Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…
High priestess Afina Lazar is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. When Barbu’s hired killer finds her, she knows her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic - and handsome - hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead. Together, they will undertake a dramatic adventure through a magical world where love and redemption come at a terrible price.
©2012 Coreene Callahan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Let me first get the narration issue out the way - she was so slow it was painful but thankfully I could double speed her but, in my opinion, this choice of narrator has resulted in a lesser rating.
The actual plot was exciting and gripping set in a fictional world filled with with interesting characters, imaginary creatures, mysteries and magic. Coupled with this is the romance between Xavian and Afina which is touching as both of them need saving from themselves and, as they finally learn to trust in each other, their love grows to become an unbeatable force which will be needed for the forthcoming war between good v evil.
Worth a credit? Yes and I'm ready to spend the other 6 credits on the remaining books in the series but please Publishers/Audible try a different narrator and fellow listeners maybe listen to the sample first to judge for yourself.
Love to read!
The book was generally very good. However, the narration was unbearable. The narrator has a great voice and conveys emotion very well. The problem was in the speed of her speech. She read SO SLOWLY and put LONG pauses in every few words and at the end of each sentence. It really affected my ability to pay attention and follow the story. I had to force myself to continue listening to the book and seriously considered returning it several times. I won't listen to another book read by her.
I think this series has a lot of potential and I will probably get the next book in hard copy.
The monotone of the narrator's voice quickly drove me nuts, and the nasal quality of her tenor isn't one I find relaxing. She slurs some phrases, and I didn't catch some of the words spoken softly. Because I kept thinking about the voice, I had a very hard time focusing on the story itself.
Not familiar with the author, but interested in the plot synopsis, I read the reviews and decided to give this book a try. I am very glad I did.
Set in Transylvania in the early 14th century, the main character is a assassin who wants to retire to his home after one last job. The love story begins when he meets the women who is the target of his last assignment. Written with great emphasis on atmospheric detail, emotion and character development, this is not a romatic comedy, but two tortured souls looking for redemption.
Some found the narration slow, and I did at first, but after about an hour I began to appreciate the pace, accents and Ms. Crowley's great male character voices.
A great narrator and a fantastic storyline, the author and Ms. Crowley immerse you in the characters, the mystical places and the details that make you want to continue to listen -- you become engrossed in the storyline and the characters - I didn't want this to end. The only bad part is that I will have to wait forever for the next 6 books. I will start with her other series and hope she write fast.
Thanks to all the listeners who took the time to write a review.
A really great adventure that seems to be lacking in most romance books. Just enough romance to not over due the action and great plot! This is a must read for fantasy readers
as well as romance readers. Will not disappoint at all.
I guess the audio would be worth it, but the Narrator was painfully boring and monotone and made me feel that this genre of book isn't her cup of English tea.
Absolutely not! maybe if it is old English romance.
I really can't think of it because I couldn't finish the book, she bored the enthusiasm out of me.
PLEASE, PLEASE change the Narrator for future Books in the Series. Narrators can make or break the popularity of books when they offer an uninspiring and lack - luster performance and the book may very well be a best seller in the making.
I was fooled by the book's description. This is not a story about assassins, it's a romance. A rather juvenile romance. Derivative, unimaginative, and boring.
Not sure, the book put me in such a bad mood, I'm not sure part of it isn't the work of the narrator.
I really had a hard time getting into the story. The narrator was monotoned..had to force myself to listen.
I kept with it because the story should have been good. But, I just wished it would finish already.
She was boring.
I liked the concept okay, but the narrator was bad.
Sure, I think the story could be interesting.
She made the characters seem lazy during the times when they should be panicked or in the least worried.
Still trying to get through it.
I would like to hear this book with a different narrator.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Alfina, the high priestess developes a personal growth with an assassin who just cannot figure out what makes her tick.
The details throughout the book, whether through a fight scene or a love scene. The author greatly goes into almost every aspect,
My favorite character in this story was Xavian Ramir. Suzan Crowley managed to humanize this character.
I was moved when Xavian Ramir went to war against he war lord he was trained by.
"Good but dragged on a bit"
I've given up with 8 hours to go. I recon the story could have been condensed down as it just began to feel like an effort to listen to it half way through. I don't usually have anything against very long books but I think an editor should have slashed out paragraphs and the writer rehashed it to speed up the story a little. It's a good enough story and the narrator was adequate. If there was an abridged version I might recommend that.
"Slow moving novel and narration"
There was so much description preceding any action or dialogue that the book moved extremely slowly. I tried to listen to it for an hour but could go no further. I would recommend reading an excerpt from the book before deciding to buy the audiobook.
Its was a truly excellent book. the story kept my interest from start to finish. In Fact I have since listened to it again.
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