Never Knew Another, narrated in her best suspenseful tones by Eileen Stevens, is the first installment in the creepy Dogsland trilogy.
Rachel Nolander is a drifter who doesn’t have anywhere to call home. Get it? Nolander? On the road, Rachel and her brother, Djoss, find themselves in the small town of Dogsland, where they take up a squalid residence and wonder where their next meal will come from. However, Rachel’s life takes a turn for the more interesting when she meets resident Corporal Jona Lord Joni.
These two have a lot in common. You see, they’re both….children of demons. Wow. As if paying the rent wasn’t hard enough! But at least they have each other.
Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by. Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon. Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon's child too, but instead of living in fear, he keeps his secret and goes about his life as a cocky, self-assured man of the law. The first story in the Dogsland Trilogy, Never Knew Another is the story of how these two outcasts meet.
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First off: I had to buy the third book and read-read it because it was not available on Audible. (ugh, I know, what a chore. *sarcasm)
Second: The series should be sold together as one book. It reads as one book instead of three, and they are short. Don't bother buying it unless it goes on one of the $4.95 sales.
Third: The series is bleak. There is no happy ending. You meet one of the main characters dead at the beginning of the first book and spend the rest of the series finding out what kind of person he was and how he ended up in the middle of nowhere dead.
Fourth: There is something missing.... It is like we are only given a small slice of time in this world. Get told just enough things that had happened in the past to move the story along, things that center around the town itself--but it feels like there was not enough, that a lot of history was glossed over. There is a world here that needs more expansion, and maybe that is what is going to happen in future books? IDK, but it is like hitting the ground running on this one.
In conclusion: It wasn't a waste of time to read it. It would black your soul just a little bit by the end of it. So if you don't like listening about the rat-infested slums, drug abuse, the lives of the barely-living poor, and demonic murderers: pass it up.
However, I did like the fictional religions, and there is solid world-mechanics behind how the demon-born taint the spaces around them and why the Wolf Priests want to stop their spread. Even the sympathetic Rachel is too dangerous to be around.
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