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Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils

A Forgotten Realms Novel
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (354 ratings)

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Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes.

Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister, Havilar, urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating.

In the ruins of Neverwinter, Farideh’s doubts get tangled up in a devilish snare six layers deep. A succubus playing human pawns against an otherworldly foe sees the twins as obstacles in her path. And Lorcan’s monstrous sisters have their eyes on the city - and on Farideh. There’s no time to question her pact with Lorcan - it will take every ounce of Farideh’s newfound powers to get out of Neverwinter alive.

©2012 Wizards of the Coast LLC (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A great story with a headache sprinkled over top.

Would you try another book from Erin M. Evans and/or Dina Pearlman?

Of course. The first Brimstone Angles book was fantastic, and the author as well as the narrator do a great job through and through. This particular book, however, will test your patience with the AUDIOBOOK format.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tam. He's finally got a chance to shine in this novel and gives a better understanding of life as a cleric, harper, and as a troubled man. His moments are my favorite for the first half of the book.

What three words best describe Dina Pearlman’s performance?

"I really tried." The issue, and the point of me WRITING a review, is that this book is completely smothered in flashbacks, cross scenes (where two separate scenes are happening at the same time, flipping between them both). Pearlman does a great job with her character voices, in my opinion, but most of these flashback scenes and illusory details end up sounding like a paragraph with no punctuation - no way of telling what she's talking about or why.

I would have preferred if there was a tonal difference between the present and flashbacks as well as a pause between scenes and flashbacks.

[Example]"A hand reached out and rested on her shoulder why hadn't Tam come to check on Dahl's progress?"

Did Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils inspire you to do anything?

Buy the next two books - which is all an author can hope for!

Any additional comments?

Please please please please realize there will be scenes in this book that will not make sense at all unless you're paying close attention. Whenever something sounds confusing to you - i suggest you back the audobook up a fair amount and re-listen more closely. Take a breath, don't get mad, and realize that it's SUPPOSED to be disjointed and off-putting in those particular parts. As readers, most of us would re-read those lines 2 or 3 times before moving on, you don't get that option listening to the audio. Just bear with it.

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Another Hit!

I really enjoyed the book and how it manages to keep many different plot threads and back storys in check. Got a little slow near the middle but it was key information to Know to keep the story fluid. Definitely worth a listen/read

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Beware the answers you seek...Whahahaha!

If you could sum up Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils in three words, what would they be?

Chaotic. Devilish. Uh...Books?

There are so many little subplots in this book it's hard to sum up in three words.

What other book might you compare Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils to and why?

Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils is the second book after Brimstone Angels and while the plot wasn't as attention grabbing as the first book, it was still good. It continues were the first book left off.

Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Dina Pearlman does an excellent job on character voices. The only thing I could think needs improvement from the audio was the fact there was no pause or anything when characters switched perspective.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I like all the characters in this book, but sometimes the subplots seemed to get in the way of the main plot. Farideh's obsessive need to get Lorcan back to the point of putting everyone around her in danger seems a bit forced and quickly becomes buried under a stronger plot involving the character Tam, a competitive race to find the hidden tomb of an ancient mad wizard and the dangerous knowledge he has buried with him.

There are a bunch of side plots involving relationship issues as well. Fun, but kind of overly intense sometimes. One of my favorite scenes involve a hilarious and awkward conversation Farideh's sister, Havilar has when she tries to get simple romantic advice from an ancient all knowing talking book.

Any additional comments?

Read Brimstone Angels before this one, you will get a better grasp at what is going on and who the characters are. The events in "Brimstone Angels" is what most of the strength behind this story is drawn upon.

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A solid listen.

The sequel to a stellar first novel, this one is a well written, if oddly paced, continuation of Faredah's story that definitely makes you feel like you're listen to a D&D campaign.

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Fantastic series

A fantastic series from beginning to end, and excellent narration. Definitely a must read/listen for anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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Great

Great audio drama in the series. I'm glad your sticking with the same reader throughout the whole series. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Great series so far.

I love the story so far and cant wait to continue. I am really enjoying the interactions of all the dofferent character personalities. My only issue has been the narration, could use some work.

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There is a great dungeon crawl in here!!!

A lot of this book focuses on the relationship between Farideh and the devil she is bound to (Lorcan). I found myself wanting to scream at the audio book, "Quit being so stupid, Farideh! He is a manipulative, controlling, BASTARD!!!" But that is the point, isn't it? As frustrating as it is to read about a teenager in basically an abusive relationship (mostly mental abuse) it is well done and is believable.

Meanwhile her sister Havilar continues to be a fun contrast.

A good deal of this book deals with a party in a dungeon crawl complete with traps, ancient secrets, and party members with contrasting goals. I thought this part was very well done and I really enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery of the place.

All in all a great listen. The narrator does a good job of given each character a 'voice' as well.

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like the book serious

sometimes it was hard to distinguish characters but overall well-read good serous jumping to the next book

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A fun tale of a bunch of Adventurers.

The plot is not terribly complex or well wrought, but the characters are fun and the relationships are compelling so that I remained interested till the end.