has Sherrilyn Kenyon's League Series.
Where to begin..... I don't know if it was me or if others feel the same way, but the narrator's version of Bettina's voice drove me crazy. She sounded like the character off of The Family Guy when Stewie pretends to be a girl. I think I like the fact that when I read the books I can make the characters less whimpering. Also his narration of Trehan also seemed like the guy was in pain every time he spoke. His voice did not change even if it was a tender moment or a battle scene.
Shadow Claim.... He comes undone. I am not very creative to I don't really know.
In the end I don't know if I will listen to the audiobook or read the paper book. I guess it depends upon the narrator.