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Rod of the Heart

Celestine Chronicles, Book 2
By: Cebelius
Narrated by: Tess Irondale
Series: Celestine Chronicles Series, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (776 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How much blood is one man worth?

Terrence Mack has succeeded in keeping his freedom, but at what cost?

The Vicereine of Florence is dead. The city she ruled has fallen to chaos, under assault by both Twilight Zone agents and a seemingly unstoppable dragon determined to claim the template's power for herself.

In shouldering responsibility for the crisis, Terry has taken it upon himself to break the siege or die trying. With the help of his friends and the women he loves he may just have what it takes to hold the darkness - and the obsessed - at bay.

Yet the power of a template is poorly understood, and for some it comes at a terrible price. As Terry forges ahead, dire consequences force him to question the value of one man's life, weighed against the havoc wrought for his sake. Moving from one costly battle to the next, he is left struggling to save not just the lives of the innocent but his own immortal soul.

Warning: This audiobook does not pan to waving curtains and fade to black. Those uninterested or under the age of 18 are strongly warned of explicit content.

©2018 Cebelius (P)2019 Cebelius

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as good as the first one!

great story and great nerration!!

buy it you won't regret it (assuming you enjoyed the first one). fun story well worth a credit

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  • Scott
  • Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada
  • 03-19-19

Fun furry romp

While it had the occasional uncomfortable moment for me, this book is one of my favourites of the genre.

The story is well thought out and far deeper than your typical fare. A large save the world quest with some genuine thoughts about good and evil make for a great overall plot, while the much smaller save a city plot, lets you feel as thought the cast is achieving some change in the world.

The author also manages to add in the occasional funny moment that brings a bit of light to what is otherwise a somewhat dark adventure. My own personal favourite being the interaction near the end of the spider caves between a slime and a spider queen.

The cast is still the lovable crew from the first book and since it isn't expanded by a large amount, the author is able to flesh out each individual a great deal more. This novel goes for more of a quality over quantity approach for the cast which I appreciate.

I also greatly enjoy how the author manages to insert bits of Greek mythology here and there in the story with a small twist under the ocean being a happy surprise for me. These details are never ground breaking but serve to add a touch of realism by pulling from real world stories. I even found myself reading up on these bits of mythology whenever they popped up.

I only have two real gripes with the story. The first is the occasional references to milking which serve to be a catch all plot device for any food and water related issues, but maybe my hangups are just harder to overcome than the rest of the cast. While the second is the title which bears no real impact on the story. My guess would be that the author wanted to continue the current style of "noun of the noun" for titles but they could have easily called it something more applicable like "city of the lion" or "changes of the soul" just off the top of my head.

In the end, this is a fun, well written, and very adult adventure that I would definitely suggest to any fans of the genre who are willing to overcome their own hangups.

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Such a great series

The harem fantasy genre in general is really taking off right now but this is definitely one of the standout series. The main character is likeable and flawed, which makes him more relatable. And all the other ancillary characters really flesh out the world. Narrator is top notch.

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fantastic story

fantastic story pacing kept me at the edge of my seat character interactions almost believe they were real can't wait to listen to the third book

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An excellent Book!

I really love this story and where it is going. I can't wait for the next book! The plot is getting deeper and the characters are more complex. This is a great series.

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  • Nando
  • Dayton, Ohio, United States
  • 03-01-19

A Reallly Good continuation

Satisfying purchase!!!! I was intrigued by the stories turn. Narrator, being my all time favorite, is fantastic with the voices of the many characters. I can identify with all of them. Looking forward to the next installment.

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Great book and great narrator

This was a wonderfully written book that was well just had me coming back for more and I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter. Tess is a fantastic narrator and probably my personal favorite. If you are looking for an exciting series that has some sex, some fighting and more than a few awkward situations then you will love this one.

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Another Great Book

I really enjoyed the book and the world built by the author. It is very fun and exciting. I look forward to getting the 3rd book and will eagerly await any following it.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 05-23-19

Beholder and dragon and spiders, oh my!

Although I feel volume two is not as exciting as the first, it did advance the story and held my interest throughout. Terry Mack with his female lovers are committed to stopping the Twilight Zone from destroying Celestine. After eliminating the Vicereine of Florence it was only a matter of time before the next villain appeared to challenge Terry. Unfortunately, the next one happens to be a huge dragon. Stay tuned to find out if Terry and his ladies will overcome the dragon, the Spider Queen, and the demonic horde from the Twilight Zone.

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to the one stars and haters

if you seen other review mad that the hero is whining and not super happy about being there it is because he is normal. if you hated his refusal to enjoy the monster girls and adventure this book enforces that notion as he unable to cope with the world. his girls get to be well rounded and our hero has flaws. unlike the rest of harems he not super happy about it nor is he confident because of his women like so many other books explain for Motivation. This reminds me of neon genesis evangelion where the hero does not want to fight in the giant robot.

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  • John
  • 02-13-19

Rod of the Heart book 2

Cebelius shows us all again that he is a talented and skilled author. I gave this book a 5 stars rating on kindle . I love the characters ,world and story and with the voice acting skills and talent of Tess Irondale who narration makes the characters and story come alive this audible book is a must to buy and own 12/10 stars ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆.........