Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for 16 years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne's uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place....
©2000 Carol Berg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
I love finding books by authors I have not previously read that come highly recommended and still manage to blow me a way. This one hits on all accounts. I cannot believe that I had not heard of Carol Berg before. I won't give anything of the plot away, but writing is excellent, it is long, but not over done or slow in places. And the story drags you in right from the beginning, I could not stop listening. I highly recommend it.
This story unfolds, folds back, circles, returns, and surprises. At times, it seems to drag as the protagonist suffers interminably in so many different ways. However, as we learn who he is and what he has done, we appreciate the weaving. The reading is good, but not great. The story bogs down here and there, but is still very engaging and entertaining.
Carol Berg has written one of the best novels I have had the pleasure to read in 2015. The selected narrator added just the right touch. Two thumbs up for him and five for Carol Berg. Everyone who enjoys reading must read.
The story is rich, with the unique twist of making us care about an abusive slave owner (or at least, care what happens to him). By creating a protagonist that is a slave, stripped of magical powers, yet HAS to come to the defense of his master who is threatened by demons, Carol Berg has set up near impossible scenario for the reader to identify with. And yet, she pulls it off magnificently. From the outset I was hooked into the struggles of the main character who despises his childish bully of a master, yet sees in the man a glimmer of greatness that must be protected from the evil ministrations of demons bent on overthrowing the empire (we think). Kevin Stillwell's narration is spot on, capturing the defeated, resolute disposition of our hero and the vast sweeps of emotions and behavior seen in his owner, the prince.
Very enjoyable. I like the both protagonists, Seyonne and Prince Aleksander. Very strong characters. I like the voice give to Seyonne. He comes across as a man who has gone through a lot and yet kept his calm and confidence to help the prince despite obstacles. Prince Aleksander changing from an arrogant, outspoken man to become a more caring and maturing into an an excellent future emperor. His friendship with Seyonne is wonderful as he grows to trust him and to work together to confront their enemies. A worthy series. Well performed by Keven Stillwell.
I absolutely LOVED this book.It might be my favorite book ever. I could barely bring myself to stop listening even though I wanted to spread it out and make it last for as long as possible. The writing is excellent and evocative, the characters multi-dimensional and so enjoyable, and the story held my attention from beginning to end!
I feel as if someone looked into my mind, found all the kinds of things I love, and put them into this book. If you like the hurt/comfort genre, if you like whump, if you like stories about deep and unexpected friendships, peril, angst, and characters you can't help falling in love with, then I am sure you will adore this book as much as I did.
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