In the city of Magic's Bend, I protect what's mine. To the world, I'm a feeble Conjurer. To my closest friends, I'm a dangerous Magica with unexplainable powers given to me by a dragon. The downside? If anyone discovers what I am, I'm dead. So I lay low - kicking ass with my weapons, not my magic. Things go to hell when I witness the murder of a powerful vampire ally and become the key suspect. Soon, I'm hunted by the sexiest, strongest supernatural I've ever met. I've got three days to catch the real killer. It will take my forbidden magic to succeed.
Despite the already vast and ever-expanding realm of fantasy novels, readers continue to be presented with a relatively limited selection of magical practitioners and practices. Regardless of the series, one typically finds little variation among the usual cast of regulars.
"And now for something completely different..." From the very beginning, Linsey puts her own unique stamp on this series. There is a mix of traditional magical beings as well as new creations of hers. She also gives characters new types of abilities, each with their own limitations.
Linsey uses a deft touch in sprinkling the story with a variety of very funny puns, historical remarks, and jokes that seem particularly aimed at roughly the Generation X–vintage readers. I can't begin to count the times I found myself letting.
A bonus never-before-released short story by best-selling author Isobelle Carmody. Before the apocolyptic Great White - and the regressive theology that ruled the decimated population in its wake - the city of Uropa is a gleaming metropolis devoted wholly to materialistic consumption.
This brief audiobook is a perfect teaser to this series! I was a bit skeptical at first, but I got hooked.
With one army defeated in a victory that will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed the foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost.
While I had felt that the first and second books in this series were terrific, the third seemed a bit brief. There is no such quibble about this book! It recaptures the excitement and drama of the first book.
There is a very broad cast of important characters in the series which are perhaps easier to manage in a written format, since one can merely search back through the pages to clarify a point. Likewise, the names of the various characters, beings, cities, and countries are also clearer in print. There was a several-month gap since I read book 3, so I initially had a little trouble getting back into the flow of this book. Being an audiobook made it a bit harder, but once I was back up to speed I found that I enjoyed listening to this version even more than reading the previous volumes. The narrator is excellent, with wonderful diction as well as a very good ability to render different characters' voices.
My sole complaint with this book was the near unbearable overuse of the term "puissant!" I have no idea why the author became so enamored with it, but any competent editor should have stopped that in its very first draft, let alone allowing this glaring overuse to continue on to the audiobook version. The author should not only chose a different editor in future, but also demand a refund for allowing this embarrassing faux pas to stand!
With that lone criticism in mind, I'm off to purchase the next audiobook in the series immediately. 📚🗣
Three years ago, as ship's mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the mage -king of Mars before being brought in from the cold. Now, trained in new skills by the mage-king himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, hand of the king. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a governor seemingly lost to corruption. But not all on Ardennes is as it seems.
In this sophomore addition to the series, Glynn Stewart follows Damien as he sets of in the company of one of the Hands of Mars as a royal messenger. The mission should have been a relatively simple matter, but it rapidly deteriorates once they arrive at their destination.
What follows is a roller coaster ride as the two become embroiled in the dangerous politics that exist on the planet. Once it starts, there is no stopping as the danger and tension grow to an ultimate world shaking battle. Through it all Damien is challenged at every turn, not just by events, but also by his own conscience. Is he worthy of becoming a Hand to the King of Mars?
As always, Jeffrey Kafer demonstrates why is one of the premier narrators of audiobooks in the world.
I have already purchased the third and fourth books in the series, and I can't wait to listen to the next book as soon as I am finished writing this review.
Listeners who enjoyed this series owe it to themselves to check out Nathan Lowell's series of books chronicling the "golden age of the Solar Clipper." They are all superb.
Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She's the ultimate witch cliche, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she's missing the warts and flying broom. When Halloween inherits her great aunt's manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed and breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he's not here for the continental breakfast.
The author has created a world where witches are commonly found living peacefully in society alongside plain old non-magical humans. The lead character is a magically-challenged witch whose best friend is a human. Overall, the story moves along with the feeling of a cosey mystery told with a light, humorous touch.
The narrator is very good; however, she has a very unusual voice that imprints itself so heavily upon the story that it is almost as though it was another character altogether. It is not exactly offensive, but at times I felt that it made listening to the story a bit ponderous, as if one were proceeding through molasses.
