The exciting follow-up to New York Times #1 best-selling author Patricia Briggs' Masques features the further adventures of the shapeshifting mercenary Aralorn.
Aralorn's dangerous existence has taken her far from her aristocratic roots and kept her from her homeland for more than a decade. Now, she must return home to mourn the death of her father, the Lyon of Lambshold. But when Aralorn and her companion Wolf arrive, they discover that home is gone forever and they must take on an old enemy more sinister than they ever could have imagined.
Katherine Kellgren, the voice of Masques and one of Audible's favorite narrators, returns to take listeners on this new adventure.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an introduction written and read by author Patricia Briggs.
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I just finished this book and Masques. The two main characters were easy to like and had significant depth. The "bad guy" was quite evil with out being over the top. I found it difficult to turn off either book which my family loves as I cook much more elaborate meals just to have an excuse to listen. It has been many weeks since I last found a book that would entice me to make homemade applesauce.
As was said by the other reviewer, I truly hope the author picks this series back up and writes at least a couple more.
I really like this series. I would like more. I like the characters and I hope Patricia picks this one back up and gives us a few more books!
I enjoyed this one as much as Masques! She has such a talent for writing suspense long enough its a good mystery yet not to where it drags. She ads clues so you figure it out with the characters. Characters who we grow to care about.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I think it will be a good story for some but it didn't do it for me and I think it had something to do with the narration. I kept falling asleep on it and the story just didn't keep me interested. I've listened to a couple of the other ones in the series and enjoyed them enough but not this one.
I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.
Loved this book - I miss Aralorn and Wolf already! I hope she'll write more about them. I don't listen to too many audio books over and over, but I do listen to Patrica Briggs' books over and over. Her characters are so well rounded, so full of life. If you like magical fantasy type books, this one won't disappoint.
This story continues one of the best love stories I have ever read. We get to see a great deal about Aralorn's upbringing and it gives the character a fantastic depth. Katherine Kellgren's narration is fantastic, give each character (especially Wolf/Kane) a life of their own. My only real complaint about her performance is that when the character whispers, she whispers. As I listen to these stories mostly in my car, it makes it difficult to hear.
The narrator is excellent and I am glad they are sticking to the same one. I really enjoy this series and could listen to it time and again. The story can feel a little slow at moments, but is quite rewarding.
In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a sequel to Masques I really could not have asked for a more engaging and satisfying story. I found it be a wonderful exercise in story telling for both the Author and the Narrator. The lead characters were so alive in my mind as the story unfolded. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have already read the first one.
"A satisfying conclusion"
I loved the story. It was not a traditional story, in that there is no massive battle in the usual sense. The enemy, the "bad guy", is so dark and insidious that it is a really interesting journey with Aralorn and Wolf to find out how to defeat him.
Without wishing to spoil the surprise, the "trick" Aralorn plays on Wolf that reveals a lot about how much they have been through together is my favourite moment. It really touched me, and was very well written.
The scene where Aralorn returns home is excellent. The revelation of her being surrounded by family is a real eye opener into her character, especially after being so isolated previously.
When Aralorn believes her father is dead, it was really moving. It is very well written, emotional without being overly sentimental.
Again the narration is excellent. Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job of all the difficult language and characters. I really hope Patricia Briggs revisits this series in the future.
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