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"I've awakened in a stone box about the size of a large coffin.... I'm filthy, everything aches, and, by the various so-called gods, I smell awful. I've woken up in worse places. Hmm. What does that say about my life choices?" (Eric, amateur magician, part-time vampire, and accidental king)

It's not easy being king. Especially when you've got an allergy to sunrise and sunset, a fire goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to cope with. Add to that his daughter, the fire priestess/princess; a couple of lightly deranged professional magicians; a whole city full of wizards; and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten argument. It's enough to make a man want to just go home. Luckily for Eric, he has the world's fastest pet rock, a smart-mouthed sword, and a horse that not only understands him but likes him anyway.

©2015 Garon Whited (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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OH NO!!! I have to wait for book 3. :(

I loved listening to this novel! The story grabbed my attention immediately and it held it through to the end. I love the magic system, it makes sense to me, and I love how the protagonist works through the problems he encounters by using magic and his vampire powers. This is a truly unique vampire story and it's truly epic. There is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end, which leaves me chomping at the bit wanting to know what happens in Book 3. I hope it's not a long wait. I think the narrator is a perfect match too. I can't imagine any one else narrating it. Sean Runnette was excellant!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Damn.

This book rocks. The only problem that I have with it, is that I really want the sequel to this one and its not out yet so I'm frustrated.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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*Amazing* series! A must-try!

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I stumbled across this series by accident, and wow, am I glad! Don't be put off by the length of the books...you will get sucked into the story, even when there is no 'action' happening, by the excellent writing and phenomenal narration. I love the 'train of thought' moments! This is a unique and brilliant read...both books!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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How dare you leave us hanging like that!!!

This is a wonderful second book, but come on man really. I can't wait for the next one....

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Wizard, Vampire, Hero, Bad Ass...

Who is Halar the Night Lord? Can he build and rule a society free from corruption?

Will his enemies succeed in destroying him?

This is the second installment in the Nightlord series by Garon Whited. These are excellent fantasy novels that follow the adventures and exploits of Halar and his companions.

If you like fantasy, action, and suspense stories then these books are for you!

As always Sean Runnette does a killer job narrating!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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the first was awesome this one was still good

why oh why stop there?!?!?!? you evil bastard!
this book is no good without having read the first but I highly recommend reading the first even if you don't read this one. bunches of fun

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Deep, Rich, Amusing.

Beautifully done. A vampire story without being a typical YA vampire story. The story has humor, depth, and is surprisingly captivating for being so very, very long. The narrator has a pleasing and varied voice. He does a really good job of separating the various characters and keeping their voices straight. Buy this audio book on its own or with the previous in the series. Either way, you are in for a treat and I envy you your first listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

Amazing book but one hell of a cliffhanger! Great character and plot development. Can't wait for the next one!

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epic story

I simply find myself falling into this series for HOURS at a time! I can not wait for the next installment of the series. amazing piece of literature.

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Love Eric

I really enjoy this series. Although the story is long it always ends sooner than I would like. Can't wait for the next story! Great work Mark, I mean Garon👍🏾😍!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 04-04-17

Continuity issues, lots of padding, still jaunty

I really struggled with continuity issues in this book. It still has the same jaunty tone of the first book, but I was so irritated by the continuity issues, that I was distracted for at least the first half of the book -hence the low 3 star rating.

Eric wakes after 80ish years, tho' for him it feels like yesterday that he had the big battle ....but instead of rushing off to find out how the love of his life and children are, he decides to train some new knights and invent things? And we're almost 3 hours into listening before he starts to ask how his family is /decides to visit etc? Come on.... Eric might be a vampire, but the whole plotline centres around him being a good bloke, despite being a dastardly fiend of the night. His complete disregard for those people who meant so much to him before he "fell asleep" feels completely wrong. He also never bothers to find out about his friends' descendants and whether they're all doing ok.

Also, he is suddenly able to do magic at night again? No explanation for it. Not even a "gee wow, I can do magic again" reference. This was a serious continuity issue for me. Either Garon Whited simply forgot about this plot inconvenience, or his editor made a hash of things.

