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This is a fun story. Evil has written a book to teach Dark Lords how to defeat Good. The story starts with the current Dark Lord defeated. Evil finds the book and gets a minion to take it. The currently picked Dark Lord doesn't put his heart into it. He gets into a situation where he seems to be a good guy. Orcs who are presented as bad guys in 99.9% of stories are an oppressed race in this one. This Dark Lord decides to free them from oppression. In the meantime there is a group who is looking for a Hero in an apparent attempt to free the world from these same oppressors. When the Hero is found, he seems to be an apparent homicidal maniac. The group of supposed freedom fighters is actually trying to start a war to get rid of all organized government. A truly evil Dark Lord shows up and usurps the Dark Lord in training. Things become really fun when the Dark Lord in training is an illegitimate son of a human female and black dragon. His father shows up trying to help him out of trouble. His father's mate is in fact the head of the supposed freedom fighters and tries to kill him. Confusing? Yes, but the story holds its form and develops well. Gildart Jackson does a great job with his narration. He brings the different types of creatures and their voices to life.
Nevada Baylor's world is set in a slightly different reality. An agent to stimulate magic in people was given in the past. This agent caused a genetic mutation in their future descendants. Children, grandchildren become able to use magic in different ways. Individual families, clans, countries start to breed for magic use. Nevada has a small family detective agency. She is given an apparent suicide mission of bringing in a rogue prime (highest ranked) alive and unharmed. Nevada's agency has no police contacts and the prime is a strong suspect in killing an off duty cop. This prime specializes in fire. Nevada must decide how to find and convince into surrender. She doesn't have the magic on her own to do the job. In the meantime the story starts out with the mother of the co-defendant a 16 year old boy trying to enlist the aid of a family member. He is known by the name of 'Mad' Rogan. Mr Rogan is a retired military grade prime. He isn't known by any good name. Since retirement he is a supposed hermit. 'Mad' Rogan is presented as a dis-likable character. His first action in the book is to kidnap Nevada and use magic on her in an attempt to locate the main suspect and young boy. The story has lots of action. It was fun to try and figure out what was going on. 'Mad' Rogan and Nevada must form a reluctant team. The ending has a surprise. It makes me anxious to see if there will be a book 2 and when it will be out. Renee Raudman does a great job reading this story.
This is a story that presents serious topics in a way that enhances a fun story. Young girl lives in what she thinks is a perfect family. Is turned into a vampire, parents go missing. She is placed into a dungeon by mean vampire queen. Vampire queen throws away key and forgets about her. Girl tries to come to gripes with her new life, bullies etc. Slowly young vampire works her way though these things and makes friends in book 1. At start of book 2 she is escaping from the dungeon during castle attacked. Our young vampire then has a series of adventures. Learns the meaning of love, family, sacrifice and growing up. The book is fast paced. Lots of jokes, funny events, circumstances, and play on words. This is story is for the young and young at heart. I enjoyed how the matter of love and loss is handled. Reader Katherine Kellgren does a great job. I hope there is more and that Beckett can continue what he has begun.
A vampire story geared for the young and the young at heart. I wondered about this story a try after reading about the author. I became certain after listening to the sample. A vampire story in an alternate world. A vampire story about a vampire who is turned at 9 years old trying to grow up. This is a story with the emphasis on the good in our young vampire as she copes with her environment. Katherine Kellgren does a great job reading.
I was looking for a new author. I have no aversion to young adult fiction. I loved Harry Potter after discovering it by accident. I gave this one a try. I enjoyed it. It gets a little long in parts. The beginning is a little confusing. I had to re-listen to the first 3 chapters a couple of times to get the characters straight. After that I had no problem listening to the entire book at one sitting. I will say this. I am glad that I got this book after completion of the series. I hate waiting for the 'next' one in line. I liked this concept of 'living' stone and the creatures affected by it. Jim Dale does a great job narration. His accent is just British enough to remind you the setting is in London, England and makes the story that much more enjoyable.
Our evil Emperor Mollusk is an individual who likes to invent things; space guns, robots, various ray guns, to name just a few. He leaves his home world and successfully conquerors earth. Emperor Mollusk decides after a time that he doesn't want to be a world ruler. He had more fun in the conquering then in the ruling. In the meantime he does things to keep the people of earth under control as he works to improve their life. He puts his intellect into solving problems. On his path to becoming a good guy, he becomes Number 1 enemy of the other planets in earth's solar system. He has a Venusian body guard that is also his keeper and a very difficult to kill, genetically engineered pet. Our evil Emperor Mollusk works to turn over a new leaf but... Enemies past, present and future show up to interfere with his plans. It is a funny story. Scott Aiello does a good job reading this novel.
I enjoyed this story of star crossed lovers. Our main character is a witch born under a curse cast by an evil wizard. The curse was cast to affect a future descendent. The curse was evident her birth. Because of this she was not named by her parents. She has a curse that should result in an evil character. The problem is that she is basically a good person. Our Nameless Witch's character develops well. As she discovers the true extent of her evil curse, she struggles to remain good. A man enters her life forcing her to examine her life, goals, hopes and dreams microscopically. This story is kinda predictable. But it is written well. There is humor mixed in with the sadness. I enjoyed Ann Marie Lee's narration. My biggest complaint was that the story got a little too long in parts.
I got this book by pre-order when it was released in September. I delayed listening to it until now. I delayed because this is supposed to be the last book of the series. I was reluctant to listen to it as I would be saying good bye to a series I have enjoyed. I wouldn't be checking for when the next book of the series. I listened again to the earlier books. I did this to refresh characters. I did this to remember why I liked some things and not others. Well this is a great ending. The character development is done very well. Marguerite Gavin did an excellent job with her narration during the series. Now I hope (want) Kim Harrison will do short stories and/or novellas. I want some things expanded and explained. Like how Rachel's father died. How her parents met. Rachel's mother and her story. Trent's father and mother explained. A story about the vampire ex-president and the turning. A lot of other things expanded. This series had a lot going for it; humor, tragedy, love, hate, friendship and bad guys changing into not quite good guys. For those who are new to the series, each book can stand alone.
I hesitated on the purchase of this book because of the weakness of Bastion, the last book of the Collegium Chronicles. But, Nick Podehl did a great job narrating that series. I also enjoy Mercedes Lackey books so decided to purchase this book. Well it is a waste. It starts out great. Then it flounders. Mags the implied hero of the book is a background character. He pops in and out of the story like an after thought. It is obvious his character is merely a thread to hold this story together. The story reads like a combination of teen romance or floundering fantasy among other things. I had to force myself to listen to it completely in the hope that I would change my mind. Well it didn't. If you are looking for Mags and a continuation of his story then don't purchase this book. If you are like me and enjoy Mercedes Lackey then request this as a gift so you can spend your credit or money on something else.
I was browsing looking for a new author. I have several books with Lorelei King as narrator and decided to give Darynda Jones a try. I only purchased First Grave. Before the book was completed, I purchased books 2 and 3 with my monthly credits. This is a fun book. I enjoyed the characters. It was fun discovering this author. As always I enjoy Lorelei King's narrations. I strongly recommend this book.
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