When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She is a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn", a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles.
Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts - including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power. With the fate of humanity in the balance, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against a dark and nefarious foe.
At once captivating, deftly worded, and character-rich, Seven Kinds of Hell expands vampire legend and werewolf noir in both intensity and charismatic bite.
©2013 Dana Cameron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Seven Kinds of Hell is a great adventure. Dana Cameron’s supernatural heroes are refreshingly different, and the action is astonishing." (New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris)
"Dana Cameron can pull me into a story like few other writers. Wildly creative, thrilling, and fun, the Fangborn series is one you won’t want to miss!" (New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen)
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
I read a lot of paranormal fantasy (well, I read a lot of scifi of all types) and I had a hard time getting "into" this story. This is the first in a new series by a young author, and is reasonably well written. However, the characters are a bit immature. The book is not YA, per se, but the characters are in their 20's, fresh out of grad school and all seem rather puerile, both in their reactions and dialogue. The protagonist, Zoe, is also a bit too 'whiny" in much of the novel for my tastes ("oh, Will can't find out about my beast side...)
This book does have a lot of good action scenes and globetrotting, which makes it worth the member's list price. The addition of archeological history (the protagonist is a professional archaeologist) is a positive addition for me as well as the world-building aspect of the "fangborn" (those of beastly, vampiric or oracular bent.) I will more than likely check out the 2nd volume in this series to see where Cameron takes her world building and in hopes for some better character development and a thicker plot.
The narrator does a fair job with the male and female characters.
I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and the Iron Druid Chronicles and enjoyed this just as well. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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