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  • Family of Lies: Sebastian

  • By: Sam Argent
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: He healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian's problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn't content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince's unwanted affections, but he's also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am impressed.

  • By Belen on 03-10-16

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but not too bad

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Reviewed: 08-28-16

Any additional comments?

I think an important part of why I didn't enjoy this as much as I might have, is that I felt the narrator did not match this particular story, making it hard to get into his telling of it. This book is also extremely dialogue heavy with a lot of time and place jumps that were not given enough pause, so it was sometimes hard to notice when locations and characters had changed suddenly.

As for characters, I found that some of the Orwell siblings were a bit too close in their personalities, making most of the story endless bickering without discernible perspectives in said arguments. I found that their mothers were exceptionally interesting characters that I would have liked to know more about and oddly enough, I also wanted to know more about Kevin and his husband, Luke.

I did like Turren, though a stronger basis for his love of Sebastian other than childhood crush that never went away would have sold it a bit more for me. I liked the CONCEPT of Sebastian, but felt he could have done with a little more filling out in terms of character arch, emotional range, and explanation for his abilities.

Those are my criticisms, but it wasn't a bad read, I just felt it could have benefitted from a bit more range in terms of characters, description, and performance.

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