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The longer a man lives, the greater the chance his actions will cost him in the future. When that man is an immortal nephilim, the misdeeds can really pile up. Lucas has paid for the crimes of his past for centuries, resisting any close relationship that might make his life even more difficult. Until Melena. Only she could begin to melt the ice shielding his heart, but then he was captured by his greatest enemies - angels.

Now imprisoned in Purgatory, Lucas is awaiting trial for his latest crime and knows the verdict will not be in his favor. Lucas is resigned to the fact that his life might be over, but he fears that without his protection Melena may not survive for long. She's got her own enemies back in Alaska, and her mortality makes her easy prey. Whatever happens to him, Lucas must find a way to keep her safe. No matter the cost.

Contains mature themes.

©2013 Susan Illene (P)2015 Tantor

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Great!

I was not sure about this book at first because it was so short. I'm glad I got it though as it really is an important part of the whole series. Don't miss it!

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Nessessery but not that great

You need this to learn about our lovers past and what happened before the next book, but it wasn't a very interesting story in itself.

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Very good insight to Lucas!

You need to read this before 3rd book. Very helpful in explaining. I am hooked.

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good

good book and you might like it depending on your taste at the time

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  • Carlamachart
  • 8130 Cantura mills, Converse Texas 78109
  • 01-22-17

Great book

Loved it. It was a great book!. I would recommend. It to others.

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Great Series if you can get past the Narrator

If you could sum up Chained by Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Worth a credit

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is not terrible but definitely needs some improvement. She has a good voice for narration. However, she ends almost every sentence in the same tone of voice - This keeps the listener from being drawn into the story in the way an experienced narrator can do.

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I hesitated to purchase this book because I prefer a long audio book. However, if you have started this series and are enjoying it I believe this book 2.5 is an integral part of the story. I am enjoying the story line very much. I just wish the narrator didn't sound so much like she is reading one sentence at a time vs. telling the story. <br/>

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Didn't like this one, too gloomy

I liked the first two books well enough, but this one had a very different feel. I found it a little depressing and frustrating. Lucas is in purgatory as a prisoner the entire book (except one quick scene). There is a lot of torture, not just for Lucas, which I do not like reading about. There are decisions that don't make sense, which is frustrating.

The prisoners are starved for months, tortured with having their skin peeled off, fight each other to near death, boiled alive, have holes punctured all over them, etc. This was too much for me.

Lucas is being punished for not saving the Sensor, and also for saving her. That doesn't make sense. They suggested he keep her from the fight against her will, which he was also not allowed to do. So they wanted him to break one rule, but not the other?

They have a therapist determining if his father caused him PTSD when he was young. If so, that might explain his behaviour and get him off. Yet at the same time, they are putting him in extreme torture and depravation while he's there. Why would they care if his father caused him PTSD if they are doing even more to cause it now?

Zoe gets off lightly, even though she summoned the demon, but Lucas is almost executed and given a long sentence even though he was doing his best to do the right thing.

Then at the end, he fights to makes a deal with an angel that also doesn't make sense. In some ways, they act like Melena's survival is the most important thing, but the angels could easily save her or have Lucas save her. Instead, they punish Lucas for the opportunity to try to save her. Doesn't make sense. Then they break more of their own rules.

There are a couple of things we find out in this book that I'm sure will help with future books, but I wish I would have just skipped it. Read a recap or spoiler instead. Not sure if I want to continue with the series since it sounds like it won't get better right away. Too bad.

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Interesting and funny

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think this story could be inside book 2, as a epilogue or something.

If you’ve listened to books by Susan Illene before, how does this one compare?

This book follows the same patterns of the previous. There isn't anything new on her style

Did Cris Dukehart do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

In my opinion yes. I liked his narrative, is possible understand who is each character, their personalities.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't love, but the book is interesting, is a complement for the series.