Some things never go away, like vile enemies, bad ale, and annoying kin. But I thought I was finished with the one dragon I’d have done anything for: Éibhear the Blue, a big, gorgeous, blue-haired beast who thinks the world belongs to him. The world, and apparently, me.
So if Éibhear wants to play the caring hero and travel into the most forsaken of Gods forsaken lands to protect the one woman who doesn’t need it - namely me - I’ll let him. Because while I’m trying to fulfill a ridiculous quest for a pushy god, I’m going to draw this overconfident warlord much too close, rekindle his fires, and enjoy every minute of his delicious defeat....
©2012 G.A. Aiken (P)2012 Recorded Books
The Story. It's difficult to pick it apart but as with everything Shelly Laurenston (aka G.A. Aiken) writes it was funny and engaging. For readers new to G.A Aiken please do not start with the audio books. The production quality is sub-par at best. Buy the ebook or physical paperback first.
Too many long pauses. Too many long pauses in the middle of a sentence. Lack of ability to identify a question mark, comma or period. I do not think the narrator is completely to blame. At some point the director or producer should have called attention to these basic errors and fixed them. I find it hard to believe that no one at all from recording to finished product addressed this. This holds true for the other G.A Aiken audio books as well. It is an injustice to an author who has given us tremendously great books to savage her audio books in such a manner. and it is an insult to the listener.
This is a great fun loving, oh so funny series. I am happy I stumbled upon it. It is a family of humans, dragons and magic. All in one loving family that fight like cats and dogs. Only two books on audible, I am hoping they will correct this very soon, however, kindle has the book series. Book one is DRAGON ACTUALLY, book2. is ABOUT A DRAGON etc... I am looking forward to all in audio. SOON!
This is not a stand-alone book. This is actually the 6th book in the Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken (there's also a couple of side story ones) and unless you've read the other five you won't understand some of the storyline. It's also a continuing story and so the ending could read "to be continued."
I didn't like this one as much as the other five in the series, mainly because I didn't like Izzy. My favorite part of the book was when they went home and you got to revisit with the characters from the other books. You have dragons, witches and humans.
Izzy is a general in Queen Annwyl the Bloody's army (who's married to a dragon who happens to be one of Eibhear's older brothers and their story is the first book in the series) and she's the daughter of a human and a witch but adopted by her mother's second husband who is a dragon and also one of Eibear's older brothers. Their story is one of the previous books. Then you have Eibhear who is the younger son of the Queen of Dragons. Both Izzy and Eibhear are warriors so there's a lot of fighting. Eibhear goes to bring Izzy home and that's where you get to revisit the dysfunctional family characters from the previous books where their stories were told.
So unless you've read the previous books in the series (only one other book in this series is on Audible and that one is one of the side stories) you'll have a hard time understanding who a lot of the characters are and the continuing storyline. I've read all the previous books and this was my least favorite.
The narrator could be a little better.
The humor - when the narrator can convey the humor in the story to the point I laugh out loud - that's a great read/listen for me.
Izzy and Eibhear's story started pretty much in the second book in the series and has continued all the way thru each book. It was great to finally get their story told and G.A. Akien did a great job. She did a great job with the characters' development in that each of them had grown up and yet retained their personalities. Too often when authors have a character growing up throughout their series they feel the need to change them dramatically when it comes to their story. She didn't do that with these characters. She allowed them to be the same people/dragon as they were growing into being in the other books. - And FUNNY! I love the relationships with all the other characters - new and old.
Pronunciations of names!!!! The names of some these characters has always been a bit of a challenge and I have to hand it to Ms. Hallett that she handled it with ease. She was very consistent throughout the whole book. She does a great job with the humorous lines in the story as well. I would give her an easy 4 out of 5 for narrating. (A 5 out of 5 for me is saved for those that actually give the tears, laughter, choking, etc into the voice as they are reading it. There are very few that can do that in their narrations, but boy does it make it come alive when they do.)
