Fed up with his desk duty in the Imperial Arcane Library, book hunter Colin Bliss accepts a private commission to find The Sword's Shadow, a legendary and dangerous witches' grimoire. But to find the book, Colin must travel to the remote Western Isles and solve a centuries' old murder.
Please note: This book contains gay erotic content.
©2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
The narrator did an exellent jobb and was well suited for the characters and the story. He felt very natural in his preformance.
The unusual story-concept where magic is a normal part of everyday life
Another good narration by Max Miller. The story was an enjoyable fantasy. The world building was very interesting and I'd like to know more.
I should state here, that I am not usually into fantasy and other worlds. What I liked best about this story was the fact that it was a mystery within the fantasy and I could follow both the story in the fantasy world and the mystery.
Colin Bliss because he was the hero of the story and Septimous Marx the love interest. Both are interesting characters and fun to read about.
As I have said, I am really not that into fantasy, but Max Miller's rendition of the story was wonderful. His words flowed so well and I felt he knew the characters and represented them very well. When I first read the book, I got a little lost in all of the "other world" stuff. Max Miller makes it real. You feel you are in the world with Colin and Marx.
Fantasy, gay mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation and hope to listen to more of Max Miller and Josh Lanyon presentations.
Pretty much at the top.
Atmospheric, gothic and just a touch of the Lovecraftian horror, plus the dry, intriguing alternative-history fantasy world and the acerbic sarcasm of the narrator make this a one-time experience.
I was very pleased with Max's ability with the voice of the narrator: sophisticated, academic, young and wonderfully sarcastic. Then he did other characters, and I thought for a moment that I was listening to a radio play with multiple voice actors rather than just one talented man. Holy crap -- his accents are spot on, he gaelic sounds spot-on and he can sing, to boot!
I enjoyed this story for the most part. There is male/male interaction but it is done very tastefully. The only problem is that some of the levels of sound change a bit and threw me off a little bit. But this did not affect the story too much.
yes. first interduction to Josh Lanyon's works. Great mystery , it kept me guessing whom the culprit was, and the by play of septimus and colin. Also intrigued byparanormal and fantasy settings as much as I enjoy mysteries
the discovery of WHO was not involved in dark "arts"
no I really enjoyed it at first his voice was rather dark and drawling and I wasn't sure I would enjoy it but, whammo it caught me and kept me. Mr Millers narration made it ethereally creepy in an appropriate way
I'm no writer, titles only catch my interest but the blog and sample are the sellers.
After discovering Mr Lanyon thru audible books, I began to look for the companion novels. I don't care what he writes, its always a grade above most writers.
This type of story (fantasy) is, admittedly not my favorite genre, but Max Miller speaking Josh Lanyon's words makes all the difference in the world.
I liked Colin Bliss's journey into self-awareness.
This is my second Max Miller audio. This one excels over the other I heard.
I chuckled in some parts and got choked up in others. Colin Bliss has become one of my favorite Josh Lanyon characters.
Miller is BRILLIANT when it comes to accents and distinguishing character voices, but otherwise he seems to have a quiet, tight-lipped style of narration that I found infuriating. Were it not for the fact that his words are intelligible and distinguishable, I would characterize his narration as "mumbling."
Perhaps this was done intentionally to add to the clandestine and 'mysterious' nature of the story, but I found it frustrating that I had to set my device to the maximum volume setting and, even then, often have to listen strenuously just to understand what was being said.
The story seems to take place in a demi-alternate universe where magic and witchcraft are common and mainstream concepts and practices. If you are interested in a mystery novella in a somewhat alternate universe involving literary recovery, the occult, and some shallow, underdeveloped m/m romance, 'The Darkling Thrush' is for you. If, after you read the synopsis, you are expecting a mystery/romance set in your present reality, alter your expectations of the story's setting, and prepare yourself for more-than-wanting audio/narration quality, and you may be prepared for an enjoyable listen. Otherwise, give this title a pass.
In this alternate reality, for certain people, books can tell the secrets of who has read, owned, and written them. Collin Bliss is one of the people who knows what books have to say. As a book hunter, he expects to have a year of field work in England when he accepts an exchange position with the Museum of the Literary Occult. Unfortunately, he's stuck behind a desk all day. Given the chance to use his talent, he takes a side job that the Museum would rather he didn't. Septimus Marx is challenged with stopping Collin from finding the book he seeks, by means fair or foul. Can love find it's way, can events be changed so that the world doesn't end?
.....................Of course, but it's a close thing.
Yes. I loved the blending of modern and magic. The whole story was well written, and the narrator was good.
Colin Bliss, the main character. He's thrown into an awkward situation with an ex lover, when he's far away from home, and he makes rash decisions.
There are a few sex scenes in it, but not every 10 minutes, like some other books. Also, there is one little aspect that I wish they has wrapped up a little more, but it's not dire to the plot, so it doesn't bother me too much.
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