Did I miss something? Did I zone out and miss these explanations?? I like my stories to stack , and these issues undermined everything for me. And that's aside from any morality issues with Tort who was his ward just "yesterday".

Once I eventually managed to put the above irritants aside, I still enjoyed it. Yes, there is loads of padding in the story, and there were plenty of times when I would zone out,(perhaps I simply missed the "magic again" explanation?) but Sean Runnette's reading is easy on the ear, the story retains its light tone and it's a pleasant enough escapist listen.

The ending is sudden, and crafted to get the listener to need book #3. I probably will download book 3, but I need something pacier first, and if book 3 ends as suddenly as book 1 and 2, it may well be my last of the series.

Other reviewers haven't commented on the issues that have irritated me, so if you enjoyed the first book, and are not as pedantic as I clearly am, then you will probably enjoy this one too. (the ending is a cliff-hanger, but it won't bother you if you're happy to download #3)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • glyn
  • 01-29-16

brilliant

this is a brilliant audio book and its a brilliant storyline and funny and best book ever I can't wait for the third book to come out it's going to be awesome heads up to the author you've done a brilliant job keep up the good work hope this 3rd book comes out really soon

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Cam
  • 04-26-16

Best fun to be had in book form

Garon Whited's Nightlord series is one of my favourite audio books to date. The writing is funny, witty, entertaining, dramatic and takes you on a truly extraordinary journey. Paired with Sean Runnette as the narrator it is a delight to listen to. Sean's voice adds drama and depth to an already dramatic tale and really brings the character of Eric to vibrant, blood sucking life. I was hooked from the very first paragraph and my only complaint is that I have to stop listening when the book ends. I will be eagerly, impatiently and excitedly awaiting the third book with bitten nails and a fervent hope for Eric's survival.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • andy
  • 06-05-16

great book

One of the best books if not the best must read /listen can't wait for the next one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • HMPS64
  • 04-29-16

another fun one

science fiction in fun mode. the plot thickens. some loose ends remain but that is for the next installment ...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • C
  • 04-21-16

Good Book

Would you listen to Nightlord again? Why?

Yes, it is very entertaining, the performance and book manage to provide a personal experience of an American becoming a vampire in an alternate reality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nightlord?

I think the humour, which is often self deprecating.

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

Form me the American accent which works very well with the pop culture references that so often lead to reflective humour.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An American in Mordor

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 04-15-16

Just getting better....and better.

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

Yes. Its a great story, and Garon Whited has created a wonderful blend of worlds and characters with real depth.

What did you like best about this story?

It blends so many genres and does it very well indeed. As I've said the characters have real depth and you relate to each of them throughout the story. The "hero" is very believable and fallible too!

Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As usual Sean Runnette is masterful in his performance. He does not "read a book"....he tells it like it's his story from his own memories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not a chance at over 30 hours!

Any additional comments?

GARON what a place to leave me hanging! Get writing this minute.....!!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • 04-14-16

Great

one of the best so far. Great story well presented. Cannot wait for next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-01-16

Aw no! You can't leave me like this!!!!!

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

One off or the best I have listened too.

What other book might you compare Nightlord to, and why?

It stands alone, I can't compare it in kind.

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

The spirit of the story, his inflection, and each character is real!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It certainly was!!

Any additional comments?

Another please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • 02-22-16

The technical aspects to magic

So... I might have listened to shadows before sunset and well, I wish that the story would just go on forever. I loved the characters, the plot, the details and even the confusingly brief nods to things that later led me to google the series to find out if there was a prequel.

The thing I love more than anything though, was the beautiful way in which you meld science and magic. The idea of a wizard dissembling a spell as if it were code in order to hack together some quick and dirty solution, only to later refine with the help of more technical mages is simply brilliant. I love your book and I'm about to go through Sunset now.

I do hope that when the next instalment is ready, that you get it to the ever talented Sean Runette post haste, for his performance was simply stunning.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • joel
  • 12-01-17

Great take on a nativity Vamp

Some points are long winded. But as a whole I'm getting the next book in this saga

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  • Jenifer
  • 12-09-16

Night lord Book 2

I like this story but 40 hours could have been halved and nothing would be lost in the story. I often drifted off bored from the minutia and endless detail.