Book one in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy.
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.
Jax Wendyll is the crown's dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.
Erion Le'Dan, a nobleman's son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax's discovery of the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir's old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.
The pursuit of Adela's truth takes the three men to the imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela's trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair's summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax's past may not be the only things haunting them.
©2016 Claire Elise Kovarik (P)2016 Claire Elise Kovarik
The world structure. I like how we were given background about the world before things got interesting.
None really. I was on the shorter end of that I listen to.
I honestly can't answer that. I would need to listen to more of his stuff.
The Eternal Ember
I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the narrator in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook boom.
This is enjoyable, quick mystery fantasy novella. It's actually much more of a mystery/police proedural type book than I expected, and it is all the better for it.
The story follows Jax, a foreigner and a sorcerer, as he works for the prince. He is haunted by his past actions, those that branded him as a criminal. A strange murder, and and old prejudices against strangers and magic, puts Jax and his regal friend / boss into the middle of a mystery that could mean great gain for them, or could mean Jax's life.
The key mystery (mysteries) of the book are engaging and keep you on your toes. The characters are well thought out and feel like real people. The world building is good, with an entire world and history outside of the story regularly referenced and hinted at. The world feels 'real' rather than just a canvas for the story to take place.
The narration by Zachary Johnson is a mixed bag. Generally he is great. He does accents and voices, and imparts emotion into the characters. He added a huge amount to making the characters and the action engaging. However, the pacing is all over the place. There are random pauses mid sentence all over the place. There are long pauses at the end of sentences that are just too long and break the flow.
Someone just needs to go in and cut a lot of the dead space in the audio and it would have been great, but as it is it is really distracting and, at times, a little painful to listen to.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
This book was well written with developed characters Erion, Baldair, and of course, Jax.
This novel had a little bit of everything including friendship, a mystery, action, pirates and
Zachary Johnson did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Reading the e-book and having it narrated to me made my experience with this story so vivid. I could see the characters acting before my eyes. I think that if I had the print version, it would be a completely different experience. But there is no right or wrong way to read this book. Its about the story.
Can't pick favorites when I absolutely LOVE every single character.
The narrator, Zachary Johnson, does a really great job of bringing in the different accents of the Westerners and the Southerns to life. When I listen to an audiobook, I look for a very animated, motivated, style of narration. And Zachary Johnson definitely brings that to this book.
I laughed. I had some tears (because Baldair :`[ )
The Crown’s Dog was an audio that basically took up my entire day. I ate, worked, and even slept (oops) while listening to it because the mix of engaging story and Zachary’s reading was just too good to hold off on.
Our story focuses on two point of views, Jax and Erion. Jax is a sorcerer who has been conscripted to the service of the youngest prince. He has a past that haunts him, which we do get to see bits and pieces of, and throughout this story he is struggling to overcome the doubts and pain that it brings him. Despite his gloom he is really witty and has plenty of dry humor to go around. Erion is the more refined and quiet man in the group, he is more at ease playing the gentleman than the brash fighter. He has wit but he’s mostly focused on keeping the other two from allowing their quick wittiness from getting them killed. I really liked the hints at a strong friendship between Erion and Jax, but I really want to see more. They have a past together and it would be great to have that foundation, because Erion spends a lot of time worried about Jax’s current mental state. Baldir has a lot going on as well, he’s a playboy who is fighting the reputation he’s rightfully earned.Put all three of these men together and it’s like the perfect trio of humor and thanks to the narrator amazing accents.
I really loved the mystery element to this as I wasn’t expecting to play such a big part, and I loved getting to know more about the kingdom through the clues and inquires through out. However there were some elements that I wish I had learned more about, like the Crystal wars which are mentioned several times. It does seem like we might get more info on that in the next book though, so I’m hopeful. The magic is fairly cool as well and it’s interesting to see how it’s taken culturally depending on region.
Zachary Johnson’s work is phenomenal! He does a variety of really convincing accents AND even sings a bit! He has excellent pacing and his reading is animated, he really seems to get into character and it makes for an fun listen.
This series shows some real promise and I’m looking forward to further installments!
I received this in exchange for an honest review.
I love fantasy books, charming banter, sunrises, and purring kitties. Coffee and chocolate on the other hand are necessities.
Yes, I love the accents which made the banterish dialogue even more fun.
Jax, I love a brooding tortured hero.
The accents were different for every character. He also does a great job of imbuing each with personality right from the start. If I were reading, it would take longer to come to those conclusions.
Ghosts and curses can't hurt you if you don't believe in them, or can they?
This is my first experience with Ms. Kova's Air Awakens series. I found out, after the fact, that this is a prequel trilogy but it was intriguing and fun nonetheless and I didn't feel lost not having read the others. I haven't read a pirate queen story in ages so this was a nice diversion. Ms. Kova's handling of the magic and sorcery is seemless,as well as the tension between high and low borns. These three men, though often they felt like overgrown boys, certainly bear further watching. Her other trilogy is on my TBR list now.
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