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It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. Everything. Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

Unbeknownst to her, Roman D'Angelo is exactly what he appears to be - a vampire, and not just any vampire, but the king of vampires. Unfortunately, while Roman is both ancient and invulnerable, Evie is flesh and blood. Just as Roman decides that he and Evie have a date with destiny, for reasons of their own, an ancient god and a homicidal vampire take an equally strong interest in her. Can Roman fight off the incredible forces that would have Evie as their own long enough to win her heart? Or will destiny betray him and destroy everything he has ever dreamed of?

©2012 Heather Killough-Walden (P)2013 Tantor

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Can't find anything else quite like it yet.

What did you love best about The Vampire King?

The heroin wasn't a -teen-, and as an older vamp fan, I'm sick of all the stuff that caters to the too young. Our heroin has a responsible mundane grownup life as an alone still-single. I like relatable characters in unreal stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is the vampire King! So take charge and beautiful. He doesn't take "no" in today's politically correct world!

Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm a first time listener to this author.

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

There was one scene in the story that made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

Thank you author for this particular book, I love it.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 01-21-14

Would be 10 stars if it had more dialogue.

This was a fantastic story! Wow I just loved it, I read it in one sitting I couldn't put it down. This book would be getting 10 stars if there had been more dialogue in it. For me dialogue is very important when reading a book. Even though this one was lacking in dialogue I have to admit it was still a great read/listen I am hoping the rest of the series will have more.

The characters were fantastic, so many varieties of characters and powers, its magical, and opens up a whole new world.

AHH Roman...now that's what I call a Vampire! The story was great. The sex was mild and minimal but it was there, barely, but it was there.

Credit worthy? OH YES.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Damita
  • Little Rock, AR, United States
  • 06-09-13

Overall good; but....

This is the first in the series of the 13 kings but I felt like to much information was packed into this story. It gives you information on characters, such as who they are and quite a bit of their history not to be mention again in the story. Which I found a bit hard to decipher as well as follow. The story to me seemed to deal more with the kings then them finding their queens. In this first installment I found it hard to believe that the Vampire Kings' queen had any real feelings for him other than gratitude by the time he transformed and claimed her. I mean when he abducted her he was trying to explain what he was and trying to get her past her fears then when they are reunited the author wants me to believe she loves him and nothing else has happened between them other than him rescuing her from a mad vampire. Once you get past a lot of additional character history and you can follow along with the story overall I'll say is good. To me it felt like the story was rushed and overstuffed with details that should have appeared in some of the books to come. Some of the information felt a little out of place. I will continue with the next book to see how it all comes together and I'm hopeful that the next book won't read and feel as if the author rushed the story line.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • M
  • 05-24-13

Seems like a good foundation

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

This book intrigued me enough that I'm downloading the second in the series to see where it's going. As a stand-alone novel I don't think I would consider recommending to others, but I like the world/ situation that is set up so I'm willing to ride this out a little further.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'm curious to see what the 13 realms are, and how the overarching plotline is going to develop. The only problem I had was the romance between the two main characters. It didn't feel very passionate or real, just contrived for the sake of the story. I'm hoping (as is often the case) that the first book/ pairing is more about getting readers adjusted to this world than anything else.

What three words best describe Antony Ferguson’s voice?

British, Attractive and British some more.

Any additional comments?

I am really torn about the narration for this book. I definitely liked the tone, cadence, etc. of Antony Ferguson's voice, but ALL of the characters in the books were done with a British accent. If the story took place in England, or the characters had all been clearly ID's as Brits that would be cool, but the story takes place in Oregon, and so it's weird to hear everyone sounding like they're from the UK. I'm hoping this was some sort of producer/ directional oversight, and there will be more variety in The Phantom King. Although, like I said, he does have a nice voice, so even though that's annoying, he puts a lot of inflection and thought into his performance, so I'm willing to suffer through it. In my book, a British accent makes everything sound better!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Yuck.

Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

Yuck, no.

Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Killough-Walden again?

Yuck, never.

Would you be willing to try another one of Antony Ferguson’s performances?

Yuck, not on your life.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire King?

Let's see, hum, every word, sentence, and unwritten thought.

Any additional comments?

So bad, could not finish, although I tried. This book is really, really bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too much too fast.

Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

Probably not.

Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Killough-Walden again?

Yes, his performance was lovely.

Have you listened to any of Antony Ferguson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I would listen to him again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and confusion. I honestly didn't feel much at all for the characters and found myself frustrated by the stereotypical characters and cliched scenarios. Personally I don't find stalking a girl to be very sexy. We learned everything about Evie through exposition and that's just not a good way to present your lead. I'm also sick and tired of perfect male characters that are SO big and handsome etc etc and girls that are stunningly beautiful.

Any additional comments?

I was confused throughout most of the book. The author seemed to force the characters and story to move at a pace that made it very unbelievable and I found myself shaking my head most of the time. I get it's fantasy but come on, people and vampires reacting that quickly and falling in love like that is just too far fetched. It takes more than 1 day to develop a relationship.

The mystery was also very poorly presented because the author told you right away who the villain was and why he was doing it and the story unfolded very quickly leaving me wondering why did we even bother to care? The entirety of the story takes place over 3 days!!

I certainly didn't care about the characters. The main character was adorable and i would really have liked to hear more from her and have her take center stage instead of just being a prop for the main male lead.

Side stories were injected randomly and had no closure. The chapters jumped around like hop scotch and I didn't even register what was happening half the time because new characters were thrown in every now and then.

Overall I think the book should have been twice as long and the story should have been given the room to breath and the relationships to develop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Inge
  • Virginia Beach, Va
  • 01-26-15

Where was the romance?

Would you try another book from Heather Killough-Walden and/or Antony Ferguson?

Yes, but I'm done with this series. Great writing, but there was no connection between the charatcers

Has The Vampire King turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

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

I like the vampire aspect and the magic added a nice touch

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could be better, but series holds promise

Like many of the other reviewers the first 5 hours of this nearly killed me to listen too. It was fully of introductions, and not a lot of substance, and I saw little point most of it. The two main characters were rarely present and the points they were present for held little to the story.

Fast forward to last couple hours and it picked up and the story became decent and intriguing enough to make me think about trying the second novel. If it continues with actual story and less world history / explanation it should be good.

I disagree with the reviews on the narrator as I have adored everything Antony Ferguson and this one is no exception, the drag of the story was not due to his narration at all, and due to the story itself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-11-13

Not bad, but lacked a little development

This was overall a decent book, and the start of a potentially strong series. My only issue was a lack of development between the two main characters. They went from 0 to 60 with very few interactions or even "moving" interactions. I think the author focused more on setting the stage for future books and characters, making the main character development suffer a little. However, I am definitely getting the next book in the series with hopes that it offers a little more interaction.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible, dont waste your credit!!!!!

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

The Narrator was boring, I am not sure if he was instructed to read slow to intensify the story or if this is his normal thing. It took forever to get the story line going and then once it finally got going the story was over. Next you know epilogue.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Possession by J.R. Ward

How could the performance have been better?

Better Narrator, way better story line. This story line is an adaptation of Twilight.

What character would you cut from The Vampire King?

The warewolfs had nothing to do with this story line. Why did they waste two chapters!?!?!?

Any additional comments?

I very seldom hate books but this book was a waste of my time!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful