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"Why do I have to have moral issues with killing someone? I feel like such a hypocrite! It's worse than a vegetarian touting organically grown steaks." (Eric, physics teacher, involuntary vampire, and part-time demon slayer)

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in. Luckily for Eric he can rely on his trusty steed and her unwavering support, his flaming sword and its sarcastic wit, and his own snarky sense of humor.

©2014 Garon Whited (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • nelson
  • BRIGHAM CITY, UTAH, United States
  • 10-28-15

Ahh no fair no fair

I loved every second of this book. I had doubts based on the description and the sample, but oh man am I glad I took the risk. The almost 40 hrs wasn't nearly enough. I want more!

Lots of fun without being silly.

I couldn't decide to groan or scream at the cliffhanger at the end. I have hundreds of audible books, this very well might be the best. I WANT MORE!!

68 of 69 people found this review helpful

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Vampire/Wizard/Physics Fantasy = Nerd-vana!



Imagine jumping through a portal after the bad guys who just killed your significant vampire other, not knowing what to expect on the other side. That's pretty much how this starts, but it's so much more than that!

Fantasy has never been this fun, or this fluid, but the beginning of book one struck me as slow going -- even though it was kind of action packed. Sean Runnette delivers the read with a sort of every man somnambulant pacing, and I wasn't sure I would be able to get into it. (I thought he sounded like Wilfred Brimey's nephew!)

OH, I was so WRONG! His read is SPOT ON PERFECT for this series, and he IS Eric! This is the holy grail for me -- a great series with the right narrator! Hurray!

Eric is a hero who is both a blood drinking vampire by night, and a gifted wizard by day. He rides around on a giant horse made of bronze, and he daydream/theorizes particle physics while he ruminates on magic. He's a deep thinker, not a muscle bound warrior type, and he always, ALWAYS tries to do the right thing -- unless he gets REALLY mad, and then all bets are off!

And stupid people are always making him mad.

There's a little romance, evil bad guys, ogres, orcs, elves, weird religions, living gods, a living mountain, and a medieval world full of simple souls who come to adore King Hollar (Eric), and follow him without question. And yet, the beauty of it all is that nothing about the experience is under his control. This is a complex story told simply, in linear style, with all the revelations and plot twists you'd expect from any field diary in a new world.

And I could NOT put it down! (Seriously sleep deprived.)

I think of the series as Adult Fantasy -- not in the sense that it's remotely explicit, but because it's written with adult experiences and humor in mind. Older kids could read and enjoy it, but it is the grownup in me that responds to the way things can go so wrong, even when you have the very best intentions. Relationships come together and fade away, people do the best they can and often fall short, and, our hero is plagued by self doubt and remorse. But what a fantastic ride!

I love Garen Whited. No, really. I adore him with the kind of devotion only the people on the mountain could relate to. Long may he reign.



HIGHLY, VERY HIGHLY, RECOMMENDED: All Fantasy Lovers; grownups looking for a fantasy they can relate to, older kids who love physics and magic, and people who need a grand escape to another, very different world. (Some mild sexual scenes, magical violence and scenes of torture. Also, a few bad words; parents should listen first.)

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Very Tufo-esk, Great book with HORRIBLE ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

awesome book I thoroughly enjoyed it and was honestly wondering if it was written by Tufo until the horrible ending.... still a great listen though, can't go wrong with Sean Runnette (which is how I found this book). I hope there is another installment to finish up the loose ends.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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I Need A Part II

Found this book by searching Sean's other works. Good call; gonna listen again.
Monsters, magic, romance, heroes, and an excellent performance; what more could a bored trucker want?

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Great story and narration!

Excellent story and narrator. I am looking forward to the next book of the trilogy.

There was an oddity in the file at about chapter 95(?). One of the chapters repeated--which was confusing at first, but fast forwarding through it confirmed it was a repeat, and the story picked up in the correct place afterwards.

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Chapters are out of order!!!!

Would've been a great book, well written, well narrated, original concept, or at least an original combination of some genre classics but it was ruined by the fact that the first 10 hrs of the book are accidentally spliced into the middle between 20:25:00 and 30:26:54. Needless to say I did not expect such a massive f$%k upon the part of Audible or Podium so I listened to several hours of the middle of the book before all the unanswered questions drove me to investigate if I was in fact listening to the first book of the series or a sequel. i figured it out with some effort and found the intended beginning but by this point had already listened to enough of the middle that I learned too many spoilers to really enjoy the beginning. Hopefully this review will help prevent this from happening to anyone else and you can enjoy what would have been a great book much better than I did.

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  • Richard
  • Sudbury, MA, United States
  • 09-09-15

My favorite read of the year

The storyline is good and the narrator is perfect for the story. It never flags. It never wanders. It just keeps going from one interesting plot point to another. I normally go for high tech science fiction. This is a most welcome exception.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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too many convenient....

he gets out of everything too easy...reader however is excellent with clear precise reading... he is always awesome

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Mark Tufo???

Where does Nightlord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I stumbled across this book while searching Sean Runnette.


Looking forward to hearing more from this author

What did you like best about this story?

