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As the Light Festival draws near, the Něssyrians craft paper lanterns, awaiting the most important holiday of the year. The Lyliňg Fighting House, too, prepares for celebration - by laying fresh sand onto the arena and setting up a match against their top pit fighter, the unrivalled Yüuzuki Ōren. His last match. One he can’t win. 

With the odds more than stacked against him, the gorgeous Barbarian is as good as dead. Unless his lover, healer Ĥaiatto Ẽkana, proves himself every bit as determined as he is clever and finds a way to protect the man he’d stop at nothing to save.

©2019 Kasia Bacon (P)2019 Kasia Bacon

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4.5 stars fantasy story & narrator that drew me in

I forgot how much I enjoyed this story! It's the perfect fantasy story for me because it jumps right into it, explaining the world through the story instead of chapter after chapter of world building. I love them together, and I love that I understood who they are in such a short time. The way they care for each other is wonderful. Haiatto is willing to risk anything, do anything to save Yüu and the love they share. Plus there are vampires, and other cool characters!

Audio: I admit, at first I wasn't sure I was going to like the narrator, because he did a couple odd pauses, but after the first few paragraphs I quickly fell in love with him. His voice for Yüu made me melt, and I loved all the other voices as well. Everyone was distinct, and the female voices sound great as well. I will be looking for more from him.

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Wherever you are is my home

Why did I ever fight the spark??? 😳 Seriously!?!?! Why did !? 😁 I’ll tell you why .. I love Miss Kasia Bacon’s writing. I really really do. 💜 I think she writes the most beautiful, poignant and sophisticated proses when it comes to fantasy and romance. But we also know that she’s the queen of shorties. (No pun intended 😏 ... wait .. I actually did 😂) Anyhow, though I loved each and every one of her previous stories, I was kinda afraid that this is going to be another shortie with a sequel. And that’s why it took a while for me to pick up this book but boy, was I wrong. 😅 This is by far, the most complete and sexiest story Miss Bacon has ever written. 🔥 I believe only she has the ability to write “performing fellatio” to be beautiful, pure and yet innocently titillating. It was a glorious reading experience. 😍

The love story between Yüu and Haiatto was really beautiful and heartwarming. The forbidden love story between a state-owned pit fighter and black sheep of a magic healer, the odds were really set against them. But of course, love did win over everything in the end. And as Yüu would said wherever he can hold And love Haiatto every night is home.

Michael Fox did a fantastic job narrating this lovely story. I mean I loved it when I read it but I loved it even more when I listened it. Highly recommended to anyone who loves fantasy with healthy amount of romance and swoon-worthy moments! 🥰❤️😘


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Amazing short story

Ok so this is my first Kasia Bacon book, how have I not found this author sooner? I loved this book and the narration. The author drops you straight into the story and while telling the story she also manages to very quickly build a world you can visualise and be part of.

The story is told entirely from Haiatto’s point of view and you quickly get to feel the love he has for Yuu as well as the intense anxiety he has for his welfare in the ring. Haiatto is a healer and Yuu a pit fighter, and Haiatto will do anything to heal Yuu after every fight. But the fights are becoming harder and harder and they both know they’re living on borrowed time before Yuu sustains an injury that can’t be healed. The depths they go to protect each other is beautiful, and their love for each other is strong yet tender.

Michael Fox does an amazing job at narrating. He’s got great depth of emotion in his voice, and the characters each have their own clear voices.

I received an arc of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review

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Lovely short

Even if you think you hate short stories/novellas - check out Kasia Bacon’s work. Seriously, I cannot get over how she can make a 2 hour audio feel like a complete and whole story. Especially in a fictional universe with it’s own language, society, and history.

Note: While part of the Order Universe this can be read on its own. Honestly. There are names from other books mentioned, but nothing happens that eludes to other storylines/events.

Told entirely from healer Haiatto’s perspective - this is a beautiful story of a seemingly “weaker” mate doing what he can to save his warrior love. Yuu & Haiatto have such a deep love and respect for each other and the lengths they’ll go to in order to protect the other is so sweet.

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Michael Fox’s narration is lovely. He handles all of Bacon’s made-up names and words fluidly. It’s an easy listen.

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good side story

the narration was lovely. the pacing was good as well as the clarity and tone of the story.

the story is very short but good and to the point. I would have liked it to be longer and it did leave me wanting more and I hope we get a story about the sad assassin/spark that was introduced at the end of the book. glad there was a happy ending.

a free copy was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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delightful

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes
What did I like about the story? good pace, likeable and well thought out characters and despite being short the story crafts a vividly detailed world.

