Summer Reign

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Series: The Demon Accords, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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Demon Accords, book 13.

Faced with writing college papers, prepping for tests, and teaching testy witches, Declan O'Carroll has enough on his plate. Not to mention the magical withdrawal of leaving his very own magical kingdom behind on Fairie. But when he and his friends are attacked from creatures out of folklore and fable, it seems the Queens of Summer and Winter aren't done with him yet. But if they're so eager to mess with Earth, maybe it's time to Earth came to them. After all, he's got some lessons to teach.

©2018 John Conroe (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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SPOILERS ALERT - from "love these books" to "WTH?"

Let me start with this - I loved the previous books in these series (James Patric Cronin also did a fantastic job as a narrator) and gave most of them 5 stars. I also enjoyed this book until I got to chapter 14. Then it seemed as if the author, who did such a marvelous job writing previous books, decided to ask someone else - who did not know nor care about the characters (or the readers) - to write this chapter.

Now here is the summary of the scene that upset me to the point of having to write this review. Chris, Declan, and others just saved their friend from an enemy fey. Feds (as one of the other reviews mentioned, being portrayed as too stupid to live) arrive in the nick of time to harass the team. They shoot and injure Awasos and threaten Stacia. Grim orders everyone to stand down, and when Declan still keeps an eye on an agent that is ready to pull the gun on Stacia, Grim attacks Declan. He beats him near to death, while Declan does not fight back, only shields himself and Stacia, then Stacia chokes Declan out to save him. All the while, the rest of the team and the feds watch, and Omega does nothing to interfere. Oh, and when Declan comes to, Omega tells him that Declan was acting illogical, and that he agrees with Chris's actions. To add insult to an injury, Declan apologizes to Chris and others for "flipping out" (which he did not).

My fellow fans of the series, does this scenario make any sense to you? Where is Chris that, in his own words, is "not capable of hurting his friends" and thinking about Declan as "... the little brother he never had"? And why in the world would Omega, who neutralizes every threat to Declan's life, stand by calmly while Grim is attacking Declan and as Chris later said would have killed him if Stacia did not render him unconscious?

Perhaps I'm overly sensitive here, but this scene just ruined the book for me. I was so angry and upset, and most of all, I felt betrayed - on behalf of Declan and myself. There was an ugly impostor in place of a beloved character. I just wish I stopped reading/listening at book 12, where Chris was still someone I admired, and the author was still someone who could write nothing wrong.

Sorry for the long venting session, I hope it might soften the blow for the readers like me, who get a tad too emotionally attached to the characters they love.

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I loved this one. Declan is growing up

Declan can be a little annoying at times with his sarcasm but he is my favorite witch none the less and after a certain scene in this book when an FBI agent seems to be a threat to his lycan girlfriend and things quicky unravel, he became my favorite supernatural. (slight spoiler to follow)...

I'm officially team Declan and am going to have a hard time getting over a certain conflict that was not his fault! You will have to tell me why he had to apologize? I mean because endearing him to us even more and showing how little those around him really understand him. Seems only his peers at arcadia understand what makes generation Z supernaturals tick. This book covers a lot of ground...literally, and sets us up for more than a half a dozen plot twists that will come to head in the next book which is going to be a wild ride for sure. his mother's death, faerie, new demon threats, witch circle betrayal, demidova corp working relationship, arcadia, omega, the FBI and Declan's growing power in the eyes of the world. Thank God for Stacia!

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Above the rest

The narration was above average and made the characters live. The story kept me wanting more and getting it. I would like to see Stacia and Declan get married and have a children. Maybe a double wedding with Barbiel doing the services. That would be the boom.

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Outstanding

An exciting addition to the story. Can not wait for the next one to be published.

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Disappointing, just OK

I nearly gave up on this book. The only thing that stopped me was my investment in this series and the hope that other titles will improve. Declan is an interesting side character but that is all. I'm tired of him being the main character with Chris and Tanya as merely support characters. The series needs to get back to it's roots and focus on them. This book lacked a cohesive story arc interesting enough to draw me in. Also, there were some conflict points that were illogical at best. I feel like the same purposes could have been achieved in the story more logically with more work on the part of Mr. Conroe. I have enjoyed his previous books in this series, specifically the ones centered around the primary characters. This one seems like he wrote it over a long weekend to fulfill an obligation. I feel this book would have been better suited as a short story in an anthology. I hope Mr. Conroe returns to his central characters and his previous quality of story.