Man, to pick one scene would be hard. I enjoyed the relationship of the 4 cousins. I also loved how Izzy and Eibhear interacted together. It is a great story. I truly think it was one of the best stories in the series (I have read them all.) So worth a credit if that is your method of purchasing books. (I got this one on sale due to the fact I also own it on Kindle.) Thank you Audible for providing this series in audible format. Please, please get the rest of them. This is the 6th book in the series. It could probably be read out of order....BUT there is so much backstory that you really need the whole series to truly appreciate all the punchlines and understand all the relationships of the other characters. These books truly build each story from the others. G.A. Aiken also does a great job of staying consistent with her story lines and characters. I hate when reading a series and as the author grows more comfortable, they start making glaring changes in backstories, the hows and whys of things in the series.... She stays right on track. For those that don't know - she is also the author Shelly Laurenston with the shapeshifter Pride series and Magnus Pack series (all interrelated - just grouped separately). She has 24 books/short stories (between the two author names) out altogether at this point. Her Pride series under the name of Laurenston can be read out of order without too much struggle to follow along.
There was only one point of issue for me during this story and I have had it happen in other books but this one had it multiple times. During editing, when the narrator has to go back and rerecord something not quite right the first time, it was very noticeable. It was a different tone of voice, didn't have the same quality of sound and could be a bit distracting while listening to the book. It was not something that would change the story or my true enjoyment of listening, but stood out when listening. This was not Ms. Hallett's fault in any way and doesn't take away from her skill as a narrator. Just something the producer should have paid more attention to.
I own her books in every form they are provided!!!! She has genius, humor and just makes my day better!!!!! If you like shape shifters, dragons... and a family that doesn't pull their punches you will love this book!!!! Wonderful!!!!
I laughed throughout the entire book! If you are not familiar with all the characters from previous books then the beginning can be quite tedious as it bounces back and forth like a soap opera between different scenes. Yet, the whose who is quickly grasped and the fun begins. The banter between characters is quick and thoroughly hilarious. The wording of the character's speech makes it easy to picture the character actually saying the words with all the acidity or humor intended by the author.
The narrator could have been better at the inflections in her voice to reflect the sarcasm so obvious in the dialect, but all in all she does really good with the voices and makes them sound believable.
Very good read!
somewhere in the middle
humor, draconic attitudes and interactions.
Did the voices well, and conveyed the matter of fact attitudes written into the story.
Closer to laugh than cry. The characters aren't developed enough for the latter, but this style book doesn't require that kind of development.
This is more a romance than an adventure or fantasy. It is basically a romance between two strong-willed individuals from extremely dysfunctional families, and the dragons are sort of welded into it. Not what I expected from the descriptions, but still not bad. It is one you can set down for a while without chomping at the bit to return to, but you'll still probably want to return.
Morgan Hallett, the narrator, did voices very well.
The most interesting aspect of this story was the developments of the children's chosen paths and how the adults reacted to letting go (or not). The least interesting aspect of this book,unfortunately, was Izzy and Eibhear's love story, which means this book totally missed the mark.
Nothing in this book really moved me.
I enjoyed both equally well but I credit the narrator for that, as I generally like print books better.
Love the humor which was hysterical in many parts due to the interactions between the main characters, Izzy and Eibhear. Not to mention the story taking place before the middle ages, in a world with two suns, two moons and bloody battles galore.
I love Morgan Hallett. Her narration is animated with enough tone change to differentiate between men and women's characters.
Will a beautiful blond girl and an equally beautiful blue Dragon ever make a relationship work? And if he is her step-uncle, is it even possible?
I also loved the discussions about Izzy's dog Macsen. There was a suggestion that he was so huge, so strange looking (with one glowing red eye that might have been a reflection), so stinky and such a fierce warrior dog that he may have been spat from the bowels of the Hells. Yes, there was more than one Hell. And Sun. And God.
The narrator did a terrific job, but I just couldn't muster up any enthusiasm for Eibhear and Izzy's love story.
If you haven't already started on this series, I recommend listening to Katie MacAlister's "You Slay Me," as an alternative. Like Aiken's Dragon Kin series, you get the dragons, the romance, and the adventure, and with MacAlister the humor isn't as cheesy.
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