Kasia Bacon as written a delightful fantasy confirming we will do what we must to save the one we love. Yüu is the top gladiator for the Lyliňg Fighting House, too good at what he does, he is being setup for a fight he can't possibly win. His lover and the house healer Ĥai is determined to find a way to stop it from happening.

I enjoyed Michael Fox's narration of "Don't Fight the Spark". I had no problem distinguishing characters or feeling the emotions of the story and feel has has bought the book to life.

I really hope to see more from this Author and world.

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Perfect voice for this story

Michael Fox did a beautiful job narrating, and I loved his vocal variations for each character.

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A Wonderful Story

This is the first book in The Soldiers and Mercenaries Series. A charming book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable The characters were developed and thought out. The narration was great, the narrator had different voices and wasn’t monotone and was expressive. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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Awesome Listen

I love this narrator and this story. Both together make one epic audiobook. It will be put on my list for relisten often.

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GREAT STORY WITH AMAZING NARRATION

I knew I would love the story because Kasia Bacon is an amazing author. I was very pleasantly surprised by Michael Fox's performance! He was definitely perfectly cast for this story.

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  • BevUK
  • 12-18-19

Genius author and superb narration

How do you take a 5 star Kasia Bacon read and make it better? Why, you release it in audio with fantastic narration, simples!

I'm already a huge fan of this author, she nails a short story every. sinlge. time .... without fail and although these are short stories, they are so well written they never feel short or rushed or lacking. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Kasia Bacon is a genius. Period.

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  • Renata
  • 12-18-19

Sweet, funny and heartwarming story

Sweet, funny and heartwarming story about power of love between slave fighter and healer in word of magic, vampires and cruel creatures.
The book is a part of the Order Universe that I am a big fan, but it is a stand alone addition so you will not feel lost if you haven't read previous books by the author. You will meet new characters that are introduced to the universe world.
This story will take your breath away. It's intense, full of humour, good doze of romantic and sizzling hot scenes.
Having read that for you makes even better experience. I adore the way the actor changes voices and accents according to each character which makes all the difference and adds depth to the story.

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  • Paul
  • 12-14-19

A great story and a thrilling narration

A great M/M fantasy romance! The Order Universe is a new world to me, not once did I find myself lost or confused. The world building is seamless and organic. It unfolds alongside the plot. But what sold the story to me were the characters—distinctive and believable. I became invested in their plights right away. Despite the story being on the darker side, there’s enough humour to balance it out. Steamy bits are, well, steamy. And it ends on a HEA!

The British narrator is bang on. I loved his narration. Great accents and voices. I even listened through the glossary! Also, I prefer my audiobooks under 4 hours, so I found the length an advantage, too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-20

Want more!!!

Similar to The Witcher with its own world and super sexy twist. Netflix needs to make this a series ASAP!

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  • choccygrl
  • 12-23-19

Prepare to be transported to another world

When I heard Kasia Bacon was releasing one of her books in audio I really wanted it to be 21 Arrow Salute (afterall it has my cheeky chappie in it) but I honestly think this was an excellent choice. Oh, the feels. The knowledge of your partner's impending doom and poinancy of each and every moment, the tendril of hope as you see a spark of possibility for a future together, after a lifetime of hiding.

The world building is effortless, even more so than when reading. The narrator fills the characters with passion and hope and love.

A beautiful story and an excellent performance.

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  • Gwen
  • 12-20-19

The healer and the fighter...

A short listen about defending love and honor. The names are a bit hard fo spell but I enjoyed the story, the strength of a lover who heals and the loving heart of a fighter used for entertaining the masses. Good one!

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  • Pixiebell
  • 12-16-19

Didn’t Spark my Interest

This is the first book by this author I have read/listened to and I’m afraid it didn’t grab my attention.
There was very little world building and the character building was shallow and under developed in my opinion, making it difficult to invest my time or emotions with the story or the main characters.
This may be due to the fact it is only 2 hours 27 minutes long but I found myself distracted despite the narration being very good.

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  • RjS
  • 12-24-21

Exciting, multi-faceted story

Suspenseful story with some great characters.
Flashes of humour are used to contrast with the brooding menace of much of the story.
Great world-building and effective narration.

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  • Trio
  • 12-21-21

Amazing! Marvelous Performance by Fox

Spectacular! What an amazing story - audio beautifully performed by Michael Fox. This is a stunning universe, and I enjoyed every minute!

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  • R.
  • 12-31-20

Plenty of emotion

As emotional and beautiful as always. Kasia Bacon plays with my heart every time.
It’s a book full of guts, determination and hope. A fight between love and a sealed fate.
I’ve only missed the extra scene included in the paperback.
I also love the side love stories included in both Soldiers and Mercenaries books, this time is not as clear as a in the other, but it only make it more desirable, I want to know about Feninghan and Ravendi!