Overall, I think that this series is off to a nice, if slow, start. I must admit that it hasn't grabbed me in the same way that many other series (e.g. like those of Karen Chance, Kelly Armstrong, or Kim Harrison) have. Nonetheless, I think it is at least worth giving the next couple of books in the series a try. Finally, I think the series would be fine for young adults, but I'm not sure that it would appeal to them, especially given its slow pacing and that it is geared towards an adult audience.
Twenty-year-old Police Officer, Sydney Hart, has always made mistakes and when she meets Michael Grayson, she soon begins to wonder if she hasn't made the biggest mistake of her life. That one moment of passion between them causes Sydney's world to spiral rapidly out of control. Suffering from nightmares, Sydney soon realizes her life and the people closest to her aren't who or what she believed them to be.
Witch is a great start go the Sydney Hart Mysteries. The series is set in a rural seaside community in Cornwall, located at the southwestern tip of England.
The lead character, Sydney Hart, is a complex, 20 year old woman, whose rebellious youth was spurred on from her dysfunctional parents.
The central mystery is one which haunts Sydney & refuses to give her any respite. Likewise, there is plenty of action, tension, romance, & careful clues to keep its solution as ethereal as a whisp of smoke.
The author weaves the paranormal into the plot sparingly with a deft hand throughout the novel. As a result, this is not a typical fantasy book that requires the reader to accept a whole new universe of fantastic beings & altered laws of physics.
Although the story initially seemed to be off to a slow start, in retrospect it was essential to the story. Once the story did take off, the mix of action & tension held me glued to it until it's thrilling end.
The narrator is perfect for this book. She breaths life into the author's words perfectly & is never better than when speaking in the voice of Sydney. She was perfectly cast for this series.
I found this book to be very enjoyable & I look forward to reading each new book in the series (I already have Book 2 set to listen to!)
Warning – because of the frequent profane language & it's graphic sexual situations, this book is not for young adults or those who know beforehand that it will offend them.
No amount of training has prepared Jaevid Broadfeather for the front lines of battle. Now facing the true horrors of war, with Luntharda looming on the horizon, Jaevid has begun to question everything he thought about his heritage. The only thing keeping him going is his oath to protect his dragonrider brothers. But in an instant, even that slips through Jaevid's fingers as he steps from the safety of his dragon's saddle into the depths of his mother's wild homeland - the kingdom of the gray elves.
This series gets better and better. As Javed joins his new comrades in Emerald Flight, he and his former instructor, now wingman, grow closer as a team, he is faced with his biggest challenge of all.
I can't wait for the next book!
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What kind of power is lurking inside him? After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario.
This series just gets better and better! There are plenty of action, romance, tension, and surprises to keep the listener welded to his or her earphones! I can't wait to listen to the next book in this wonderful series!
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Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war? Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless - until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy, a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid's case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline.
This new dragon series has a twist to it: the lead character is half-human and half-elf. As a result, he is disliked but nearly all humans and elves.
The story gets off to a slightly slow start, but the action and drama later on is worth the somewhat slow start. The slow beginning is necessary to set the foundation for the lead character's home life and background as well as his entry into the elite dragon riders' academy. His chief instructor and his best friend turn out to be his sole support, along with his unique dragon. There are two female characters who lend potential love interests as well.
Overall, this is a strong start for this young adult series. I am also a big fan or Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Brisngr, Eldest, & Inheritance). This series is a bit lighter weight, without the added complexity of dwarves, extensive use of exotic languages or such a wide cast of characters and subplots. Nonetheless, Fledgling is worthwhile in its own way and on its own unique strengths. I've already purchased the second audiobook in this series, Avion, and can't wait to listen to it next.
Finally, the narration is first rate throughout. All characters are given appropriate voices, and the general narration is pleasant to listen to. He is a good choice for this series.
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The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April 9, 1942 - illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms.
This remarkable biography of Brigadier General Donald Blackburn was meticulously researched and aided by his thorough diary entries mad throughout his time in the Philippines during WWII.
It goes on to detail his extensive contributions to Special Forces training and operations during the Vietnam War, to included his involvement in Operation White Star in Laos and his tenure commanding MACV-SOG. His remarkable career ended with his planning of the Son Tay prison raid in 1971.
The narrator for this audiobook has a wonderful voice and does a wonderful job of narrating this story. The only fault I can find is with the mispronunciations of so many names of people, places, and things. This I blame on the production and editing team, for they should have had the foresight to have acquainted the narrator with the pronunciations beforehand. Failing that, they should have caught and corrected these errors. It is a shame, really, because everything else about the book and its performance was superb.
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