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There’s nowhere left to run.

Quentin d’Arcy has escaped his father’s clutches for six years, but the life he has built in San Diego is about to come crashing down. The skeletons in his closet won’t stay hidden.

The Duke of Oxford’s pawns are all in place. One move triggers a catastrophic chain of events: Freddy kidnaps Laurence, and Quentin is thrust into a race against time to save both his lover’s sanity and his own.

Every family has secrets, but the d’Arcy line is built on them.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

©2019 AK Faulkner (P)2020 AK Faulkner

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Complex & Compelling = My Catnip

Narration: 4.5⭐️

*Quick note: This is NOT a standalone book so the review contains plotlines from the previous four books*

Once again Amelia Faulkner has written an intense, heartbreaking and excellent example of PNR at its finest with “Page of Tricks”, the fifth installment in the Inheritance series. Quentin’s father, Hieronymus D’Arcy is desperate to bring Quentin home so that he can begin his magical training and continue the D’Arcy family line. After Laurence and Quentin defeat the demon Hieronymus sent to coerce Quentin into coming home in “Lord of Ravens”, he threatens Frederick with his death and the destruction of his lover if Frederick does not help him use Laurence to bring Quentin back to England.

As Quentin and Laurence fight to protect one another, they must also fight their individual self doubts and weaknesses that are being used against them to shatter their sanity and relationship. At its core, the story revolves around the strength, pain and resolve necessary to confront the inner demons that both MCs battle on a daily basis and how again, each man has to depend more on the power in their connection and love than on the psychic abilities and magic they possess in order to survive.

As PoT brings the threat Hieronymus has posed indirectly in the previous four books front and center, the pacing is very fast, with a narrative that deftly balances action, gut-wrenching exposition and character development with an ending that is as emotionally complex as the characters. This book is an emotional juggernaut and turning point for the MCs, as well as Frederick, Mikey and Rufus and another standout addition to the genre.

As to the narration, for the most part Seb Yarrick nails the emotions, voices and tone of the series. It cannot be an easy task to take over a series after it has seen previous narration and completely redo them, yet Yarrick has done a masterful job. While it did take me some time to get used to certain traits of his delivery having listened to the Leslie narration, I applaud the fact that he was able to give Quentin and Laurence similar voices to what they had previously, while still making the series his own. Moreover, his delivery of scenes that were gut-wrenching when read two years ago, brought to life the horror, terror and emotion within them in a truly impactful way. All in all, a great pairing for a great series.

(Trigger warnings for graphic child abuse, rape and drug use)

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  • 09-14-21

Enjoyable Story

The story and characters  are engaging and the narrator has very distinctive voices for each character, always a plus for me. Warning contains references to underage sexual abuse.