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Despite all odds, Lilith has gained acceptance from two heroines who should hate and fear her very existence.

Gina and Rachel have agreed to help Lilith's attempt to get the death sentence on her head rescinded, but they have to work carefully. Their time runs short, though. Doctor Johnson's plots advance, and other villains are infiltrating San Francisco.

In the end, the question becomes what to do when Lilith's identity is discovered, and all hell breaks loose. Despite the risk of death bearing down on her, Lilith decides that she's tired of simply running away.

©2018 Benjamin P Medrano (P)2018 Benjamin P Medrano

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Bored out of my mind the whole way.

I grew up reading comics, and was excited about queer representation and a story about a healthy poly relationship. I figured since he was writing other stuff between instillations if this trilogy he might grow as a writer, but the emotion expressed by the narrator is the second worst I've ever heard on audible, it was almost like it was just a paycheck and she phoned it in, even the non-robot characters sounded only slightly less robotic and there is a lot of over explaining, I get Lilith's limited experience is a factor, but even the other characters nowhere near her over explain everything in exposition and most of it is stuff that is unnecessary filler, almost like the author doesn't know how people speak to each other in a social setting. I never thought I would be bored by a story about super heroes, this proved me wrong.

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love this series can't wait for more

I absolutely love this series, please keep it up. I want to hear more of this story soon.

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Could read this multiple times...

Great second book almost better than the first in my opinion. Please keep the series going, the heroes And villains are great and have a depth to them.

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  • krop
  • Taylordville, KY, United States
  • 06-08-18

Good addition

They talk entirely too much before fighting. that the problem with most villians but heroes are killing me with getting into the act. They take more abuse when the stand and listen. Other then that it was a good installment

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  • Eirik
  • Røyse, Norway
  • 06-05-18

Fantastic!

Love it! Sad that there will be a break in the story. But still waiting eagerly for the next instalment!

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A sequel that doesn't disappoint!

Book 2 of the Lilth's Shadow series written by Benjamin Medrano and brought to life by Sarah Beth Goer a great sequel to Born A Queen definitely worth parting with a credit for.

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 09-17-18

A Fun Sequel!

Down With the Queen proved a fun sequel to Benjamin Medrano's Born a Queen. This book was not quite so good as the first one but was still an enjoyable read. The story is a nice mix of comic book style action and slow paced romance.

A lot of the elements that made the first book so much fun were back in this story. The characters are likeable, the plot enjoyable, and the superhero world a good one. The world is fairly standard superhero fare as are the superpowers but Medrano makes it work as the characters themselves are good and the tone of the story had the sort of balance I enjoy. I'm also a fan of the fact that a few AI's had roles to play!

The trio of Lilith, Warden (Gina), and Morgan Ley Fey (Rachel) are as easy to root for as ever. There was plenty going on in the story as the evil Destruction Core team were looking to move in on the city and the villain from the last book, Doctor Johnson, was back and up to more of his evil schemes. On top of that Gina and Rachel have to deal with keeping Lilith's true identity from the rest of their superhero team as a result of the kill order issued on Shadowmind's last creation. It all made for and engaging and enjoyable story.

As always Medrano's writing remains a little strange and sedate, even during the action scenes, but despite that I still find it engaging enough.

I felt like there were two minor flaws that held this back from being as good as the first instalment of the series. The first was the pacing in the first half of the story. It was just a bit too sedate. A little more action and intrigue in the first third would have been better. The other flaw was a slight shift in the direction of the romance. I'll not say too much but I do feel like the author has changed his mind and the direction of it and I do not feel like the change was a positive one. It is by no means awful but I definitely liked the previous direction better and it feels a bit weird that got abandoned.

The authors note at the end indicated that this series is going on the shelf for a bit which I feel is a pity as I'm sure there is a lot more fun stories left to be told in this world! The good news is Medrano does plan to return for a future trilogy once he gets some other series out of the way.

All in all this was a fun superhero story.

I feel like Sarah Beth Goer's character voices could be a bit more distinctive at times. She does well with a lot of the characters but a few of the leads sound a bit similar. On the whole I'm a fan of her as she has a pleasant voice and does seem to get the tone of the story.

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  • Joseph Campbell
  • 07-24-18

Excellent

Loved it, but wish the book was longer. Leaving it on a cliff hanger was a bit of a pain, but I'm hoping that the series will continue.

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  • Embrakh
  • 06-21-18

Fun and Interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of [BOOK]? (no spoilers)
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When the books title "Down with the Queen" is prompted by a certain individual (see cover).
In other words, it's especially enjoyable when everything goes to hell.

What about Sarah Beth Goer's performance did you like?
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Lilith and the female cast were done decent. The narrator has defiantly improved.
However, male characters are done quite poorly and they can be hard to differentiate at times.

How were the characters, were they unique and/or fleshed out?
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Whilst Lilith and the villains have been improved since book 1, the rest of the main cast was more limited. None of the main heroines or the heroes appear to have any motivations that are beyond their roles in the story. Everyone is obsessed with Lilith and all conversations seem to revolve around her. However, the author did add lore to counteract this limitation in his writing; which honestly impressed me (a lot). He's defiantly improving.


Did Down with the Queen inspire you to do anything?
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I added some more of the authors books to My Wish List.
I like his writing style, so I'll be buying some of his other series.


<h2>Any additional comments?</h2>
Narrator grew on me, even if she did a poor job with male characters. Although, another male voice actor for the other members of the cast could have resolved this. That, or someone like Jeff Hays who can do both male and female characters.

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  • Millsy
  • 06-02-18

Highly recommended 🐨

I have really enjoyed this very short book series. PLEASE, please, please create a new series with Lilith as the main focus. I also listened to and loved the Ancient Dreams trilogy which btw could really do with the addition of a map and list of named characters to help us identify regions and people included in the Ebook form. Next up for me is Marin's Codex and will absolutely read everything else Benjamin Medrano releases, I love the focus and creativity, he also always has great narrators to enhance the quality of his work.

For those like myself that enjoy the genre of young lesbian fantasy fiction and like me have found it difficult to find many awesome authors, I recommend Erik Schubach and particularly his Urban Fairytales series starting with Red Hood - The Hunt Urban Fairytales, Book 1 and his Techromancy Scrolls series though I wish more of it was available as audiobooks.

I wish I could find more similar authors more easily, it’s been a struggle.