Lord of the White Hell: Book One

The Cadeleonian Series, Book 1
By: Ginn Hale
Narrated by: Jakobi Diem
Series: The Cadeleonian Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.

But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions.

However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram's as well. 

Contains mature themes.

©2010 Ginn Hale (P)2019 Tantor

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Love this series!

I was so excited when I saw this on Audible. I have the book on Kindle but it had been years since I'd read it. Ginn Hale recently released a new Cadeleonian book and I was meaning to re-read the earlier books to refresh my memory. It worked out great that the audiobook came out now. Ms Hale is an incredible author, one of my favorites. The world-building is intricate and fascinating, the plot draws you in, and the characters are all complex, all with their own flaws and their own motivations. Though it takes place in a fantasy setting, there are many relevant real-world themes, such as the racism Kiram faces, and the homophobia of Cadeleonian society, that elevate this series from "just" a fantasy novel or "just" M/M romance to something more poignant that will stick in your mind.

As for the narrator, I found him largely unobjectionable. Not the best, but far from the worst. I don't think he brought anything particularly special to the story, but neither did he distract from the story with things like overdone character voices or a totally wooden narration.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and this author in general. I hope to see more of her books coming to audible. Just a note, this book is part of a duology, but to me they read more like a single long book, and Part 2 continues directly where Part 1 ends, and completes the tale.

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Really enjoyed it!

I loved this story a lot! I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about the narrator to begin with, but his voice grew on me! Overall I really enjoyed the story and got totally immersed!!

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Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Narrator

Narrator could use training, sounds like it's his turn to read to the class. Hopefully part 2 shows improvement.
Still well worth it because of the Inspired writing. The world building could not be better.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 11-18-19

Loved it

When the narrator first started I was really put of but after the first few minutes I really likes his voice for the characters. I wish I'd waited for book two to come out before listening though because this ends on a cliffhanger

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  • Jensen
  • 10-30-19

Great world building

I don’t think this narrator works for me, I found him...odd...to listen to, like he stressed the wrong words and such.
I am in love with the world building here, wouldn’t want to live there, but I found it intriguing, however, I hated the two main characters.
I would recommend getting the ebook, and I definitely recommend the book, no matter my feelings towards the two boys.