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Rise of the Gryphon: The Belador Code, Book 4 | [Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love]

Rise of the Gryphon: The Belador Code, Book 4

As an Alterant who fights everything from trolls to demons, Evalle has lived as an outcast among the Beladors, but can now change all that... and find answers to her origins as well. Those answers and a traitor hide within the Medb coven, an enemy poised to destroy the mortal world and all that Evalle holds dear. While her best friends Tzader and Quinn want to help, they have their own conflicts and face unthinkable choices as relationships with the women they love twist in unexpected directions.
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Publisher's Summary

In the fourth novel of the best-selling Belador paranormal series, Evalle Kincaid must turn her back on the Beladors to protect those she loves, and the world, from annihilation.

To prevent a genocide, Evalle is forced to embrace her destiny...but at what cost?

As an Alterant who fights everything from trolls to demons, Evalle has lived as an outcast among the Beladors, but can now change all that...and find answers to her origins as well. Those answers and a traitor hide within the Medb coven, an enemy poised to destroy the mortal world and all that Evalle holds dear. While her best friends Tzader and Quinn want to help, they have their own conflicts and face unthinkable choices as relationships with the women they love twist in unexpected directions. With time ticking down on a decision that will compel allies to become deadly enemies, Evalle turns to Storm and takes a major step that only complicates matters more when the witchdoctor he's been hunting now stalks Evalle.

©2013 Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love (P)2013 AudioGo

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    Linda Wiliams 08-01-13
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    "great story; bad narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I would suggest reading it for yourself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything especially the ending it was awesome!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a different narrator preferably Holter Graham.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To be honest I had a really hard time listening to it. I would have had a hard time putting it down if I'd been reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone knows of a version with a different narrator let me know, thanks!
    That being said it is an awesome book and I can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-04-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT & MUCH MUCH MORE"

    This series should be started from the beginning 'cause only then will you understand and appreciate all that Evalle and the Team has had to fight and conquer, the despair and pain she's had to endure until what we see her finally evolve into in this listen. If you are a paranormal romance lover then I will warn you that this series is 'way out there' on the paranormal scale with more arghhhhh's than ahhhhh's.

    It's an emotional roller-coaster ride and all you can do is buy a ticket and hold on to a fantastical ride that has so many twists, turns, sub plots and excitement that it'll leave you spinning. Then along the way you'll witness unique creatures with amazing abilities and awesome characters who get involved in a non stop action packed plot that includes danger, betrayal, thrills, bloody fights, sad events, romantic tension and shocking discoveries. As the danger builds so too does the romance between Evalle and Storm until, at last, we have that "yes, finally" moment.

    The writing is so imaginative and creative that the unpredictable and unexpected is always waiting around the corner for you and all you can do is say "Wow", "Oh no, no, no", "Awesome", "What", "Yippeee finally" and "We'll I didn't see that coming" - (well you get the picture).

    Worth a credit? For any Belador fan then this is probably the best so far - so that's a Yes.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 04-09-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 04-09-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Intense!"

    This book turned out to be an intense ride! I have loved the whole series since I discovered it recently, however I have to say this book definitely is in a category of it's own, in a good way.

    Firstly I want to say that I had the hardest time getting any sleep because all I wanted to do was get back to the book and soak it all in. I will definitely be listening to it many more times.

    The reason I gave 4 stars in stead of 5 for story and performance are simple to explain. With the story I was loving the whole thing but i had 2 issues. There was in one scene a very crude word used which was offensive to me and ruined the whole scene. The second issue I had was the last hour of the book felt too rushed. It was like now that the end was near the authors rushed towards the conclusion. By the way, the "conclusion" left me aching to get to the next book. Please release the next book soon!!!

    I had to give 4 stars for the performance although I really wanted to give 5. It was such a minor issue but I felt that it wouldn't be right to overlook it and give 5. There were two instances in the book(there may have been more and I didn't notice them or not) where the narrator messed up on the accent of one of the important characters. Stephen R. Thorne did a great job narrating, making the book more of a thrill ride and I have lots of respect for how difficult it is to do what good narrators do, but the fact that the accent was of an important character could not be overlooked by me.

    I most definitely do recommend this book, it is a must listen!! I will definitely be listening again. As my headline suggests this book is an intense thrill ride!!!! Happy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JD Fairbanks, AK, United States 09-25-13
    JD Fairbanks, AK, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...Excellent story with plenty of action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Gryphon?

    The end! I won't spoil it for anyone.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen R. Thorne?

    Probably not unless it was an instruction manual. He has a clear voice and reads well, but there is no definition of character; almost monotone. Listen to the first 3 books, then this one and you'll understand. I would LOVE to hear Fred Berman or Dick Hill narrate this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-13
    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another exciting installment."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Gryphon to be better than the print version?

