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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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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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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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Downhill and dissapointed (it seems very rushed)

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So been a big fan of the series so this is a bit painful, but this was not ok.
But this is the worst book yet, by far.
It feels like a manuscript more than a story, meaning it is like reading a stats sheet of what have happened and what we should feel and know about everything and it uses the first 21 chapters just summarizing what we already know from the earlier books.
It literally force situations which makes no sense just so the characters can over-narrated everything to clearly and way to obviously tell the listener that this character has these personality traits because of this thing. (like someone needing to summarize the movie character on a “factual” based lvl; comes off wrong, forced and just annoying).

So 21 chapters of that.

Then we go over to overdramatically reactions to pointless stuff which is ONLY there to force a “ex-machina” to use later, which just makes no sense (seriously we where done with the entire “agents are utterly clueless and idioticly suicidel when dealing with the hero crew” after the chris parts like 6 books ago.
That we have well known agents act completely insane and then everyone just turning on Declan and then act all like it’s a big deal that he said “if you kill my lifepartner I will kill you”, after they already shot chris’s bear…. And then trying to make it into this big revelation is just terrible.)

Everything seems so overly explained just to use time, or tell us how the character is instead of Showing it in a natural situation (instead of specifically forced scenarios to then narrated the information to us as if we were reading of a spread sheet)..

Besides that every character has next to no personality, just reacting like how you would guess a “first layout” of ideas would tell it just to get the overview; and it is either constantly self-hatred, self-rightousness or an absolutely absurd amount of 12year old snarky arrogant and extreme pragging in a negative way.

The last 4’ish hours are worth hearing just to get the overview of the story.
The last 2 hours it’s trying to move into following the character, but again it is just used to force obvious stuff which we seen before, and which is just a repeat of exact same reactions reused in yet another narrating… the way it just forces information we already know is just terrible even here…


In short in feels more like an attempt to tell a story to someone who doesn’t know the last 40hours and trying to cramp everything in so they get everything we already know and have been stomped with so much it is just to much now.
With to little evolution to the characters, and the one thing that kept them running was the OP’ness of new talent, abilities and their usages…. This doesn’t have any of that, just ex-machina and maybe 2hour’ish of actual good story and 9hours of “meeh to bad fluff”.

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For the love of God, dont buy this!!

Chris now attacks Friends to prove he is the alpha male. even when they don't fight back. Stacia now backs up her alpha over her mate. Declan is now a doormat simp who will forgive the attempt on his life as it must be his fault they attacked him.
this is 3 strikes and I'm out. I regret buying this book and wished I paid attention to the reviews.

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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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  • 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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  • Sheamus
  • 09-15-20

OK Story, rubbish accents

The narrator really needs to hear some non-american accents.

His Irish is an American caricature of an accent - I keep expecting Leprechauns and pots of gold, begorrah!

His Welsh and English accents are a bigger joke.

His Australian accent sounts like a South African with A speech impediment.

Quite frankly, it distracts from the story.

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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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  • Kirst
  • 04-18-21

Great story

I’ve listened to all of the demon accords stories which has been a lovely way to revisit these stories. Hearing them narrated has brought them to life in a different way. I also know how to pronounce CAECO. This book brings Declan and Chris closer together without the character hopping of the previous nook.
Although I really rate James Patrick Cronin, he doesn’t do British regional accents. In fact they are hilarious and weird but to me it’s part of the overall charm

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  • Marta I.
  • 02-04-21

Yes!!

I honestly don't know about other people but I really enjoy these books.
The story, the detail, the way the author describes everything is simply amazing and with this narrator it is even better, it brings out a vivid picture and I love it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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