Get Your Bad-Ass On!
The rumble of a Harley... The gleam of black leather... The shine of polished chrome... The freedom of the open road...
Motorcycles meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.
Holding his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and the gremlins of the road, all Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes toe to toe with the high king's champion over an ancient dagger and the claim to a throne.
Who will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm? Either way the hunt is on!
Based on the stories "At the Crossroads" and "Within the Guardian Bell" from the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries Anthology Series.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail writes a slick fantasy tale set in Urbania, or she wrote a wonderful Urban Fantasy. She introduces some great ideas, like a bike gang known as the Wild hunt. That is just brilliant. he also creates some of the best detailed characters I've read in a long time, and has included some nifty little magics custom made for the modern age, like magic tattoos for instance. The writing is fun and flows, and it doesn't lag or slow down. I really enjoyed my introduction to McPhail and look forward to even bigger and better things in the future.
George Kuch narrates. He does a good job, but he really doesn't infuse the story with much emotion or enthusiasm. He reads clearly and is unquestionably easy to listen to, but for all his perfect pronunciation he still seems to lack life in his words. I really think that he doesn't do a bad job, he just doesn't elevate the story to a higher level. That is what I look for in my narration. Anyone can read words, only a few can tell them. He does try voices, but they aren't all that distinctive. To me, this is what brought the audiobook down some stars, if he's upped his game I'd feel better about it.
I do want to take a moment to talk about the cover. A cover is meant to do a few things. The first is to grab the eye of a potential reader. Next it should demonstrate something about the story, a scene or the premise. In my opinion, this cover did not do either. It is not even something I would hang on my wall. In my mind this is a detriment, because if the cover doesn't make you stop and look at the book's blurb, then you don't sell books. I only had this come up in my list because I did a search for Halflings. I do not add or remove stars for covers, but I hope that the next book does a better job to pull readers in.
Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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