Lauren Fortgang is the narrator? Heck yeah sign me up!
What I liked
Dark Hope started out as a kind of light ..Show More »UF story that turned into a complex story that had me wondering where the roller coaster was going to stop. I liked the fact that I couldn't easily figure the plot out by chapter 5 like other books I've read. Dark Hope is an audio you need to listen carefully to because you can find yourself lost if you check out from time to time. A lot of plot twists happen. What Didn’t Quite Work For Me
I actually took a break with only 2 hours left in the audio because I was as lost and pissed as Claire and just wanted to know what the heck was going on. After I took a break and came back to Dark Hope I was glad I did. Will I continue the series?
Yes. I enjoyed the plot and Claire enough to give a second book a go. Especially if it's on audio and narrated by Lauren Fortgang. Plus I NEED to know who was taking Claire home at the end. H.D. Smith you left me hanging. LOL
Why I listened
Lauren. Freaking. Fortgang. Seriously if I see her name as the narrator I'm going to give it a try. I could listen to Lauren read the phone book. Lauren nailed Dark Hope's 1st person POV through Claire.
VERY entertaining. I like every aspect about these books but the romance (plenty of tension, just not that much genuine relationship development), hop..Show More »efully that will come in the next book.
Dark Forsaken by H.D Smith is the third novel in the Devil’s Assistant series. After the second novel, the story picks up with Claire, the presumptive..Show More » queen of the fourth realm, having been tasked with a job before she can return to her realm and her people. After the death of the curator of the museum of the four realms, it is her job to meet with every candidate that presents themselves for an interview and to select one to replace the old curator. The rulers of the other three realms are reluctant to have her succeed. In addition to this dull job, the other rulers, Boss, Mab, and Harry, call her in to deal with growing unrest in the underworld, developing supposedly at the hands of her Fallen followers. Together with the Quads, or four half demon siblings that Claire claimed as her followers from the big three with whom she has a mutual dislike and mistrust, she must attempt to resolve this issue. To top it all off, she must find and deal with the other contenders for the Fall throne. If she fails she will either lose her throne or her life.
I loved this novel as much as the first two. It is a fantastic story and the complexity and great characters make it shine. As before, I liked Claire’s attitude toward the magical world. Now, she has to grow into her ruler position and this requires adjusting her behavior and attitude toward the big three, the rulers of the other realms, and the four Quads. She has become more suspicious, also recognizes that she has to also start to trust some people to survive. She is finally is embracing her position in the magical world, but still has a lot to learn. The story picked up well from the last novel and provides a decent amount of backstory to make it not too confusing if the reader hasn’t read the first two in the series. But the plot is complicated and therefore I would really recommend reading the first two books first. There are a lot of bits of information and past relationships that were hard to remember. However, this complexity is what makes the story interesting. This novel was also filled with time jumps that drove the plot forward and made the plot more exciting. Overall, all the characters continue to be complex with their motivations difficult to guess and it is easy to stay invested in the story. I can’t wait for the next novel in the series.
The narration by Lauren Fortgang was fantastic as before. I think she captures all the characters really well. She especially does a great job voicing Claire and really captures the snarky commentary from the different characters. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to any one like urban fantasy novels with complex interweaving storylines.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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