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  • City of Night

  • The House War, Book 2
  • By: Michelle West
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Times are truly desperate within Averalaan's hundred holdings, and Jewel MArkess and her den are finding it hard to survive. Then suddenly their mentor, Rath, orders them to avoid the ancient Undercity beneath Averlaan's streets, cutting them off from their main source of income. Yet Rath himself refuses to heed the warnings of Jewel's seer dreams. Instead, he allies with the mages of the Order of Knowledge in a secret war against demonic foes, knowing he'll be targeted for death - or worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By TheKtribe on 05-07-18

A powerful story about choices and facing grief.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-17

This second book focuses on grief, choices, and most of all hope. It tells the story of how Jewel came to leave the holdings. It explains​ what she lost along the way and helps to explain how those loses shaped the woman she will become. Most of all though it explored the different ways we all grieve and how that grief manifests in others. Allowing each character to express their loss without condemning it, but allowing us each to accept it and recognize it for what it is. A powerful example of acceptance and understanding in any world, even one darkened by the shadows of demons walking the street.

  • The Hidden City

  • The House War, Book 1
  • By: Michelle West
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess - Jay to her friends - meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity in search of artifacts and treasure. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath’s home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem.

  • By Richard on 09-17-13

Powerful Opening to an epic story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

This is the first in a fantastic series written by the brilliant Michelle West (Sagara). Robert Jordan, and George R.R. Martin have nothing on the captivating prose written in this series. The story isn't just fantasy, it's a coming of age, hope for the future, epic fantasy adventure. You'll fall in love with the various characters, all of which play a role in the life of the central character Jewel 'Jay' Markess. After the 3rd book you'll have to pick up and read the Sun Sword series to maintain the chronological timeline if you want, and while it isn't available via audio book it's also an amazing series where everything falls into place in a phenomenal way. I've read / listened to the series 4 times now and am still discovering hidden details that I love.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,384

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Amazingly good time

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-17

Will Wheton does a fantastic job delivering a great story, his inflection, attitude and bearing all play perfectly into the presentation of the story. I keep coming back to this book and listening to it again and again because of the great performance of the narrator, and enjoyable story. If you grew up in the 80s or 90s you'll love the nostalgic nods to a bygone age, while presenting a very relevant discussion of where the world could be headed.