This is a great story which made me stop and say "what?"

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

I love Sean Runnette.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Down the whirlpool

Any additional comments?

I've never heard of this author his writing style and attitude he gives his characters is dead
on for Mark Tufo.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Connor
  • North Carolina
  • 08-07-15

Quirky But Good

This is a long book - George R.R. Martin long. Unlike George’s books, this one is written in a conversational style, the main charter is likeable and the evil enemies are consistently immoral. The book includes action, tragedy and at times, some humor. The ending is abrupt and I hope the writer is gearing up for a sequel. Even after 37 hours, there is more to be told.

43 of 50 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 03-13-17

a jaunty listen

What the editor's blurb doesn't say is that this is also fantasy plus magic.

Eric does the usual turn-into-a-vampire-wrestle-with-fact-that-now-undead-monster-of-night thing.....and I started out by thinking it was going to be just another version of the same old tale, but then it all kicks off and he ends up chasing the bad guys through a portal into another world.....where there's a well thought out magic system, plus a good amount of sword fighting, knights and armour etc etc and slaying of bad guys etc etc Yes, you can pick holes in the plot, and some of the morality, but on the whole, it's a decent enough listen if you're looking for entertainment.

The tone is relatively jaunty, and Sean Runnette's narration and timing is great. There are some slower sections, and some padding which a ruthless editor might have culled, but it never bored me completely, and I was content to let it unfold in its own time. And I quite like the character Eric.

It does end rather abruptly, requiring one to immediately download the next instalment to find out what happens next.

A reasonable way to spend a credit - especially if you have a long commute and need a bit of an epic to keep you entertained.

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  • Christopher
  • 08-13-15

What an opener!

I'm a fan of Sean Runnette's readings and this seemed like an interesting plot line so I started it. This is a truly a miners ice story, with refreshing twists on previously imagined ideas and characters you care about. Superbly read, thoroughly enjoyed, and waiting for the next!!!

Bravo!!!!!

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  • L
  • 12-04-15

Vampires with a heart

Would you listen to Nightlord again? Why?

Yes, given the length I'm sure there will be some points I missed first time around! It took me a while to get into the story, but I am so pleased I stayed with it. There were times the story took off in unexpected directions and the pace wasn't even - but that's fine by me. Even with the length, don't expect the story to tie up all the story lines there are a lot left hanging.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is all from one view point (Eric), so if you don't like that character don't bother with the book.

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His pace of reading is quite laconic - I'm not sure I would have read the voice quite the same way, it added some characterisation I appreciated.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several - but that would be telling!

Any additional comments?

This is a really long narrative - I listen while I run (so for half marathon training this is perfect!). I loved the world described and will likely listen to the whole thing again pretty soon, if I can't find a sequal!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-17

👍👍👍👍👍

Really enjoyed this book. So much so, I've bought the other 3 already! Story ticks along nicely, no complaints.

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  • Steve W
  • 09-19-16

The voice irritates

I appreciate Narita may wish to be unique, but the voice irritates my sensitive ears. Sorry, I don't mean to offend.

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  • Kathryn
  • 09-24-15

Great book, but odd ending

Where does Nightlord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a pretty good book, the characters were believable and the main character was easy to connect with. I would rank this among the top books I've listened to.

What was most disappointing about Garon Whited’s story?

Right up until the end the story was great but to suddenly drop a previous chapter from the beginning on to the end confused me completely. It has more loose ends than a frayed blanket and I really hope a sequel is planned otherwise it's a pointless read!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There wasn't a particular scene that stood out, but the action scene very described well and easy to imagine.

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

There were parts that made me laugh, comments or reactions that were amusing. There were sad parts but not to the point of crying

Any additional comments?

The way the audio was put together, repetition of scenes and the ending... good grief the ending.. please say there is more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-18

No depth

Everything is accepted to easily. Even the best friend never freaks out really which leave the characters shallow and the story weak. It's not helped by the overly nonchalant narration.

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  • Unnas A.
  • 11-20-18

A fun little read

This book has a pretty unique idea. Take becoming a vampire, and chuck it out a window. That alone is fun in on it self. However, the major problem for this book is that the main character - Eric - is a literal saint, with plot armour the size of everist!

The plot armour bit doesn't really bother me to much, but what does bother me is that Eric is just so good that it can become nausiating; and even when he does something bad, he only does it because the situation he is put in dictates that 'he had no choice', or 'he wasn't in complete control of his faculties', and hence, he is completely guilt free from any wrong doing. His pious streak goes so far as to when he is confronted with the plot's main bad guy, he does something so stupid, that I literally face palmed myself.

Furthermore the authour will sometimes decide to take a huge detour from the story and try to answer deep philosophical questions, whilst I am there thinking to myself 'this is a book about a magic vampire, in a medieval fantasy world, filled with a character called Sir Booger... I don't think you can talk philosophical to me!'.

Oh and I have to mention Sir Booger. Why on God's green Earth would you name a character Booger! At first it may a have given an eleven year old a smile, but after the first what - three times, it just becomes cringy and somewhat annoying.

