Yes. I loved this book. I have listened to many, many audiobooks..Feehan, Nalani Singh, Molly Harper, Kresley Cole, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Jacquelyn Frank, Thea Harrison, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Gena Showalter, on and on. This ranks among one of my favorites. In quite a few books I end up skipping through a lot of descriptive parts just wanting to get to the exciting parts; but I actually enjoyed the author's metaphors describing the world, events and the characters' feelings. It also helps that this book has action and great romance.
The narration was great. I cannot listen to an audiobook if the narration is lacking no matter how good character development or plot is. I thought this narrator made the men sound yummy, and also had a nice sounding voice for the heroine.
I wasn't too sure at first and only got it out of curiosity, but boy am I glad I did. This is so different from her dragon series, although she does sneek in the odd similarity it doesn't detract from the overall style. It's really classical, detailed and historical. I was hooked and the narrator was awesome - what a good choice. I hope she gets to do further offerings. I do like the use of (good) accents and was disappointed by their lack, but she captivated and held you without the need. For me that is a sign of a job well done. I loved Coreen Callahan's other series, but this shows her versatility and the ability to use completely different writing styles. I will definitely get more.
If you like books that drag with a lot of introspection and any action or something happening being far and few between then you'll like this book. I liked the two main characters but otherwise it was pretty boring except for a few snatches of action. Unfortunately this is one series I won't be continuing.
Narrator: Just because the words say someone whispered or something was said in a low voice doesn't mean you have to drop your voice so low the listener can't hear what you're saying unless there is no other noise around, which unfortunately doesn't happen when you're driving down the road and have the volume turned up as high as you can and you still can't hear what's being said. Occasionally I could get my volume up high enough to hear what was being whispered, but then I'd have to hurry and turn it down again once she got back to a normal voice. After a while I didn't bother.
I thought the narrator was pretty good. But the story was a lot.
Assassin Xavian Ramir was sent his assassin order leader Halal to capture Afina Lazar and return her to warlord Vladimir Barbu.
Afina is the high priestess and her endorsement (and marriage) is necessary in order for Barbu to retain control of the conquered Transylvania.
As Xavian captures Afina and begins his journey to return her, he is surprised that she isn't what he thought she would be. First of all, she was running with her daughter. Second, she is a smart, observant and brave woman. As he gets to know her, he begins to question why Barbu is trying to force Afina into a union and he also begins to question his latest assignment.
Of course, they begin to develop feelings for each other. Afina possesses magic that she isn't sure how to use. But the magic grew once Xavian kissed her. Xavian decides he cannot and will not hand over Afina, not with their bond growing so strong. But that means disobedience to his assassin order as well as war with Barbu.
Now Xavian & Afina are being hunted and they have to find a way escape Halal and an angry warload.
I felt like a lot was going on and thrown in this book. It was just a lot. I didn't think the Dragon's made that much of a difference to my enjoyment either.
But I loved Xavian and Afina. Both were warriors who cared about others and would willing sacrifice themselves for the benefit for others. Their love was magically and together they were stronger. I didn't quite understand Halal's reasons for being a bad guy, but I assume we will see more in book 2.
Overall, it was an okay beginning to the series.
I was fooled by the book's description. This is not a story about assassins, it's a romance. A rather juvenile romance. Derivative, unimaginative, and boring.
Not sure, the book put me in such a bad mood, I'm not sure part of it isn't the work of the narrator.
I tried several times to listen to this. I could not get even one fourth of the way through and it is a very long book.
It's been a while since I wrote a review, but I had to. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had everything I like in a fantasy read. A strong tall dark and handsome medieval guy with a good sense of humor and loyal friends and a strong willed female, also with a good sense of humor. Not one but several possible evil threats. Great character development of supporting friends and foes to keep me guessing. Mystery, Magic, Romance, Sex and a perfect narrator . I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I loved this book so much. Whenever I had a free moment I was listening to this book.
The raw emotions from the two leads and the romance.
I can't decide, they all were so good.
Yes. You have to increase the speed to really enjoy it.
Great listen! Action and romance. Just increase the speed and enjoy!