I listen to a lot of urban fantasy, and having done so a lot of story lines grow old.
This series is refreshingly different in many ways. Not everything seems logical but it is not disturbingly so.
This second book after "Discount Armageddon" is even better - it has it all: lots of never heard of fantastical creatures with different abilities, suspense, action, fights, family, feelings and a bit of romance (which wasn't overdone) and of course a lovable heroine.
The story is highly entertaining and I kept listening without my thoughts wandering off.
I couldn't have wished for anything different in the narration. Refreshing and fitting.
Now I am hoping for a third book in the series in the not to far future.
As I think to be able to value reviews for oneself it would be good to know this listener's preferences, so some of my favorite UF authors are:
Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin)
Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Rachel Caine (Weather Warden)
and so on...
This was an entertaining story with a new angle and I was pleasantly surprised. There are the usual vampires and werewolves, but with Scarlett there's a new aspect to the interaction. The main characters are well defined and as the book progresses, more background to each one is revealed.
There's a bit of romance (in the making) also, but not too much.
Amy McFadden's performance was just right for this story, clear and precise while giving each character definition.
I did listen to it in one "sitting" - perfect for working all day in the garden.
Easy listening Urban Fantasy - I anticipate the next book in this series and hope Audible will add it as soon as it comes out - I would like to go on listening right now...
If urban fantasy is one of your favorite genres you'll love the Elemental Assassin series. Book 7 is no exception - all of them are equally good. They have it all: fantasy, adventure, action, magic, romance, friendship, - storytelling at it's best!
Lauren Fortgang does a superb job at narrating - her voice is very clear and understandable (English is not my first language) - yet the characters are very distinct. I very much like her voice, as it is not so high pitched as some other female voices to make my ears hurt.Her voice has character and it is very pleasant to me.
The books of this series always take me with them completely - be it suspense, emotion, the tale itself.... very enjoyable but not too much (there are some other books I have to put aside because I can't stand the upheaval any more...)
Wonderful entertainment - highly recommended!
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