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Publisher's Summary

Gena Showalter, the New York Times best-selling author who brought you the Lords of the Underworld, introduces a scorching new paranormal romance series: Gods of War.

Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in the history of war, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now, the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus...until he meets her.

On an Arctic getaway with her foster sister, street-tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally - the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom or die for love.

©2018 Gena Showalter (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Critic Reviews

“I love this world.... [T]his is Gena Showalter at her best!” (J.R. Ward, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

“The Gods of War series is my new obsession.” (Christine Feehan, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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The narrations ruined the story, I had a hard time

The narrations ruined the story, I had a hard time finishing the book, and I did because it's Gena Showalter. The female was better conveying the story, but the Male voice just made me tune him out, and sadly the story.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good story, bad narration

I had to switch to reading this story. The male narrator performance was over the top and cheesy. He needed to tone it down. The female performance was bearable. I love Gena Showalter books, and normally like the audibles, but this is not a good performance!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Terrible story line, awful narrators...

Gena Showalter is an amazing author and I love her books, but this one was awful. The story line was dull and took to long to build up the climax. The narrators were not paired well together and I just struggled to get into this book. For me the narrators and story was so bad, I decided to give up in the few chapters.

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Male voice

The storyline is amazing I just couldn’t get over how terrible the male voice actor is. He sounds creepy and perverted.

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Umm....

I usually love this author, not for this series. The narration is also for the birds. I will try and at least finish it, although it will be hard.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Book, Horrible Male Narrator

As with all her books, Gena nailed it. The story was addicting, female narrator excellent, male narrator almost caused me to delete the file from my library and return the book. Had to make a concentrated effort to ignore his performance and listen to the story. OK, back to the book; it is about a group of warriors from other realms, some forced to participate in a war and win a new world, earth for their kings or Queens. Vale and her "sister" stumbles onto a cavern of frozen warriors and so the story begins ......

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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OMG

OMG!!! Nail biter, hot hot hot. Love the humorous narration, both narrators fantastic. Somehow I loved so many of the characters that I didn’t want to die. Spoiler? Sorry

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a must read

truly a great book. love the. characters and story line. cant wait till the next boom in series is released

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I would just finish this book has a nail narrator not turn it he supposed to be sensual male character into a comical ridiculous theatratic wimp

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  • Mel Thomas
  • Winchester, KY, United States
  • 11-15-18

Too Heavy on the World Building and Poor Narration

Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) had a very interesting premise. Not all that original, but interesting nonetheless. The problem I had with Shadow and Ice was the overload of world building bogging down the book and making it INCREDIBLY show. It took me a week to get through this book and that rarely happens. Why? Because it was so damn slow that I kept growing bored with it. Because I have worshiped at the Showalter alter for over a decade, I stuck with it even though I wasn't feeling it.

Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of potential for development here, I just feel there was way too much of that world building being dumped into the first book instead of spreading it out a bit. A prequel focusing on Knox and how he came to be trapped in ice would have greatly improved Shadow and Ice. It would have had much better flow.

That said, I liked the premise of Gods of War and will at least read the second book in the series. It focuses on Vale's foster sister, Nola, and I'm hoping that it isn't as predictable as I'm expecting it to be. Once you read Shadow and Ice and learn about what's going on with Nola and how Vale found herself sucked into the All War, you'll probably be expecting the same thing I am in regards to Nola's future.

I need to add that had the narration of this audiobook been better, I may not have gotten so bored with the overload of world building. While I sometimes love when both a male and female narrator work on a paranormal romance book, this one did not work out as well as I'm sure Ms. Showalter and her publisher would have liked. Melissa Moran was great and I would have much preferred the entire book being narrated by her. Unfortunately, Leo Barnabas narrated everything from Knox's point of view and he was irritating. I'm hoping that the publisher will make note of the very negative reviews about his narration on Audible and move forward with someone else. Overemphasizing words and making statements sound like questions was beyond grating.

In closing, Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) was too heavy on the world building, which didn't leave enough time to delve into character development more. There were too many characters to keep track of and I found myself not only growing bored, but also being so annoyed with the narrator, Leo Barnabas, that I wanted to DNF it. I give Shadow and Ice ★★★1/2 and the craptastic narration ★★.

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  • Ms. L. V. Hurley
  • 11-21-18

DREADFUL!

I was really looking forward to this book! but the narration particularly by the male reader spoilt it so much that l give up.
His annotation was over the top, and in most points throughout the book incorrect.
I hope other people can look past the dreadful narration, but it will be very difficult.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 11-06-18

this IS A BOOK <br />

fight, blood, love, sex , amazing plot...all in this wonderfull book 😍i was thinking not to buy it in te beginning because the male reader was a bit over the top but in the and when you get used to it it's ok that too