Now apart from all that, if you want a book that has a pretty fun plot, but not much in terms of characters, then this book is the one for you. However, a word of warning whenever the author decides to become a philosopher, just skip it. It adds nothing to the plot, and it honestly will just bore you.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 11-06-18

Fun opening to a good series, with only one issue

This book begins with your average college professor waking up one morning to a rather surreal set of circumstances that progressively get worse as he becomes a vampire. I thought from there it would become your typical type of vampire novel, but it didn't. Firstly, it introduced magic to the main character, followed not much later by coming into contact with vampire hunters. During one of their attacks they escape through a portal, and our hero tracks them and makes a portal of his own to follow them. Unfortunately what he thought would be a portal to some kind of cult or religious compound somewhere on earth turns out to be something very different than he expected.

I won't tell you anymore of the plot, but it's a tiny part of it and his adventures where he ends up involves magic, swords, monsters, religious orders and a world that utterly hates vampires for good reason. So you follow his desperate attempt to survive, make allies, learn magic, learn his own heritage and much, much more.

The only down side for me is the narrator. Podium books use Sean a lot and I have no idea why. He is average at best. He reads the narrative perfectly finely, with good pacing and rhythm. The problem is he is utterly lousy at character voicing. By lousy I mean he doesn't do any. I can only assume people that gave him 5 stars have never heard a top quality narrator or just give out five stars to everything. And don't get me started on how badly he butchered the English accent. It was so badly I didn't recognize it as English at all, and at one point was more bad Scottish. So again, I have no idea why they use him so much, or why he is rated as a top narrator. Not in my book, and I've listened to about 500 audiobooks.

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  • iainw
  • 08-31-18

awful

I am rarely motivated to post a review because I nearly always manage to enjoy a book at some level. In the case of this volume however I decided I had to say something.
I really tried with this book in the hope that it would gain traction and improve - but it didn't.

Unremitting drivel delivered in a gratingly saccharin narrative style best sums it up.

Absolutely NOT recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • 10-31-16

Enjoyed it a lot, hated it a lot too

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The main character has no qualms with killing bystanders, random people who aren't bad but might have one archaic view on something, and is used as justification for their murder.He makes so many absolutely stupid decisions. Just monumentally dumb. And for what i can only assume is to add more plot devices. Spare a person who is consorting with greater demons to hunt him down and murder him, his friends, as well as kidnapping him and them. Leave him alone because he didn't do it PERSONALLY.Comes across a mage who for the last 100 years or so has been committing mass murder to lengthen her life through innocent peoples death. Changes her into an immortal creature with supreme powers. Sure that makes sense. Just to find the person he spared the day earlier. The writing wasn't too bad, i enjoyed a lot of the book. But there were so many resoundingly stupid moral dilemmas and choices made by the character that the author chose, i can only assume it was to add to the view of the main character being a just and moral person who only kills truly evil people. Unless they tried to kill him multiple times through their agents. Then he waits to be offender by said people personally, and goes on a killing spree catching many innocent bystanders in his 'righteous revenge'.Very 2 dimensional characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

If I could i would re write a lot of the book to seem more realistic. People aren't steadfast on morals that are only there to be seen as a good person.

Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favourite?

I guess the main character, i liked quite a bit of the story, he just makes a good amount of horrendous decisions for no reason, and spends a lot of time contemplating something small, and 1 minutes something that could change the world completely and absolutely for the worst.

Was Nightlord worth the listening time?

Yes and no.

Any additional comments?

I don't know if i want to listen to the other audio books, i can only assume the main character remains a damn idiot.

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  • jamie
  • 09-27-16

seriously give this a go, worth every penny.

genre : fantasy with a little science and a little comedy
with a big lick of swords and sorcery
out of ten : 8.5 to 9 /10
this is not a challenging book but it does have some adult content
it really is a whole lot of fun
and narrated by sean runnette who is frankly damn good at his job

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  • Greg
  • 06-20-17

Enjoyed listening

I really the performance. Very easy to listen to. Quite enjoyed the story in the end but it was a bit slow getting started. Kind of just slowly gained direction.

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  • connor
  • 01-15-17

An original vampire story

Twilight seemed to poison the vampire genre for awhile. writers have struggled to crawl from the sappy love story vampire skit. Thankfully nightlord puts a original twist on vampires. the story while not action packed keeps you interested and has it's charming moments. The story is rich in lore and its protagonist while over powered is charming. If your over watching the hero get his ass handed to him. before coming to the rescue this book should be the breather you need.

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  • David
  • 04-23-18

A truly most awesome read🙂🙂🙂

This book grabs you in and captivated you from the bed to the end.
Definitely getting the next one in the series

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 01-05-18

second listen through of this book

really have to say, there is nothing about this book that I do not love.

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  • e
  • 08-30-17

impressive, fun, smart, well paced, creative

there are fun books that comply with your love of fantasy but rarely are they so well balanced, all encompassing, and engrossing as this

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  • Patrick
  • 02-15-17

Amazing!

Went in not to confident on how it would be. came out craving the next book. incredible read