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Declan was my favorite

Until this book, he's more of a door mat to his so called friends. The situation between him, and the crew was bogus.

Please switch back to Chris and Tanya, at least they don't apologize for their existence every chapter.

Declan isn't even a human being, just a computer that apologizes for everything and is soooooo understanding of why it's his fault everyone treats him like ticking timebomb. What a toxic dynamic.

Like I said, get him out of protagonist territory and shuttle him off to side character status where he belongs. He'll understand, and probably apologize for it as well.

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Entertaining

Conroe has done a really good job keeping different story lines cohesive yet separate. Narration is really good as usual. Now I'm just waiting on the next one!

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Can't wait for next in series!

Fantastic narration and story line can't wait for the next book in the series. Great characters.

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Great

This one another great book. Mr. Conroe you have to bring out another book asap.

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Dame

I never saw that coming. I can't believe how good this book is. Hope to see more

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  • Zackattack
  • 05-10-20

despite some fantastic moments, i didn't like it.

there were some great moments, but the progression of the story is ruined by 1 scene involving declan and crup. we're supposed to believe crup, an fbi detextive would actually tell declan, to his face, with chris and the gang nearby, that she'll shoot stacia. she also threatened him, her agents shot sose and basically jgnored the hammer of god roght infront of them, telling them to stop? nonsense. nobody that stupid would survive to this point.

given all that, declan disables them with a mild ground quake, chris dangles crup from his hand and then turns on declan for having some lightning in his hand? wtf.

so when crup reaches for a possible weapon behind her back, declan stays on guard.


that situation is apparently declan being crayz? wtf are you talking about conroe?
on top od all that even Omega says declan was acting irrational. seriously?!

apart from that cluster F of a scene, the story was ok.

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  • MR J M DRAKE
  • 01-08-20

Enjoyable and easy to listen to.

Loved the story and whilst it's not Shakespeare, it's non the less, thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-19

Another cliffhanger ending

Wow this series is awesome..every book gets more exciting than the previous one..oh goody next one is demons..can't wait

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  • Voyager
  • 01-17-19

Another in a great series

Audible will not accept a review unless it is over 15 words. I just wanted to say it is another in a great series without any spoilers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-18

Great payoff from all the other books and more

Enjoyed the story. Loved the advances in magic.
Otherwise great voice performance, apart from the Welsh accent.

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  • Callum's Mum
  • 08-02-18

Good story, shame about the dodgy accents.

I've been really enjoying this series of books by John Conroe. This one is no exception, the plot moves along at decent pace and all the usual characters are there. It's an entertaining story to listen to when I'm out walking the dog.

However, the non American accents the narrator puts are awful. I have lived in Wales and worked for an Irish company and I have never encountered accents like those portrayed ever, especially the Welsh, which did not sound Welsh at all. The Irish characters all sound like charactures of Irish people, I half expect them to start talking about pots of gold....

It grated with me and spoilt my enjoyment of what otherwise was a great story and performance.

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  • Carrie-ann S
  • 05-03-18

As always amazing

Although as an english born gal I couldn't stop laughing at the attempt at a Welsh accent. To say its was wrong would be an understatement. But hey loved it all the same

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  • Mr D Jones
  • 04-29-18

Narrator hasn't even heard a Welsh accent

The Welsh accent is nothing like the Irish accent. I do wonder if the author is now having a laugh with the narrator at the expense of the audiences enjoyment of the books.

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  • Shannon
  • 04-28-18

I love this series

It doesn't get old, it didn't disappoint in any way. I get uber excited when ever I see a John Conroe book pop up. So worth every penny!

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  • RickG73
  • 06-24-19

Loved this series

Loved this series. Its even better how the narrator gives a voice to each character and you really feel all emotions from his voices, joy, sadness, humor, this has lead me to by the rest of this series and lots more books the narrator does.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-16-19

best series I've ever read

I've never really been a book person until I stumbled upon this series it's shown me a whole new world