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.
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 thinking of giving this book a 3 star review but I liked it more than "it's okay," which is a 3 star review.
However, I doubt I'll read the next book. It's just way toooo long and it was a little repetitive. The one good thing about my iPad is being able to get a count on how many times a word or phrase is used; Jesu was said 54 times. Rahat was said 33 times and chewing on the bottom lip was used 29 times. Seriously? If the story hadn't been so good I would have given up.
I liked Xavian and Afina a lot. Xavian's lust for her was crazy but his love for her was written better than any I've ever read before.
I also liked Henri, Cristobal, Garren, Cruz, Andri and Shay. All the bad guys, Vladimir, Halal and Al Pacii were all just as bad as a person can possibly imagine.
Besides it being sooo long this book is all about story telling. You have to go through pages and pages before anyone says anything and I don't really like that. It's like not involving the players in the book. When there's no dialogue I get bored pretty easy. It was a great story that's why I finished it. There was some really great sexual tension and some awesome sex in this book and if you don't mind there being so little dialogue then this book is for you.
As to the narrator: She was good and bad. She did show emotions while reading, which is good. BUT her males didn't exactly sound like men, which is bad.
I mean, really. When a book keeps referring to the hero's voice a low and sexy and the narrator sounds like a girl, how stupid is that. If she had sounded like a man when a man was talking she would have been a perfect narrator. I don't think I'd want to listen to her again if she can't even try to sound manly.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and am looking forward to all the rest to come. I could listen to Suzan Crowley narrate again and again, she does a great job. I am now starting to listen to the Fury dragon books and am not disappointed.
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.
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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