    Usually I love audiobooks. I am able to do chores, drive, whatever and still be entertained by a great story. However, I found Stephen R. Thorne's performance lacking in this case. He took me out of the moment a little too often so in this rare case, I would say the print version was better.


    What other book might you compare Rise of the Gryphon to and why?

    It is so hard to compare Rise of the Gryphon to anything else I've ever read. The closest I could come to is a television series, Lost Girl, rather than another book. I say this not because the plots are the same, but because the feel sort of it.

    Each book of the Baledor series is like watching a season of your favorite television show. You're not just following the main character but the side characters as well. They're just as interesting and strong and just as tied up in the mess but in different ways.

    Lost Girl gives you that as well.


    What three words best describe Stephen R. Thorne’s voice?

    Rather monotone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh yes, toward the end. Someone, though I will not say who so I don't give spoilers, dies. Its so unexpected and unfair but such is life. I cried but hope was still given.


    Any additional comments?

    The cover mentioned is speaking of the print cover, not the audiobook cover.

    First, let's take a moment to admire this cover. How bad ass does Evalle look in this? They say "Don't judge a book by its cover" but this one, I feel, really sets the mood for the book.

    You got the mystic purple background which tells you there's some major magical stuff happening within these pages. The great bat winged horse sword that I just salivate over, and then I love the play on the eyes. You have the super hot Evalle and her glowing green eyes and in the sword's blade, you have reflected some creepy beast with the same eyes.

    Given all of this, I still had no idea what was going to be coming at me when I opened this book. I am a huge fan of the Baledor series. Each book is like watching an entire season of your favorite television show. I say this because you don't just follow Evalle but Sherrilyn and Dianna introduce you to some absolutely wonderful characters who have their own thoughts and actions. They're not just there to support Evalle, they have their own lives and you want to know what is going down with them.

    This series is known for its cliffhanger endings but Book 3 was the first time I didn't put down the book and curse two of my favorite Author Goddesses and demand blood for the next book.

    Its hard to talk about this series without giving things away. There are so many twist and turns. But I will say that the story did not go where I thought it was. Dianna and Sherrilyn are masters of upping the ante and making you wonder how Evalle is going to get out of this.

    We open the book up on a Beast Championship where magical creatures battle off against each other for sport. Kind of like a dog fight but with supernaturals and lots of magic.

    Aside for the sheer entertainment of it, our heroine, Evalle, and her hunky Skinwalker panther, Storm, find out that the Medb - our villains - are offering some very powerful magic to those who can win a place in the ABC (Achilles Beast Championship) and win. What's more, the Medb want five Alterants (such as Evalle) for some unknown reason.

    On top of needing for get to the bottom of the ABC and why by Medb are gathering Alterants, Evalle's goddess, Macha, demands that at least five Alterants of her own (after all if the Medb want five, so does she) or she will revoke her offer to claim Alterants as part of her pantheon and, thus, will not protect them.

    Think that's bad? Its just the beginning.

    Loved this book but now I need the next. This book leaves you both satisfied and wanting at the end. I just need to know what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana STAFFORD, VA, United States 09-04-13
    Dana STAFFORD, VA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love and/or Stephen R. Thorne?

    No, not a book Collaborated between the 2. I would listen to books narrated by Stephen Thorne.


    What was most disappointing about Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love ’s story?

    I was shocked after listening to this book, I love the night hunter series and this didn't even come close to comparing to it. I couldn't believe it was from the same writer. I found myself bored and un-enterested in the story line and honestly cannot remember most of it.
    sorry Miss Kenyon, I still love your Night Hunter series. Stick to writing on your own.


    What three words best describe Stephen R. Thorne’s performance?

    the only good thing about this book


    What character would you cut from Rise of the Gryphon?

    I couldn't keep track of the characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    trish 08-05-13
    trish 08-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Say NO to audio!! BUY the BOOK!!"

    I really wanted to listen to this book and notice a difference in narration and not think much of it.

    I'd say "It's ok, no Holter Graham but it'll do. The writing is still the same and the narrarator takes nothing from the story."

    Boy was I wrong!!

    If you are a faithful follower you know Holter Graham usually narrarates the series. You will also know he is having health issues. Those of us who follow him are praying for him and his family at this time. He is definitley missed in this audio.

    I understand we the public want the books out immediately and are very impatient. However, I cannot tell any faithful listener to waste a credit. This is just horrible. I couldn't finish the book. I've already started reading it over on my kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kirsty Colorado 08-04-13
    kirsty Colorado 08-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "please get Holter Graham to narrate"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise of the Gryphon to be better than the print version?

    No I loved all the previous audio books and did not even check the narrator as I just assumed Holter Graham would be doing it as he has done all the others. I just could not get into the audio without Holter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love all the characters and storyline


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen R. Thorne’s performances?

    possible he was OK but I was so used to the previous narrator that it didn't have the same impact


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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