Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae. But he's not easily convinced.
From disbelief to acceptance, Robert encounters a variety of mythical beings. From Faeries and Norse legends to the Oracle at Delphi, from Mermaids to Werewolves to everything in between, Robert's world has definitely changed. While his path through that world appears chosen he soon learns that the beings that reside in the world of his grandmother's stories aren't that much different than those of the mortal world. Good and evil still battle one another and it's time to take sides.
What should Robert do when the world around him stops making sense? When he has to find out from a Dwarf that his dog is descended from Fae hunting dogs. When he knows that corporations and even the mob don't run Vegas, it's the Fae. When the prettiest girls he meets are over 3,000 years old and some of them drink blood. And that stripper, is she really a Faery? Let's not even go there. What should Robert do when he learns that strength in his new world is measured in magic, and he doesn't have a clue how to wield it?
Do Demons, Gods, Elves, and Faeries really exist? Are Vampires truly the children of Lilith? Robert didn't believe it at first either....
©2012 Tom Keller (P)2013 Tom Keller
Another winner! I actually found this book on "Amazon" while browsing the kindle selection and was glad to see it was available on audible. For Tom Keller's first effort it's hard to believe how solid and well written this novel is. This book is slightly unique compared to other magic oriented UF novels because in this story the protagonist, "Robert" has lived his whole life without ever knowing or using his magical capabilities. "Robert" learns that he is actually a very powerful "high Fae" (basically a God) and with the help of his Aunt and some new found friends he slowly learns how to use his magic and he discovers (to the extreme shock of everyone around him) just how powerful he is. What I like most about this book is that it's character driven, all the "players" in this story were interesting with very likeable personalities(even the pet dog). The narration by Andrew Roth was very good making the audio experience that much more enjoyable. I was impressed enough with this first book in the series to take a chance with book 2 when it's released. Good job Tom Keller!
If any of you guys are fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles or the Dresden Files you might want to check this book out- they're kind of along the same lines.
Absolutely! Nothing is better than listening to a great book while driving to work or school. The Narrator, Andrew Troth, did a fantastic job. The story was enthralling and had a good mix of humor and action, and I want to see what happens next!You always miss a few things the first time through a book, so I will have to give this one another listen.
I loved the parts when they go over the history of the war between the Lillen (sp? That is the problem with audio books!) and the Fae. But I have to say that the part that gave me the most pleasure was listening to Robert learn how to talk to his dog!
I loved how Tom Keller mixed in all of the fantasy elements and creatures into a different, almost True Blood worthy, version of how humanity and fantastical creatures coexist along side each other. I can't think of a mythical beast, or species, that wasn't worked into the story, in one form or another. This is the type of Urban Fantasy I like to read!
If you are looking for a different paranormal mystery then you might want to listen to this one. There were several times I wanted to put this book down but I continued to listen to the end. I usually listen to books with female main characters but after listening to the Druid chronicles I have been expanding my interests. To be fair, I will say that the world the Tom Keller created was very interesting and realistic. The characters were likable and the plot was interesting. However, I didn't get sucked into the world or really care about the characters. It was missing something. I'm not sure if I will read anymore in this series, but I can't say that it wasn't really good. Another thing is that the narrator seemed to read to fast. That might have been the problem for me. I'm not sure.
I cannot believe if this is his first published book. Where's the second one I say! This was written better than an award-winning author I had listened to. The reader wasn't bad. To me he tried to sound like an old private eye from the 50s/60s. Almost like "hey doll, what's the likes a you doin in a place like this". I want the next book.
being able to read and drive and listen to the book as I work.
malcome Smitt, the computer guy.
He was a little fast at times but did a good job.
the entire book was good. Good combination of real vegas ans Sci-Fi
The narrator rocks, and Andrew Troth is the main reason I rushed to write a review for the first book in this series. I hope the author accrues enough income from the series to hire the Troth for books 2, 3, and 4.
The Return of the High Fae is by Tom Keller, an indie author to encourage: his Vegas Fae series is getting traction on Kindle, based on the number of books and number of positive reviews.
Vegas Fae is a midlife crisis turned coming-of-age tale, where the hero is an ex-cop who grow into unimaginable powers and the full vitality of youth once again. Turns out the big time fae have gone to seed, faded like the old Vegas mob of the 1960s.
Turns out, though, that the magic's back. The glitzy strip is just background for supernaturals testing their boundaries and getting ready to set up shop with the power, namely our good guy Hoskins and an unknown, unscrupulous adversary. The non-human world is taking the precautions it can and stoking some twenty-first century resentment about the threat to their way of life as law-abiding citizens.
I rolled my eyes enough that they hurt as the hero, now greying and losing muscle tone, "comes of age" in all the ways a middle-aged man without a wife could wish, where the growing up proves to be growing fit again, in the potency of youth. Good thing the premise has promise, because the wish fulfillment is cranked way up. And, good thing I can relate enough to admit that it would be fantastic, though it requires a grudging concession that I'm past the heyday of twenty- or thirty-something characters fighting for honor in the usual urban fantasy series.
The audiobook won me over when the events strained even the boundaries of fantasy-universe credulity. Did I mention that Andrew Troth is fantastic? I was ambivalent at first by the staccato delivery, categorizing him in my mind as a freelance actor picking up extra work. But as I got into the book, I got that the delivery was actually pitch perfect for the main character: there's a Joe Friday quality to the narration that made me like the narrative so much that I felt let down that there's not an audiobook for book two. This is a fun listen.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I was so surprised with this book. It was enjoyable to see a different view of Fae, werewolves and the like. This has the added element of being a detective story. Our hero is a divorced, middle aged man with grown kids. He discovers that he is a child of a dryad mother. His mom broke with tradition and chose to have a male child. It was fun watching how he learns to deal with his magic and the new world he is thrust into. I hope that there will be more to come.
The overlay of a gritty detective onto urban fantasy was intriguing. There was a reasonable level of light humor; not an excessive amount of "adult" situations, but they were there. There was just something a little off about how the character took to discovering the world of magic around him. Too much suspension of disbelief was required. Just didn't exactly work for me.
This story was a quick and enjoyable easy listen, but don't expect too much. It might be for fans of series like the Dresden Files, but nowhere near the same quality. The writer says way too many times throughout the book "like something out of a bad story" or "like something out of a bad movie", which just makes me think well maybe this is a bad story.
The narrator is just ok, I've definitely heard worse, but he just sounds a little flat and lacks inflection in many sentences that require it.
I don't know if I will listen to the next book, which I don't think is available in audio yet anyway.
The story was interesting but it was too shallow for me. Perhaps I'm just too old for it.
Develop the back story more regarding the world of Faes. Maybe there is another book before this one that I haven't listened to - so that could be taken into consideration.
"Return of the High Fae"
If I had read this in a book form first then it would have been put on my permenent bookshelf to reread at a later date, as it is on audible then I shall listen again to it later in the year. If you like fantasy which includes the unexpected including a guardian gnome, bad mages and werewolves, with a few other immortals introducing themselves to the unlikely hero who is learning on the job and finding out his heritage. There is humour and I listended to a big chunk of this narrative whilst cooking and I became quite engrossed in the story line. I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I personally thought the narrator rather rushed the story but after a while the story line came to the forefront I hope there is a follow up soon.
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