Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle - until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. And then Seraphina was gone. It's been six years since Fredrik's lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he's getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia - after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited - suffers from amnesia and can't give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past - because she and Seraphina share it - but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead. But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia - because he knows that to love one, the other must die. Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
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The Swan & the Jackal was brilliantly paced with twists and turns that shocked me, ripped my heart out and made my jaw drop. The last 40% of my listening experience took place into the wee hours of the morning because there was no way I was stopping. Fredrick’s story is far from over and maybe I am sick, but I cannot wait for more.
Fans of dark, gritty, complicated romances wrapped in the world of assassins for hire will find The Swan & the Jackal to be a brilliant addition to the In the Company of Killers series. Redmerski has this incredible gift for bringing these dark, damaged characters to life and weaving them around your heart.
Absolutely.I have become addicted to this series and Luke Daniels does one of the most amazing jobs as a reader that I have experienced.
I can't, I've never read a book like this before and I love it.
What don't they bring is the question. I became a big fan of Andi Arndt with another series she narrates so I was really excited to see her as one for this book. I became a fan of Katie Reinders is with books 1 and 2. And Luke Daniels, I can't even express properly what an amazing job he did. He had a different voice for each character and his voice alone was enough to hook me.
I definitely chuckled a few times. My heart broke for Frederick and there was a couple moments where my mouth fell open. Both times were moments I was not expecting or thought would happen.
I highly recommend this series. I can't get enough.
This one was the darkest yet and I had to put it down periodically. I knew Frederik would be a tough character to get to know but his book made me uncomfortable.
This book featured Frederik hunting his wife Seraphina and he kidnapped a girl named Cassia to force her to give him information that would led him to his wife. After torturing her and getting no good information, Frederik found that torturing others in front of her yielded better results. So he forced her to watch.
This is when I decided that I will part ways with the series after this book. I will finish it out since I dont like DNFs but these sort of dark romances/stockholm syndrome books don't agree with me.
I will say the 2nd half of the book was much better as Frederic got good info and was able to get the answers he needed. The writing was good but I am just too much of a flower and candy romance reader to get down with this.
BTW, the new narrator was AWFUL. He was another issue that added to my discomfort but the subject matter didn't make me feel warm in my snuggie.
I felt that the author away so far from the 1st 2 books. And at times the story line seemed to be rambling. There seemed to be a lot of meaningless names that I couldn't tie into the 1st 2 books. I was disappointed that Fredericks accent came and went, as did Nicholas was missing entirely. The sense of humor that was bestowed on Frederick didn't match the persona he was originally given. I
I loved not knowing what was going to happen next. I loved that this a little different from what I expected.
I'd say Fredrik and all of his dark ways was my favorite. There was more to him than what he let people see.
I'd say my favorite scenes were Fredrik and Izabel. You could see the friendship that developed over time when they were together.
While getting the very dark Fredrik we also got the loving Fredrik which honestly broke my heart at times. I was sad for him and his way of thinking but understood where he was coming from. I found myself rooting hard for him especially towards the end. I liked the friendship that he and Izabel have formed as well.
As for everything with Cassia I have no words. Being held captive for a year and getting into her heard I started falling for her just like Fredrik.
Overall this has been a very good series. I would love more of future Fredrik but I'll take his past if that's all I can get.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
This series just gets better and better! This is the third in the company of killers and it is great! The story of Fredrik and if you have read #1 and #2 you know he is a torturer. It is a mindf#&k from the beginning. I loved it and highly recommend. #4 is coming in October and sounds great! The narrators were good too!
I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that the book was not 'realistic'...come on now 'really'!
Not a lot I can say without giving anything away.
It doesn't have as much action, suspense and thrills as the first two books but this book focuses on the relationships between Fredrik, Cassia and Seraphina; and Fredrik and Izabel. There are several twist, turns, surprises and why didn't I see that coming.
I enjoyed this book because I'm intrigued with Fredrik and wanted to know more about his past, his demons, what makes him tick.
The pace moved well without a lot of internal dialogue which also kept me interested.
The performers were just a perfect as books 1 and 2. Luke Daniels is Fredrik, Andi Arndt (in my top 5 female performers) is Cassia and Kate Reinders is Seraphina.
I will Absolutely recommend this book as an essential building block to the series which also makes it worth the credit.
Unequivocally yes! I would totally recommend this audiobook because the narrators were excellent and because the story itself was such a fascinating character study.
In addition to discovering how Victor's new covert organization was evolving, we also learned some really crazy things about Fredrik, Seraphina and Cassia and their intertwined relationship. I didn't anticipate the biggest twist although others might have or may. I love when a novel's plot direction surprises me without turning me off.
Male narrator Luke Daniels was very inventive with his different character voices, and he didn't sound ridiculous doing the female characters. The latter is hard to pull off for any narrator doing the opposite gender's voice, so kudos to both Luke and female narrator Andi Arndt. They both just nailed the narration beautifully! I loved that I was never annoyed when they alternated narrating a POV.
Surprisingly, the ending worked for me. I thought I'd be more upset with it, but Author JA Redmerski laid the groundwork for that outcome so flawlessly that I truly have no complaints.
Narrator Luke Daniels did have a weird character dialog voice for Fredrik when he picked up the random chick in the bar. It was his only weak scene in my opinion. I'm excited to see that Luke will return to continue narrating Fredrik's POV in Seeds of Iniquity (In the Company of Killers #4).
I bought this book believing it was something other than it is, however, I was not disappointed. I would rank this book in my top ten (and my library is extensive).
There isn't just one moment. The entire book is memorable. So memorable that I found myself practically giving my husband a blow by blow of the entire thing.
I don't know that this is a book that you would pick a favorite character. However, Luke Daniels, Andi Arndi, and Kate Reinders are superb, as always!
There were moments when my heart was racing, that I gasped, that I cried, that I nodded along, agreeing with what was going on, and moments that I smiled, big and wide.
This book is not for the faint of heart. I originally bought it thinking it would turn out to be some sort of mildly twisted romance. Do not buy this book if that is what you're looking for; buy it because it's an amazing, broken, dark, sick love story thriller suspense that, at times, will make you almost wet your pants. It worth all that and more.
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